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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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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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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)

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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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Toledo’s first Black-owned barber college nearing one year old

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James Chestnutt, better known as Kutt’em Cheen, is currently a student at Topp Of The Line Barber College. He’s 27 years old and becoming a barber has always been on his mind.

“I’ve always been thinking about being a barber,” Chestnutt said. “My dad’s a barber, my uncle’s a barber, so it’s always been in my blood.”

He said he came to T.O.L. Barber College in south Toledo with the hopes of one day opening up his own barber shop business.

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WWE Raw coming to Toledo in June

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WWE will make a summer stop in the Glass City.

The Huntington Center will host the professional wrestling company’s flagship Monday night program, Raw, on June 10, 2024. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now at the Huntington Center box office and Ticketmaster.com, according to the Huntington Center’s website.

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