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J.R. LABBE Original hotspot almost off the radar

Opinion: Afghanistan isn't a topic of many Americans' conversations these days -- perhaps because it's not

PREPS Spartans honor Amber Bland

The school officially retired her No. 44 jersey at a ceremony Monday. BOARDMAN -- Just a year ago

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Savannah State finishes winless

The Tigers are the second Div. I team in the last half-century to lose every game. SAVANNAH, Ga.

EDUCATION Choffin coordinator: It's never too early

Three new 'tech-prep' courses will be offered next year. YOUNGSTOWN -- The time to plant the seed

STATE BUDGET Taft's plan for cuts has cities worried

The governor wants to cut funding to cities by 20 percent. YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown and Warren

How was money sent to the Third World spent?

Opinion: Earlier this month, Nelson Mandela, former South African president, likened the fight against

59 killed as blaze erupts in mosque

A cloth hung to segregate sexes fed the deadly flames. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A fire raged through a

Boardman retires Amber's jersey

Boardman retires Amber's jersey kDAVID SMERCANSKY, Boardman High athletics director, hugs former

FASHION Spring promises to be wardrobe friendly

The season embraces some of the trends that made 2004 a memorable year in fashion. HARTFORD

TRUSTEES Flood aid project OK'd

The project involves installation of larger-capacity sewer pipes. AUSTINTOWN -- Trustees have

'Aviator' big BAFA winner

'Aviator' big BAFA winner LONDON -- "The Aviator" soared Saturday at the British Academy Film

'FAT ACTRESS' Kirstie Alley didn't see how fat she really was

Ironically, she got serious about weight loss and funny about her situation. By LUAINE LEE

TRUMBULL COUNTY Grand jury indictments

A Trumbull County grand jury has indicted these individuals: Timothy R. Marshall, 48, Cleveland,

ASSASSINATION Former PM of Lebanon killed by large blast Motorcade destroyed by 650-pound bomb

Syria denied it was behind the attack and condemned 'criminal terrorism.' BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) --

NHL set to shut its doors on 04-05

A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday. NEW YORK (AP) -- With its do-or-die deadline come

CAMPAIGN YSU seeks contributions to assist tsunami relief

A YSU professor's hometown was devastated by the tsunami. YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State


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OHIO UTILITIES Study touts benefits of efficiency efforts

Energy-efficiency programs would improve Ohio's economy, a new study says. COLUMBUS -- If Ohio's


LOCAL E-newsletter publishing BOARDMAN -- Farris Marketing of Boardman has partnered with

POLITICS Now is the time to run for mayor, Hagan says

Hagan's platform focuses on a cleaner, safer and united city. YOUNGSTOWN -- State Sen. Robert

DIV. II GIRLS Struthers forces Wilson's mistakes

The Wildcats forced 37 turnovers while defeating the Redmen, 74-29. AUSTINTOWN -- Struthers High

AREA COLLEGE ROUNDUP Westminster women roll past Altoona, 66-51

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Erica Tallo had game-highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds, leading Westminster College

SOUL MAN Keeping the music alive

Being a legend isn't enough for Solomon Burke. By RANDY LEWIS LOS ANGELES TIMES LOS ANGELES --

HOW HE SEES IT Lessons in efficiency

Opinion: By PETER KOLK PROVIDENCE JOURNAL NEW YORK -- If you're a former illegal alien seeking to

DIAMONDS Cutter's eye for beauty turns colorless rock into glowing gemstone

The cutting or faceting is what gives the stone its fire and light. By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL

KIMBLE TRIAL 'Force will not be an issue'

A dozen protesters marched in the rain in front of the courthouse. WARREN -- The trial of a city

Briles enjoyed big game challenge

The former Pirates pitcher and broadcaster died of an apparent heart attack. PITTSBURGH (AP) --

Agenda Wednesday

Agenda Wednesday Jackson-Milton Board of Education special meeting, 6 p.m., elementary library,


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NOTRE DAME Charlie Weis makes good first impression

He expects to win, but refuses to lay out a timetable. SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- With a cup of

It's blood, but it's not from Hoffa

DNA proved the blood was not from the missing Teamsters leader. DETROIT (AP) -- Blood found on the

Bombs rock Manila in concerted attacks

Abu Sayyaf's leader called the bombings a Valentine 'gift.' MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Three

MEAL PREPARATION Book serves as source of kitchen fun for kids

The games and activities require only common kitchen supplies. KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS Parents

THEFT CASE Deputy awaits new court date

The sheriff said the deputy reported off sick and hasn't been back to work. AUSTINTOWN -- Trial

ROUNDUP Brookfield girls post 53-32 win in Div. III

The Warriors eliminated East Palestine with a third quarter rally. HANOVERTON -- Raquel Brenner

CENTER OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Museum director switches hats to take science adviser position

COLUMBUS (AP) -- The director of the cash-strapped Columbus Center of Science and Industry is

FILM FESTIVAL 'La Sierra' wins cinema award

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A film about young Colombians swept up in deadly paramilitary battles in a

WHITE HOUSE New price tag on war: $300 billion

The president requested $658 million to build a new U.S. embassy in Iraq. WASHINGTON (AP) --

COLLEGES Phoenix shoots down Flames

Wisconsin-Green Bay hit 50 percent of its shots to drop Illinois-Chicago. ASSOCIATED PRESS

FOUR CS Things to consider

The four Cs of diamonds are color, cut, clarity and carat weight. According to jeweler Harry

MOVIES Comedian decides to don 'Mask'

Will Jamie Kennedy's latest be a big hit or a big bust? By TERRY LAWSON KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

NBA ROUNDUP | Monday's games

76ers 106, Knicks 105 PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson made a nifty pass to Marc Jackson for the

HOW HE SEES IT It's time to adjust approach to China

Opinion: By PAT M. HOLT CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WASHINGTON -- There's a Chinese dragon thrashing around


YSU Track & amp; field AKRON -- Jeanna Cunningham and Danielle Bolt set school records and

New study links painkillers, risk

The data show a 'compelling trend' of heart attack and stroke risk. NEW YORK (AP) -- A new study

MEN'S TOP 25 BASKETBALL Pitt stops No. 9 Syracuse, 68-64

Bobby Knight's Texas Tech upended No. 2 Kansas 80-79 in two overtimes. ASSOCIATED PRESS


MAHONING COUNTY Docket entries State vs. Matthew J. Johnson, sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Local combat vets to get escort as unit returns to local armory

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers who saw combat during the last year in Iraq


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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2005. There are 319 days left in the year. On this date

Opinion: Today is Tuesday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2005. There are 319 days left in the year. On this date

HOW HE SEES IT Give true democracy a chance in Iraq

Opinion: By HUSAIN HAQQANI GLOBAL BEAT SYNDICATE BOSTON -- Just as terrorist insurgents failed to stop

Hundreds mourn U.S. nun who defended rain forest

The Ohio native's murder could boost Amazon protections. ALTAMIRA, Brazil (AP) -- Priests, nuns

Campbell school board member sentenced for reckless operation

CAMPBELL -- Robert T. Dolan, board of education member, received a suspended jail sentence after


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Revenue loss driving telecom merger binge

After regulatory changes, profits are harder to come by. By BRUCE MEYERSON AP BUSINESS WRITER

Two top candidates emerge to be Iraqi PM

A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb Monday. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A French-educated


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BANKING Home Savings shows off new branch

The newest facility exemplifies rapid commercial growth. AUSTINTOWN -- The grand opening of the

Hallmark site had too much holiday traffic

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hallmark's Web site had trouble Monday keeping up with the demand from Valentine's

Robby Gordon's time alone in desert was enlightening

He's risking a lot this season by fielding his own race team. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Alone in

2 men charged with attempted murder

WARREN -- City police found a man shot several times in his Hamilton Street kitchen and quickly

Sales plunge for drugs due to safety concerns

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- For years, Americans have been popping painkillers like they were candy to

Irish edge Boardman

Cierra Bennett led the Irish to a 48-45 victory over Boardman. BOARDMAN -- It was senior night at

ALLEGHENY COUNTY Sheriff's records show donations from deputies

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Allegheny County Sheriff Pete DeFazio has raised over $1 million in campaign

BOX OFFICE Smith adds holiday to his domination list

From action star to romantic lead, Smith's prowess grows. ZAP2IT.COM LOS ANGELES -- Will Smith

Study questions value of shots

The results are unlikely to change policy on flu vaccines for the elderly. CHICAGO (AP) -- A new

HELOISE Everything she needs can be found in the bag

Dear Heloise: When opening computer software and hardware, etc., I place everything from the box in

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FOOTBALL Sale of Vikings could break new NFL ground

Reggie Fowler would become the league's first African-American owner. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Arizona

And then on the eighth day, God created the whoopee cushion

Conferees meet to discuss the use of humor in the Bible. ROME (AP) -- Humor in the Bible?

JOE COCKER New (old) songs keep him on the road

At 60, Cocker is no relic. He's had hits decades after his Woodstock stint. By RAY HOGAN

KATHY MITCHELL AND MARCY SUGAR \ Annie's Mailbox Truth about 'Marley' is getting hard to swallow

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law, "Marley," has me worried. Two years ago, Marley married a doctor and

NFL Browns will cut ties with Garcia

General manager Phil Savage would like to re-sign Kelly Holcomb. CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jeff Garcia

Massucci to lead Warren auxiliary police

WARREN -- A police officer familiar to many city residents now directs the Warren Auxiliary Police


TUESDAY 2:55 p.m. (ESPN2) Soccer: Shevchenko XI vs. Ronaldinho XI. 7 p.m. (WKBN-AM 570) (ESPN)

Signs damaged or stolen from Austintown area

Signs damaged or stolen from Austintown area AUSTINTOWN -- Police discovered several road signs in

BASEBALL Indians donate to save prep season

Cleveland's city schools will be able to field baseball and softball teams. CLEVELAND (AP) --

FEDERAL COURT Opening arguments made in Budd trial

A jury has been selected and testimony is under way. CLEVELAND -- Allegations of inmate abuse and


BASEBALL Canseco's book a hit on first day in stores Current and former players are critical of


Mine explosion in China kills more than 200 SHANGHAI, China -- A gas explosion in a coal mine in



Palestinians see fruits of truce

Crowds turned out to greet the return of militants' bodies. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Crowds


GIRLS BASKETBALL MONDAY'S SCORES AREA Regular season Ursuline 48, Boardman 45 Southington 55,

Neocon tactic to destroy Social Security is unraveling

Opinion: Neocon tactic to destroy Social Security is unraveling EDITOR: Even before the ink dried on

GIRLS TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL Lowellville cruises against Bristol in Division IV contest

Amanda Nero led the Rockets to a 51-11 rout with a 25-point effort. LIBERTY -- All Lowellville