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Poland leaders retained

POLAND — The school board voted at a reorganizational meeting this week to keep its president

Citywide baby shower

YOUNGSTOWN — Associated Neighborhood Centers McGuffey Centre will host a Citywide Baby Shower

Bat attack

WARREN — A woman told police her 12-year-old son was sled riding behind Western Reserve Middle

Too soon for vote on early retirement

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Lawrence County Housing Authority board tabled an early-retirement incentive

Ellwood City walking trail to be repaired

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — A $100,000 Growing Greener Grant would help repair a well-used Ellwood City

Fire slows traffic on Pa. pike tonight

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. — One west-bound traffic lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed and

Springfield residents will face 2 taxes in May

NEW SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Township trustees have voted to place two tax levies on the May

Girard schools blocks

GIRARD — Students in Girard schools might be able to access the news on while at

Jackson-Milton design enlarged

NORTH JACKSON — An earlier design for a new school here has been upgraded to include a larger

Leetonia water break to be repaired Friday

LEETONIA — Village officials will begin repairing a water line break at 8 a.m. Friday and

Gallitto, Miller forgo raise; Mancini, Leicht accept

BOARDMAN — It doesn’t amount to a large sum, but two trustees opted to forgo their 2007

Niles school board actions

Niles Board of Education took these actions tonight: • Approved a three-year contract for

Wilkerson is new Niles councilman

NILES — Lifelong city resident David Wilkerson has been selected as the community’s new

New Mercer solicitor

MERCER, Pa. — Atty. William Madden of Sharon is the new Mercer County solicitor.

Mah-Tmb road upgrades suggested

YOUNGSTOWN — A road junction called a roundabout is one suggestion to improve safety at the

Rub elbows with Hollywood tomorrow on Louie

Louie Free,’s radio partner, will be interviewing casting directors and authors

Bipolar teen breaks officer's neck

SALEM — A police officer was in stable condition Thursday in St. Elizabeth Health Center after

Last auxiliary force in city was short-lived

YOUNGSTOWN — An auxiliary police force revived in July 1992 with 22 officers lasted only about

Judge orders back pay for workers

GIRARD — Judge Michael Bernard has suggested to the city auditor that more than a dozen

Fee for new water system users is fair, official says

AUSTINTOWN — A $500 tap-in fee for new water system users doesn’t sit well with a

Longtime businessman turns 80

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown Plant & Flower took a rare timeout to celebrate Thursday. The

EPA wants public input on WCI furnace

LEAVITTSBURG — The Ohio EPA is seeking comment from area residents before issuing a permit to

Rayen mural removed from school

YOUNGSTOWN —  The drive to save The Rayen School mural took a major step forward as the

Mahoning deputy tells commissioners: 'Focus on sales tax'

YOUNGSTOWN — The president of the union representing Mahoning County deputy sheriffs has told

Fuda casts key sewer project vote

WARREN — Saying a project in Kinsman Township is “the beginning of the sanitary sewer

Busted: Get-away car out of gas

WARREN — Out of gas, off to jail. Two suspected burglars' attempts to elude police were

Appeal of McKinney murder convictions filed

WARREN — The attorney representing convicted murderer Jermaine McKinney has filed an appeal of

Woman who ran over Hubbard man pleads

WARREN — A woman pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and tampering with evidence

More bad news for Forum Health

YOUNGSTOWN — Forum Health’s investment rating has been downgraded by a Wall Street

Free flu vaccines Friday in Lisbon

LISBON — Columbiana County Health Department will offer free flu vaccine to anyone age 3 and

Mercer workers get raises

MERCER, Pa. — Mercer County commissioners plan to give wage increases of 1.1 percent to

Wilson student knocks out teeth over a 'look'

YOUNGSTOWN — “I didn’t like the way he looked at me so I hit him,” a 14-

I-80 lane closing tonight

AUSTINTOWN — The Ohio Department of Transportation will reduce Interstate 80 eastbound just

Councilman caught in shooting fray

YOUNGSTOWN — Councilman Richard Atkinson, R-3rd, told police he was driving south on Hudson

Valley man featured in Delphi bankruptcy filing

A Canfield Township man and his loss of $75,000 in Delphi stock are featured in a court document


NFL FavoritePointsUnderdog Saturday, Jan 13th. Divisional Playoff BALTIMORE4Indianapolis

U.S. companies keep eye on Chinese automakers

A Chinese automaker shows off SUVs at the Detroit auto show. DETROIT (AP) -- A year ago, a lone

Polivka testifies about Heltzel's behavior

A prosecutor wanted to question the ex-administrator, who did not attend. By ED RUNYAN


LOCAL Mooney names baseball coach YOUNGSTOWN -- Mooney High has hired Al Franceschelli as the


WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS GIRLS BASKETBALL AREA SCORES Salem 56, Campbell 10 Poland 60, Howland 34

Duke goes down, again: Georgia Tech pulls upset

Aaron Gray scored 18 points to lead No. 7 Pitt past DePaul. ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA -- Ra'Sean


BASEBALL National League CINCINNATI--Desiganted OF Ray Olmedo for assignment. Acquired INF Jeff

'Desperate' measures

NEW YORK (AP) -- Marcia Cross, who is expecting twins in April with her stockbroker-husband, Tom

County to Inglis: Clean up property

The business closed in fall 2005. By DENISE DICK VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER BOARDMAN -- Mahoning

Fine, probation for felling trees without permit

YOUNGSTOWN -- A Fifth Avenue man who admitted he cut down trees on East Side property without a

Trumbull Co. man awaits ruling in VW case

A common pleas court and an appellate court have ruled against Volkswagen. By MICHELE C. HLADIK

Follow Oprah's lead

Opinion: Philadelphia Inquirer: About 150 girls in South Africa must feel as though they are on another

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House votes to increase minimum wage in steps

The federal minimum wage would rise to 7.25 over the next two years. WASHINGTON (AP) -- The

Preparation, play are crucial for Grossman

The QB's performances have been all over the place, much like some of his passes. LAKE FOREST,

Presidential action sets stage for fierce battle with Dems

The Mahoning Valley's congressional representatives oppose the troop buildup. WIRE/STAFF REPORTS

Freeney has big test ahead

The cat-quick defensive end must contend with Baltimore tackle Jonathan Ogden. INDIANAPOLIS (AP)

Bush a villain? Only in the minds of the misinformed

Opinion: Bush a villain? Only in the minds of the misinformed EDITOR: I was most intrigued by the

Thiel's men roll past Grove City

The Tomcats overcame early foul problems to post a 71-57 victory. By BILL ALBRIGHT VINDICATOR

'Mad TV' comic to bring bag of impersonations

He's known best for his hilarious portrayals of stars. By JOHN BENSON VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Thorne-Smith weds

NEW YORK (AP) -- Courtney Thorne-Smith, who stars on ABC's "According to Jim," married her

Players speak out about suspension

Melody Rice led the Falcons to a district title in her first season, one year after it went 1-21.

Police dog's actions lead to surrender of fugitive

WARREN -- A fugitive who has been on the lam for two years on drug and weapons charges is being held

Two companies have compliance problems

The board awarded construction contracts totaling nearly 10 million. By HAROLD GWIN VINDICATOR

Formulaic and sappy, film works anyway

The true-life drama is about a teacher who wouldn't give up on her students. By JEFF STRICKLER

Howland trustees OK storm-sewer contract

HOWLAND -- Discussion of storm-sewer improvements highlighted Wednesday's township trustee meeting.

wednesday's nba summaries

WEDNESDAY'S NBA SUMMARIES HORNETS 96, HAWKS 77 NEW ORLEANS (96)--Butler 8-15 2-2 21, M.Jackson

As Gwynn, Ripken rejoice, steroid questions remain

Mark McGwire's silence may keep him out of Cooperstown. NEW YORK (AP) -- An empty chair on the

AUDITIONS \ Where to try out for roles

ACTORS "Miss Beatrix Potter Meets Mr. Peter Rabbit," by the Youngstown Playhouse Youth Theater.

NHL ROUNDUP Wednesday's other games

Sabres 2, Blackhawks 1 CHICAGO -- Ryan Miller made 34 saves and Jochen Hecht and Maxim Afinogenov


AREA COLLEGE ROUNDUP Wednesday's other games MEN Kenyon 86, Hiram 84 GAMBIER -- Ian McGuire

MVSD tells panel it will seek rate increase

A councilman wants more information about the proposed wellness center. By TIM YOVICH VINDICATOR

No. 1 defense ready to meet the Colts

Baltimore's unit is being compared to its record-setting team of 2000. OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) --

UAW's boss gets ready for battle

Opinion: Married life ain't hard when you got a union card, A union man has a happy life when he's got a

TOP 25 ROUNDUP Women's college basketball

No. 1 Maryland 111, Miami (Fla.) 53 CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Reserve Jade Perry had 19 points and 14

Officials to tap Strickland, Logan for project funds

Bids are to be opened in May for the long-delayed project. By D.A. WILKINSON VINDICATOR SALEM

'Alpha Dog'

'ALPHA DOG' Grade: B-. Director: Nick Cassavetes. Rating: R for pervasive drug use and language,

'Sunshine Boys' to open at New Castle Playhouse

'Sunshine Boys' to open at New Castle Playhouse NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The comedy "The Sunshine Boys"

National Hockey League

National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA New

'Stomp the Yard'

'STOMP THE YARD' Grade: C. Director: Sylvain White. Rating: PG-13 for a scene of violence, some

What took so long for film to make it to Youngstown?

The slow rollout was designed to whet moviegoers' appetites for 'Dreamgirls.' By GUY D'ASTOLFO

NBA ROUNDUP Wednesday's games

Wizards 113, Bulls 103 WASHINGTON -- With Gilbert Arenas slowed again by Chicago, Washington

PM tells Shiite militia to give up arms

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister has told Shiite militiamen to surrender their arms or

'Alpha Dog' is frighteningly realistic

The story of kidnapping and murder is inspired by a 1999 case. By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP MOVIE CRITIC

Major Indoor Soccer League

Major Indoor Soccer League At A Glance By The Associated Press WLPct.GB Philadelphia74.636--


Heading to greener pastures LSU's JaMarcus Russell and Southern California's Dwayne Jarrett

LSU's Russell headed for draft

The same for USC's Dwayne Jarrett and Clemson's C.J. Gaddis. ASSOCIATED PRESS BATON ROUGE, La.

She feels a need to cheat on 'Clark'

Dear Annie: I have been in a serious relationship with "Clark" for over two years. He's the man of

Poland man is charged in prescription scam

BOARDMAN -- Police arrested a Poland man after a pharmacist said the man tried to fill a fake

Councilman reports shooting on Hudson

Councilman reports shooting on Hudson YOUNGSTOWN -- Councilman Richard Atkinson, R-3rd, told

Dems fill two offices

The new officials said they had no immediate plans for changes in their offices. By D.A. WILKINSON


GETTING IT RIGHT Pirogi will be available for dining in and takeout at Friday's sale at St.

Browns' GM still high on Buckeyes' Smith

BEREA (AP) -- Browns general manager Phil Savage doesn't think any less of Ohio State quarterback

Mayor, auditor feud over fund transfers

The auditor said she tries to follow the law to avoid citations from the state. By WILLIAM K.

Man whose house exploded taken into custody for parole violation

Police expect to file charges next week. By LAURE CIOFFI VINDICATOR PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU NEW


Surplus clothing Victory Lutheran Church, 2110 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, clothing giveaway, 9

Additional million seniors, disabled enroll in drug program

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In recent months, more than 1 million seniors and disabled people have enrolled

United States should not give up on Iraq yet

Opinion: By TARIQ al-HASHIMI WASHINGTON POST During my recent visit to Washington I found a nation

Transmitters found in Canadian coins

& ordm;WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Defense Department is warning its American contractor employees


MORE NFL ON C3 Rex Grossman wanted to be in this situation. He's the key to the Chicago Bears'

Howland hands Poland first MAC defeat, 60-34

POLAND -- Senior Ellie Shields scored 17 points to lead the Howland High girls basketball team,

Zoning board applications

Zoning board applications Jackson Township trustees are accepting r & eacute;sum &

Huge loophole left in ethics reform

Opinion: By MARTIN SCHRAM SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE Nothing is as deceptively euphoric as Washington in

High home foreclosures signal Ohio's bigger economic issues

COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio again leads the nation in home foreclosures, an indicator of how the state's

New calendar serves as planner when holidays roll around

Dear Heloise: After the holidays, when I put up my new calendar for the following year, I note on

Overall crime rate rises by 5.5 percent

The drug trade affects most crimes, the city's chief of detectives says. By PATRICIA MEADE

Jokinen leads Panthers to 5-2 win over Penguins

He scored three goals and now has eight in six games against Pittsburgh. SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) --

Quirky penguins are taking the nation by storm

Those funny-looking birds have marched and danced their way into the hearts of Americans. NEW YORK

Blame Romeo? Savage refuses to point finger The Browns' GM admitted there are a lot of questions surrounding his team.

BEREA (AP) -- Browns general manager Phil Savage refuses to make coach Romeo Crennel the scapegoat.

IUE filing includes Canfield Twp. man's story

A local man's financial loss shows the pain workers have endured. By DON SHILLING VINDICATOR

Prosecutor seeks court's intervention

The filing says the 11th District Court of Appeals ignored Ohio and U.S. Supreme Court precedents.

Business News Digest

WORLD GM considers stake in Malaysian automaker KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- General Motors may bid

Dakar Rally Results

Dakar Rally Results At Ouarzazate, Morocco Fourth Stage (A 251-mile leg from Er Rachidia) 1.

Ex-deputy sentenced for sexual assault

The victim wasn't satisfied with the sentence. By PETER H. MILLIKEN VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

Brady's 11-1 playoff mark tests Chargers

He'll go up against Philip Rivers who is making his first playoff start. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) --

Cisco sues Apple over use of iPhone name

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday it is suing Apple Inc. in federal court over

Crises keep coming on '24'

In its first episode Nov. 6, 2001, a terrorist blew up the jetliner in which she had been a

Brown's body unburied

Brown's body unburied COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The body of soul singer James Brown has yet to be buried


'FREEDOM WRITERS' Grade: B. Director: Richard Lagravenese. Rating: PG-13 for profanity and

Stock Listing of Local Interest

STOCK, DIVIDENDCLOSECHANGE Aqua America, .46, 22.25 --.08 Avalon Holdings,7.39--.01 Clear


MAHONING COUNTY Marriage licenses Thomas G. Silver, 23, of 7374 Eisenhower Drive #4, Boardman,

Tagliabue, Thurman Thomas head list of 17 finalist for the Hall of Fame

CANTON (AP) -- Recently retired NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and former Buffalo Bills running

Sen. Byrd is miffed over missed vote

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's determination to run the chamber more

Men's Basketball

MEN'S BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY'S SCORES EAST California, Pa. 66, Clarion 63 Cheyney 80,

The Sources

The Sources Ticketmaster: Kaufmann's in Eastwood, Southern Park and Shenango Valley malls; and

Eagles' resilience keeps them in playoffs

They lost quarterback Donovan McNabb and several others but are still rolling. ASSOCIATED PRESS

if you go

IF YOU GO Who: Aries Spears When: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Where: The Funny Farm

WTA Tour Moorilla Hobart International

WTA Tour Moorilla Hobart International At Hobart, Australia Purse: 145,000 (Tier IV) Singles

De Carlo was Lily Munster

De Carlo was Lily Munster LOS ANGELES -- Yvonne De Carlo, the beautiful star who played Moses'

'Harvey' chosen for its magic

The story earned its author a Pulitzer Prize. By GUY D'ASTOLFO VINDICATOR ENTERTAINMENT WRITER

Thiel women get first PAC win

The Tomcats returned home to defeat Grove City. By BILL ALBRIGHT VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Monster Truck Mania to present 3 shows

The human bomb will make an explosive appearance. THE VINDICATOR YOUNGSTOWN -- They say you've

ON THE FAIRWAYS This week's pro golf events

PGA TOUR Sony Open in Hawaii Honolulu Schedule: Today-Sunday Course: Waialae Country Club (7,044

Dems plan vote to urge reconsideration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush acknowledged Wednesday for the first time that he erred by failing

'Stomp' could use more dance, less plot

The script gets more ridiculous as it goes on. By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP MOVIE CRITIC The rhythmic

PBA Earl Anthony Medford Classic Standings

PBA Earl Anthony Medford Classic Standings By The Associated Press Wednesday At Lava Lanes

Council honors firefighters for rescue

Council will give a tax break to people who invest buyout money in businesses inside the city. BY


According to Monterey Bay Aquarium's penguin curator, Christina Slager: There are 18 different

Barbaro in stable condition again

The Kentucky Derby champion had another setback caused by laminitis. KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) --

AP Sportlight

AP Sportlight Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA Jan. 11 1970 -- The AFL wins its second straight Super

Sharon man pleads guilty in slaying of girlfriend

He also entered a guilty plea to a Hermitage robbery. MERCER, Pa. -- A Sharon man is expected to


NORTHFIELD WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS 1st--Belle Beckley3.402.202.10 Hillcrestbutterfly

Coughlin is given a one-year reprieve

He didn't get an ultimatum, but the owners message was clear. CALDWELL, N.J. (AP) -- Tom Coughlin

Sean and Dr. Judith Markey of Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand, are announcing the birth of their

Sean and Dr. Judith Markey of Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand, are announcing the birth of their

BRINY BREEZES, FLA. Residents approve sale that would make them millions

The contract won't be official until 2009. BRINY BREEZES, Fla. (AP) -- Residents of this trailer-

United States is trapped in the war on terrorism

Opinion: By IAN S. LUSTICK BALTIMORE SUN The official mantra is that we fight in Iraq because it is the


BIRTHS St. Elizabeth's Family Birthplace Megan Chronister and Paul Rudiak, Austintown, boy, Jan.

Board upholds death for Biros

The parole board's recommendation to the governor was unanimous. By MICHELE C. HLADIK VINDICATOR