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Jackie Bacher, murder victim's birth mom, hospitalized for overdose

Jackie Bacher, biological mother of the slain Gina Burger, is recovering at St. Elizabeth Health Center after an apparent heroin overdose in her apartment.

Ordinance would restrict changes to historic homes in Poland

The village of Poland has begun the process of adopting a historic preservation ordinance that would prevent residents whose homes were built before 1900 from demolishing or significantly altering their houses.

Weather good for Friday's picnics, fireworks — but tuck your pets inside

We all have our traditional Fourth of July activities. They usually start with a flare as we fire up our grills for barbecues and end with a bang as fireworks displays light up our night skies.

Former Youngstown labor leader, 95, sings at Arizona MLB game

Lewis “Lew” Campbell of Mesa, Ariz., former Youngstown labor leader and World War II Normandy Invasion veteran, honored the 70th anniversary of D-Day by singing the national anthem at an Arizona Diamondbacks game June 6.

More than 300 pay tribute to Teddy at benefit bike run

Audrey Walker showed up to Papa’s Sports Bar on Sunday, the day of the first Teddy Foltz Memorial Poker Bike Run, not knowing quite what to expect.

York, DeBartolo families make record-setting donation to Mooney

“Substantial” is the term used to describe a monetary gift to Cardinal Mooney High School by Denise DeBartolo York, CMHS class of 1968, and Eddie DeBartolo, class of 1964, and their families.

Pitzer named new Boardman fire chief

Township trustees announced their decision to hire Mark Pitzer, a training instructor for the Boardman Fire Department, as the new fire chief.

Supreme court accepts Belinky's resignation

The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted the resignation from law practice of Mark Belinky, who resigned March 14 as Mahoning County Probate Court judge and pleaded guilty May 8 to tampering with records.

Boardman church quilters craft special projects for Vietnam vets

With a sense of patriotic pride, a group of women crafted quilts in red, white and blue.

Red ink forces Niles council to ponder layoffs

Red ink forces Niles council to ponder layoffs

Nearing 63, Ohio conjoined brothers mark milestone

Nearing 63, Ohio conjoined brothers mark milestone

Ohioans can search sex offender phone and email info

Ohioans can search sex offender phone and email info

Ohio man charged with raping 12-year-old girl

Ohio man charged with raping 12-year-old girl

Police probe drug OD involving Austintown woman

Police probe drug OD involving Austintown woman

DeBartolo and York families make substantial donation to Cardinal Mooney High School

DeBartolo and York families make substantial donation to Cardinal Mooney High School

State supreme court accepts Belinky resignation from law practice

State supreme court accepts Belinky resignation from law practice

Tickets available for garden tea party

Tickets available for garden tea party CANFIELD Tickets are still available for the Holborn Herb

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Surgeons remove brain tumor from Youngstown man through his nose

Four months later, Robert Matthews is ready to go back to work

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Mahoning commissioners place tax for public safety on ballot

The three-quarter percent sales tax will be devoted to the sheriff’s, prosecutor’s, and coroner’s offices and 911 center.

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Canfield names Reel to succeed Pat Pavlansky

Long-time assistant promoted to head coach

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Martinos, Smida ready for Norwalk’s drag racing

Mahoning Valley racers hope for multiple wins

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Fitch graduate Frank finishes 3rd at Ohio Open

Canfield’s Carano wins Junior Public event

Lewis asked to resign from port authority board

Trumbull County commissioners reappointed Scott Lewis to the board in December 2012.

Scrappers hang on to edge Doubledays

Three pitchers combined for a three-hitter

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Ohio Shale gas production doubled in 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports Ohio’s natural gas production nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013 because of the activity in the Utica shale play.

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Co. explains testing of fracking byproducts for radioactivity to Youngstown residents

A presentation by Austin Master Services at Youngstown City Hall Wednesday evening clarified the process the company is taking in testing radioactivity in materials that come out of the earth through the process of hydraulic fracking.

Local athletes qualify for Junior Olympics

Local athletes qualify for Junior Olympics YOUNGSTOWN Tri-County’s Team Elite, a Youngstown-

Holy Ground March brings together 3 groups aimed at improving city neighborhoods

ACTION, NOW Youngstown and S.A.A.N.D.I. plan march on Tuesday.

CLASS B RESULTS | From Cene Park

Astro Falcons 10, Bel-Park Pharmacy 9 Cory Wheeler led Astro with three hits, including a walk-off

Journey takes San Fran scene on the road

Unlike any summer in recent history, Journey’s “Lights” lyrics “When the lights go down in the city/And the sun shines on the bay” will take on a different meaning as the popular classic-rock act tours the country with fellow San Francisco artists the Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power.

Valley natives on ‘House Hunters’

Austintown natives Brian and Andrea Ramunno will appear on the July 10 episode of “House Hunters,” which airs at 10 p.m. on HGTV.

Stolen Rhodes at Plaza party

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN Philadelphia rock band Stolen Rhodes will headline Friday night’s Party

ZOSO at Warren amphitheatre For Led Zeppelin tribute band, the song remains the same

Next year marks 35 years since Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate offers an energy policy

Says incumbent’s policy is ‘taking us in a very negative direction’

Triple play helps Tribe snap skid

Rookie reliever Crockett earned the victory in Los Angeles

Struthers BOE approves 3-year pact for classified employees

The Ohio Association of Public School Employees includes bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, secretaries and teachers aides.

Dem Garrison challenges Johnson to Congressional debates

The incumbent’s campaign manager says to wait until after Labor Day

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Prosecutor: Williams 'would have killed the first person he saw'

Ricki D. Williams IV may have carved “kill fo fun” in the stairwell of the apartment complex where he is accused of killing 16-year-old Gina Burger.

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Sad end to Gina's troubled life

Gina Burger was born into a Florida household repeatedly investigated for drugs, domestic violence and neglect. By 3, she was adopted with her brother, but separated from her other two siblings — who were adopted by another family. Her adoptive parents divorced about a year later. She arrived here in December to visit her sister and birth mom, and six months later, on Monday, June 23, the 16-year-old was murdered.

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Polanco snaps first slump to help hoist Jolly Roger

Morton limits Snakes to one run in 6 innings

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Militants try to tighten grip in Syria

Militants try to tighten grip in Syria BAGHDAD Fresh from success in Iraq, a Sunni extremist

Ohio boasts budget surplus

The state Office of Budget and Management placed the latest surplus at nearly $800 million.

METRO DIGEST || Jewelry stolen

Jewelry stolen BOARDMAN A total of $93,680 worth of jewelry was stolen Tuesday from Jewels &

holy ground march Details

ACTION — (Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods) —; S.A.A.N.D.I.,

Free-speech suit targets OU code

Associated Press COLUMBUS A lawsuit challenging Ohio University’s student conduct code alleges

METRO DIGEST ||Cited for not using sidewalk

Walking in street youngstown Police found two marijuana cigars on a woman whom they arrested on


All events are on the holiday, Friday, unless otherwise noted. MAHONING COUNTY Austintown: The

Independence Day What’s open/closed

A checklist of local, state and federal institutions and local businesses closed Friday. Residents

Lawyer for Benghazi suspect says evidence is lacking

Associated Press WASHINGTON A lawyer for a Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks

Palestinians: Israeli extremists killed teen

Associated Press JERUSALEM The Palestinians accused Israeli extremists of abducting and killing

Scientists withdraw report on simple way to make stem cells

Associated Press NEW YORK U.S. and Japanese scientists who reported that they’d found a

Howard’s World Cup heroics make lasting impression

USA goalie is a big hit on social media

Call for artists to design mural at old power plant site

Call for artists to design mural at old power plant site

Evacuations ordered for islands on N. Carolina’s Outer Banks

Associated Press RODANTHE, N.C. As one of the year’s busiest travel weekends approaches, so does

32 states trail country as a whole in recovery of jobs

Associated Press WASHINGTON Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, most states

Kids have chance to learn about boats, cars

During the institute, children will receive an introduction to safety, learn from manufacturing professionals, and build a model boat or car.


POLICE CALLS A summary of recent criminal activity in Poland and Boardman: POLAND June 22


birthdays Singer Judith Durham of The Seekers is 71. Actor Michael Cole (“The Mod Squad”) is 69.

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Growing Degree Days can anticipate life cycles Controlling insects

Growing Degree Days (GDD) is a measure of accumulated heat during the growing season.

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Authorities search for escaped inmate

Associated Press CINCINNATI Authorities are searching for an inmate they say walked away from a


courts MAHONING COUNTY Marriage licenses Timothy B. Irwin Jr., 44, of 97 Washington Blvd.,

Soilless mix in potted plants takes special watering

By Joyce Karsnak OSU Ext. master gardener volunteer The beautiful hanging baskets that flew off

Amber Waves of Grain

Amber Waves of Grain When: Sunday, 1-4 p.m. What: Enjoy guided tractor wagon ride as we approach

Eat local

Eat local From farm markets to farmers’ markets, there are tons of opportunities to eat local.

oddly enough

oddly enough Black Canyon City man accused of cruelty to rats BLACK CANYON CITY, Ariz. A man

Years Ago

Today is Thursday, July 3, the 184th day of 2014. There are 181 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED


Births St. Elizabeth Health Center Thomas and Danielle Macabobby, Canfield, girl, July 1.

Ohio law has a positive impact on the treatment of concussions

Opinion: Ohio law has a positive impact on the treatment of concussions One of the more frequent injuries

Avoid early blight with clean soil

Q. What’s wrong with my tomatoes? Mary from Boardman A. Tomatoes have their share of disease

Can trees, shrubs be moved now?

Can trees, shrubs be moved now? Yes, but with a lot of planning and caution. The more the roots

“Hell’s Kitchen” (8 p.m., Fox): On “Hell’s Kitchen” the six

“Hell’s Kitchen” (8 p.m., Fox): On “Hell’s Kitchen” the six remaining chefs head to the University

America in danger of losing those things that set it apart

Opinion: Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America’s birthday tomorrow

Fire-ravaged muffler shop opening at new location

Fire-ravaged muffler shop opening at new location


AUDITIONS ACTORS “Diary of Anne Frank,SDRq Crown Theater Productions, Main Street Theater, 5 N.

New president for Winner Aviation

New president for Winner Aviation VIENNA Winner Aviation Corp. announced Wednesday that Neil

Ryan Ross takes his shot with ‘Last House’

With a passel of Jersey-style rock anthems and a willingness to play anywhere, Ryan Ross and the

Apollo Maennerchor Club, 391 Dock St., Sharon, Pa.

Apollo Maennerchor Club, 391 Dock St., Sharon, Pa. Fri: River Saints, 9 p.m. Buckeye Elks, 421


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

Supreme Court reins in Obama

Opinion: Columbus Dispatch: The U.S. Supreme Court last week unanimously reaffirmed the checks and balances


NEW THIS WEEK America (PG-13) A story that imagines that the United States lost the


newsmakers Walter Dean Myers, children’s author, dies NEW YORK Walter Dean Myers, a best-

Trial dates for accused killers of Vivian Martin bring relief

Editorial: It would be understandable if the family and friends of slain real-estate agent Vivian Martin took

Selected local stocks

Selected local stocks STOCK, DIVIDENDCLOSECHANGE Aqua America, .61, 25.50 —.23 Avalon

Ruling won’t alter contraception coverage for many

Business owners who don’t want to pay for their employees’ birth control are ending that coverage after the Supreme Court said they could choose on grounds of religious belief not to comply with part of the health care law.

Safety agency: Chrysler recall too slow

Associated Press DETROIT The U.S. government’s road-safety agency is accusing Chrysler of moving

Oversight board endorses Internet surveillance by NSA

Associated Press WASHINGTON Endorsement of the NSA’s Internet surveillance programs by a