Grammy winnerLuther Vandross dies
kGRAMMY AWARD winner Luther Vandross, whose deep, lush voice on such hits as "Here and Now" and "Any Love" sold more than 25 million albums, died Friday at 54.
Savings from closingof bases questioned
kCARRYING OUT the Pentagon's recommended base closings will cost $24 billion up front and may not lead to the substantial savings the Defense Department is projecting, a government report says.
Small Ships Revue
k HUNDREDS of people gathered along the Shenango River in Sharon on Friday to watch as 25 homemade ships floated through the downtown area for the 25th annual Small Ships Revue.
Bicentennial bashin Columbiana
k COLUMBIANA city kicked off its bicentennial Friday with parades, pomp and pageantry.
Summer gas prices
kGASOLINE PRICES are about as low as they're going to be all summer, according to the AAA's Boardman office.
On the fast track
kPOPE JOHN PAUL II is on a record-breaking sprint toward sainthood.
4th season of 'Monk'
kTRAYLOR HOWARD stars as a former bartender and widowed mom as "Monk" opens its fourth season next week on USA.
Indians prevailover Baltimore
k THE CLEVELAND INDIANS used a three-run sixth inning to beat the slumping Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Friday night.