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GOP continues to press social issues as federal shutdown looms

Time growing short, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach agreement Thursday night on a compromise to cut spending and head off a midnight Friday government shutdown that no one claimed to want.

22-year-old killed while cutting down utility pole

A 22-year-old Cochranton man was accidently killed Thursday while he and two friends were cutting down a wooden utility pole at an abandoned residence along state Route 173 near 4691 Sandy Lake Road, French Creek Township in Mercer County.

Supreme court fines 'Bankruptcy for Less' operator

The Ohio Supreme Court has unanimously approved a consent decree in which the operator of a Youngstown “bankruptcy petition preparer” business agreed to stop what the court said was an unauthorized law practice, and to stop using the business name “Bankruptcy for Less” or any similar name in his business.

12 children executed in Brazil by suicidal gunman

A gunman roamed the halls of an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday and killed 12 children, lining them up against a wall and shooting them in the head at point-blank range as he shouted, "I'm going to kill you all!"

ACTION recognizes 5 who serve the Valley

One of the biggest rewards for 1st Ward Councilwoman Annie Gillam is simply seeing blossoms in place of blight.

6th suspect surrenders in Milton Township kidnapping attack

The sixth person believed involved in the kidnapping and robbery of a Beloit man Sunday surrendered to Milton Township police around 3 p.m. Thursday.

GlenOak turns the table on Boardman baseball

By Greg gulas BOARDMAN John Birkbeck scattered six hits and struck out 11,

Pavlik looks good in preparations

By JOE SCALZO YOUNGSTOWN On Thursday afternoon, inside the Southside Boxing

18-year-old indicted in shooting death of teen

18-year-old indicted in shooting death of teen

Mahoning Co. auditor's office gets top award

Mahoning County auditor's office gets top award

Mahoning County agencies prepare for state-funding loss

Mahoning County agencies prepare for state-funding loss

Boardman police investigating burglary

Boardman police investigating burglary

NAACP joins with Gingrich in urging prison reform

The NAACP is joining Newt Gingrich in calling for reducing the number of state and federal prisoners

HMHP opens new pulmonary research center at St. Elizabeth's in Youngstown

HMHP opens new pulmonary research center in Youngstown

Mo. Senate embraces extension of jobless benefits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Senate has embraced a plan to extend federally funded jobless

Stocks ending day with small losses after another earthquake hits Japan

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending the day with small losses after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck

2 PG&E execs to step down, as utility reorganizes

San Francisco (AP) — Two top Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executives are resigning — one with a

Youngstown police funding dispute settled

YOUNGSTOWN — With a better understanding of the need for police overtime, city council members said

Man from India gets prison term in dating-site thefts

Man from India gets prison term in dating-site thefts

Poland issues to be discussed at Sunday forum

POLAND Voters will have the opportunity to ask local government officials questions about three

Pa. man gets life in prison for death of 9-year-old girl

Pa. man gets life in prison for death of 9-year-old gir

Blast near LA-area Jewish center was accidental

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Monica police say an explosion that sent an object hurtling onto

Ohio uses hydrogen peroxide to fight algae in lake

Ohio uses hydrogen peroxide to fight algae in lake

Powerball ticket worth $221.7M sold in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hoosier Lottery officials now say a Powerball ticket sold at a convenience store

Judge guts 911 snow death suit against Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge has all but gutted a lawsuit filed by the children of a Pittsburgh

Ohio man fleeing authorities dies in crash

Ohio man fleeing authorities dies in crash

Kasich denies mercy for Ohio man who killed inmate

Kasich denies mercy for Ohio man who killed inmate

Mahoning commissioners seeking bids to cut electric bill

Mahoning commissioners seeking bids to cut electric bill

Not guilty plea from sex offender in Dugard kidnap

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and raping

State Patrol seizes meth chemicals, stolen copper in Ohio county

OSHP seizes meth chemicals, stolen copper in Ohio conty

Passion mime production is Friday at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Youngstown

Passion mime production is Friday

Closing arguments begin in ex-CIA agent’s trial

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Closing arguments are under way in the trial of an ex-CIA agent from Cuba

Attorney plans appeal in street-gang conviction

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for an alleged national leader of the Latin Kings street gang says he’ll

Utah judge could free ‘incompetent’ sex offender

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Utah say they’ll tell a judge a convicted sex offender facing

Purse snatcher strikes twice in Boardman

BOARDMAN Police say a purse-snatcher preying on township shoppers has struck again. A 24-year-

Council candidates set to appear at West Side Coalition meeting on Tuesday

West Side Coalition meeting is Tuesday

BP official pressed at Gulf oil spill hearing

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A BP official has been questioned about the roles and responsibilities of

NYC’s most famous snake awaits her new name

NEW YORK (AP) — Will she be called Mia, for “missing in action”? That’s one of the top five names

Stocks fall after another earthquake hits Japan

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling broadly after another major earthquake hit northern Japan. The

Gloria James, LeBron's mom, arrested in Miami

Gloria James, LeBron's mom, arrested in Miami

No tsunami expected for US from Japan earthquake

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. officials say a 7.4-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan this morning is

7.4 quake rattles Japan; tsunami warning issued

7.4 quake rattles Japan; tsunami warning issued

Study: US has 4M gay adults; 1.7 pct. of populace

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California demographer has released a best guess of how many gay men and

Powerball ticket worth $218M sold in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Powerball ticket worth $218 million was sold at a Circle K convenience store

Rate on 30-year fixed mortgage rises to 4.87 pct.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fixed mortgage were essentially unchanged this week, as the average rate on the

Embryo mix-up couple expect twins from surrogate

NEW YORK (AP) — An Ohio woman who gave birth to another woman’s baby after a fertility clinic mix-up

3 children killed in Chicago house fire

CHICAGO (AP) — A fast-moving fire at a home on Chicago’s South Side early today left three children

Roethlisberger confirms plans for July wedding to New Castle woman

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger will marry a 26-year-old physician’s assistant whom he said he

France rescues Japanese ambassador in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - French forces wearing night vision goggles rappelled from a helicopter

GOP seeks 1-week extension as gov’t shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Failing to reach agreement in late-night talks at the White House, House

3 charged with contempt in courtroom attack

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Court officials in Philadelphia say three women attacked the mother of a suspect

2 held in hidden camera abuse at assisted living facility

HAVERFORD, Pa. (AP) — Two employees at a suburban Philadelphia assisted living facility are facing

Judge hears arguments on destroyed evidence

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A defense attorney says a coin purse mistakenly destroyed by police is the key to

Parents announce Aliulis-Gagliano engagement

The engagement and upcoming marriage of Megan Marie Aliulis, daughter of Edward and Roberta Aliulis

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Miss Sebastiano, Mr. Heddaues to wed in fall

HUBBARD Patrick and Marian Sebastiano of Hubbard announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie

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Kirsten Hanson, Mario Travaline are engaged

LOWELLVILLE Robert and Daria Travaline of Lowellville are announcing the engagement of Kirsten

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Date is chosen for Repko-Sabo beach wedding

WEST MIDDLESEX, PA. The engagement of Katie Elisabeth Repko and John Nicholas Sabo, both of

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Basista-Komara wedding plans are revealed

Rebecca L. Basista of Lowellville and Robert S.M. Komara of Canfield are engaged to be married,

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Abhijit and Anna (O’Neil) Ghosh of San Francisco are announcing the birth of a daughter, Somashri

Cards, bingo planned at church

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Altar and Rosary Society will have a card and bingo party at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church hall.

ANNIE’S MAILBOX: Imitation by ‘Lucy’ doesn’t flatter pal

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar Dear Annie: I’ve been close friends with “Lucy” since high

HELOISE: Help out a family, and mow a lawn

Dear Heloise: I really appreciated the hint that was sent in concerning mowing the lawn for families

Council needs more info on Covelli vendor switch

City council members say they want more details before considering changing the food-and-beverage vendor at the city-owned Covelli Centre.

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YSU’s cornerman

Donald D’Alesio returns to his natural position By Joe Scalzo YOUngstown As

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Davis evades execution in toddler killing

Shawn E. Davis saved his own life, one year to the day after he took the life of 23-month-old Makenzie McBride.

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Coaches: Mixed feelings on spring sessions

It’s not uncommon for high school athletes to toss the pigskin around in their downtime.

Phantoms lose in OT, now face 2 must-wins

First, the good news: The Youngstown Phantoms are still alive for a playoff berth in the United States Hockey League.

‘Nitro’s Law’ calls for stiffer penalties for animal abuse

Tom Siesto held up a small box for state lawmakers to see. Inside, he said, were the cremated remains of his beloved family dog Nitro, a Rottweiler that died as a result of extreme neglect by a Youngstown kennel operator.

Wednesday's prep roundup

BASEBALL Lowellville 9, McDonald 8

YSU College of Business among elite accredited

Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration is among less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools.

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Ohio St., Penn St. get Big Ten advance schedules

Ohio State opens the 2013 season against Vanderbilt and skips Minnesota each of the next four years under the Big Ten’s new divisional setup.

Gaming cafe to replace seniors complex

A local senior-living complex soon will be transformed into an Internet sweepstakes cafe.

House approves new name for NEOUCOM

The Ohio House passed legislation to shorten the name of the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, commonly known by the acronym NEOUCOM.

Indians hit three home runs to keep Boston winless

The Indians kept the Red Sox winless on Wednesday night with their third straight victory, 8-4 over one of baseball’s big spenders, who are now 0-5.

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Campbell council approves AFSCME contract

City council approved a union contract with workers in the street department and water plant at its meeting Wednesday night.

5 arrested in robbery, kidnapping

Township police charged five people and are looking for a sixth for their alleged involvement in a robbery and kidnapping scheme.

Ohioans could force recall elections

Ohioans would be able to force recall elections for Gov. John Kasich and other state officeholders, under legislation being introduced by two Democrats in the Ohio House.

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Teachers dole out inaugural Glennys

America has the Grammys, the Emmys and the Oscars. Glenwood Middle School also has the Glennys.

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Postcards show evolution of Mill Creek MetroParks

The display of vintage Mill Creek MetroParks postcards is set up in the Melnick Museum at Fellows Riverside Gardens through January 2012.

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No budget deal yet as partial shutdown looms

Time growing short, Congress’ leaders reported making headway Wednesday in talks to cut spending and avert a partial government shutdown.

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Gadhafi to Obama: End war, and good luck on re-election

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appealed directly to President Barack Obama on Wednesday to end what Gadhafi called “an unjust war.”

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Local student competes in Ohio Geographic Bee

Local student competes in Ohio Geographic Bee By Karl Henkel BOARDMAN For

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Mayor to forgo veto of council plan for police hires

Mayor Jay Williams said he won’t veto city council’s decision to move $555,000 from the police department’s overtime budget to hire new officers.

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V&M supplier backs off plans to move to Ross

A proposal to relocate a scrap-metal supplier to V&M Star to an East Side industrial area — and the $280,000 in cash the city was going to receive as part of the deal — is dead.

METRO DIGEST || Memorial service for Campbell teacher

Richard Gozur, principal at Campbell Memorial High School, said students had an impromptu memorial service Wednesday for teacher Michael “Mickey” Soroka, 49, who died Tuesday morning.

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Court rules in favor of laid-off worker

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of laid-off former Warren city Service Operations Director Frank M. Tempesta in his bid to be rehired to a similar job to the one he previously held.

Synthetic-drug use skyrockets, as do trips to hospital ERs

Until he tried a marijuana look-alike product called “K2,” David Rozga’s most dubious decision was getting a Green Bay Packers tattoo on his shoulder.

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90-day jail term for couple

A couple convicted of falling asleep in a house they were supposedly burglarizing will spend the next 90 days in jail after admitting to a judge they had been using drugs while out on bond.

Not all services would cease in shutdown

Social Security checks would still go out. So would tax payments and refunds for e-filed returns. Soldiers would remain on duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, and sailors off the coast of Libya.

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Michael Clarett faces felony drug charges

Michael Clarett, 30, of Ravenwood Avenue, will be arraigned Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on felony drug charges.

Educators gather for kindergarten summit

Kindergarten is the foundation upon which a child’s education is built.

War zone flavors singer’s new album

Nothing surprises acoustic rocker Mike Gibbons, who went to high school in Wooster and later lived in Thailand, Egypt and elsewhere.

Bob Seger postpones concert

Illness has forced Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band to postpone tonight’s concert at Quicken Loans Arena to May 26.

Some banks in Valley end rewards program

Mahoning Valley residents enrolled in debit-card rewards programs or free checking accounts could see those programs ending in coming months.

More than 300 voices will come together in choral event Singing for Peace

Hae-Jong Lee is plunking keys on a piano in his office at Youngstown State University.

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GOO GOO DOLLS Ever-evolving rockers have come a long way from Cedars

Considering Buffalo, NY, is home, the Goo Goo Dolls — singer-guitarist Johnny Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin — have quite a history in Northeast Ohio.

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Virtuoso guitarist to give free concert

French classical guitar virtuoso Florian Larousse, 22, will present a free recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Bliss recital hall on the Youngstown State University campus.

NEWSMAKERS | Glenn Beck leaving his Fox News show

Glenn Beck is leaving his Fox News Channel show later this year. The network and Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts, announced the departure on Wednesday.

Hickson scores 28 in Cavs win

It has been a long, long five months since the Cavaliers won consecutive games — so long that coach Byron Scott doesn’t even remember it.


LOTTERY Wednesday’S NUMBERS MULTISTATE Powerball10-18-41-55-56 Red ball15 Power Play2

Bonds trial may go to jury today

Barry Bonds’ confident defense team rested its case Wednesday without calling a single witness.

Judge: NFL ruling could take ‘a couple of weeks’

As she wrapped up the five-hour hearing on the legality of the NFL lockout, the federal judge overseeing the case said she’d take “a couple of weeks” to rule on the players’ request to return to work.

Mass grave found

More than 40 bodies have been found in a mass grave in the northern Mexico state of Tamaulipas.

Augusta National can crack the confidence of the best golfers in the world

On the far end of the course Wednesday, near the only palm tree at Augusta National, Lee Westwood rolled long putts across the fourth green as he practiced alone on a quiet afternoon before the Masters.

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Births ValleyCare NorthSide Medical center Stephanie M. Buzzelli and Joseph Sokol, Austintown,

Who will star in ‘The Office’ and ‘Mad Men’ next year?

Instability, even unrest. Major changes at the top. Uncertainty for the future.

Desperation killed Jackson, lawyer argues

Michael Jackson was on the brink of financial ruin when he agreed to do his “This is It” concert tour, and his fear of failure drove him to take desperate measures that killed him, a lawyer for his doctor said.

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Couple of Rogues: Duo puts twist on Irish music

Although musicians Matthew Boser and Nelson Crain were born and bred in America, their music has the merry kick and jovial spirit of something spawned upon the craggy shores of the Emerald Isle.

Walker homers as Pirates win series

No more playing the patsy on the road for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Years Ago

Today is Thursday, April 7, the 97th day of 2011. There are 268 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED

Federal spending decreases

Opinion: It’s not ideal but funding the federal government two or three weeks at a time is cutting spending


Walk MS Mahoning Valley, sponsored by Giant Eagle and EMD Serono/Pfizer, is April 30 at the Canfield Fairgrounds.


Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant, 3620 Starrs Center Drive, Canfield; 330-533-6520 Sat: Rock n Roll

Agenda Friday

Agenda Friday Springfield Township trustees, special meeting, 10:30 a.m., administration


CD RATES The table shows the annual percentage yield as of Wednesday. All yields given in percent.

‘Your Highness’: king of lowbrow

The knights-errant — strong emphasize on the errant — behind the adventure comedy “Your Highness” spend more time wallowing in medieval filth than weaving clever laughs and engaging action.

HEALTH NEWS DIGEST | Speaker planned

Tony Perone, director of the Youngstown Boys & Girls Club, is the speaker for Wednesday’s meeting of The First Ohio Chapter of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.


AUDITIONS ACTORS “Camille,SDRq Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Auditions will

ODDLY ENOUGH | TGI Friday’s has beef with burger-trophy thief

A TGI Friday’s in Idaho has a beef with whoever took its giant hamburger trophy.

Selected local stocks

Selected local stocks STOCK, DIVIDENDCLOSECHANGE Aqua America, .62, 23.01 .07 Avalon

Changes make it more difficult to win Grammy

Men and women will compete head-to-head and the number of categories has been reduced by more than 30 in the biggest overhaul in the 53-year history of the Grammys.

A tub of calories

Opinion: Los Angeles Times: Movie theaters are making a melodrama out of a molehill by resisting a proposal

BUSINESS DIGESET | Most metro areas show gains in jobs

Unemployment rates are falling in most metro areas across the country, suggesting that recent nationwide gains in hiring are widespread and not limited to a few healthy regions.

The Vic will mark a milestone

Victorian Players Theater will unveil its upcoming season next week with a little extra fanfare,


TODAY Onstage The Best of Broadway “You Raise Me Up,SDRq 7:30 p.m., W.D. Packard Music Hall,

New This week

New This week Arthur (PG-13) A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he

What was Plan A?

Opinion: WASHINGTON Several weeks ago, when President Obama reportedly assured congressional leaders that


On the top floor of St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, doctors and nurses watch banks of video feeds, peering in on intensive-care patients at rural hospitals across the Midwest.

Youngstown, Warren face property vacancies reality

Editorial: Between them, the cities of Youngstown and Warren have 86,609 parcels of land, of which a

DRAFT “csi: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION” (9 p.m., CBS): She’s ba-a-a-a-ck. Melinda Clarke,

“csi: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION” (9 p.m., CBS): She’s ba-a-a-a-ck. Melinda Clarke, the dominatrix

Women not faring well in politics

Opinion: WASHINGTON At fancy Washington dinner parties decades ago, it was the custom for men and women to

Taking time to raise awareness

Opinion: Taking time to raise awareness April is autism awareness month. Autism is a disorder that now

Business winning immigration fight

Opinion: Conservative Utah has bucked the national GOP trend of embracing hard-line laws meant to make states

Licorice licked psoriasis lesions

Q. I suffered from psoriasis on my hands and elbows for more than 22 years. I accidentally