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BMV to begin offering pet-themed plates

COLUMBUS -- Beginning Monday, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will begin selling a new pets

Set sail to warmth, tasty Caribbean food

NEW YORK (AP) -- Eat well while you're enjoying the sun and the sand of the Caribbean this winter.


MONDAY XLB Circle, an auxiliary of Miriam Chapter 278, OES, will have a noon luncheon meeting at

ARTHUR MILLER, 89 Playwright stood for ideals, found fame with Marilyn

His writing won him the Pulitzer Prize. ROXBURY, Conn. (AP) -- Arthur Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-

Diocese helps tsunami victims

YOUNGSTOWN -- Local individuals and groups have donated $181,595.38 as of Feb. 4 to support the work

MAHONING VALLEY Film commission founder seeks aid to promote area

COLUMBUS (AP) -- Motorists could declare their country "One Nation Under God" with a proposed

Boy's help for grandmother prompts others to do good

ICKY JOHNSON HAS AN entrepreneurial drive that would make Donald Trump proud. But the Columbiana

CATHOLICISM Churches join to learn

Each of the presentations will focus on one or two sacraments. YOUNGSTOWN -- St. Brendan, St.


REGION Bedford Downs scrutinized NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania State Harness Racing

SPRING TRAINING Baseball enters season of change

More steroid testing, the Nationals and free-agent moves top the list. ASSOCIATED PRESS The



NEXT UP This week's schedule

Youngstown State Wednesday: Men's basketball vs. Wright State, 7 p.m. Saturday: Men's basketball

Bracelets have charming history

Charm bracelets seem to be a new idea about every 50 years. Charms were worn on the wrist or with

Deadline nears for tax relief applications

School districts have until May 31 to be included in the tax relief program. The deadline for

Campbell votes to put levy on ballot

Everything will be cut if the levy fails, the council president says. CAMPBELL -- City council


TODAY 9 a.m. (Golf) Golf: New Zealand Open, third round (same-day tape). 10:30 a.m. (Speed)

MiniPage activities meet many state and national educational standards. This week's standards:

MiniPage activities meet many state and national educational standards. This week's standards:

NHL Deadline for deal, but no word yet

Team representatives expect word from the NHL office by Monday. NEW YORK (AP) -- The weekend has

New Castle opens with 48-41 win

The Hurricanes held off Franklin Regional in a postseason opener. AMBRIDGE, Pa. -- The New Castle


BASEBALL Warren McKinley Baseball and Softball will host winter clinics for 6- to 12-year-old

Liz Yazbek was born deaf, but she excels in basketball and in life.

Liz Yazbek was born deaf, but she excels in basketball and in life. BOARDMAN -- Boardman High

Center reports growth

Center reports growth YOUNGSTOWN -- The Christian Revival and Discipleship Center, located in the


MATHCOUNTS 2005 winnersTeam and individual winners of the 2005 MATHCOUNTS competition at

Campbell, ambulance company agree on round-the-clock service

CAMPBELL -- Round-the-clock ambulance service is coming to the city in two weeks. The city has

Police association to reschedule workshop on political activism

The seminar is to include how to fill out forms and collect petitions to become a candidate.

Provincial returns show heavy voter turnout

Results of the National Assembly vote are expected in a few days. WASHINGTON POST BAGHDAD, Iraq


JENNIFER THOMAS BRYAN GERBASI XAUSTINTOWN -- Jennifer Lynne Thomas, daughter of Vincent and


INFERTILITY SPECIALIST Kinchen has specialized training in infertility and treats both men and

GOLDEN GATE Restaurant sues to recover lost money

About 250 people who attended the wedding reception got sick. WARREN -- Golden Gate Restaurant,

Tondo, Dolsak lead McDonald past Southington, 54-43

McDONALD -- Ashleigh Tondo poured in 25 points and Amy Dolsak added 14, leading McDonald High to a

HOLISTIC HEALTH Chinese therapy nurtures the well to heal the unwell

Treating imbalances is the goal of practioners. YOUNGSTOWN -- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)


ALLISON HART DARRELL MARCEV JR. XYOUNGSTOWN -- The Rev. Joseph Rudjak officiated at 5:30 p.m. Jan.


BOYS BASKETBALL SATURDAY'S SCORES AREA Wilson at Beaver Local, late Lisbon at JFK, late

CDBG awards for projects OK'd

County tax collectors were given a small pay increase. MERCER, Pa. -- Mercer County commissioners

TRAFFIC SAFETY Proposal would limit cameras at red lights

Under the plan, cameras could be used only if an officer witnessed a violation. COLUMBUS (AP) --


NBA STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic DivisionWLPctGB Boston2625.510--


SCHOOL REGISTRATIONS LOWELLVILLE The district will continue its inter-district open

DIAL 211|Help offered

DIAL 211|Help offered The 211 number offers access to community organizations and government

If qualifications don't matter then don't pretend they do

Opinion: Of the three Mahoning County commissioners, only one has had actual experience negotiating contracts

Ursuline defense puts the clamps on Rayen

The game had two of the area's top scorers, Rayen's Taniesha Holland and Ursuline's Tyra Grant.

WRESTLING SECTIONALS Fitch in first place heading into semis

Falcons, with eight wrestlers advancing, lead Madison by 15 1/ 2 points AUSTINTOWN -- Fitch High


GUILDS XTQGIBT Quilting Guild will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday at Fair Park in Canfield.

REVIEW 'Wonderfalls' is perfect for DVD box

Too quirky for a mass audience, the show fits right in with the own-your-own crowd. By GAIL

OHIO Proposed budget would squeeze 4 -year colleges, aid 2-year schools

Eleven of the 15 two-year community colleges would get more funding. COLUMBUS (AP) -- The state's

AT A GLANCE \ Spring training capsules

AMERICAN LEAGUE East Baltimore Orioles Manager: Lee Mazzilli (second season) 2004: 78-84, third


FUGITIVE OF WEEK Gregory Mannis The FBI and Crime Stoppers of Greater Youngstown are asking the

CHILDHOOD OBESITY Smoothies a healthful alternative

Although the fruit drinks are high in calories, they are more nutritious than many other snacks.

Miss Vagasky is engaged to wed Scott Obermiyer

XMASURY -- Conrad Vagasky, 1556 Madeline St., is announcing the engagement of his daughter,


FRIDAY'S NBA SUMMARIES 76ERS 106, RAPTORS 91 PHILADELPHIA (106) -- Korver 1-5 0-0 3, Thomas 10-

E.R. SHIPP Rev. Al becomes a defender of friers

Opinion: No matter how chickens die, they are going to end up between his teeth and those of so many people

Fitch grapplers takes top honors

The senior won an individual championship at 145 pounds. AUSTINTOWN -- Fitch High's Anthony

Superjumbo causing airport headaches

The new aircraft is so large that few airports will be able to handle it. SEATTLE (AP) -- It's

Plastic-covered wooden fences a sensible choice

When we first began writing this column 20 years ago, a fence consisted of rows of vertical wood

New Castle ekes out victory

The Hurricanes improved to 20-5. AMBRIDGE, Pa. -- Before Saturday's meeting with Albert Gallatin


A look at the NHL lockout through Friday: Total days of lockout: 149 Total days of season missed:

Smithsonian director to speak at YSU

The event commemorates the internment of Japanese- Americans in World War II. YOUNGSTOWN --

Car stolen from driveway

Car stolen from driveway YOUNGSTOWN -- A 2003 Oldsmobile left running to warm up in a driveway on


NATION Citigroup merging within NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc., the nation's largest financial

Trade imbalance hits close to home, hurts real people

Opinion: The U.S. trade deficit set a record of $617.7 billion in 2004, which should come as no surprise.

PRESCRIPTIONS GM drops drugstore chain as provider

About 10 percent of GM-covered households that fill prescriptions will need to find a new pharmacy.

LUXURY ITEMS Toilet-seat maker unveils model fit for a king

San Francisco inventor's seat is heated, will spray a mist and blow-dry the user. SAN FRANCISCO

Creating templates worth the effort

Q. I have a small home-based business and I like to make my own forms on the computer -- everything


MONDAY XHitchcock Woods will meet for a program by the Boardman High School Speech Team. Jane

STOCKS Local interest

Q. I haven't been involved in a job search for a very long time, so the rules may have changed. When

Fitch foils Harding for first-round tourney win

The Falcons won 48-41, advancing to play Boardman in a Division I final. ALLIANCE -- Stay

BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP Poland improves to 16-2 with victory

Coppola scored 28 points to lead 58-44 win over Chaney. POLAND -- Lou Coppola scored 28 points to

Getting started

GETTING STARTED Some ideas Decide on the giving circle's mission and focus. Some founders decide


INFORMATION If you go Elk watching: For information on where to find elk, hiring guides, lodging

Nationals scramble to get ready

While players prepare in Florida, final details are GM's duty in Washington. WASHINGTON (AP) --

TAC BOYS BASKETBALL Title will run through LaBrae

Vikings knock Lakeview out of 1st place, 81-77 in OT, can spoil Liberty's hopes next Friday

Top 10

TOP 10 Music to drive by The top driving songs, as selected by the faculty at Berklee (Mass.)

TAC Kershaw's shot beats buzzer

LIBERTY -- Edward Kershaw put the finishing touches on an 18-point night, sinking a 3-point basket

Bound to be found among these pages

Romance isn't hard to uncover between these covers. By RON BERTHEL ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

Inner-city youth to be topic at Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Dr. Rolf Loeber, professor of psychiatry at the Pittsburgh School of

St. John on the mend after Aspen ski accident

St. John on the mend after Aspen ski accident ASPEN, Colo. -- Former James Bond girl Jill St. John

NORTH CAROLINA Man hit by car, pronounced dead, put in morgue later found alive

Paramedics and a medical examiner thought the victim was dead. INGLESIDE, N.C. (AP) -- Larry Green


CLUBS Muskies banquet set Cleveland Chapter 23 of Muskies Inc. will hold its annual awards

BILL TAMMEUS Does God ordain political victories?

Opinion: On the morning Missouri's new governor, Matt Blunt, took office a few weeks ago, he attended a


Looking good CANFIELD -- The American Cancer Society will have 18 Look Good Feel Better programs

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Experts: Cancel the season

The league will need years to repair the damage from the lockout. PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The NHL would

SCOTT SHALAWAY Birding ethics and birding etiquette

The information at the fingertips of birders every time they log onto the Internet boggles the mind.

3 lawmakers unite in effort

The legislators don't want the state or Valley to become a dumping ground. WARREN -- In the front

ANNIE'S MAILBOX Spouses should know about family finances

Dear Annie: For the past two years, my husband has been traveling out of the country on business.

PUBLIC WORKS $8M funds requested for area projects

Grants requested totaled more than $14 million. AUSTINTOWN -- The District 6 Public Works

California school tracking students

SUTTER, Calif. (AP) -- The only grade school in this rural town is requiring pupils to wear radio

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING Boardman's O'Halloran takes first in 50 freestyle

AKRON -- Boardman High freshman Conner O'Halloran won a championship in the 50-yard freestyle,

Westminister uses snow to attract students

Westminister uses snow to attract students SALT LAKE CITY -- Instead of a semester abroad,


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Hair-a-thon scheduled

Hair-a-thon scheduled CANFIELD -- The senior cosmetology class at Mahoning County Career &

Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, has scheduled the following: Monday,

Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, has scheduled the following: Monday,


WOMEN'S WORLD CUP (At George, South Africa) Yardage: 6,424; Par: 73 SATURDAY'S ALTERNATE SHOT

Film commission founder seeks aid to promote area

He says he has contacts who might consider filming in the Valley. YOUNGSTOWN -- The founder of the

Alyse Prokup affianced to Joseph Consiglio II

XCORTLAND -- Dan and Lori Prokup, 209 Wae Trail, are announcing the engagement of their daughter,


OHIO Mega Millions: 8-11-14-23-25 Mega Ball: 21 Night drawings: Pick 3, 8-3-6 Pick 4,

BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP McDonald wins, finishes 11-1 in ICL play

The Blue Devils rout Lowelville, 66-42. McDONALD -- James Beedle scored 21 points and Mark Macali

COMMUNITY SERVICES County's 211 phone system rings along in first year

United Way and Help Hotline celebrated the success of the new number. YOUNGSTOWN -- The

ANGLER'S TIPS Jack Wollitz

Fads come and go in the fishing world where anglers are always on the lookout for advantages in


MOUNTAINEER ENTRIES SUNDAY -- 7 P.M. 1st--$10,500, Maiden Claiming $5,000, 3 yo's & amp; up,

HOW SHE SEES IT On Valentine's Day, celebrate longevity

Opinion: By MARILYN GARDNER CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR On a greeting-card rack filled with a sea of red

Coastal casino city goes shopping

Retailers and visitors have discovered a whole new side to gambling town. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP)

Area expo to be held in March

Last year's event featured 105 area businesses. NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The third annual New


MEDICAL GROVE CITY, Pa. -- JoAnne McCliment has been appointed director of community relations for

'Hello, what's your major?'

Students across the country have logged onto the site only to become 'addicted.' LOS ANGELES TIMES

Fast fACTS

FAST FACTS Temperature: Electric models run about 145 degrees. Hydronic units run between 120 and

YSU BASKETBALL Penguins teams look for winning formula

Men's and women's teams attempt to begin winning streaks today. YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown State

CAL THOMAS We should learn to take care of ourselves

Opinion: A major reason why government has grown to the point where President Bush has submitted a record

Storing Bulbs

STORING BULBS Humidity is the enemy If you decide to save tender summer bulbs over the winter,

Canfield: We're starting to believe

Cardinals blow out Alliance, 60-44, complete what coach calls 'a good week.' CANFIELD -- The

A floral frenzy

Between wire services and discount retailers, some florists are ready to wilt. ASSOCIATED PRESS

& lt;B & gt;ADAMS & lt;/B & gt;, Mary Cecilia, 96, of Younggstown;

& lt;B & gt;ADAMS & lt;/B & gt;, Mary Cecilia, 96, of Younggstown; calling hours

INDIANA PACERS Knicks saw Miller's finest game

Reggie Miller is ready to end a remarkable 18-year career. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Patrick Ewing is

Elk-watching sites attract tourists

The elk have made a comeback from near extinction. BENEZETTE, Pa. (AP) -- On a crisp, gray winter

BLACK FLIES Plan to end aerial spraying irks lawmakers

One lawmaker said the decision could hurt summer tourism. HARRISBURG (AP) -- Gov. Ed Rendell's


CHOCOLATE FACTS uIn America, the pilgrims sent confections, such as sugar wafers, marzipan,

Researchers found that more than half of the circles surveyed were women-only.

Researchers found that more than half of the circles surveyed were women-only. WASHINGTON POST

NYC's sweet craze

ASSOCIATED PRESS Is New York the Big Apple -- or the Big Bonbon? Connoisseurs say the city is

Mahoning county

MAHONING COUNTY Forum Health At Home offers hot, nutritious meals weekdays at 11 locations in

Give gladioli another chance

'There's no law' that says you have to dig up seasonal bulbs, a nursery owner says. KNIGHT RIDDER


LOCAL Harris boxing in Chicago YOUNGSTOWN -- Northsider Josh Harris, a 20-year old Rayen

NBA Malone finishes No. 2 on scoring list

Jazz said power forward will announce his retirement on Sunday. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Karl Malone

Megan M. Rider and Mr. Mintern are engaged

XGIRARD -- Announcement is being made by Thomas G. and Stephanie M. Rider, 2248 Crestmont Drive, of

The fading of 'Buy American'

Opinion: Los Angeles Times: Is it un-American for the president to be shuttled to Camp David in an un-

Trillian 3's perks include simple setup, but its interface overloads

The software comes in two versions. WASHINGTON POST Trillian lets you log in to multiple instant

Falcons down Flashes

Buffalo and Western Michigan also won their MAC contests. ASSOCIATED PRESS KENT -- Josh Almanson

Maureen Connell to be June bride of Isaac Yue

XThe engagement of Maureen Elaine Connell of Chicago and Isaac Yue, 1365 W. Belmont, No. 419, also

NBA Boykins comes up big again against Cavaliers

Cleveland native was at his best, scoring 20 points and leading Denver with eight assists.

Today is Saturday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2005. There are 322 days left in the year. On this date

Opinion: Today is Saturday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2005. There are 322 days left in the year. On this date

Marriage issue still in question

A judge won't rule on new amendment's impact in domestic violence case. CLEVELAND (AP) -- A judge


AT & amp;T-PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO-AM (At Pebble Beach, Calif.) Second Round Phil

Arthur Miller dies

Arthur Miller dies kARTHUR MILLER, whose dramas of fierce moral and personal responsibility such

Cold spell dooms YSU in 72-61 loss

Trailing Butler by 1 with 10:06 to play, Penguins miss their next 14 shots. YOUNGSTOWN --


YSU Diving YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State senior Kalyn Leveto won the 1-meter event and placed

Cruise planned to celebrate McLains' 50th

XSTRUTHERS -- A western Caribbean cruise is being planned in celebration of the 50th wedding


OHIO Night drawings: Pick 3, 0-4-4- Pick 4, 0-7-5-3 Rolling Cash 10-11-20-28-39 Day


RETIREMENT Drysdale puts in 26 years Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Cheri L. Drysdale, daughter of

SUNDAY NEWS SHOWS | Opinions on the air

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" -- Former Secretary of State James

Taft's budget proposal warrants full hearings

Opinion: Republican Gov. Bob Taft has called the biennium state budget he sent to the Ohio General Assembly

Employees find their calling

Workers get health insurance and other benefits. YOUNGSTOWN -- Michael Jorge of Struthers, a

COURT Ex-police officer pleads innocent to party charges

The judge set a low bond for the former officer, but higher bonds for his sons. STRUTHERS --

Hormones are not to blame

Q. During a recent talk show appearance, a psychologist said that runaway hormone levels often cause


Cardinal Mooney High's Ron Stoops Scholarship Dinner and Athletic Hall of Fame will be held Feb. 20


300 GAMES Camelot - Wil Coblentz in Systems A-Part. Holiday - Greg Kerr in St. Dominic's Men's.

TRUMBULL COUNTY Bus riders, group discuss transit system finances

Some rates and service hours are changing effective March 1. NILES -- "NTTS is my life," Mary Jane


DENISE MORRIS JOSEPH C. BLAIR XATHENS, Ohio -- Denise A. Morris of Albany, Ohio, and Joseph C.

Banks leads UIC past Cleveland St.

Loyola and Butler has prevailed in conference games. ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEVELAND -- Cedrick Banks

HIGHER EDUCATION Expanded research provides a boost

Blue-collar campuses such as YSU look to research to attract higher quality students and professors.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Wrong call on final shot may change MAC's ways

Video showed Miami's shot came after buzzer, but officials didn't have a replay. CLEVELAND (AP) --

INVESTMENTS Boomers' interests drive stock market

With their buying power, baby boomers have proved time and time again they greatly affect the

America cozies up to towel warmers

In addition to warming or drying towels, the heaters can warm bathroom floors. KNIGHT RIDDER


MEN'S BASKETBALL HOW TOP 25 FARED 1. Illinois (25-0) beat No. 20 Wisconsin 70-59. Next: at Penn

Reception honors the Greens for 50th anniverary

BOARDMAN -- Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green of Boardman were honored Feb. 12 at a luncheon reception at A

What's good for the taxpayer should be good enough for the public employee

Opinion: What's good for the taxpayer should be good enough for the public employee EDITOR: I am covered


OHIO Friday 2/11 Night drawings: Pick 3, Pick 4, Buckeye 5, Mega Millions, Mega Ball, Day

NASCAR ROUNDUP \ News and notes

Elliott back at Daytona: Partially retired, Bill Elliott spends most of his weekends away from the

NASCAR Final Budweiser Shootout for Martin and Wallace

Both Nextel Cup veterans said they will be competitive this season. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) --

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM Soldiers get hero's welcome

Businesses along the bus route welcomed the troops home. FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF STAFF SGT. Ralph

TOM RIDGE Ex-governor enjoys the simple pleasures

His immediate focus is on finding a job in the private sector. HARRISBURG (AP) -- Less than two

HOW SHE SEES IT We the People, ignorant and tuned out

Opinion: By MOLLY SELVIN LOS ANGELES TIMES Americans have become constitutional dunces. Or neo-

Ursuline High School sponsors Wake-A-Thon to benefit homeless

YOUNGSTOWN -- Ursuline High School will sponsor its 15th annual Wake-A-Thon for the homeless

BIG TEN ROUNDUP \ Saturday's other games

Illinois 70, Wisconsin 59 CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Luther Head scored 26 points and Dee Brown hit two


55-PLUS MINERAL RIDGE XThe 55-Plus Club of Mineral Ridge will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at St.

SCHOOL FINANCES Salem chief promotes tax renewal

The superintendent said cuts would still be needed even if voters approve the measure. SALEM --

Hornets 111, Warriors 108

Hornets 111, Warriors 108 NEW ORLEANS -- Rodney Rogers scored 20 points and Bostjan Nachbar had 19

Canfield connects in 2nd half for win

Cardinals' run to open the third quarter proved to be too much for Uniontown Lake. ALLIANCE -- One

WOMEN'S TOP 25 \ Saturday's games

No. 7 Baylor 87, Oklahoma State 51 WACO, Texas -- Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon each had


OHIO Night drawings: Pick 3, 3-2-2 Pick 4, 3-1-3-7 Rolling Cash 5: 3-10-17-19-36 Day

Radakovich considers football

He played tight end in high school. YOUNGSTOWN -- Brian Radakovich is a big body in the middle for

HELOISE Set a timer so pets won't get cold feet

Dear Heloise: Thought I'd pass this hint on to your readers. With the cold weather comes the danger

MEN'S TOP 25 No. 18 Panthers hold on for 68-66 win over Irish

No. 21 Cincinnati dropped to 18-6 with a loss at DePaul. ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH -- Carl

MIKE BRAUN Fish fry becomes favorite tradition

For many sportsmen in the Mahoning Valley, death and taxes are not the only sure things in life.

Fire was an accident

Fire was an accident WASHINGTONVILLE -- A fire that gutted a house on Main Street here last week

hBook tells the tale of the brothers Greene

hBook tells the tale of the brothers Greene The architectural contributions of brothers Charles

InfoCision primed for growth in Youngstown

Company officials say the Mahoning Valley is a good area in which to grow. YOUNGSTOWN --

A private clipping service for the masses

Web search engines provide easy solution for those seeking information. HARTFORD COURANT For

VALENTINE'S DAY How to stay out of trouble

By RACHEL SUTHERLAND KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS Mama always said it's the thought that counts.

BOYS BASKETBALL Kennedy grounds Greenville in tuneup

Golden Eagles avenge earlier loss, get ready for postseason with 62-46 win. HERMITAGE -- Friday

PEBBLE BEACH Mickelson opens up four-shot lead

Lefty is a tournament-record 15-under par after the second round. PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) --


WORLD CUP SNOWBOARD (At Bardonecchia, Italy) MEN Half-pipe Final 1. Risto Mattila,

BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Downloads put new spin on hits

Fans are pulling up to 6 million tunes every week. By JIM FARBER NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Pop used