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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Lawmakers want investigation of pundit payment

A PR firm hired by the government paid a conservative commentator to promote policy. LOS

NOTEBOOK Cavs vs. Knicks

Season high: The Cavs' 67 first-half points were six more than their previous high for a half this

Purdue gives top-ranked Illini a scare

Dee Brown scored 14 points in the second half to lead Illinois. ASSOCIATED PRESS WEST LAFAYETTE,

SUNDAY NEWS SHOWS | Opinions on the air

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" -- Secretary of State Colin Powell;

Savage has come full circle

The new general manager took part in a coach's interview on his first day. BEREA (AP) -- Phil


SERVICE CLUBS XDowntown Youngstown Kiwanis will meet at noon Friday at Fairview Arts and Outreach

Make-A-Wish comes through for teen girl

In addition to the trip, she'll get a nice chunk of spending money. POLAND -- About a month ago,

OHIO LEGISLATURE Lawmakers will tackle a variety of issues this year

Local Democrats hope to work more successfully with majority Republicans. COLUMBUS -- There's just

GAMING Casinos looking to get wired

Future casinos will know your favorite game, meal, your car, your needs. KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

Steel still hinges on weather

The company received the $3.6 million contract last year. YOUNGSTOWN -- A representative for the

Rayen pulls out close win on road

An 11-0 second-half run sparked the visiting Tigers. YOUNGSTOWN -- For three quarters Friday night

Commissioners meet to discuss altering BCS format

The meeting covered a range of Bowl Championship Seriers topics. GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- While

Browser can handle pictures

Q. Each time I try to open up a jpeg file on my computer, I get an error notice, "Cannot find

HOW HE SEES IT Math does make a difference in life

Opinion: By ARTHUR MICHELSON LOS ANGELES TIMES American middle school students don't much care that

Opposing teams both have issues

St. Louis won both regular season games against its division rival. SEATTLE (AP) -- St. Louis

Responding to a crisis

Opinion: Is there a Social Security crisis or isn't there? How you answer may depend on how old you are.

GEORGE F. WILL President not afraid to 'toss cap over the wall'

Opinion: WASHINGTON -- On Nov. 21, 1963, speaking in San Antonio the day before he was murdered in Dallas,

Arbor foundation offers free trees to those who join this month

Ten free flowering trees will be given to everyone who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation this

HORIZON LEAGUE BASKETBALL Radakovich's return not enough for YSU

Cleveland State snapped a seven-game losing streak. CLEVELAND -- The Youngstown State men's


CLUBS Cabin Fever event WARREN -- The Newton Falls Sportsmen's Club's third annual fund-raising

HOUSEKEEPING Let pros clean up your clutter

When messes get out of hand, company can sort trash from treasure. By JANE GLENN HAAS ORANGE

Refreshing shower

Refreshing shower k WHEN IT comes to refreshing bathing, a turn of the showerhead can make all the


LOCAL New law office in Warren WARREN -- Davis & amp; Young Co. LPA, based in Cleveland,

WESTERN RESERVE PORT AUTHORITY Destination: Getting ridership to take off

The airport has everything going for it except consumers. VIENNA -- The Youngstown-Warren Regional

BASEBALL Millwood, Indians finish $7 million deal

The 30-year-old is expected to fill the No. 3 spot in the Cleveland rotation. CLEVELAND (AP) --

Aid workers face daunting task: helping survivors deal with grief

CHICAGO TRIBUNE BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- In the refugee camp, the young woman named Yunidar sits

NFC PLAYOFFS Favre's heroics carry Green Bay

The Packers and Vikings have never met in the postseason. GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay

'Persistent' storm leaves Eastern Pa. in the cold

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Utility crews continued to work Saturday to clear fallen trees and repair

hFuture museum piece

hFuture museum piece BERMEO, Spain -- Workers cut up a fin whale that washed up and died early

Robert J. Shaffer, 22, Jackson Street, Campbell; aggravated burglary (two counts) and intimidation of a victim in a criminal case.

Robert J. Shaffer, 22, Jackson Street, Campbell; aggravated burglary (two counts) and intimidation

18 from 6th District high schools nominated for military academies

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland of Lisbon, D-6th, announced the 18 high school students in

COLLECTING Letters to pay for expansion

The library might sell its presidential collection. EAST CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jimmy Carter is there.

Living in history

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (AP) -- If Fallingwater is Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest work, then a house


YEAR IN REVIEW Let's keep coverage fair Fanfare: "The Year in Sports 2004" in (last) Sunday's

S.C. TRAIN WRECK Missing worker targeted in search

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Investigators wearing protective suits and oxygen tanks on Saturday searched


TUESDAY XMiriam Chapter 278, OES, will have a stated meeting and Obligation Night at 7:30 p.m.

United loses court ruling on pilots' deal

The airline announced a tentative agreement with the mechanics union. CHICAGO (AP) -- United

COURT Burglar sentenced for string of break-ins

A Michigan man was sentenced to prison as the result of a 'road rage' episode. MERCER, Pa. -- A

Tech companies enjoy dazzling the crowd

Tech companies enjoy dazzling the crowd LAS VEGAS -- Tech companies dazzled crowds Thursday at the

LECTURE SERIES Jewish center gets ready for winter-spring program

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is kicking off its winter-spring series of

WEATHER Flooding still a risk downriver in southern Ohio

Rain throughout the week could make problems worse. ASSOCIATED PRESS The swollen Ohio River

Wilson expects to recover

An appendectomy won't force the Pirates shortstop to miss spring training. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Exporting our future

Opinion: Exporting our future EDITOR: To all of the pure capitalists in the United States I say,

Researchers working on design for small jet parachute system

Some small pilots say they won't fly without one. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Canadian rancher Albert

A winter place to walk

A winter place to walk CORTLAND -- The Lakeview Local School District will begin its Project Warm

Beltran slow in mulling over Astros contract offer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carlos Beltran waited until the final hours Saturday night before telling the

PALESTINIANS Election brings hope for change

Palestinians in general expect that the post-Arafat period will yield changes, polls suggest. LOS


TRUMBULL COUNTY Marriage licenses Robert B. Gaskell, 60, retired, 1190 Summit N.W., Warren, and

Blood Drives

Blood Drives MONDAY Struthers Library, 95 Poland Ave., Struthers, 2 to 7 p.m. Drive is on bus.

ELECTRONICS SHOW The next trend -- digital dialog

It's a tall order, but progress is being made, an engineer said. DALLAS MORNING NEWS LAS VEGAS

CORRECTIONS TV maintains the ties that bind

Technology bridges gap between inmates, relatives. CLEVELAND (AP) -- A church-run program is

Sirius, Delphi exploring backseat video players

The companies announced separate deals. NEW YORK (AP) -- Two pairs of companies are developing in-

Kosher meat plant criticized, backed

An Iowa community rallies around a kosher slaughterhouse. CHICAGO TRIBUNE POSTVILLE, Iowa --



What they're saying about the Cobalt SS

The February editions of two of the top automotive magazines have some complimentary things to say

Record execs can't buy spot on singles chart

The rules change means listeners, not 'spins,' will determine a song's ranking. By JOHN GEROME

Finding, harvesting big bucks nearly an impossible dream

Traditional buck-raising is like a fantasy. SCRIPPS HOWARD A well-known children's story, "The

Chargers have made great strides

In a September loss to the Jets, San Diego didn't look like a playoff team. SAN DIEGO (AP) --

Collectors have itch for antique shaving mugs

Old-time barbershops featured an elaborate, adjustable barber's chair, bottles of shampoo or

SEATTLE (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams can say they're the first 8-8 team to win in the playoffs.

SEATTLE (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams can say they're the first 8-8 team to win in the playoffs. Marc


DEBBIE GUERINO MICHAEL NICHOLAS XBOARDMAN -- Living at 176 Creed St., Struthers, following a


IF YOU GO More information Louis Penfield House: Seth Peterson Cottage:

Today is Saturday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2005. There are 357 days left in the year. On this date in 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Miss.

Today is Saturday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2005. There are 357 days left in the year. On this date


MEN Saturday's scores East American International 81, Merrimack 73 Amherst 88, Williams 78

MAHONING COUNTY A rock for the ages? Sebring man thinks so

He says the rock has given him comfort and good luck. SEBRING -- The instant Steven Wolfe picked

New director of elections board named

Leadership positions are based on party affiliation. WARREN -- The Trumbull County Board of


ENLUX LED FLOODLIGHT Life: 50,000 hours Power usage: 22 watts Light output: 300 lumens at 15-

A variety of workshops will be offered at Warren G. Harding High School.

A variety of workshops will be offered at Warren G. Harding High School. WARREN -- Father George

Rendell reverses on raise

The governor accepts two pay increases that raise his pay 7.7 percent. HARRISBURG (AP) -- Gov. Ed


CURRENT PRICES Around the nation Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets,


ADRIANA DIMATTEO THOMAS HALL XYOUNGSTOWN -- St. Christine Church was the setting at 2 p.m. Dec. 4

RED PANTIES, RED FACE For some, fashion statements are painful

If you're not careful, you might end up wearing the latest in hospital gowns. SCRIPPS HOWARD One

MIKE BRAUN Few Ohio hunting rules change, except for otter season

The proposed hunting rules for 2005-06 in Ohio were released this past week by the Ohio Department

New suit filed over allegations of paddling in diversion program

The latest allegations join four other suits over mistreatment in a juvenile diversion program.

Poland Lodge 766 seats Daley

POLAND -- James S. Daley of Youngstown was installed as worshipful master of Poland Lodge 766, F

Pillars group to meet

Pillars group to meet WARREN -- Pillars, a women's fellowship group, will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 15

PREVIEW \ Sunday's games

DENVER at INDIANAPOLIS Time: 1 p.m. TV/radio: (27) (19) (2) (WBBW-AM 1240) Series history:

Electronics makers hawk solid products

The items meant to enhance consumers' digital lifestyles. LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The world's premier

NBA Bowen's 'D' quiets Anthony as Spurs mellow Denver

The Nuggets have lost nine of thier last 10 games. ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN ANTONIO -- Bruce Bowen

Week bridge quiz:

Week bridge quiz: Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold: x8 6 5 uK 4 2 vA Q 8 wA Q 5 3 The bidding


BOYS BASKETBALL FRIDAY'S SCORES AREA Rayen 62, Wilson 53 Canton McKinley 85, Boardman 37 North

Fitch falters in third

North Canton rolled to its 34th straight regular season win. AUSTINTOWN -- It hasn't been a happy

hMagazine writer pens new book

hMagazine writer pens new book Norman Becker has been answering homeowners' questions in Popular

Struggling Penguins try to end losing streaks

For the women, Jen Perugini is 16th player to reach 1,000 career points. YOUNGSTOWN -- Both

Denver seeks its revenge for '04

Indianapolis routed the Broncos 41-10 in last year's postseason. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Tony Dungy

COBALT SS Fast facts

Base price: $21,995 Vehicle type: front-engine, front-drive; two-door, five-passenger coupe

McDonald wins 'ugly' game, 48-45

Blue Devils' James Beedle hit game-winning free throws with 1 second left. MCDONALD -- His team


The FBI and the Crime Stoppers of Greater Youngstown are asking the public to help them find this

MURDER CASE Teen killers get life

Future district attorneys could oppose commutation of their sentences. MERCER, Pa. -- Two

Children of the tsunami have a right to feel safe

Opinion: Why is it even necessary for the United Nations to issue a warning about the danger of children who

Proposal would end property tax

Revenue from the state sales tax increase would go into a special fund for schools and local

PERFUMER Ex-Parisian loves making scents of New York

In two years, she's captured 21 neighborhoods in bottles. ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) --

Video game competition heats up

ASSOCIATED PRESS Sony Corp. unveiled its new PlayStation Portable in the United States for the

No. 10 Tennessee 68, No. 15 Connecticut 67

No. 10 Tennessee 68, No. 15 Connecticut 67 HARTFORD, Conn. -- UConn's Ann Strother missed two of

WORKPLACE Boomer employees, Generation X bosses

Older Americans are increasingly likely to work for someone younger. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR


Kings 100, Hawks 97 ATLANTA -- Mike Bibby scored 31 points, including a clinching jumper with 11.7


LOS ANGELES TIMES LOS ANGELES -- Micah Grant begins his day under a clock, its hands pointed at

TOP 10

TOP 10 Great gardens From the Herb Society of America (, a few not-to-miss

Neither vulnerable. North deals.

Neither vulnerable. North deals. NORTH x 6 4 u Q 6 2 v J w A K Q J 10 8 4 WEST EAST x

First husbands play different spousal role

Men who are married to members of the clergy have different concerns than women married to

Ambition extends beyond runways

The port authority can operate across county lines. VIENNA -- The Western Reserve Port Authority


OHIO Pump failure checked NORTH PERRY -- Government inspectors are checking into a second pump


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

Hearing set on fees for parking

Officials say the proposal could raise $3 million in the first year. COLUMBUS -- The public will

Despite new U.S. rules, travel to Cuba increases

Despite new U.S. rules, travel to Cuba increases HAVANA, Cuba -- Tourism to Cuba increased 8

Allocation saves staff -- for now

The half-cent sales tax could be imposed or put on the May 3 ballot. YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning

AUTHOR | Susan Sontag She led an inspiring, uniquely American life

Sontag's life is a testament to democratic meritocracy. By TIM RUTTEN LOS ANGELES TIMES

AFC WILD CARD GAME Broncos expect to see the 'real' Colts

Denver took advantage of beating Indianapolis' backups last week. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Peyton

"The Trains of Cortland" and their history will be the topic when Bob Smith addresses SCOPE Lake

"The Trains of Cortland" and their history will be the topic when Bob Smith addresses SCOPE Lake


OHIO Friday 1/7 Night drawings: Pick 3, 2-7-2 Pick 4, 5-1-2-0 Rolling Cash 5, 4-17-24-27-32

Been there, done that

Opinion: Los Angeles Times: Did you ever have a sense you'd already read something or been somewhere before?

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Hiring for 2004 hits 5-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Employers hired workers in 2004 at the fastest pace in five years, with overall


Fans of inland walleye fishing should have plenty of fun in 2005 at Mosquito Creek Reservoir, Ohio's

Hearing set for trucker

Hearing set for trucker MERCER, Pa. -- A hearing has been set for 11 a.m. Thursday before District


TIPS Reducing clutter Realize that clutter keeps you in the past and makes you procrastinate.

Pennsylvania to probe electronic vote problems

Only three of eight counties using the machines had difficulties election day. STAFF/WIRE REPORTS

Man charged in shooting of taxi driver

YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County grand jury has returned an indictment against Hubert Floyd Jr., 41,

MCDONOUGH Pupils' artwork goes on display

YOUNGSTOWN -- The artwork of seven area pupils has been selected for display on billboards in the

SOUTHWEST OHIO Woman still recovering from 'freak' road accident

A steel and plastic road reflector hurled by a snowplow nearly killed her. AMELIA, Ohio (AP) --

Supply and demand

OR THE COBALT DESIGN and production team at Lordstown, it just seemed like the hard part was ramping

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP Chaney defeats Mineral Ridge as Faison records double-double

YOUNGSTOWN -- Kayla Griffin scored 12 points and Quiana Faison added 10 points, leading Chaney High

Ursuline overpowers Cardinal Mooney

Center James Jones scored 21 points, and grabbed 15 rebounds for Fighting Irish YOUNGSTOWN -- What

AREA SCHOOLS MUC edges Heidelberg

Earlham beat Hiram to snap a six-game skid. TIFFIN -- Kyle Karpinski scored 22 points and Chris

Authorities hold out little hope for thousands listed as missing

An accurate count is difficult because of poor records and the vast impact. BANDA ACEH, Indonesia

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Chargers coach awarded

Bill Cowher finished second in the AP NFL Coach of the Year voting. NEW YORK (AP) -- Marty

Steelers believe they've learned

Past playoff failures have hardened the team's preparations. PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh

HELOISE Parakeet favors handmade playthings

Dear Heloise: My little parakeet, Jay-Jay, absolutely loves toys. After buying a couple of expensive


Some competitors took a rather philosophic response to the outcome. YOUNGSTOWN -- These aren't

Death toll climbs; relief effort gels

Indonesia has lost more than 104,000 people. KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Two

High-technology initiative returns to the front burner

Opinion: Third Frontier, Gov. Bob Taft's initiative to make Ohio competitive with other states that are

Prospect of fare war doesn't bode well

A big question is what impact the price changes will have on profits. NEW YORK (AP) -- Moves by

All about robots

All about robots kABOUT 100 MIDDLE SCHOOL pupils from throughout the region, including Robert

NLRB RULING Labor board to hear charge against union and bakery

The employee did not want to have union dues deducted from his paycheck. YOUNGSTOWN -- A formal

Ohio River closes many retailers

Ice and floods forced some to flee their homes and kept others from leaving theirs. ASSOCIATED

Recount tally: Bush wins Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) -- Democrat John Kerry picked up 176 votes after a statewide recount of the

TOP 25 Tar Heels role past Terps in ACC matchup

Pittsburgh freshman Ronald Ramon scored 21 points in an overtime win. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) --

NFC FAVORITES Eagles looking to land in Super Bowl

Terrell Owens will probably miss the entire playoffs. PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- New year, another

Mike Weir finished one shot off the course record.

Mike Weir finished one shot off the course record. ASSOCIATED PRESS KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Vijay


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

Bee set March 19

Bee set March 19 YOUNGSTOWN -- The 72nd annual Vindicator Regional Spelling Bee will be March 19

Burglar sentenced to probation

The judge gave lenient punishment because of criminal's actions. YOUNGSTOWN -- Christopher

Nero's 20 lifts Lowellville to two-point win

The Rockets trailed 43-37 after three quarters. LOWELLVILLE -- Mario Nero scored 20 points,

HEART FUNCTION AHA's second annual ball scheduled at MetroPlex

Women are asked to wear red to the black-tie event. LIBERTY -- The American Heart Association's

Raiders cruise to eighth-straight victory

Columbiana holds off a late Crestview rally in a Tri-County League game. WARREN -- Bruce Allen


PORT AUTHORITY Membership The eight Western Reserve Port Authority members represent Trumbull


JAIME WELLING ANTHONY SCHIAVONE XBOARDMAN -- Jaime Welling, daughter of Nancy Welling, both of

U.S. military drops bomb on wrong target in Mosul

Reports vary on how many people died because of it. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The United States

Good kid is old enough to decide

Dear Annie: I am a good kid. I'm 19 years old and a freshman in college, planning to be a

St. Anthony officers assume duties Tuesday

YOUNGSTOWN -- When St. Anthony Senior Club meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday in DeMarinis Hall, new officers

Best Design 1st: Boardman Center 2nd: Volney Rogers 3rd: South Range

Best Design 1st: Boardman Center 2nd: Volney Rogers 3rd: South Range Best Journal 1st: West Branch

HOW TO SHOOT | Starting out

If you would like to get your son or daughter some experience with a rifle before the next hunting

New Year's resolution: better home

By now you've probably broken all your resolutions: So much for losing weight, exercising, quitting


1418 RETIREES XThe executive board of 1418 Retirees will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Local 1331

SOUTH ASIA TSUNAMI Hindus, Muslims, Christians band together for relief efforts

Faiths unite amid ruin in a coastal Indian city. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR NAGAPATTINAM, INDIA

LIGHT-EMITTING DIODES Welcome to a new generation of illumination

The new bulb has an expected life of 50,000 hours. By STACY DOWNS KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

Cavs throttle NY in style, 104-79

Cleveland wore their striped gold home uniforms from the mid-1970s. CLEVELAND (AP) -- No matter

BIG TEN BASKETBALL Buckeyes bounce back, handle Iowa

Terence Dials had 22 points to lead Ohio State. COLUMBUS (AP) -- It's been a tough week for No. 14

SCOTT SHALAWAY Sapsuckers unusual at winter feeders

Every winter I get a few calls about an unfamiliar bird using suet feeders. This particular bird has

Frank Lloyd Wright houses are not an easy sell

OKEMOS, Mich. (AP) -- Imagine having a dream home in a private, peaceful, bucolic setting -- and

SUSAN KHALJE | Sewing My resolution: Get that studio shipshape

As the fabrics pile up in my studio, as disorganization reigns, I thought it might be time to make a