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Vindy writers win statewide awards

Two Vindicator writers won first-place awards in a statewide competition, and others also were

200 walk 4 miles in Mill Creek Park to aid MS

YOUNGSTOWN - When he was in his 20s, Jim Salata sensed something was amiss after experiencing slight

YSU’s Katie Rogner is medalist at Horizon golf championships

Youngstown State freshman Katie Rogner shot an ever-par 72 to earn medalist honors at the Horizon

Staal, Fluery lead Penguins past Rangers for 2-0 series lead

PITTSBURGH — Jordan Staal scored a power-play goal in the second period and Pittsburgh goalie Marc-

YSU softball team sets HR records in loss

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Senior McKenzie Bedra and freshman Rochelle tied the Youngstown State single-

Maholm, McLouth power Pirates past Phillies

PITTSBURGH — Paul Maholm tossed a two-hitter, Nate McLouth hit two home runs and the Pittsburgh

Wang leads Yankees to 1-0 win over Indians

CLEVELAND — Chien-Ming Wang shut down Cleveland for seven innings and outpitched C.C. Sabathia,

Mahoning youth choirs clash for cash to fight crime

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County judge has found a somewhat unusual way to award grant money for

City group wants no child left behind at local playgrounds

YOUNGSTOWN — When two educational assistants learned that children in their Medically Fragile

State trooper in Trumbull retires with party to fight hunger

NILES – When Jim Quinlan decided to hold his retirement party after patrolling Trumbull County roads

Police still seek clues in 2006 overdose death of Girard woman

YOUNGSTOWN — Veronica Rose Luthern’s obituary described the one-time cheerleader as a friendly

Ohio auditor cites Niles over infrastructure recordkeeping

NILES — The Ohio auditor has cited the city for noncompliance because of inadequate keeping of

Ryan, first lady Strickland to sound alarm on uninsured kids

YOUNGSTOWN — Ohio first lady Frances Strickland and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan are scheduled to be here

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In praise of bulldogs on their special day

BERLIN CENTER — They snort. They snarl (all in fun). They snore. They slobber (just a bit).

McGlynn becomes fourth area player chosen

McGlynn chosen

Browns make first pick - finally

Browns pick

Super Bowl champs pick Manningham

Manningham picked.

Harding's Molden becomes second area pick

Molden picked


LAUREN EVANS AARON DORGER X SUGARLAND, Texas — Christ United Methodist Church was the setting at 6


BIRTHS Forum Health Northside Medical Center Erica Moore and Reginald Everson, Youngstown, girl,

Sadr City calming down, U.S. military says

Residents are suffering from shortages of supplies. BAGHDAD, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. military

Steelers go O, add big-play threats at RB, WR

Despite having Pro Bowl talent at those positions, Rashard Mendenhall and Limas Sweed figure to make

YSU baseball splits

YSU baseball splits Erich Diedrich’s bases-loaded hit drove in the go-ahead runs, and the

Today is Sunday, April 27, the 118th day of 2008. There are 248 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Sunday, April 27, the 118th day of 2008. There are 248 days left in the year. On this date

Authorized pot use blocks liver transplant

Authorized pot use blocks liver transplant SEATTLE — Timothy Garon’s face and arms are hauntingly

Magic conquer Raptors to build 3-1 series lead

TORONTO — Rashard Lewis had 27 points and 13 rebounds, Dwight Howard added 19 points and 16 boards,

Clinton issues debate challenge to Obama, but he’s not interested

In a Lincoln-Douglas debate, no moderator is needed. MARION, Ind. (AP) — Democratic rivals Barack

Prepare for quake, scientists warn Reno, Nev.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scientists urged residents of northern Nevada’s largest city to prepare for a

Howard, Kendrick power Phillies’ win

The Pirates have lost three straight and nine of 11. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Howard homered in his

nhl roundup Saturday’s games

Red Wings 5, Avalanche 1 DETROIT — Johan Franzen scored three times to lift Detroit over the

Pacman deal completed

The Cowboys traded away fourth-and sixth-round draft picks. IRVING, Texas (AP) — The complicated

Penguins split softball twinbill with Valpo

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Youngstown State University split a Horizon League softball doubleheader with

IN THE CUP Area holes in one

William Cowin of Warren aced the No. 16 hole at Avalon Lakes. He used a 5 hybrid on the 169-yard

PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP | Saturday’s games

Canfield 7-7, Massillon 0-0 MASSILLON — Senior Nate Wilson (3-0) pitched a no-hitter with 13

AT A GLANCE Steelers

ROUND 1—Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois, 5-10, 224, No. 23 overall. Big Ten offensive player of the


Inside/C6 XThe Browns were quiet bystanders Saturday, unlike a year ago when they were a major

Gunbattles in Mexico kill 13

Part of the shootout went through heavily populated areas. TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Massive, running

Penguins lose one, win one against Vikings

The Penguins share third place with the Vikings in the Horizon League. LORAIN — Youngstown

Track Field

Track Field Ohio Athletic Conf. Championship (At Wilmington College) Men Teams: 1. Mount

Drug task force agent fired over sex charges

After pocketing more than $42,000 during a seven-month administrative leave, a special agent who

M.V. may soon send S.O.S. call

The depleted Thunder lost their fourth straight game, 61-49. ALBANY, N.Y. — Ever since the

YSU nabs JUCO transfers, Cle. VASJ standout Ward

Each of the junior college players has two years left. YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State men’s

Iraqis are flocking to revitalized Baghdad Zoo

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Families stroll the park’s sidewalks and picnic in the shade as laughing


REGION FedEx official to speak at Athena Award dinner YOUNGSTOWN — Virginia C. Albanese,

After losing job, ex-mayor in dognap scandal loses dog

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A custody case that wrecked a small-town south Texas mayor’s political career

Joke items tickle the fancy of many fans

Jokes spread quickly today via the Internet or television, and satire can be found in comic strips,

Salem Community Hospital and Salem Community Centerwill co-sponsor an AARP 55-Alive Driver Safety

Salem Community Hospital and Salem Community Centerwill co-sponsor an AARP 55-Alive Driver Safety


700s Amron — Jim Seabrook (727) Fred Carlier (715) in Hively’s Sportsman; Jason Keyes (760)


VETERANS Tri-State Marines YOUNGSTOWN — The Tri-State Marine Detachment of the Marine Corps

To unwind, many go fly a kite

Kites ranged from very high to very low in price and covered every color of the rainbow.

Discussion about crime

Discussion about crime YOUNGSTOWN — Those who own or operate businesses on and near South Avenue

Lions clubs elect officers at district convention

HUDSON — The Holiday Inn was the setting from April 11 through 13 for the 42nd annual convention


DOCTOR Veterinary medicine degree Charlene D. Arendas of Lowellville will receive her doctor of

Youth Service Day draws a crowd

The annual event attracts millions of young volunteers throughout the world. NEW CASTLE, Pa.

Area clubs receive awards at state convention in Dayton

DAYTON — Singled out for recognition at a convention held by the Garden Club of Ohio in Dayton


MAY 3 — West Branch Warrior Scramble at Westville Golf Course. Fouir-person scramble with an 11

East’s Allen continues stellar spring

Boardman’s Corey Linsley was named the field events MVP. POLAND — East High sprinter James

Family’s pet camel helps some skeptics to get over the hump

Randell’s intelligence has gotten him into trouble. FRESNO, Calif. — You could spend a lifetime


MEN Lowellville Mt. Carmel (Tanglewood) — Low gross: Brian Mincher 39, Joe Mahoney 40, Justin

Poland plans a party

The committee is hoping for contributions to help cover costs. POLAND — Aspiring singers will

Hearing set on loan for racetrack sewer plant

HILLSVILLE, Pa. — A public hearing is set for 2 p.m. Thursday on Mahoning Township’s application for

YSU’s aim: shoot low, finish high

LEBANON, Ohio — The Youngstown State men’s golf team hopes to improve on its sixth-place finish from

You & your stimulus

Choices abound for spending tax rebates Experts advise putting the money away or paying down debt.

NBA PLAYOFFS Cavs vs. Wizards

April 19: Cleveland 93, Washington 86 April 21: Cleveland 116, Washington 86 April 24:

Man charged with pulling knife in theft try

YOUNGSTOWN — A 37-year-old city man was arrested late Friday on allegations that he used a knife in

Agenda Monday

Agenda Monday Austintown Township trustees, 6 p.m., 82 Ohltown Road. Coitsville Township Joint


TUESDAY XMiriam Chapter 278, OES, will celebrate its 100th birthday at a special meeting at 7:30

Browns watch, wait for 2nd day

Cleveland has four picks today, beginning with No. 122 in the fourth round. BEREA (AP) — A year

Combining public safety responsibilities wouldn’t work in Youngstown

Opinion: EDITOR: Increasingly, government and taxpayers are looking for ways of getting more bang for their

A worldwide attraction

Visits by international tourists rise A weak dollar is making the trip more attractive to

Scholarship brunch planned by Black Nurses Association

Special to The Vindicator EVENT PLANNERS: Members of the Youngstown/Warren Black Nurses

Area Toastmasters win competition

Area Toastmasters win competition YOUNGSTOWN — Roy Thomas and David Casey, members of Youngstown

Agency set to recognize volunteers in the Valley

BOARDMAN — Volunteer Services Agency Inc. is kicking off National Volunteer Week 2008 in the

Wetsuit gets penguin back in the swim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — What’s black and white and warm all over? A penguin in a wetsuit, naturally.


FOUNDATION GIVING By the numbers The Youngstown Foundation Distribution Committee — William

NOLA gets more visitors

NOLA gets more visitors A recent New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. survey showed visitation to

Medical Society and Alliance honor Sankovic as Gem of Year

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Medical Society and Alliance had a joint dinner meeting April 11

Marines deploying in Afghanistan for first time in years

The area has the fiercest Taliban resistance. HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Marines

After 102 years, souvenir shop will be closing its doors

‘Bureaucratic process fatigue’ is what finally did the family in. GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK,

Organizers plan a two-day event this summer with a variety of events. They are seeking donations to

Organizers plan a two-day event this summer with a variety of events. They are seeking donations to

Cleaning time for humidifiers

Avoid the winter rush by taking care of the task now. Hallelujah: It’s nearly time to turn off


Several people were sentenced Friday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court. According to court

Turning Technologies heads to its new home

ON THE MOVE “After being in the other building with no windows, everybody’s excited about the


area Curbstoners BOARDMAN — Joe Malmisur, the former athletic director for Youngstown State

Loves lead Petraglia Jr. to Valley, Youngstown State

John Bassetti | Bowling Johnny Petraglia Jr. isn’t sure if wedding bells are in the near future,

Fugitive of the Week

Fugitive of the Week Derick D. Madison The FBI/Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force is

Winter wreaks havoc on roofs

If you have to do some cleaning or repairing, be safe. And you thought the potholes were bad.

Give the guy a hug for trying

The cancer survivor vows to try again to break a world record. WARREN — Cancer survivor Jeff

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Web site helps publish your book

The Internet lets us do things and affords us opportunities like never before. Take publishing, for

Publishers Weekely BEST-SELLERS | For the week ending April 19

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Hold Tight” by Harlan Coben (Dutton Adult) 2. “Where Are You Now?” by Mary

Gardens will host Girls’ Night Out

Special to The Vindicator FRIENDS: Among those members of Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens who

Officials seek dozens missing after apartment complex fire

Many people escaped wearing only their night clothes. NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A fast-moving fire

Mahoning county

Mahoning county Forum Health At Home offers hot, nutritious meals at noon weekdays at nine

‘Felicity’ keeps him dangling on a string after split

Dear Annie: I am a 24-year-old male. Four months ago, my girlfriend and I broke up after three years

Ohio Drug Card program to launch Monday

A pharmacist at the Austintown Kmart said the program is similar to other discount drug programs

Top performances Poland Invitational

MVPs Girls field MVP — Melissa Dodaro, Reynoldsburg Boys field MVP — Corey Linsley, Boardman

Medical diagnosis required to determine gynecomastia

Q. My wife thinks I have gynecomastia. I may; I do have “man boobs,” but it could be from being

Bartos celebrate 60th anniversary at family dinners

X AUSTINTOWN — Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bartos of Austintown, who were married April 15, 1948, at St.

Ohio Drug Card Fact sheet

What: Ohio Drug Card, a statewide free prescription drug card that allows savings of up to 75

Rangers feeling pressure

Pittsburgh has a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Losing a

Power pad works but needs to adapt

The concept for the first product being reviewed below is great, but I fear if the company behind

Seton III officers to be installed at dinner meeting in Boardman

BOARDMAN — The installation of newly elected officers who will head Seton II during the coming


TODAY St. Elizabeth Health Center Donor Room, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call

Tom Cruise to return to ‘Oprah Winfrey’ show

CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah might want to nail down her furniture. Tom Cruise is scheduled to return to

Tax rebate

Tax rebate What to expect Details on the federal economic stimulus plan: SCHEDULE Direct

Two rounds, no calls

Manningham slides as area players wait for second day At least five Valley standouts are expected

Travel headaches loom as airlines’ woes deepen

One expert said this summer is going to be a rough one. CHICAGO (AP) — Soaring fuel costs. Flights

Retiring at 65? Many postpone

Judi Szyszka always figured that when she turned 65, she’d punch her State of Minnesota time card

‘Hard Candy’

‘Hard Candy’ Madonna (Warner Bros.) Grade: B Madonna may be a 49-year-old working mom pushing

Family gathers for Rohans’ 55th

X LIBERTY — Tom and Freida Rohan, 529 Murray Hill Drive, recently celebrated their 55th wedding

Trade policy fails U.S.

Opinion: It’s easy to play bumper-sticker politics with trade. But it gets us nowhere. When Barack Obama

Late auto loans on rise

Let lenders know when you’re falling behind, experts say. The turmoil that has roiled the

50th anniversary is observed by the Fredericks

X AUSTINTOWN — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Frederick of Austintown, who were united in marriage on May 10,

E-mails put attorney general in an embarrassing position

Editorial: In a week or so, Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann will hold a news conference to discuss the sexual

HIDDEN GIFT: This small pottery group is called “The Tithe Pig.” It was made in

HIDDEN GIFT: This small pottery group is called “The Tithe Pig.” It was made in Staffordshire,

Miss Rudnicki to be May bride of Mr. Rudawsky

X Plans are being announced for the upcoming marriage of Catharine Wilma Michelle Rudnicki, a

LIMELIGHT Awards, achievements

HOWLAND — Lynn Battison was named 2007 Employee of the Year at Shepherd of the Valley-Howland, where

U.S. hybrid sales rise as Prius leads the pack

One analysts expects hybrid sales to rise 30 percent despite sluggish market. DETROIT (AP) — Kim

Scream time at Kennywood

Scream time at Kennywood Get ready to scream. A host of goblins and ghouls are coming to Kennywood


CREDIT UNION Brian M. McCue of Warren has been named president of Greater Warren Credit Union. He

Historic homes can be greener than you think

Check your neighborhood’s historic guidelines before making any changes. It’s a myth that

Victor-y: Martinez lifts Tribe, 4-3

Reliever Masa Kobayashi earned his first major league win. CLEVELAND (AP) — Masa Kobayashi dropped

Anniversary to be observed by Hostetters

X COLUMBIANA — Plans have been completed for a vacation trip during which Mr. and Mrs. Leroy

Shirley Temple Black marks 80th birthday

Shirley Temple Black marks 80th birthday SAN FRANCISCO — Shirley Temple Black quietly celebrated

A place for everything

Designer lets eclectic pieces transform home into a Paris match Decorating with storm debris?

‘Command Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath’

‘Command Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath’ (EA Games) for Xbox 360, PC Genre: Strategy; Rating: T


BASEBALL LINESCORES saturday BOARDMAN 6, URSULINE 3 Boardman0100212—692 Ursuline0102000—361


YOUNGSTOWN STATE Today — Softball at Valparaiso, noon Tuesday — Softball at Pitt (DH), 2 p.m.


BASEBALL Class B League — 18-and-under team is looking for a pitcher and catcher. Call Ken at

Cavs better win at Verizon or it’s uphill on horizon

Cleveland is eager to put its lopsided Game 3 loss in the rear view mirror. WASHINGTON (AP) —


MOUNTAINEER RESults Saturday 1st—Tricky Image (Parker)14.807.403.60 Timmy Star

selected stocks

STOCK, DIVIDENDCLOSECHANGE Aqua America, .50, 18.04 .05 Avalon Holdings,5.05—.21 Clear

SunCalc helps plants get sunlight they need

SunCalc helps plants get sunlight they need SunCalc, above, takes the guesswork out of locating

For college students, unpaid internships can still pay off

The average college intern is paid $16.33 an hour. CHICAGO — Thomas Kemeny applied for an unpaid


THURSDAY X Sweetbriar will meet at 6 p.m.for a visit to Gilmore’s Greenhouse. The hostess will be

National Volunteer Week observed by cancer society

YOUNGSTOWN — The American Cancer Society is observing National Volunteer Week today through May 3 by

Ohio amendment to provide veteran bonuses is good idea

Opinion: Ohio amendment to provide veteran bonuses is good idea EDITOR: The constitutional amendment

D.H. Lawrence spinning in grave

Opinion: “FU.” That’s how Attorney General Marc Dann’s former scheduler, Jessica Utovich, responded via

Family of slain man to keep fighting

Legal experts say the family might have to take its lawsuit to civil court. NEW YORK (AP) — The

Sharpton vows to close city in protest

Protesters marched 20 blocks through Harlem. NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of angry people marched

Lolcat Web site is hiring; spelling skillz optional

Lolcat Web site is hiring; spelling skillz optional NEW YORK — “I can haz dream Job? My rezumez!

In newest book, Jack Handey’s thoughts get deeper

The material in the book is longer than his previous works. NEW YORK — Jack Handey thinks

Classic lit is fodder for amusing parodies

There’s also something for the reader not into classical literature. “The McSweeney’s Joke

On your own? Build basic tool kit

It’s that pomp-and-circumstance, tassel-turning time of year that for many means one thing: flying

RIDING WITH … Dave Blaney

Saturday: The Hartford native will likely miss his first race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

“Big Brother” (8 p.m., CBS): A winner is named — or, in this case, another loser

“Big Brother” (8 p.m., CBS): A winner is named — or, in this case, another loser gets 15 minutes of

ROUNDUP Saturday’s other games

AMERICAN LEAGUE Tigers 6, Angels 4 DETROIT — Placido Polanco and Magglio Ordonez each drove in a

Palumbo pitches Poland to victory

LaGRANGE — Jordan Palumbo tossed a five-hitter with three strikeouts Saturday to lead the Poland

Guide gives some tips on faith-based trips

Guide gives some tips on faith-based trips NASHVILLE — A guide to faith-based trips is out called

Vindicator file photo

Vindicator file photo APRIL 23, 1938: An estimated 80,000 people lined the three mile route

New rides await at Kennywood, Idlewild

A spooky ride and a mudslide are what’s in store for visitors. WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — Get ready

Last hurrah at Antioch for final commencement

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — Cash-strapped Antioch College had its last commencement ceremony

Some ignore posted signs about shark

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A few paddleboarders ignored posted signs warning that a great white


COLUMBIANA COUNTY Divorces asked Robert Duffy, 2117 St. Clair Ave., East Liverpool, v. Michelle

Bill to outlaw metal testicles as ornaments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — They’re proudly displayed by any self-respecting bull, but dangling big

STANDOUTS | Area bowling news

Randy Wiscott had 300 in Variety Mixed at Holiday on March 29 and Rich Kady had his first 300 and

SCHEDULE | Area golf calendar

MAY 3 — West Branch Warrior Scramble at Westville Golf Course. Fouir-person scramble with an 11

Zedakers mark 50th anniversary during reception

X HUBBARD — Family members and friends gathered at the gymnasium of Pleasant Valley Evangelical

NHL PLAYOFFS Penguins vs. Rangers

Friday: Pittsburgh 5, N.Y. Rangers 4, Pittsburgh leads series 1-0 Today: N.Y. Rangers at


ALL MY CHILDREN In order to literally erase the past and move on, Zach and Kendall set fire to the

Robotic vigilante: ‘Bum Bot’ on patrol in Atlanta

Neighborhood activists are up in arms over the security robot. ATLANTA (AP) — Cars passing

Mining by hand accounts for 90% of mineral exports

Several foreign countries are putting modern machinery into the Congo’s mines. LIKASI, Congo —

Penn St. coach to speak to alums

The Lawrence County Penn State Alumni Association is rolling out the red carpet for its banquet on


55-PLUS X A meeting of the 55-Plus Seniors of Mineral Ridge will take place at 12:30 p.m. May 6 at