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Family, friends pained by comments after killings

YOUNGSTOWN — Those touched by a quadruple homicide on West Evergreen Avenue three days ago


Sunday school offerings stolen

GIRARD — Officials at First United Methodist Church on North State Street told police someone


Kochems to run for D.A. in Mercer

MERCER, Pa. — Assistant District Attorney Robert G. Kochems will run for district attorney in


Wheatland Tube to integrate Sharon Tube

SHARON, Pa. — The parent company of Wheatland Tube is acquiring Sharon Tube Co. Financial


Risk to Meander water supply is low, ODNR says

MINERAL RIDGE — The chances that Meander Reservoir would be contaminated if natural-gas wells


New area Congressmen get assignments

U.S. House Democratic leadership appointed freshman U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire to his third committee


10 TMHA workers will be cut

WARREN — Fewer than 10 of 79 employees at the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority will


Pa. rep wants your input

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. — The public is invited to share ideas and feedback on legislative reform in


Politis, Garg, Crans get Medical Society honors

YOUNGSTOWN — Drs. John Politis and Sudershan Garg are Mahoning County Medical Society’s


Man accused in trooper's daughter's death back in jail

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — A man accused of manslaughter in the death of a Pennsylvania State Police


Explosion levels East Side home

YOUNGSTOWN — City fire officials believe that natural gas was the cause of an explosion that


Development is not a goal, expert says

SALEM — A development expert told Salem business and community leaders that successful


County wants better interest rate from Sky Bank

LISBON — Columbiana County Treasurer Nick Barborak hopes the county can get a better interest


Hubbard mayor: Council just doesn't get it

HUBBARD — Mayor Arthur Magee has taken issue with plans by council to cut overtime spending


Trumbull 911 director ups the ante

WARREN — Trumbull County 911 director Michael Dolhancryk, continuing his effort to get some of


Polivka votes yes, but vows 'to be tough'

WARREN — Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka says he’s ready to move forward with


Boardman trustees at odds over fire station ads

BOARDMAN — Township Trustee Elaine Mancini believes that a request for proposals for design of


City to raze blighted Fifth Avenue houses downtown

YOUNGSTOWN — Three dilapidated houses on the southern end of Fifth Avenue, one of the


Youngstown losing gender-based schools

YOUNGSTOWN —  The city school district’s experiment with gender schools is expected


UPMC Horizon moving its baby business

GREENVILLE, Pa. —  No more babies will be delivered at UPMC Horizon after April. UPMC


'Too hot for drivers with guns and drugs'

YOUNGSTOWN — In 2003, when the city recorded 19 homicides, police made 7,183 traffic stops


Water park in Sandusky to be nation's biggest

<span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px">SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) _ An expansion planned for an


Pa. bans live Lake Erie fish

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The state Fish and Boat Commission, trying to reduce the potential spread of


Howland-based supplier reports profits

HOWLAND —  Stoneridge posted a large increase in profits in 2006 but warned of lower


Tod Children's to close, merge with St. E's, Akron

YOUNGSTOWN — Forum Health Tod Children’s Hospital is slated to close this spring and


Woman killed in snowmobile accident

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) _ A woman who was a passenger on a snowmobile hit her head on a utility pole guy


Ohio farmer killed in cow attack

<span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px">ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) _ A northeast Ohio farmer was


Woman finds death scene after getting a phone call

The mass murder was likely the result of an ongoing feud, a detective said. By PATRICIA MEADE


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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS AT A GLANCE

TUESDAY'S RESULTS BOYS BASKETBALL AREA SCORES Warren Harding 76, Rayen 39 Poland 47,


Reporter contradicts Libby's claims

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reporter Judith Miller testified Tuesday that former vice presidential aide I.


Woman's body found in truck owned by Youngstown company

The death appeared accidental, but no one knows how she got into the truck. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)


Scientists seek smog reduction

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal scientists want to tighten smog standards, a step that would allow tens


Chief: Crimes dropped in 2006

The chief said he wants to prevent the city's drug problem from expanding. By D.A. WILKINSON


& lt;B & gt;ADAMS, & lt;/B & gt;Betty J., 84, of Girard; calling

& lt;B & gt;ADAMS, & lt;/B & gt;Betty J., 84, of Girard; calling hours today from 5


5 companies are likely to get contracts

A Niles company would be the project's general contractor. WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners


SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE National TV in parentheses Friday At Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, Calif. (SHO),


Ex-bookkeeper pleads guilty to 1.7M theft

By PETER H. MILLIKEN VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER YOUNGSTOWN -- Deborah L. Toda, 49, of Howland,


Opponents of landfill get reports

The mayor envisions using the land for recreational purposes. By JEANNE STARMACK VINDICATOR


Homeowners say company mishandling aid program

The company has the potential for a 10 percent commission for running the program. BATON ROUGE,


YSU

YSU Men's hoops team to play E. Kentucky YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown State men's basketball


Former directors lament decline in parks funding

The meeting's purpose was to lobby for additional ODNR funding. By MARC KOVAC VINDICATOR


Thrashers 5, Devils 4

Thrashers 5, Devils 4 ATLANTA -- Marian Hossa delivered the decisive goal in a shootout as the


State of Union speeches do not warrant applause

Opinion: Add pompoms and a beer commercial to last week's presidential address to Congress, and the event


Wednesday's Best Bets on TV

"What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann" (7 p.m., Cinemax): This film takes an intimate


ALTRUSA CLUB FASHION SHOW

Altrusa Club fashion show BOARDMAN -- The Altrusa Club of Youngstown is sponsoring a fashion show


MAC race tightens with win by Poland

The Bulldogs beat Campbell in overtime to avenge an earlier OT loss. By JOHN BASSETTI VINDICATOR


Weather leads to rise in oil, gas prices

Saudi Arabia is going to cut oil supply, a report said. NEW YORK (AP) -- Oil prices settled just


NFL PLAYOFFS

NFL PLAYOFFS Wild-card Playoffs All Times EST Saturday, Jan. 6 Indianapolis 23, Kansas City


High school to test for students' weekend drinking

PEQUANNOCK, N.J. (AP) -- Some teenagers who drink over the weekend could be in big trouble come


Criticism is gross, man: Rex, Peyton seek respect

MIAMI (AP) -- One has been called Da Worst, the other is Da Man. Rex Grossman of the Bears vs


Proper storage preserves taste of potatoes

Dear Heloise: As a senior-citizen widower, what cooking I do is limited. Baked and sweet potatoes


Council questions WRAP's effectiveness

One councilman distributed a list of questions for WRAP officials to answer. BY AMANDA GARRETT


A summary of recent criminal activity in Boardman:

A summary of recent criminal activity in Boardman: Jan. 24 Identity fraud: A West Boulevard man


Knicks 99, Lakers 94

Knicks 99, Lakers 94 NEW YORK -- Playing without the suspended Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles


Long-delayed Windows Vista system gets off to a slow start

It's expected to take years for Vista to overtake XP on most computers. NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumers


St. Elizabeth's Family Birthplace

St. Elizabeth's Family Birthplace Delaney and Nichole Robinson, Warren, boy, Jan. 29. Michael


Officials make changes in overtime, purchasing

Overtime spending in all city departments will be reduced by 10 percent. By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.


Attacks leave at least 60 Shiite worshipers dead

WASHINGTON POST BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Attackers using bombs, rockets and guns killed at least 60 Shiite


Dipping into flavor

Dipping into flavor Dean's World Famous sauces and dips from Dean Batogowski include horseradish


Former deputy gets probation and must complete drug rehab

A special prosecutor appeared for the defendant's plea. YOUNGSTOWN -- A former Mahoning County


Selected Stocks

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Mayor helps couple replace stolen ramps

Scrap yards were notified about the metal ramps stolen from the triple amputee. By TIM YOVICH


Ethical concerns face nominee for spy chief

McConnell was told to be ready for questions about his job. WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's


Regional Business Digest

REGION Atlanta-based company to close Howland plant HOWLAND -- Atlantis Plastics said it is


8 bus drivers found to have DUI convictions

COLUMBUS (AP) -- Private companies that handle some of the bus service for the city's school


TUESDAY'S NBA SUMMARIES

TUESDAY'S NBA SUMMARIES CAVALIERS 124, WARRIORS 97 GOLDEN STATE (97) -- Harrington 4-12 5-6 13,


Anti-U.S. sentiment grows in Afghanistan

Opinion: By SELIG S. HARRISON WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON -- The British Raj learned the hard way a


No end in sight for waterline repairs

The cost of the repair work hasn't been determined. By DAVID SKOLNICK CITY HALL REPORTER


The Jesuit clergyman says the Youngstown Catholic Diocese reflects America.

The Jesuit clergyman says the Youngstown Catholic Diocese reflects America. By LINDA M. LINONIS


Crews battle fire in Liberty

LIBERTY -- A house at 1005 E. Park Circle caught fire at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. A dispatcher in


A tale of two chilis

WASHINGTON POST CHILI CON CARNE Michael Yonan who lives in Ballinger, Texas, developed this


Focused Reserve beats Leetonia

The Blue Devils improved to 13-1 and 9-1 in the league. By ERIC HAMILTON VINDICATOR


It's time for another look at health care

Opinion: By PAUL C. CAMPOS SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE Reforming the American health care system will be


Girl, 15, testifies about years of being molested

The girl said she was scared the man accused of rape would kill her. By ED RUNYAN VINDICATOR


Iraq will stand up, but only with U.S.

Opinion: DAVOS, Switzerland -- The pristine, snowy mountains of this ski town present a picture totally


Warren man is charged in armed robbery

WARREN -- A city man has been charged with one of two armed robberies pulled off in as many days.


Yemma looking at treasurer's job

By DAVID SKOLNICK VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County Democratic Party


Biden set to declare candidacy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Democratic Sen. Joe Biden has been saying for months he's running for president. He


Nominee sees need for new goals

Sen. Arlen Specter said President Bush is not the only decision-maker. WASHINGTON (AP) -- It may


Democrats aim for another depression

Opinion: By JAY AMBROSE SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE More than anything, it has now become obvious, the


BASEBALL

BASEBALL American League CHICAGO WHITE SOX--Agreed to terms with INF Junior Spivey on a minor-


A historic crossing

Opinion: Chicago Tribune: Why did the British historian cross the road? To get to the other side, only to be


Island's church leaders, educators praise Murry

The Diocese of St. Thomas has only eight parishes compared with 115 in Youngstown's. By LINDA M.


FRIDAY

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


Dems push budget bill

Dems push budget bill WASHINGTON -- Democrats say they are making the best of a bad situation as


Agenda Thursday Feb. 1Campbell Board of Education, special meeting, 6:30 p.m., Board of Education Conference Room. Will recess into executive session.

Agenda Thursday Campbell Board of Education, special meeting, 6:30 p.m., Board of Education


Big crowd expected for Butler at Beeghly

The Penguins are 1-16 all-time against ranked opponents at Beeghly. By PETE MOLLICA VINDICATOR


Deal with state clears the way for Hoover sale

The president of the company plans to visit the North Canton plant today. COLUMBUS (AP) -- The


'Spring Watch' follows a new crop of babies

Viewers can get involved in the show's online community. ZAP2IT.COM PASADENA, Calif. -- This


WARREN School board meeting

The school board met Tuesday and: Hired Stephen Chiaro as the principal for the new kindergarten


Best-selling author dies at 89

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sidney Sheldon, who won awards in three careers -- Broadway theater, movies and


TOP 25 ROUNDUP \ Tuesday's games

MEN No. 21 Notre Dame 103, Syracuse 91 SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Notre Dame became the first team to


Pens blank Panthers

Pens blank Panthers Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots, and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended a nearly


SCHOOL'S OUT

SCHOOL'S OUT The Vindicator/William D. Lewis Old East High coming down brick by brick The


Delphi, union contract talks to start

Conflicted reports have emerged about progress in talks with the UAW. By DON SHILLING VINDICATOR


City plans crackdown after killing of 4 people

The slayings are 'a punch in the gut to fight back,' the mayor says. By DAVID SKOLNICK CITY HALL


QB hopes to land in Cleveland

The Cleveland native is expected to be drafted in the second or third round. CLEVELAND (AP) --


Devils tested, but get victory

McDonald's win sets up a big game against Western Reserve on Friday. By PETE MOLLICA VINDICATOR


Police: Driver in fatal school crash was headed to driving class

SHILOH, Ill. (AP) -- An 84-year-old woman was apparently en route to a driving class when her car


MAHONING COUNTY

MAHONING COUNTY Marriage licenses Joseph S. O'Grady, 26, of Boardman, and Stephanie L. Tombo,


Put unused land to use, one state official recommends

By MARC KOVAC VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT COLUMBUS -- Upward of 1,200 acres of undeveloped land in


Bogus unemployment claim disallowed for administrator

Editorial: A hearing officer for the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Commission got it right: Former


Revived Penguins put punch in 3-0 victory over Panthers

Michel Ouellet, Dominic Moore and Ryan Whitney scored. PITTSBURGH (AP) -- These Pittsburgh


Desperate vibes may discourage would-be suitors

Dear Annie: I am at my wits' end with my 28-year-old daughter, "Melissa." She is successful, has her


CLASSIC dish returns

Welsh rabbit makes rare bite of a snack, even though its origins are obscured in history. By


FROZEN BOA

FROZEN BOA Associated Press WRONG HABITAT: Construction worker Ron Newman displays an 8-foot boa


Leaders expected to OK labor deals

The county's budget is on hold until the contract cost with sheriff's employees is resolved. By ED


Crash kills passenger, puts driver in hospital

Crash kills passenger, puts driver in hospital GOSHEN -- A one-car crash around 9:10 p.m. Monday


Both vulnerable. North deals.

Both vulnerable. North deals. NORTH A 4 A 6 5 2 A Q J 8 7 A 6 WEST EAST 9 8 7 6 5


Bad toe no woe in Cavs victory

Without LeBron James, the Cavaliers rolled past Golden State. CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James


The Police will perform at Grammys ceremony

The Police will perform at Grammys ceremony NEW YORK -- The Police will reunite to perform at this


Commissioners to decide on block grants on Feb. 22

A public hearing is planned for Feb. 8. By MARY GRZEBIENIAK VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT MERCER,


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

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TUESDAY'S BASKETBALL SCORES

TUESDAY'S BASKETBALL SCORES MEN EAST Brooklyn 75, Briar Cliff 69 Bucknell 56, Colgate 53