Cool cats in history:Murphy ranks No. 5
kAXEL FOLEY, played by Eddie Murphy in 1984's "Beverly Hills Cop," was noted for telling others, "Y'all be cool." Murphy ranks No. 5 in a Knight Ridder Newspapers list of the coolest cats in more than 60 years of cinema history. See who topped the list and who else is on it.
Strict ground rulesfor budget hearings
kMAHONING COUNTY commissioners plan budget hearings next Wednesday through Feb. 2. They have implored department heads to bring realistic requests, not wish lists.
Schools fall shortin critical thinking
kCOLUMNIST Thomas Sowell argues that America's public schools are failing to teach valuable critical thinking skills.
kIT WILL TAKE President Bush less than a minute to take the oath of office next Thursday, but before the inaugural events are over some $40 million may be spent on parades, parties and pyrotechnics.
At the movies
kCHECK OUT The Vindicator's schedule of movies now showing at dozens of cinemas throughout the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.
A league is born
k AN AGREEMENT has been signed to merge the Inter-County League and the Tri-County League into the Inter-Tri-County League, a 16-team regional athletic conference. Championships will begin in 2006.