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Published: Monday, 1/5/2009

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<img src=http://www.toledoblade.com/assets/gif/weblink_icon.gif> <font color=red> <b>READ</font color=red></b>: <a href=" /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090103/NEWS16/901030365" target="_blank "><b> Hundreds of farm animals lost in fire at 4-barn complex on Corduroy Road</b></a> <img src=http://www.toledoblade.com/assets/gif/weblink_icon.gif> <font color=red> <b>READ</font color=red></b>: <a href=" /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090103/NEWS16/901030365" target="_blank "><b> Hundreds of farm animals lost in fire at 4-barn complex on Corduroy Road</b></a>
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A Oregon man who raised hormone and pesticide-free livestock for area health-food and grocery stores said his entire business was lost in a fire yesterday. Prakash Thombre, an Indian immigrant, said several hundred animals were killed when his four-building barn complex at 7150 Corduroy Rd. burned down.


<img src=http://www.toledoblade.com/assets/gif/weblink_icon.gif> <font color=red> <b>READ</font color=red></b>: <a href=" /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090103/SPORTS16/901030405" target="_blank "><b> Sanzenbacher, teammates have travel trouble</b></a> <img src=http://www.toledoblade.com/assets/gif/weblink_icon.gif> <font color=red> <b>READ</font color=red></b>: <a href=" /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090103/SPORTS16/901030405" target="_blank "><b> Sanzenbacher, teammates have travel trouble</b></a>
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People migrate to the desert Southwest this time of year to escape winter, vacation in a locale with abundant sunshine, or just get spiritually enriched by the raw beauty of a place where barren and desolate can seem so enchanting. Former Central Catholic star Dane Sanzenbacher is in Arizona's largest city on business, and as he learned earlier this week, sometimes just getting here can be an ordeal.


Bowling Green State University plans to lay off more than 40 salaried employees at the end of the school year in anticipation of budget cuts next year. Forty-three employees were sent letters throughout December - some on Christmas Eve - informing them their contracts will not be renewed at the end of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. The reduction is expected to save the university nearly $2 million next fiscal year, university spokesman Dave Kielmeyer said.


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Saying that Gary Groszewski "simply substituted one substance for another," a Lucas County Common Pleas Court judge yesterday sent the former Toledo city employee and repeat drunken driver to a drug treatment center followed by two years and four months in prison. Groszewski, 52, was found guilty in November, 2007, of felony drunken driving on city time and sentenced last January to five years probation, including time in the Correctional Treatment Facility. At the time of sentencing, Judge James Jensen postponed Groszewski's obligation in the treatment center until an appeal in the case was decided.


<img src=http://www.toledoblade.com/assets/gif/weblink_icon.gif> <font color=red> <b>READ</font color=red></b>: <a href=" /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090104/NEWS32/901040303" target="_blank "><b>Toledo area physicians say good-bye to prescription pads</b></a> <img src=http://www.toledoblade.com/assets/gif/weblink_icon.gif> <font color=red> <b>READ</font color=red></b>: <a href=" /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090104/NEWS32/901040303" target="_blank "><b>Toledo area physicians say good-bye to prescription pads</b></a>
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Dr. Shalini Singh doesn't go through piles of prescription pads anymore. The Maumee family practitioner is among a growing contingent of doctors nationwide who are electronically sending their patients' medication orders straight to pharmacies. And, starting this month, Medicare will reward such doctors who are routinely using e-prescription software with bonus payments, part of a federal carrot-and-stick program that will culminate in 2012 when payments could be cut to those who have not converted.


<img src=http://www.toledoblade.com/assets/gif/weblink_icon.gif> <font color=red> <b>READ</font color=red></b>: <a href=" /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090104/NEWS16/901040302" target="_blank "><b>University of Toledo officials looking to enhance college-town feel near campus</b></a> <img src=http://www.toledoblade.com/assets/gif/weblink_icon.gif> <font color=red> <b>READ</font color=red></b>: <a href=" /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090104/NEWS16/901040302" target="_blank "><b>University of Toledo officials looking to enhance college-town feel near campus</b></a>
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A college-town atmosphere is in the works for the area around the University of Toledo. More than $3 million has been invested in property along Dorr Street - most recently the $1 million purchase of a gas station - to revitalize the southwest corner of campus into a place where people want to be. Think multifloor apartment buildings with coffee shops and bookstores on the first floor. Busy sidewalks full of people, but the cars are hidden away in a parking structure that melds with the businesses.




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