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Man critical after setting self on fire

BOARDMAN — A middle-aged man was in critical condition Wednesday night in Children’s

Sharon mayor looks for cost savings

SHARON, Pa. — Changes in Sharon city government will continue through 2007, according to Mayor

Sharon police chief retiring

SHARON, Pa. —  Mike Menster will serve as Sharon’s interim police chief as the city

New water tank would improve pressure

YOUNGSTOWN —  City council gave the go-ahead for the board of control to hire an

What's new in Phoenix

Well fans, I thought I saw a cloud here today, but it turned out to be a plane passing overhead. OK,

Girard court workers seek payment

GIRARD — Girard Municipal Court employees filed a lawsuit in Trumbull County Common Pleas

Progress reported in jail talks

CLEVELAND — Youngstown and Mahoning County officials said progress was significant during a

Columbiana prosecutor boards up suspected drug house

LISBON — Columbiana County Prosecutor Robert Herron has launched major initiative against drug

Aggravated murder trial delayed four months

WARREN — The trial date for Alan M. Francis, who could face the death penalty in the killing

Cobalt sales lower than expected

Chevrolet Cobalt sales dropped again in December even though dealers finally had the cars and

Survey says Pa. kids best Ohio kids for achieving success

YOUNGSTOWN — Children growing up in Pennsylvania have a significantly better chance of

Hello from Phoenix

Hello Buckeye fans. We've completed the first day of interviews in preparation for the Tostitos BCS

New Middletown man named in robberies

BOARDMAN — A New Middletown man was in the Mahoning County jail charged with aggravated

Columbiana commissioners enact sales tax

LISBON — The Columbiana County commissioners, in a split vote today, enacted the 0.5 percent

See you from the Tostitos Bowl!

<em>The Vindicator</em> and will provide extensive coverage of the Tostitos

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NBA ROUNDUP | Tuesday's other games

Warriors 97, Hornets 89 OKLAHOMA CITY -- Baron Davis and Matt Barnes scored 29 points apiece,


2006-07 FOOTBALL BOWL GAMES Tuesday, Dec. 19 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Payout: 750,000

Oden leads Buckeyes in Big Ten opener

He scored 21 points in the 74-67 victory over Indiana. COLUMBUS (AP) -- If Greg Oden was worried

Socializing with old friends stopped after her divorce

Dear Annie: I've been divorced just over a year, ending a 30-year marriage. The divorce was fairly


NFL Playoffs FavoritePointsUnderdog Saturday, Jan 6th. Wildcard Round INDIANAPOLIS61/2Kansas


EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division WLPctGBL10StrHomeAwayConf New Jersey1318.419--4-6W-29-

Nucor offers to buy Harris

More takeovers are expected in the steel industry. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Steel products maker

Smoker bonus

Smoker bonus Colder weather often focuses our thoughts smoked meat. Specifically, pastrami. So

NHL ROUNDUP | Tuesday's other games

Canadiens 5, Lightning 2 MONTREAL -- Tomas Plekanec scored his second goal of the game 6:01 into

2006: Warm, wet, but no records set

Last month was the second-warmest December in the Valley. By DAVID SKOLNICK VINDICATOR STAFF

Ohio's interstate highway system includes 3 percent of the state's roadway lane miles but carries 29 percent of its traffic.

Ohio's interstate highway system includes 3 percent of the state's roadway lane miles but carries 29

AREA COLLEGES Tuesday's games

MEN La Roche (Pa.) 89, Hiram 85 HIRAM -- Sophomore forward Ian Pfouts scored a career-high 20

TODAY | No. 4 LSU (10-2) vs No. 11 Notre Dame (10-2)

What: Sugar Bowl Where: New Orleans Game time: 8 p.m. TV: (17/62) (8) (53) Coaches: Les Miles (21-4

Massachusetts lawmakers vote in favor of proposed amendment

BOSTON (AP) -- In a suspense-filled final day of the legislative session, Massachusetts lawmakers

Perry surges past Fitch to stay perfect in league

The Falcons tied the Massillon team at 55-55, but then faltered, 64-55. AUSTINTOWN -- The


TUESDAY'S RESULTS BOYS BASKETBALL AREA SCORES Perry 64, Fitch 55 East Palestine 58, Beaver

Zoning changes approved for PUDs

CANFIELD -- Changes in zoning rules for planned unit developments are now official in the township.




SCHEDULE National TV in parentheses Today At Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan, Cristian Mijares,

Workers are glad to be back on the job after three-month strike

Union members approved the three-year contract by a 2-to-1 margin. AKRON (AP) -- Goodyear Tire

Income tax windfall

Income tax windfall WARREN -- Warren earned 2.6 million more in income taxes than predicted in

'L Word' heads to LA for shoots

The show profiles the lives and loves of its lesbian characters. WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- A

Summary of police activity in the city of Canfield and Austintown:

Summary of police activity in the city of Canfield and Austintown: CANFIELD Dec. 20 Criminal


TODAY 2 p.m.(FSN Ohio) College basketball: "Buckeyes Basketball Weekly." 7 p.m. (ESPN) College

"At a time that the nation was under a lot of pressure ... he stood up for the things that he thought were right at the time."

Opinion: "At a time that the nation was under a lot of pressure ... he stood up for the things that he


NORTHFIELD RESULTS TUESDAY 1st--Sandy Chaser (Steck)12.403.602.40 Call Me Your Baby

Give the boys from Boise State their due

The Broncos could make an argument for a chance at the national title. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) --

Official suggests putting money in restricted fund

The fund would help pay for capital expenses. By LAURE CIOFFI VINDICATOR PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU

Council agrees to spend more than planned for waterline

The lowest bid for the waterline project came in above the engineer's estimate. By TIM YOVICH

Firestone, Baker spark Canfield past Struthers

By JOHN KOVACH VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF CANFIELD -- Canfield High boys basketball coach John

Protecting our landscape

Opinion: Sacramento Bee: Three weeks after he took office, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne stopped the

Defense throttles the Spurs

LeBron James had 19 points in Cleveland's 82-78 victory. CLEVELAND (AP) -- For three quarters,

Man charged with assault and having drugs

BOARDMAN -- A South Avenue man faces assault and drug possession charges after two women reported he

Destination weddings require careful planning

The key is planning with an experienced specialist who understands the intricacies. SPECIAL TO THE

National Business Digest

NATION Company acquiring Shoney's Restaurants NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An Atlanta-based company that

Agency to offer training program

Project Blueprint has graduated 72 individuals in the Mahoning Valley. YOUNGSTOWN -- Volunteer

Notre Dame looking to end bowl losing streak

To do so, the Irish will need to avoid falling behind against LSU. NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Notre Dame


Plains paralyzed DENVER -- National Guard helicopters dropped emergency food bundles and bales of

'Happy Hooker' marries

'Happy Hooker' marries AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Vera de Vries, better known as Xaviera Hollander,

Both vulnerable. North deals.

Both vulnerable. North deals. NORTH 8 4 K 9 Q 9 A Q J 9 8 6 2 WEST EAST 6 2 Q 10


Opinion: Today is Wednesday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2007. There are 362 days left in the year. On this date

Wednesday's Best Bets on TV

"The Knights of Prosperity" (9 p.m., ABC): This new screwball comedy about a disgruntled janitor


YSU Men's basketball INDIANAPOLIS -- Senior guard Keston Roberts was named the Horizon League's


MONDAY'S GAMES Minnesota 102, Charlotte 96 Boston 89, Portland 81 TUESDAY'S GAMES Orlando


BIRTHS Forum Health Women & amp; Infants Pavilion Douglas and Anita Brodnan, Austintown,

YSU suffers loss to Akron

The Penguins played poorly in a 71-60 defeat at Beeghly Center. By PETE MOLLICA VINDICATOR

WEATHER Precipitation, temperatures

The Mahoning Valley received the second-highest amount of precipitation and experienced the seventh-

Season tanked, but life goes on

Center Jeff Hartings is expected to retire and punter Chris Gardocki may not be brought back.

Cuts in Girard court staff

GIRARD -- Girard Municipal Court is experiencing a reduction in staff. Timothy Riley of the


TUESDAY'S NBA SUMMARIES CAVALIERS 82, SPURS 78 SAN ANTONIO (78) -- Bowen 0-6 0-0 0, Horry 2-5

Cheney: Tale of service to two administrations

Opinion: By MARTIN SCHRAM SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE They were presidents all, one incumbent and three

Store clerk averts likely robbery

BOARDMAN -- Police said quick action by a clerk at the Deals clothing store on Hillman Way may have

Longtime assistant decides to call it quits

The 67-year-old was with Pittsburgh for 742 of the team's 1,057 games. PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Dick

Former presidents rarely called upon for their advice

One reason is that they are no longer in the 'intelligence loop.' MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS


PRIORITIES Public opinions Demographics and details from the AP-AOL News poll on public


MAHONING COUNTY Marriage licenses Kyle M. Brown, 26, of 22 Intown Terrace, Middletown, Conn.,


GETTING IT RIGHT A photo caption on page A3 in the Jan. 1 edition of The Vindicator about First


A near-miss The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't seem to start their season until it was nearly

Decrease in homicide rate is no cause for celebration

Editorial: Youngstown ended 2006 with three fewer homicide victims than the year before. And that is the

Cries for family leave call for review

Opinion: Liberals are salivating over prospects of a progressive Congress warming to proposals for paid

Woman, 2 men jailed on charges

The arrests also cleared up a purse-theft case reported earlier. By HAROLD GWIN VINDICATOR STAFF

Jurevicius didn't get outcome he wanted

Eight years into its rebirth, Cleveland isn't walking yet. CLEVELAND (AP) -- Joe Jurevicius stood

Americans demand plenty of taste in their snacks

When in doubt, make it cheddar. But other flavors also fare well with our taste buds. By DAVID

Fine finish for Cards: Louisville pulls past Wake Forest, 24-13

It was the Cardinals' first victory in a major bowl game since 1991. MIAMI (AP) -- For much of the

Soldier's wife collects items for Iraqi kids

SHARON, Pa. -- The wife of a local soldier serving in Iraq is directing "Operation School House,"

Old hint for using avocado pits to stop browning doesn't work

Dear Heloise: Thank you for your great column! I read it every day. Here's a hint that everyone


FRIDAY XHoly Trinity Church, 250 Bridge St., Struthers, will be selling potato, cabbage and lekvar

Rested Buckeyes working on Gators

The team arrived for its BCS title game individually. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jim Tressel wasn't


NFL PLAYOFF GLANCE Wild-card Playoffs All Times EST Saturday, Jan. 6 Kansas City at

Fill up the tank with chicken fat

Animal fat is becoming a bigger source for biodiesel fuel. DEXTER, Mo. (AP) -- Jerry Bagby is

Officials: Plant closing would hurt city

The plant closing would mean the loss of 110 jobs in the city. By D.A. WILKINSON VINDICATOR

Florida cruises to 89-58 win against Liberty

The No. 3 Gators won for the 13th time, all but one by at least 15 points. ASSOCIATED PRESS

U.S. misreads totalitarianism regimes

Opinion: By ANNE APPLEBAUM WASHINGTON POST Hitler shot himself before capture, Stalin received a grand

Chevrolet Amphitheatre moving to water park

The outdoor concert venue had completed its 18th year at Station Square. PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The

Man charged with stealing subpoena

YOUNGSTOWN -- Police charged a man with robbery Tuesday after the victim reported that the man

He started restaurant 50 years ago in Niles

Richard Alberini was loved by everyone, a former competitor said. By TIM YOVICH VINDICATOR


BASEBALL BB Rooners -- will conduct a pitching clinic for boys age 9-18 beginning Sunday . Call

Crosby leads Penguins' 3-0 win over Carolina

He scored twice and set up a third to became the first player to reach 60 points. PITTSBURGH (AP)

School officer deal made

The township and schools will initially split the cost of the police officer. By JOHN W. GOODWIN

Transfer station to keep operating during probe

The landfill completed a 4 million cleanup in June. By AMANDA GARRETT VINDICATOR TRUMBULL

Council to mull measure

The new tank would replace two smaller ones. By DAVID SKOLNICK CITY HALL REPORTER YOUNGSTOWN

PRESIDENTS The numbers

Currently there are three living former presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Ford was a savior to many Vietnamese

Opinion: By QUANG X. PHAM WASHINGTON POST "Today, America can regain the sense of pride that existed