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YOUNGSTOWN Rape suspect to get 2nd evaluation

The defendant faces life in prison if he's convicted of any of the 25 counts of rape. By BOB


HEALTH W. Nile virus found in Mercer Co. crow

The virus has now shown up in four western Pennsylvania counties. By HAROLD GWIN VINDICATOR


COLUMBIANA COUNTY Officials seek ruling on law

East Palestine wants to annex property and develop it for homes. By NORMAN LEIGH VINDICATOR


State chips in $25 million for Lordstown make-over

GM said it will spend $500 million upgrading its assembly plant and an additional $50 million on its


Traficant look-alikes in spotlight

The imprisoned congressman was popular at Cafaro Field in absentia, and won a mock election. By


GAME TIME Tonight

Who: Jammers (25-29) at Scrappers (32-24). When: 7:05. Radio: WNIO-AM (1390).


Decision means new life for Valley, state leaders say

GM said it will spend $500 million upgrading its assembly plant and an additional $150 million on


Crow found in Hempfield puts Mercer County on list

The virus has now shown up in four western Pennsylvania counties. By HAROLD GWIN VINDICATOR


CONGRESSIONAL RACES Strickland, Ryan to cooperate

The two congressional candidates plan to make more public appearances together. By DAVID SKOLNICK


HEALTH W. Nile virus found in crow in Mercer Co.

The virus has now shown up in four western Pennsylvania counties. By HAROLD GWIN VINDICATOR


NOTICES

NOTICES BASEBALL BB Rooners -- has scheduled tryouts for the fall and summer 2003 teams. For


TRUMBULL COUNTY Commissioners approve plan to bid contracts for jail food

One commissioner said he suggested the bidding procedure three years ago. WARREN -- Trumbull


Kings sign Clark

Kings sign Clark When Keon Clark was cut loose by Toronto three weeks ago, he could have gone


NEW CASTLE, PA. Ellport man takes plea deal in case involving dead baby

He faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison and a $20,000 fine. NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A man


COLUMBIANA Heartland uses program to help pupils

About 11 of 30 pupils tested will participate in the new program. COLUMBIANA -- Heartland


YOUNGSTOWN Man accused of murder says he was assaulted by deputies

The sheriff's department will investigate. By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR. VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


NEWTON FALLS Commissioners deny annexation request

WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners have turned down an appeal from developers to annex 35 acres


The Vindicator asked its hundreds of News Contacts Wednesday for their thoughts on GM's decision to

The Vindicator asked its hundreds of News Contacts Wednesday for their thoughts on GM's decision to


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Arsonist gets 2 years

Arsonist gets 2 years WARREN -- A 40-year-old Liberty man who pleaded guilty to a charge of


Marshall Street Bridge closes while workers do inspection

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Marshall Street Bridge, between Oak Hill Avenue and Front Street, was closed


Support businesses breathe sigh of relief

One local business owner said his store would never have survived without GM Lordstown. By SHERRI


YOUNGSTOWN | Design board The city's Design Review Commission handled these items Thursday:

Talked about needing lead time before meetings to review projects. Member Joseph Ohr asked that the


LOCAL

LOCAL Blewitt named by conference BAY CITY, Mich. -- Adriane Blewitt, a graduate of Boardman


DIANE MAKAR MURPHY Armed with rapier wits, they breached security

I was seated inside Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with my son Josh, waiting for a plane to


WARREN City fire captain to become chief

The new chief said opening a fire station on the city's southeast side is one of his goals. By


COLUMBUS Motion defends election decision

The state's legal filing avoids the fact that the governor is compelled to hold a special election,


BIRTHS

BIRTHS St. Elizabeth Beth Knight, 4566 Woodhurst Drive, Austintown, twins: boy and girl, Aug. 9.


YOUNGSTOWN Diversion program gets drivers who lost licenses back on track

Charges are dismissed if a defendant completes terms of the program and gets a license. By JoANNE


SHARON, PA. Bids for access road are under estimate

Sharon has $425,000 available in state grant funds to pay for the work. SHARON, Pa. -- The city


"About 80 percent of my business, probably more if you consider the trickle-down effect, comes from

"About 80 percent of my business, probably more if you consider the trickle-down effect, comes from


Julie Piersant to be bride of Joe S. Charif

Donald Piersant of Boardman and Julia Piersant of Austintown are announcing the engagement of their


YOUNGSTOWN Jury gets case of man charged with murder

The defense says someone else did it. The prosecutor says that doesn't matter. By BOB JACKSON


BOARDMAN Residents agree to pay for part of traffic survey

Trustees are waiting on the residents to come forward with the money. By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.


Teens charged with stealing gas caps

Teens charged with stealing gas caps YOUNGSTOWN -- Three 16-year-old Ursuline High School students


SHARON SCHOOLS Cost rises for asbestos removal

Change orders have raised the cost of asbestos removal by nearly 30 percent. By HAROLD GWIN


A Scrapper skid-snapper

By JAYME RAMSON VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF NILES -- Good things happen in baseball when a team has


MAHONING COUNTY

MAHONING COUNTY Marriage licenses Michael J. Howard, 22, of 827 Terraview Drive, Boardman, and


Plan aims to change lives

Focus of the program is to help the tenants someday become homeowners. By ROGER G. SMITH CITY


YOUNGSTOWN Judge sentences man for drug possession

YOUNGSTOWN -- A dozen of the Ayers Street Playas have gone to prison for their roles in the East


Bush needs to make far stronger case for invasion

Opinion: Bush needs to make far stronger case for invasion EDITOR: So the United States is going to send


Good news has many breathing easier these days

One local business owner said his store would never have survived without GM Lordstown. By SHERRI


OUT-OF-TOWN BIRTHS

XDr. Marc P. and Bethe A. (Marva) Orlando of Mason are announcing the birth of their fourth child, a


WARREN Man pleads guilty to rape, faces jail

The prosecutor dropped three rape charges in exchange for the defendant's guilty plea. By PEGGY


YSU runners face challenging schedule

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown State men's and women's cross country teams will face a challenging


Traficant look-alikes in the spotlight at Cafaro Field

The imprisoned congressman was popular at Cafaro Field in absentia, and won a mock election. By


NEW CASTLE State approval allows start on $30M high school project

Work on a new band shelter, to replace one destroyed by arsonists, was to begin today. By LAURE


Making call on Traficant Night

NILES -- Minor league baseball is well known for its outlandish promotions. The Mahoning Valley


Authorities probe death of man killed in blast

Authorities probe death of man killed in blast NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Authorities in New York are


YOUNGSTOWN Flask drops move for bankruptcy

The attorney general's office objected to the withdrawal of bankruptcy protection. By DAVID


DeGenaro-Flasher wedding date is announced

POLAND -- Lynda DeGenaro of Poland is announcing plans for the wedding of her daughter, Christine L.


Bonds cracks 600, but his future could depend on strike

Opinion: When Barry Bonds sent his 600th homer into the bleachers at his home field in San Francisco last


Fair exhibit to honor Tuskegee airmen

Fair exhibit to honor Tuskegee airmen COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Commission on African-American Males,


Madden-Komara engagement is announced

YOUNGSTOWN -- Amy Yvette Madden and Timothy Komara, both of Youngstown, are announcing their


Dealers anticipate better car

A new line of small cars coming to the Lordstown General Motors plant will replace the Chevy


Babe Ruth All-Stars beat Jefferson, 11-9

ABBEVILLE, La. -- The Youngstown Babe Ruth 13-year-old All Star team defeated Jefferson Parish


General Motors has been talking about bringing a new small-car line to Lordstown for years. An

General Motors has been talking about bringing a new small-car line to Lordstown for years. An


Parents announce Sears-Johnson wedding plans

MINERAL RIDGE -- Plans for the early autumn wedding of Stephanie Sears and Jeff Johnson are being


Wedding planned by Julie Helal, William Kay

ASHLAND -- Plans for the forthcoming marriage of Julie Helal, 654 Woodduck Court, Columbus, and


Thanks again, GM, and thanks to many others

Opinion: Yesterday's page one headline read Thanks, GM, and rightfully so. The Mahoning Valley heaved a


AIN AL-HILWEH

AIN AL-HILWEH Key factions Key factions in the Ain al-Hilweh conflict: Fatah. Headed by


Howland will use funds for preserve

HOWLAND -- Township trustees plan to expand a 200-acre wildlife preserve with $600,000 in funds


YOUNGSTOWN Public works official proposes string of sewer rate increases

The first sewer rate increase would take effect Oct. 1 and be in addition to increases approved


BOYS GOLF

BOYS GOLF SOUTH RANGE 161, CAMPBELL 186 (at Lake Front) South Range (1-0) -- Nick Opritza 35,