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Game time is nearing

Buckeye fans, Media Day is Friday. That's the time we get to spend with all the players and coaches,

Austintown man beaten, medication stolen

AUSTINTOWN — Two men broke into a man’s home, beat him and stole medication and a cell

Prosecutor sees proactive approach in drug fight

LISBON — Columbiana County Prosecutor Robert Herron said he is seeing a change in the local

Strickland to decide on Biros' fate

COLUMBUS — Shortly after he takes office next week, Gov.-elect Ted   Strickland will

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Proposals for Taft Center due to CIC Feb. 5

YOUNGSTOWN — Companies looking to design and build the Taft Technology Center have until Feb.

Howland dog owner gets fines, probation

WARREN — Municipal Judge Thomas P. Gysegem says he would have ordered a Howland woman’s

Most agree with Oprah comments

YOUNGSTOWN — Oprah Winfrey’s reported comment that American inner-city students

Trumbull OKs loan to Vienna company

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners took another dip in their funding pool to help a Vienna

U.S. Rep. Ryan tapped for congressional subcommittees

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, will serve on two subcommittees of the House Appropriations

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Moonda defense to cost taxpayers nearly $500K

AKRON — The criminal defense of a Mercer County woman accused in the death of her millionaire

Crash sends two Pa. men to hospital

BROOKFIELD — The Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an early-

BCS update

The second day of interviews has just been completed. Today was the Ohio State defense and the

Police impersonator charged

WARREN — A Cortland man has been charged with a impersonating a police officer after police

Niles man eligible for council post

NILES — Dave Wilkerson, who sought office as an independent in 2003, is eligible for

Warren woman sentenced for child prostitution

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to bringing two teenage girls from Ohio to

Taft signs curriculum bill as last formal act as governor

The Ohio Core program will take effect for the class that's now in the fifth grade. COLUMBUS (AP)

Defenseman Esdale to Germany

Youngstown begins a six-game road trip tonight in Colorado. YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown

District aims to widen net to fill openings for jobs

The school board president wants the public to know about the openings. By JEANNE STARMACK

Hearing fails to reach a settlement

One commissioner said a negotiated settlement is still possible. By ED RUNYAN VINDICATOR

Mario Lopez to host Miss America pageant

Mario Lopez to host Miss America pageant LAS VEGAS -- Mario Lopez will host this year's Miss

State commission optimistic about funding

A school district would have a year to provide its share of the dollars. By ERIC GROSSO

'Jack's' behavior may stem from immaturity

Dear Annie: I have a son who is nearly 26. "Jack" has a good job and lives in his own apartment

Ford was a man for the times

Opinion: My mother's favorite phrase, much to my childhood chagrin, was "Things happen for a reason." After

Dolphins aren't having any mourning period

As the ex-coach boarded a plane, the mood in South Florida was not gloomy. DAVIE, Fla. (AP) --


NFLPlayoffs FavoritePointsUnderdog Saturday,Jan 6th. Wildcard Round INDIANAPOLIS7Kansas City

Despite rebates, Cobalt sales fall

December's 19 percent drop was the fourth straight sales decline. By DON SHILLING VINDICATOR

Cavs continue to roll past Celtics

The 107-104 win was Cleveland's seventh straight over Boston. BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James scored

NOTEBOOK | From Phoenix

Datish on Gonzo: Ohio State center Doug Datish, who received his undergraduate degree in history,

PBA H & amp;R Block Classic Standings

PBA H & amp;R Block Classic Standings At National Bowling Stadium Reno, Nev. Qualifying

Youngstown singer wins Apollo Theater title

Youngstown singer wins Apollo Theater title NEW YORK -- Keysha Toney of Youngstown won the

Bleak but thoughtful look into near future

The film is set 20 years in the future after every woman in the world has been left infertile. By

Trial is delayed over competency issue

Alan Francis told police he fired after the elderly man pointed a gun at him. WARREN -- The trial

Barbara Walters gives vote of confidence to O'Donnell

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbara Walters is back from vacation -- and she's standing by Rosie O'Donnell in

Saddam Hussein gets his Just Deserts

Opinion: In a final blasphemy, Saddam Hussein, who spent most of his life as a murdering secularist, went to

Gallery features mill paintings

THE VINDICATOR WARREN -- An exhibit of steel mill paintings by Howard L. Worner (1913-2006) will

Business News Digest

NATION Survey: Many will wait to get Social Security WASHINGTON -- America's oldest baby boomers

Negroponte to take job as Rice's No. 2

WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Intelligence Director John Negroponte will resign after 20 months in the

'children of men'

'CHILDREN OF MEN' Grade: A Director: Alfonso Cuaron. Rating: R for strong violence, language, some

Help budget, president tells wary Dems

Some Democrats have criticized Bush's tax agenda. WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush issued a

EULOGIES Recalling President Ford

Here are excerpts of eulogies from former President Gerald R. Ford's funeral Wednesday in East Grand

Islamists are neutralized, official says

The government's goal to disarm the public will be hard to achieve. MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- For

NEW CASTLE SHOW Performers prepare for Stars of Tomorrow

This year's show will involve a diverse group, the director says. By STEPHANIE UJHELYI


YSU 27 earn perfect grades YOUNGSTOWN -- Twenty-seven Youngstown State University student-

North-South vulnerable. North deals.

North-South vulnerable. North deals. NORTH K 7 4 K 3 Q J 5 4 K J 8 5 WEST EAST J

Menster appointed interim police chief

A permanent chief should be in place by Jan. 18. By LAURE CIOFFI VINDICATOR PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU

Networks bring in rookie programs to help ratings

Some old favorites are also coming back. By CHUCK BARNEY CONTRA COSTA TIMES Everyone, it

Warm winter in East, Midwest brings odd sights

Plants are growing like it's already spring while some businesses are feeling a negative effect.

Penguins eyeing Missouri

Mario Lemieux is meeting with officials in Kansas City. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Mario Lemieux and

Most U.S. cities fail communications test during disaster

Cleveland did not do well in the study. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Only six of 75 U.S. cities and

After 8 days of mourning, Ford returns to Michigan

Donald Rumsfeld and Jimmy Carter remembered the late president. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Gerald

Cowher's answer due next week

This weekend, the coach may work as an analyst for NBC's wild-card playoff coverage. PITTSBURGH

Voting starts in MTV2' s 'Your Block' contest

YOUNGSTOWN -- Cable network MTV2 channel has opened the voting for its "Your Block" contest. The

Mysterious fallen object

Mysterious fallen object Freehold Township, N.J., Police Lt. Robert Brightman measures a metal

"When my colleagues elect me as speaker on Jan. 4, we will not just break through a glass ceiling,

Opinion: "When my colleagues elect me as speaker on Jan. 4, we will not just break through a glass ceiling,

Official targets drug abuse

East Liverpool and Salem landlords will be told to clean up suspected drug houses. By D.A.

Vince Young named top offensive player

The Titans' quarterback overwhelmed one of the strongest rookie classes in NFL history. ASSOCIATED

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Sharon, Pa., native Bob Golub returns to his old stomping grounds this weekend. The comedian-actor

Sharon, Pa., native Bob Golub returns to his old stomping grounds this weekend. The comedian-actor

'Sopranos' will say goodbye this year

The final eight episodes will begin in April. By CHUCK BARNEY CONTRA COSTA TIMES How will it

49ers fire defensive coordinator Billy Davis

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers fired defensive coordinator Billy Davis on

Esdale leaves SteelHounds

Esdale leaves SteelHounds The Youngstown SteelHounds have placed Paul Esdale on their suspended

Success Chances Pennsylvania and Ohio

A new national education survey found that Pennsylvania outscored Ohio in terms of giving children

CEO leaves company, gets 210M severance package

The company's vice chairman has stepped in as its new chairman. ATLANTA (AP) -- Dogged by

NBA ROUNDUP | Wednesday's other games

Clippers 110, Heat 95 MIAMI -- Elton Brand scored 28 points and Chris Kaman added 20 as the Los


COURTS MAHONING COUNTY Marriage licenses Don L. Stratton, 74, of 11500 Pricetown Road, Beloit,

'Wheel,' 'Jeopardy' renewed through '12

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Let the games continue: "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" will be airing

The Walkmen take a novel approach

All five members of the indie band are contributing to a book-in-progress. By TOM COOMBE THE

Next Generation Adelaide Int'nl

NEXT GENERATION ADELAIDE INT'NL At Adelaide, Australia Purse: 436,000 (Intl. Series) Surface:

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Discussing contracts, Tressel calls the football market 'extraordinary'

Tressel earns a 200,000 bonus for getting the Buckeyes into a BCS game. By ROB TODOR VINDICATOR

3 set sights on 2 office openings

The party chairman said candidates must be able to be elected. By D.A. WILKINSON VINDICATOR

'TRIBUTE TO ELVIS' Mecca man keeps The King's memory alive

The 53-year-old has been performing as Elvis since 1994 -- 'It's a heck of a ride,' he says. By


GETTING IT RIGHT Anthony Perez, who was shot to death Dec. 30, was not on a lease for an apartment

Soap between sheets helps another reader

Q. A man told my daughter that a bar of soap at the foot of the bed between the sheets would help

YOUNGSTOWN SYMPHONY Program honors contracted players

The program inludes works by Haydn, Barber and Shostakovich. YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Symphony

Wilson, Altmire get ready to start jobs in U.S. House

The two legislators will be busy in the early days of the session, they say. By DAVID SKOLNICK


IF YOU GO What: Stars of Tomorrow variety show. When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Where: New

Fifty-day layoff's effect is yet to be evaluated

After media day on Friday, the team will be sheltered from the public until after the game. By ROB

Group to open two cancer care facilities

MVHOA is affiliated with US Oncology, one of the nation's largest cancer treatment and research

Canfield stifles Tigers' attack

The Cardinals remain unbeaten after a 33-28 win over Howland. By PETE MOLLICA VINDICATOR SPORTS

Datish: History will be judge

The team that wins the battle of the lines Monday night will have a big edge. By ROB TODOR


LIQUOR CONTROL The Ohio Department of Liquor Control is processing these liquor permit transfers

Cope anniversary to be celebrated at open house

LISBON -- Mr. and Mrs. Eli D. Cope, 208 W. Washington St., will be joined by family members and

Phantoms turn back Sweden 8-5

Mahoning Valley finished 1-1 against two of Europe's top national teams. By GREG GULAS

National Hockey League

National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA New

Officials decide to enact sales tax

The judges said they will shut down when they run out of money. By D.A. WILKINSON VINDICATOR

Road workers get raises for next three years

HILLSVILLE, Pa. -- Mahoning Township supervisors unanimously approved a three-year contract for road

FILM AUDITION | Actors, actresses needed

Actors and actresses are being sought for a short film that is being cast at LeModeln, 7536 Market

Video prompts probe of actions during hanging

The video shows Saddam dangling after being killed. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister

A summary of recent criminal activity in Hubbard, Liberty and Girard:

A summary of recent criminal activity in Hubbard, Liberty and Girard: HUBBARD Dec. 27 Assault:

Dems can easily squander the goodwill of the public

Editorial: Democrats on Capitol Hill can be forgiven if they appear to be gloating at today's start of the

Council gives OK for new water tank

The tank would cost about 3 million to build. By DAVID SKOLNICK CITY HALL REPORTER YOUNGSTOWN

Tar Heels capture 10th straight win

No. 2 ranked North Carolina rolled over Penn 102-64. ASSOCIATED PRESS CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Tyler

Salem wins, 42-25, at Struthers High

Fitch's Kayla Hanuschak had 11 points in a 66-27 loss to Canton McKinley. STRUTHERS -- The Salem

"Ugly Betty" (8 p.m., ABC): Betty wears herself out to make her poor boss look rich.

"Ugly Betty" (8 p.m., ABC): Betty wears herself out to make her poor boss look rich. "The War At

Heat's Pat Riley taking break; pain is problem

The coach said the team's record did not factor into his decision. MIAMI (AP) -- Pat Riley is

Election of speaker draws mixed reactions

The new speaker did not talk about his platform for reform. By LAURE CIOFFI VINDICATOR


MAJOR INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE WLPct.GB Philadelphia73.700-- Chicago74.636 1/2 Detroit56.4552

Mayor: Expect broad changes

One change would be adding hours to the workweek in the fire department. By LAURE CIOFFI

Agenda Friday Jan. 5Hubbard Board of Education, organizational meeting, 7 p.m., board room, 150 Hall Ave., Hubbard.

Agenda Friday Hubbard Board of Education, organizational meeting, 7 p.m., board room, 150 Hall Ave.,

Wal-Mart recalls its brand of trail mix

ASSOCIATED PRESS Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recalled a house brand of trail mix and took remaining bags

St. Elizabeth's Family Birthplace

St. Elizabeth's Family Birthplace Thomas and Stephanie Shapiro, Liberty, boy, Dec. 31. Larry and


NHL Wednesday's game Senators 6, Sabres 3 OTTAWA -- Dany Heatley scored three goals and set an

Cancer treatment requires time

Nearly 1.4 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer last year. SCRIPPS HOWARD Getting

Officials report much progress on jail operations

The inmates' lawyers and the county are seeking a prisoner release order. By PETER H. MILLIKEN

AP Sportlight

AP Sportlight Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA The Associated Press Jan. 4 1970 -- The Minnesota

For success, Pa. kids' chances top Ohio's

The study looks at a variety of factors tied to a child's success as an adult. By HAROLD GWIN

Slash oil-industry windfalls

Opinion: Minneapolis Star Tribune: Last week's announcement that Gale Norton will be joining Royal Dutch

2 Parkinson's drugs cause heart risk, research shows

ASSOCIATED PRESS The risk of heart valve damage with two drugs for Parkinson's disease may be far

Raising minimum wage is a bad idea

Opinion: WASHINGTON-- A federal minimum wage is an idea whose time came in 1938, when public confidence in


YSU (2-10, 0-2) AT LOYOLA (4-8, 1-0) Game time: 5:45 p.m. Where: Gentile Center, Chicago.

Group wants prison reopened

LIMA, Ohio (AP) -- A group of business and government leaders is being formed to persuade the

110TH CONGRESS Facts about members

Some facts collected by The Associated Press about members of the new 110th Congress taking office

Stock Listing of Local Interest

STOCK, DIVIDENDCLOSECHANGE Aqua America, .46, 22.51 --.27 Avalon Holdings,7.20NA Clear

COLLEGE HOOPS | Area games

WOMEN Geneva 73, Thiel 44 BEAVER FALLS , Pa. -- Thiel College was blown out by a future

Gators are aware that Smith is not OSU's entire offense

Florida's defensive coaches believe that their unit must bounce back. By ROB TODOR VINDICATOR


BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES--Agreed to terms with OF Aubrey Huff on a three-year

Weis won't leave Irish for NFL job

At presstime, LSU was beating Notre Dame 34-14 in the fourth quarter. NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Notre

Sales at Ford fall, still top Toyota

Higher fuel prices was one reason for the decline, Ford said. DETROIT (AP) -- Ford held off Toyota

BOB GOLUB Comedian's father looms large in film

Golub is searching for a place to screen his film in the area. By GUY D'ASTOLFO VINDICATOR



Arrests reported in Saddam video

A U.S. military official said Saddam was dignified and courteous to the end. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) --