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Today is Friday, March 17, the 76th day of 2006. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St.


Published: Fri, March 17, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


Today is Friday, March 17, the 76th day of 2006. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick's Day. On this date in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt first uses the term "muck-rake" as he criticizes what he sees as the excesses of investigative journalism in a speech to the Gridiron Club in Washington.
In A.D. 461, according to tradition, St. Patrick -- the patron saint of Ireland -- dies in Saul. In 1776, British forces evacuate Boston during the Revolutionary War. In 1910, the Camp Fire Girls organization is formed. (It is formally presented to the public on this date two years later.) In 1941, the National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, D.C. In 1950, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announce they have created a new radioactive element, "californium." In 1956, comedian Fred Allen dies in New York City at age 61. In 1958, the U.S. Navy launches the Vanguard I satellite. In 1966, a U.S. midget submarine locates a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain. In 1969, Golda Meir becomes prime minister of Israel. In 1992, 28 people are killed in a truck bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
March 17, 1981: The backlog of unprocessed documents at the Mahoning County auto title department, which climbed to 12,000 in February, has been whittled to 8,000 by Clerk of Courts Anthony Vivo's doubling the office staff.
Frank R. Kline, 75, retired treasurer of Lustig Shoes Inc. and a leader in civic and Jewish affairs, dies of a heart ailment.
Trumbull County commissioners tell county employees as wage negotiations begin that they will face a choice between wage freezes or layoffs. Commissioner Ted Vannelli says that for every one percent increase in wages for AFSCME employees, five workers will be laid off.
March 17, 1966: One of five Youngstown University coeds will reign as queen of the 16th annual YU Military Ball at Stambaugh Auditorium. The candidates are Diana Nagy, Kathy Shulack, Susan Mastropietro, Eileen M. Turner and Mary Lou Gonz.
The Mayor's Downtown Advisory Committee strongly recommends adoption of the Crane and Gorwic Associates design of a pedestrian mall for Youngstown's Central Square.
Dog Warden Daniel Pecchio says facilities at the Mahoning County Dog Pound are "helplessly inadequate," with 20 dogs and nine puppies already in residence and more expected as a crackdown on strays continues.
March 17, 1956: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown and Rep. John W. McCormack of Massachusetts, acting speaker of the House, present a green donkey to Prime Minister John A. Costello of Ireland at the beginning of St. Patrick's Day observances in Washington, D.C.
Mahoning County Welfare Director I.L. Feuer submits five proposals for long range improvement of the county home on the grounds of the Tuberculosis Sanatorium, including one proposal to build a new county home for the aged.
March 17, 1931: Youngstown police investigate the death of Mary Stiles, 26, whose lifeless body was found in Belmont Avenue near Gypsy Lane. They are seeking a Michigan couple and a companion with whom the woman spent the evening.
The Hornberger Coal Co., which has been serving Youngstown for nearly 33 years, is using modern loading facilities in its yards at 532 W. Federal St. that are second to none. Trucks pull into the loading docks and are filled with the touch of a lever. The bins are filled from above by railroad cars.


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