kTHE U.S. WOMEN'S softball team was looking to win a third straight Olympic gold medal today. The win Sunday to advance to the medal match was the U.S. team's eighth victory without a defeat in the 2004 Olympics. The Americans have yet to allow a run, while scoring 46. In other Olympic action, American Justin Gatlin outran the fastest field in Olympic history to become the youngest 100-meter champion in 36 years, and Russia's Irina Korzhanenko was stripped of her shot put gold medal, the first female athlete of the Athens Games to lose an Olympic title because of doping.
kTHE AUSTINTOWN Growth Foundation is looking for community organizations willing to take the lead on the first projects to be carried out under the 20/20 Austintown plan.
kTHE 14TH LABOR Community Parade, one of Ohio's few remaining labor-oriented festivities, will be held in Niles. The parade moved from Warren to Niles last year.
Looking like college
kYOU STILL WON'T FIND dormitories or a football team at the University of Phoenix. But starting this fall, the giant, for-profit university system will have something to make it look more like a traditional college: 18- to 21-year-olds.
LIFE & amp;WORK
No apology for size
kEVEN AS WEIGHT-LOSS BOOKS dominate the best-seller lists and the federal government declares war on obesity, corporate marketers are urging consumers to embrace their plus-size selves -- and consumers are listening.
Von Trapp album
kTHE VON TRAPP family singers -- the real-life inspiration for "The Sound of Music" -- stopped touring more than 50 years ago. Now, their descendants are carrying on the tradition with a new album.
kDIANE MAKAR MURPHY: Question: How do you get kids interested in history? Answer: You turn them into detectives.