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David John Betras, Biography Attorney David Betras is the Senior Partner at Betras, Maruca, Kopp & Harshman, LLC, and directs the firm's non-litigation activities. His primary responsibility includes resolving clients' personal injury and medical malpractice claims prior to commencing a lawsuit. David also practices criminal defense on both the state and federal levels. David graduated Cum Laude from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Science in 1982. He attended law school at Capital University, where he was elected to the Order of the Curia. He graduated Cum Laude and earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1985. While in law school, David won American Jurisprudence Awards for his demonstrated excellence in the subjects of Torts and Wills and Estates. David began his legal career as an attorney with Betras & Betras in 1985. As such, David was actively involved in case management, research and the drafting of opinions and orders. In 1992, David became a founding member in the law firm of Betras & Dann. He became a founding partner in Betras, Maruca & Kopp, LLC. in 1998. David's reputation and ability were acknowledged in October of 1998 when he was appointed to serve as Special Prosecutor of the Mahoning County Fraud Probe. David's chair of the Mahoning County Democratic Party

VINDICATOR Managing Editor - MARK SWEETWOOD (Sweetwood Mac,The Watchman)

A 1982 graduate of Bradley University; journalism major; 30-year career as editor, reporter, columnist (includes three-year stint as GM/publisher) in Illinois, upstate New York, Florida and now Ohio; named managing editor of The Vindicator in 2008.

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new blog: Still Waiting....


Rabbit Welfare Petition to the Scottish Parliament

As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.

UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet 

read this report!

Terry Walter's vegetable curry pot pie



Clean Food Terry Walters' Facebook page 


Terry Walters Twitter




 GOING HOME: Finding Peace When Pets Die




Dr. Michael Roizen - FaceBook 


2015 Nature Photography Exhibit


February 21 – March 15, 2015 • Ford Nature Center

View over 100 images and the amazing talents of amateur photographers.

Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, Noon – 5 pm; Closed Monday


Tovah P. Klein, PhD





By Andy Wolk

A dramatic adaption of Thomas Bell's tale about three generations of immigrant familes struggling to build a life in the shadow of Carnegie's first steel mill and the rise of unions in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

One weekend only in Bliss Hall


February 26, 27, 28 7:30 p.m.  March 1 2:00 p.m.

This production is partially underwritten by the American Slovak Cultural Association of the Mahoning Valley,the Warren chapter of the Carpatho Rusyn Society and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Branch No. 161 and Branch No. 422, Simply Slavic, Loretta Ekoniak, Mary Margaret Hovanes and Sandra Saluga.

This production is dedicated to the memory of Susan J. Summers, co-author of Slovaks of the Greater Mahoning Valley


For tickets, call the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105 

or order on-line YSU.TIX.COM


Craig Winn returns to BrainFood!

Why Netanyahu, The Churchill Of Our Time, Must Speak Before Congress


IRS Rehires Agents Caught Snooping On Taxpayer Data



new blog: Still Waiting....

Stephen Fry's Quiz Show Comes to BBC America(John  Lloyd on  BrainFood!)Check out Qi,  on BBC America Thursdays 8/7c.

QI is a panel show full of quirky facts in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are ‘quite interesting.’ Every season is themed around a different letter of the alphabet and each episode has a different theme on which the celebrity guests have to answer questions, avoiding repeating common misconceptions and urban myths. It’s okay to be wrong but don’t be obviously, boringly wrong. .

QI celebrity guests include some of Britain’s most eloquent comedians and smartest experts. They include permanent panelist Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, comedians Katy Brand, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey and Flight of the Conchords’ Rhys Darby, as well as Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Universe). QI was created by Executive Producer John Lloyd 

Copenhagen Imam on Eve of Terror Attack: The Prophet Engaged in War, Not Dialogue

…because there’s more to keeping kids safe

than just teaching the “stranger-danger” concept.


The Stranger You Know: How to Spot a Child Molester’s Tricks


Gregory Copley:

Early Warning Wars Are Rarely Won With the Wrong Tools Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs. Wealth is the great opiate. It creates a sense of invincibility, even when battles are lost, and wars fail to sustain or expand victory. The syndrome is exemplified by the credo: “I am rich, therefore I am omnipotent.” It is the beginning of downfall. Modern societies — East and West, North and South — today find themselves beset by challenges to the legitimacy of their governance and their states. This persists to the point where the challenged societies themselves exhibit the seeds of self-doubt. Much of this phenomenon is attributable to the great shifts in population groups over the past century, particularly the concurrent transnational movements and urbanization trends which have changed the nature, thinking, and shape of many societies. Certainly it has changed the centers of gravity in many societies. This I investigated in the book UnCivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos1 . Wealth (and dreams of wealth) motivate much of this population movement, and, concurrently, urbanization itself has helped to create wealth. But in that book I also remarked that the rise of the city-states would come to be challenged by exercises of crude power, just as it was when Philip II of Macedon rolled up the sophists of the Hellenic city-states in a careful series of maneuvers in which he rarely sought a direct confrontation in conventional terms. Today, the rise of geopolitical movements such as the Islamic Caliphate has already begun to confuse the defense and intelligence apparatus of the states confronting it. Have we even begun to understand that the amorphous nature of the opponents faced by the International Coalition in Iraq and Afghanistan was, like the Caliphate, not quite the usual insurgency threat which the conventional powers had traditionally faced? What is clear is that the present tools — political, military, and doctrinal — are ill-suited to face the threat of primitive warfare, and, indeed, often abet it through foolish missteps. The West gave these, its lavishlybought tools, free rein to take up the gauntlet thrown down by al-Qaida in 2001, and by the precursors to that group in the years building up to the 9/11 attacks. The West’s only response to the ongoing inability to stem the building tide of opposition was to re-double the kinetic response, regardless of the diminishing cost-benefit ratio. Bluntly put, the modern world is fighting tomorrow’s wars with yesterday’s weapons, doctrine, and political organization. Neither is it merely a matter of looking solely to history to extract the lessons from earlier ages of counter-insurgency warfare, although such lessons are part of the clean-sheet analysis which will be critical to coping with the future. The fault, Dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.Extracts from Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis 2 February 19, 2015 GIS Confidential © 2015 Global Information System, ISSA And the first step toward understanding the threat lies in understanding ourselves. If we ask why modern, wealthy, industrialized societies are vulnerable, and why they do not seem to have the cohesiveness to respond to threats, then perhaps we are beginning the process. After all, terrorism and insurgency are the tools of the disenfranchised; of those with nothing to lose, or those who do not fear loss of the structures of civilization. Again, the target societies — “modern societies” — are threatened because they are inflexible, and have become unwilling to surrender their privileges, or even to suffer hardship. Even to see to their own safety or cohesiveness. But the question still remains: what does it take for a society (or its government) to tackle a nextgeneration threat? Firstly, it takes a leadership willing to assign the task of finding and delivering a solution to professionals who do not have a vested interest in (or a psychological dependency on) the structures, doctrine, and technology of the past or present. This may result in the creation of new force structures and capabilities, requiring new budgets, with the commensurate scaling back of the empowerment of existing force capabilities. Secondly, it requires an intelligence capability which can assess the threats without being mired in political or ethical judgment, and comprehend the strengths and weaknesses of an adversary which arose out of the complex mix of its own societies as well as the vulnerability of the societies it challenges. There is, in the West, still no understanding of what motivated al-Qaida, or the Taliban, let alone the Caliphate. How, then, can the West (or modern society) even think it can cope with the new challenges? As with all things at a national strategic framework level, the question must be asked: what do you want your society to be, and how do you intend to deliver


Shepard’s “Turning the Tables”


Optical Illusion: Beyond Belief and Back

“I’d go vegan, but I just can’t give up cheese.”

Indeed – the lure of cheese is strong, and many of us have fallen to its siren call. We hope to be able to answer that call with the most delectable whole-foods, plant-based cheeses in the world! Our products were created by Miyoko Schinner, who embarked on a mission to recreate the range of flavors and textures she had once enjoyed from dairy cheeses before becoming vegan. Several years of experimentation culminated in the publication of her groundbreaking book, Artisan Vegan Cheese(Book Publishing Co., 2012), which she hoped would inspire others to make their own.

Despite the success of the book, people frequently requested that she simply make and sell them. She knew that in order to succeed, she would need a passionate business partner with whom to launch and grow the business. She soon met Lisa Shanower, and the two of them embarked on their cheese journey to create Miyoko’s Kitchen. The two of them assembled an amazing team of passionate vegans with expertise in different areas, and Miyoko’s Kitchen was born!


           Based on the most recent scientific discoveries in behavioral genetics, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, economics, and evolution, Sun argues that the origins of the fairness instinct cannot be found exclusively in the philosophical, social, and political perspectives to which we so often turn; rather, they can be traced to something much deeper in our biological makeup.
L. Sun (Ellensburg, WA) is professor of biology at Central Washington University. Trained at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China in biology and animal ecology, and then at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University in zoology and animal behavior, he has coauthored two books: The World of Mammals (in Chinese) and The Beaver—Natural History of a Wetlands Engineer. The latter won Choice magazine’s Outstanding Academic Title award and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal for excellence in nature writing.


Derek and Savannah Fitzgerald in studio Thursday



Safety and Effectiveness of the MMR vaccine: info from CDC and DHHS- Dr Meryl Nass on BrainFood 



Genesis 1:29


MCCTC Engineering Students Compete in VEX Robotics Competition



Canfield, OH— Four robotics teams from the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center traveled to Cleveland State University to compete in the VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday, January 31. Congratulations to the junior team who finished 1st in the alliance brackets and 13th overall, qualifying them for a spot in the state tournament in Marion, Ohio on February 20-21!


VEX competitions are a team effort that have many facets. The teams are expected to build robots to accomplish particular tasks. The students build the robots from the ground up and have to consider items such as the strength and speed of the robot. There are no two robots that are ever identical in the competition. After the robots are built, the students will program the robots to move autonomously as well as with a remote controller.


A total of 41 teams competed in the tournament 


Group Cautions That Leaving Animals Outside in Freezing Temperatures Is Deadly, Criminal Act  


Youngstown, Ohio — Every year, PETA receives thousands of complaints about people who leave dogs outside in the cold—which is not only cruel but also a crime in the state of Ohio. Although they are equipped with fur coats, dogs and other animals can still suffer from deadly frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze. Cold weather spells extra hardship for "backyard dogs," who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care. That's why PETA is working with law-enforcement officials across the country to press charges against people who illegally leave their animals outside to die or to shiver and ache in the cold all day and night.  


With bitter temperatures and up to 2 feet of snowfall predicted for your area, will you please share the following information with your audience now and throughout the winter in order to help protect animals and keep Ohio’s laws enforced?  


 ·          Keep animals indoors, as required by law. This is absolutely critical when it comes to puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Doberman pinschers. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm sweater or a coat on walks. Don't allow your cat or dog to roam outdoors. During winter, cats sometimes climb under the hoods of cars to be near warm engines and are badly injured or killed when the car is started.  

 ·          Wipe off your dogs' or cats' legs, feet, and stomachs after they come in from the snow. Salt and other chemicals can make your animals sick if they ingest them. You should also increase animals' food rations during the winter because they burn more calories in an effort to stay warm.  

 ·          Keep an eye out for stray animals. Take unidentified animals indoors until you can find their guardians or take them to an animal shelter. If strays are skittish or otherwise unapproachable, provide food and water and call your local humane society for assistance in trapping them and getting them indoors.  

 ·          If you see animals left outside without shelter from the elements, please notify authorities. For information on what constitutes adequate shelter, click here.  

 ·         During extreme winter weather, birds and other animals may have trouble finding food and water. Offer rations to wildlife who are caught in storms or white-outs by spreading birdseed on the ground. Provide access to liquid water by filling a heavy water bowl and breaking the surface ice twice a day. Remember to remove the food once the weather improves to encourage the animals to move on to warmer areas.


PETA's cold-weather public service announcement is available to link to or download hereFor more information, please visit PETA.org. 

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