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Published: Tuesday, 2/2/2010

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The Finkbeiner administration doesn't intend to lay off police officers and firefighters to fix the city's budget crisis, but the possibility is not completely out of the question. Toledo City Council was told Thursday it must erase an $8.1 million deficit to close out 2008 - a shortfall many thought would be much smaller because council last month had redirected $8 million of unspent capital improvement money to help plug the hole.

Four WNWO-TV, Channel 24, employees including evening co-anchor Shenikwa Stratford, were laid off Wednesday, and one position was eliminated through attrition. In April, WNWO laid off an unspecified number of reporters, photographers, and editors in a realignment of news operations.

Fifth Third Bank has filed a $2.4 million foreclosure action against the owners of a Sylvania Township development firm and its sister company, which creates computerized architectural renderings. The lawsuit, filed this month against Rose Development LLC and Art Associates Inc., Ronald W. Rose Jr., Betty Rose, and four other parties, alleges delinquencies in six business loans and three mortgages for property located near Alexis and Flanders roads.

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) is advocating home-owners threatened with foreclosure exercise squatter's rights in trying to stave off the loss of their house. "I'm saying to them possession is 99 percent of the law; you stay in your house," Miss Kaptur said Friday, continuing a crusade she started several weeks ago in Congress and CNN picked up Thursday night.

The Taberner brothers pretty much dominated the sports airways in Toledo from the late 1940s through the mid-'60s. Doug, Joe, Jack and Orris all were involved in broadcasting, and Orris parlayed early days on radio into a three-decade-plus career as the sports director at WTOL-TV, channel 11. One quick note about the name - after Doug and Orris broke into the TV business they legally changed the spelling of their last name to match the way nearly everyone mispronounced it, Tabner. Joe and Jack kept the original spelling.

Listen to 10-year-old Tanner Hisey talk and you might forget he's fighting for his life. He's cute. He's clever. He's spunky. His eyes sparkle and his face blushes as he describes a little girl who's sweet on him as "my friend, who happens to be a girl." The line is repeated for the benefit of his father, Dave Hisey, who's sitting nearby.

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