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THOMAS SOWELL There's no diversity in bastions of the left

Opinion: Recently, Al Hunt's last column for The Wall Street Journal mentioned how he was recruited by the

SCHOOLS Niles levy committee spells out the details

Money spent for student supplies is way down, the superintendent noted. NILES -- With the Niles

EDUCATION Ohio scores above average on report card

State officials are pleased 'but not satisfied.' No one can accuse Ohio educators of not knowing

HISTORICAL CENTER Exhibit immerses viewers in cultural artifacts of '40s

It's the next best thing to stepping back in time. YOUNGSTOWN -- If you want to immerse yourself

INDIANS Millwood deal nears completion

The Indians have also begun preliminary talks with outfielder Juan Gonzalez. CLEVELAND (AP) --

Storm spreads white death into the East

After savaging the Midwest, a killer storm headed into the Northeast. ASSOCIATED PRESS The

Lincoln Knolls IGA store to close soon, exec says

Lincoln Knolls IGA store to close soon, exec says YOUNGSTOWN -- Santisi's Lincoln Knolls IGA


hPresidential puppy WASHINGTON -- President Bush's dog Barney, left, checks out the newest

NFL ROUNDUP News and notes

Seahawks: Koren Robinson returned to practice Thursday after a one-day absence to rest a sore right

CRIME Woman's call leads to arrest of teen in break-in

Police are happy that a neighbor notified them first. CAMPBELL -- A city teenager faces charges

NAHL HOCKEY Phantoms back on ice tonight

The first-place Phantoms will host the Soo Indians twice this weekend. BOARDMAN -- The Youngstown

HOW THEY SEE IT \ Social Security It's a matter of ensuring a reasonable return

Opinion: By JAMES L. MARTIN KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE ARLINGTON, Va. -- For the sake of our children and

SCHOOLS Thrice-rejected levy heads to May ballot

The superintendent received a new contract at a lower salary. LIBERTY -- Rejected by voters three

A new statistic for college bowl games

Opinion: By ROBERT B. ARCHIBALD and DAVID H. FELDMAN LOS ANGELES TIMES On Dec. 10, in the middle of

EMERGENCY SERVICES Liberty Twp. to consider taking on Girard 911 calls

Police officers got 3 percent pay raises in a one-year contract. LIBERTY -- The township and

TRUMBULL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Murray powers Girard past Champion

Cachet Murray went 12-for-19 from the floor in the first half alone. CHAMPION -- Girard High

ROUNDUP Brookfield downs Newton Falls, 66-37

Liberty picked up its first TAC win of the season over visiting Hubbard, 46-38. BROOKFIELD --


WEDNESDAY'S GAMES Cleveland 101, Atlanta 85 Boston 84, Golden State 83 Toronto 96, Sacramento


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GIRLS BASKETBALL Ursuline improves to 3-0 in SVC

The Fighting Irish have a three-game lead in the conference. YOUNGSTOWN -- Ursuline High reached

Beltran receives Houston's final offer

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros said Thursday that they've made their final offer to Carlos

A busy night for girls basketball

A busy night for girls basketball k THE LOWELLVILLE High girls basketball team soundly defeated

HORIZON ROUNDUP Wright St. keeps Cleveland St. winless in conference

Wright State's Zach Williams and DaShaun Wood combined for 35 points. ASSOCIATED PRESS DAYTON --

As cafetorium takes shape, officials visualize the change

The project is expected to be completed in August. POLAND -- Lunches in a cramped, windowless

Reimold's effort leads Bowling Green in win

The Kennedy Catholic graduate made a key play down the stretch. ASSOCIATED PRESS HUNTINGTON,

LAWRENCE COUNTY DA launches a tip line for arson information

The new campaign will also include posters at locations of suspicious fires. NEW CASTLE, Pa. --


FOOD Arby's to try chicken line in Youngstown market FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Arby's LLC, the

Younger Spears stars in new series

Britney's sister makes the transition from ensemble member to leading role. LOS ANGELES -- Former

GUND ARENA Show puts 'Nemo' on ice

Audience members may feel as if they're under water. Adapting a play into a movie, or vice versa,

HIGH SCHOOL College prospect drawing some big time attention

Pennsylvania's Ben McCauley has already signed . ASSOCIATED PRESS Before the season started,

OHIO Cash-hungry ODNR seeks fees to park in state parks

Ohio is among the few states that don't charge. COLUMBUS (AP) -- Visitors would have to pay

Study offers good news for diabetics

Downhill hiking improved glucose tolerance in participants. NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- If exercise is too


ATHLETIC GROUPS XMcDonald Midget Football Association will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday in the senior

Tax break OK'd for products company

YOUNGSTOWN -- The city board of control approved a 10-year, 75-percent tax abatement Thursday for a

Continental warns of crisis

DALLAS (AP) -- Continental Airlines Inc., the nation's fifth biggest carrier, said Thursday it must

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Buckeyes claim top-10 tussle

No. 9 Ohio State pulled away from No. 6 Michigan State in the second half. COLUMBUS (AP) --


IF YOU GO What: A community reception for "Kilroy Was Here!" will be held from noon to 5 p.m.

LECTURE Actor shares experiences in making 'The Passion'

The film started important discussions about faith, the JFK High graduate said. WARREN -- Tom

PITTSBURGH PIRATES Wilson agrees to $8 million deal

The shortstop had 201 hits in 2004, matching Honus Wagner's 1908 total. PITTSBURGH (AP) -- All-

Democrats challenge electoral vote count

Objections did not derail the certification of Bush and Cheney as election victors. WASHINGTON

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE A done deal: Savage new Browns GM

With Phil Savage in the fold, the Browns can focus on finding a new coach. BEREA (AP) -- Phil

NFL PLAYOFFS Familiar faces to play this weekend

The NFL postseason will begin Saturday afternoon with St. Louis at Seattle. ASSOCIATED PRESS New

BIG TEN MEN'S BASKETBALL Wisconsin point guard leaves team unexpectedly

Boo Wade started 28 games for the Badgers last season. MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Boo Wade, who had

COLUMBIANA COUNTY Petro: Odometers were rolled back

GMAC denounced the suit, saying it was a victim, too. COLUMBUS -- A Columbiana County car dealer

Leaders say continued aid is critical

The death toll stood at about 160,000 early today. JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- With health

OHIO STAR FORGE With 10-year tax break, officials express optimism

The company's Japanese owner still must approve the project. WARREN -- A tax abatement will aid

Kournikova's parents file suit against her

Kournikova's parents file suit against her MIAMI -- Tennis star Anna Kournikova has been served.

INCOME TAX Aiding rich may tilt system, group warns

Lawmakers say they want to cut tax rates. COLUMBUS -- As state leaders debate reforming Ohio's tax

NFL Steelers hit All-Pro trifecta

Pittsburgh also placed three players on the AP All-Pro second team. PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Days after

CARL P. LEUBSDORF GOP control of the House stronger

Opinion: An internal revolt this week forced House Republican leaders to drop part of an effort to protect

BASEBALL Baltimore's Ponson apoligizes

The Oriole pitcher was involved in a fight in Aruba. ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Baltimore Orioles

Today is Friday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2005. There are 358 days left in the year. On this date

Opinion: Today is Friday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2005. There are 358 days left in the year. On this date


TODAY 7 p.m. (ESPN) Golf: Mercedes Championships. 7:30 p.m. (WBBW-AM 1240) (WKBN-AM 570) High

MEN'S TOP 25 Georgia Tech spoils Miami's ACC opener

The Yellow Jackets were without leading scorer B.J. Elder. ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA -- Will


NATIVE CRITTERS On a collision course Returning: Many birds and animals wiped out of their


NBA THURSDAY'S SUMMARIES GRIZZLIES 101, PISTONS 79 MEMPHIS (101) -- Battier 4-6 1-2 12, Gasol


OHIO Night drawings: Pick 3, 7-9-1 Pick 4, 6-8-2-2 Rolling Cash 4-9-22-27-34 Day

Private accounts would drain the system

Opinion: By WILLIAM D. NOVELLI KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE WASHINGTON -- In this age of heightened insecurity,


NFL Wild-card Playoffs Saturday's games St. Louis at Seattle, 4:30 p.m. (ABC) N.Y. Jets at

The Constitution must apply to all if it is to have meaning

Opinion: It's been two years and eight months since Jose Padilla, an American citizen, was arrested at O'Hare

Grizzlies 101, Pistons 79

Grizzlies 101, Pistons 79 AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Bonzi Wells scored 23 points to help the

Former state deer management expert says he left position out of frustration

Gary Alt says he couldn't take the PGC anymore. SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- Gary Alt, who recently left

Steelers boost slumping Pittsburgh

City faces financial woes reminiscent of the 1970s, but a resurgent team offers relief. CHRISTIAN

Votaw will step down

The LPGA is in "a lot better shape" since the Salem native took the reins. VINDICATOR STAFF/WIRE

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Benjamin's career-high 27 points lifts Thiel

PEPPER PIKE -- Thiel shot 54 percent from the field and got a career-high 27 points and nine

Deer, wolves and bears -- oh my!

Rebounding populations put some animals back in the cross hairs. COLUMBUS (AP) -- Black bears in

BAG, BORROW OR STEAL Ever rent a car? How about a handbag? You have the option

From watching family members swap purses, an idea germinated. NEW YORK (AP) -- Handbag enthusiasts

FIRE PREVENTION Safety checks pay off

Apartment owners are urged to have annual inspections. BOARDMAN -- Fire prevention officials say

MERCER COUNTY Dog attack nets probation

MERCER, Pa. -- A Greenville woman whose dog attacked a neighbor last summer was placed on one year's

HELOISE Plastic crates make order out of disorder

Dear Heloise: I have two ideas that I use for those colorful plastic crates. Under the bathroom and

Train wreck releases toxic chlorine gas

Eight people were killed and more than 5,000 evacuated from the vicinity of the leak.

PREVIEW \ Saturday's games

ST. LOUIS at SEATTLE Time: 4:30 p.m. TV/radio: (33) (5) (4) (WBBW-AM 1240) Series history:

NFL Carroll says no, Crennel next on 49ers' wish list

New England's Romeo Crennel will be the first to officially interview. KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

BASEBALL ROUNDUP \ News and notes

Yankees: Randy Johnson and the Yankees reached a preliminary agreement on a $32 million, two-year

What's going on in Burma?

Opinion: Providence Journal: A look at the map makes it seem obvious: In the tsunami that devastated the

Authorities seek killer of special-duty officer

The unidentified robber is believed to have been wounded in the exchange of gunfire. COLUMBUS (AP)

AIRLINES US Airways machinists contract canceled

A request to terminate the pension plans for machinists and attendants also was OK'd. ALEXANDRIA,

DRUG BUSTS Police net four men on E. Side

All of them pleaded innocent and will stand trial next month. YOUNGSTOWN -- Four men -- including

TRUMBULL COUNTY Officials have bleak outlook for budget

The budget commission could determine that more revenue is needed. WARREN -- Two of Trumbull

Arab summit draft raises concerns

Opinion: If the Bush administration was left a little uneasy by South America's rapidly growing ties with

St. Joseph

St. Joseph Amy Dukes and Jarrod Ward, Taylor Avenue, Girard, boy, Jan. 5. Norma Bird, Mercer

GLAMOUR'S OTHER FACE Lipstick fights in war on AIDS

Viva Glam, created by makeup artists, has been doing good for 20 years. NEW YORK (AP) -- Good

WIRELESS Alltel eyes NW carrier

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alltel Corp., the nation's sixth-largest wireless carrier, is in advanced


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BASEBALL Eckstein fills hole at shortstop for Cards

Anaheim had released the 30-year-old outright in December. ST. LOUIS (AP) -- David Eckstein is

YSU WOMEN Perugini hits mark in loss

The Penguins' Jen Perugini eclipsed the 1,000-point mark Thursday. CHICAGO -- Youngstown State

Penn St. 77, No. 18 Iowa 71

Penn St. 77, No. 18 Iowa 71 IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jess Strom helped Penn State settle down just in

Singh grabs early lead at Mercedes

Vijay Singh fired an opening round 66. KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) -- The calendar changed. Vijay Singh

Yates' child-murder convictions are overturned by appeals court

A prosecution expert referenced a nonexistent 'Law & amp; Order' episode in testimony.


MERCEDES CHAMPIONSHIPS Thursday First Round Vijay Singh34-32--66 Craig Parry31-36--67

Sharing the rumor would be asking for trouble

Dear Annie: I have been friends with "Carla" and "Roxanne" for more than 17 years. Now Carla and I

CONVOCATION CENTER Director: Steel's tardiness won't affect opening date

A Columbus company is providing the steel. YOUNGSTOWN -- Mother Nature has delayed the arrival of

MAHONING COUNTY Prosecutor's office contests reduced prison sentence

An appeals court took more than a decade from the term of a convicted robber. YOUNGSTOWN -- The


GIRLS BASKETBALL THURSDAY'S SCORES AREA Boardman 55, Massillon Perry 41 Ursuline 54, Warren JFK

Art and music make better students and better lives

Opinion: Art and music make better students and better lives EDITOR: It has come to my attention, as well

NAACP Mayor will install branch officers Sunday

WARREN -- Mayor Michael O'Brien will install the new officers of the Warren/Trumbull County Branch

BROADWAY Beach Boys tunes get around

They're hoping to have fun, fun, fun, when the show opens on Broadway. By REED MARTIN CHRISTIAN

YSU MEN'S HOOPS Penguins fall on the road

Youngstown State led only once at Wisconsin-Green Bay. VINDICATOR STAFF/WIRE REPORTS GREEN BAY,


MAHONING COUNTY Docket entries Sherman Martz Jr. et al vs. Everbrite Inc. et al, settled.

Expect another nail-biter at Lambeau Field

The Packers and Vikings have a history of close games, including two this season. GREEN BAY, Wis.

EU being urged to wink at oppression

Opinion: The European Union's Council for Latin America wants the EU to suspend sanctions imposed against


POLICE CALLS Summary of recent crime in Liberty: Dec. 28 Domestic violence: A man, 28, was


MEN Thursday's scores East Albany, N.Y. 73, New Hampshire 51 Alderson-Broaddus 85, WVU Tech

Oil supply fears gaining wider attention

Concerns prompt some to advocate self-sustaining communities. YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) -- Until


By JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON -- Two years ago this week, over the lull of