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Toledo Zoo welcomes baby elephant

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The Toledo Zoo is welcoming a new member to its family with the birth of a baby elephant.

African elephant Renee gave birth to a male elephant on Feb. 17, 2024, who now weighs 280 lbs. Renee and her calf are in excellent health and zoo staff continues to monitor their wellbeing, a statement from the zoo said.

The Toledo Zoo is launching a naming contest where the public can donate to pick their favorite name. The choices include Leap, Link, Loki, Leif, and Leo. The contest starts Friday, March 1, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 14.

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Kids vs. cops chess tournament helps youth learn about police in friendly setting

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Kids and cops squared off in a friendly game of chess for nearly two hours Wednesday at the Jones Leadership Academy of Business in Toledo.

The tournament, in its second year, wasn’t just to have fun and crown some winners, though. The event was hosted by the Toledo Public Schools Department of Public Safety and the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department to help youth bond with law enforcement and learn more about what they do.

Chess holds a special place in the heart of Rohan Padhye, who has played the game for about 10 years. Through playing with the cops, he said he has learned a lot and taken away life lessons he’ll never forget.

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Community leaders talk Black History Month, legacy in the Glass City

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Leaders within the Toledo community said Black History Month is all about knowing where we come from and where we are headed as a nation.

“We have to talk about the people that have definitely impacted us the most and never leave them out,” Toledo City Councilwoman Vanice Williams said.

Williams said you can’t tell American history without Black history.

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The next generation of jazz

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This month, we have looked at the many ways Toledo native and jazz legend Art Tatum had an impact on the genre, his contemporaries and his hometown. Now, we conclude the series with the next generation of jazz.

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Championship International Wrestling hosting pro wrestling show Sunday in Toledo

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Professional wrestling fans have an opportunity to witness Championship International Wrestling in Toledo on Sunday.

The Midwest regional promotion’s show is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at St. Clement Hall on Tremainsville Road. The main event will see Michael Elgin, known for his time in New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor, face off against reigning CIW Heavyweight Champion Malice for the belt.

Along with local Toledo talent like Kenny Urban, who brings a goose to his matches, CIW attracts overseas talent from countries as far away as Japan, too.

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Eclipse déjà vu? Why April 8 will be different than the 1994 eclipse

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If you’re at least 30 years old, this upcoming eclipse will be third you’ve experienced in the Toledo area in your lifetime. But this time around will be different, as it will be the first total solar eclipse here since 1806.

The most recent eclipse in 2017 was just a partial eclipse locally, a glancing blow. In 1994, an annular eclipse occurred which blocked most of the sunlight – but not completely. And after April 8, another total eclipse won’t happen again here until 2099.

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Breaking baseball’s color barrier: Moses Fleetwood Walker, the true first African American player

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When it comes to Major League Baseball’s long history, Jackie Robinson is widely known as the man to break its color barrier. However, there’s another player who continues to get overlooked for that title and his name is Moses Fleetwood Walker.

“They are nothing compared to what Moses Fleetwood Walker was doing back then,” television producer Byron Motley said.

A writer for the documentary “The League,” Motley has spent a lot of time studying African American baseball players. Walker being one of them who has proven to be a Toledo revolutionary and whose stellar play on the baseball field remains mind-blogging to historians.

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A new restaurant has opened in Toledo, Ohio

in Business/Food/Local News/Restaurant

A new restaurant has opened its doors in Toledo.

Earlier this month, Glass City Steakhouse opened its doors in downtown Toledo at 26 Main St, according to the restaurant’s social media account. During its first week of operation, the restaurant had some setbacks, including a minor electrical issue that forced the steakhouse to close its doors on Valentine’s Day. Since then, Glass City Steakhouse has fixed the electrical issue and resumed its normal hours of operation.

Glass City Steakhouse’s menu includes appetizers like steak tartare, roasted bone marrow, jumbo crab cakes, baba ganoush, and spinach artichoke dip. Also on the menu are soups and salads like lobster bisque, French onion soup, Caesar salads, and wedge salads.

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Restaurant Week Toledo set to begin Monday

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Over 40 local restaurants are preparing for Restaurant Week Toledo, the annual event that’s set to start Monday, Feb. 26.

Restaurant Week Toledo gives the community the opportunity to try dozens of locally owned restaurants around the area with discounted prices, while also being able to support Toledo youth.

Leadership Toledo’s tuition-free youth program is receiving a portion of participating restaurants’ profits that will be donated to its high-impact program for aspiring young leaders.

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5 Famous Celebrities from Toledo (and what they do)

in Local News/People

Toledo, Ohio, often celebrated for its impressive contributions to the glass industry, is also the birthplace of a remarkable array of talents in entertainment, sports, and beyond. This city, nestled at the western tip of Lake Erie, has given the world some of its most beloved figures.

Let’s shine a spotlight on five of Toledo’s most famous personalities who have brought pride to their hometown.

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