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• United Way of Greater Toledo announced it would invest $12.8 million in the community. Of the total investment, $8.57 million was devoted by volunteers to 120 programs in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties. The agency will distribute another $4.28 million based on donor designations to specific nonprofit organizations or groups during its funding year that runs July 1 to June 30, 2008.
• The leader of an effort to recall Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said his group had officially tallied 5,000 signatures one month after the campaign’s inauguration.
• Three Toledo Mud Hens were selected to start for the International League at the Triple-A All-Star Game July 11 in Albuquerque, N.M. Third baseman Mike Hessman and outfielders Ryan Raburn and Timo Perez were named starters for the International League All-Stars. After collecting three hits and two RBIs to lead the International League to a 7-5 win over the Pacific Coast League, Perez was selected as the game’s MVP.
• Toledo fans of popular children’s character Harry Potter prepared for the seventh installment of the series about the boy wizard, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” by J.K. Rowling. Various events around the area were planned to celebrate the July 21 release.
• In response to several media reports critical of UT’s athletic department, former sports information director Max Gerber wrote an open letter to UT President Lloyd Jacobs stating the “exposes” were “much ado about nothing out of the ordinary to anyone remotely familiar with practices common in athletic departments nationwide.” Gerber labeled several of the steps taken to revamp the department as “overreactions.”
• After 39 years racing at the two-mile oval, the Indy Racing League announced it would not race at Michigan International Speedway July 22, 2008. The move may leave Michigan without an IRL race next year.
• The Housing Market Index, released by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo, declined four points to 24 in July, which was its lowest level since 1991. The Housing Market Index is a product of the association’s economics and not influenced by any other outside parties.