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Baby, three 4-year-olds killed in Philly fire today

Fire raced through a row of two-story homes in southwest Philadelphia early Saturday, killing three 4-year-olds and a baby and engulfing at least 10 houses, officials said. A woman and three other children escaped through a second-floor window.

Autopsy report: Arab boy breathed in fire that killed him

An autopsy showed an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was killed in a revenge attack was burned to death, officials said Saturday, while Palestinian militants fired two rockets toward a major southern city deeper into Israel than any other attack in the current round of violence.

Vacationers back on the beach in Outer Banks after Arthur's bluster

North Carolina's popular beach towns began returning to the business of recreation Saturday, after Arthur lashed the state's coast with forceful winds and heavy rain and then churned northward without leaving a trail of significant damage.

MCCTC superintendent retires, closing a door after 39 years in education

After 39 years in vocational/career-technical education, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Superintendent Roan Craig is closing the book on that chapter of her life, retiring later this month.

With GM under recall fire, what's the Valley's response?

Seeking a cheap car with great mileage, Jon and Rachel Clark bought a pair of General Motors’ Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cobalts — one from 2006 and another from 2008 – last October.

Online video shows man believed rigid Sunni militant leader delivering sermon

A man purporting to be the leader of the Sunni extremist group that has declared an Islamic state in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria has made what would be his first public appearance, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq's second-largest city, according to a video posted online Saturday.

New state law allows students to be excused for religious classes

Students could earn elective credit for religious classes offered away from school property, under legislation recently approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. John Kasich. H

Boardman's new chief starts Monday

Leading a fire department has always been a dream of Mark Pitzer’s, and that dream came true Thursday when the board of trustees announced its decision to hire Pitzer as the township’s new fire chief.

Big Brothers, Sisters looking for mentors for Amachi Ohio program

Adults 18 and over to mentor children with a parent in prison under Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Ohio program.

Friends of Mahoning hope to create canoe launch in Girard

The property is deep, narrow, flat and soggy, and up until May, it was overrun with weeds.

At least 1 hospitalized tonight after shooting on South Side

Police are on the scene of a shooting at a home on LaClede Court on the city's South Side.

7th Ward Citizens Coalition plans old-fashioned Community Picnic next Saturday

Hula hoop contests and sack races are planned.

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Oles-Parillo wedding plans are revealed

Kenneth and Judy Oles, the parents of Deanna Marie Oles, all of Austintown, are announcing the engagement of their daughter and Jason Victor Parillo, son of Robert and Sandy Parillo, all of Girard.

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Howard-Paloski engagement is announced

COLUMBIANA Kevin and Jenny Howard of Columbiana are announcing the engagement of their daughter,

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Sarah Emrich, Frank Gordon announce plans

Martin and Jody Emrich of Austintown and Forrest and Margery Gordon of Shippensburg, Pa., are

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Miss Amendolara and Mr. Paluga to wed July 12

CANFIELD Samuel and Kimberly Amendolara of Canfield are announcing the upcoming marriage of their

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Miss DiBernardi and Mr. Carbon set Aug. nuptials

Alyssa DiBernardi of Youngstown and Joseph Carbon of Canfield are engaged and planning an August

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Kiwanis presents annual scholarship

Kiwanis presents annual scholarship AUSTINTOWN Austintown Kiwanis President David

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Scrappers’ miscues costly in defeat

Starter Julian Merryweather was a bright spot for Mahoning Valley.

Don’t let people feed the park geese, ODNR warns

The state said it won’t issue any more geese roundup and euthanasia permits unless the park rule against feeding the waterfowl is enforced.

Purple Cat farm's newest baby needs a name

The 16-pound alpaca isthe first one born at Purple Cat farm in Coitsville.

SPORTS DIGEST || YSU women golfers to honor fallen soldier

The women’s golf team at Youngstown State University this fall will participate in the Folds of Honor Foundation which recognizes a member of the U.S Armed Forces who was killed or disabled while on active duty.

Crossroads Hospice seeks volunteers

Veterans to serve veterans are especially sought

Royals’ Ventura dominates Indians

He pitched 8 1/3 stellar innings in the 7-1 victory.

House Bill 488 will help Ohio veterans

Veterans will have an easier time getting certain state licenses, and crooks will face stiffer penalties for stealing the identities of Ohio’s military men and women, under legislation signed in to law recently by Gov. John Kasich.

Germany back in World Cup semifinals

Germany defeated France 1-0 in Friday’s quarterfinals.

McCutchen, Pirates provide fireworks

Jordy Mercer added four RBIs in Pittsburgh’s 8-2 win.

Austintown man arrested after standoff in assault of 4-year-old son

John Andrei Jr., 31, of 6935 Kirk Road, was arrested at 2:58 a.m. Friday. He is charged with felonious assault, domestic violence and inducing panic in the assault of his 4-year-old son.

Kent exhibition showcases women’s Fashion of The Great War

Staff report KENT Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the Kent

Struthers downtown parking area on hold

The $150,000 project was fully funded through both the Ohio Development Services Agency’s community development block grant program and the city’s Revolving Loan Fund.

Navy vet Hurley leads Greenbrier

The former officer leads after two rounds.

Comic show at Packard features Steranko

All American Cards and Comics will bring the fifth annual All AmeriCon 5 comic book, toy and art show to Packard Music Hall on Sunday. Comic-industry legend Jim Steranko and Green Lantern artist Darryl Banks will be the special guests.

Liberty care center residents to get smooth new ride

The residents of Campus Health Care Center on Colonial Drive will have easier access to Belmont Avenue

Bleacher Foundation will benefit local future pediatric surgeons

By WILLIAM K. ALCORN YOUNGSTOWN The family of Dr. John H. O. Bleacher, the

State bill ensures diabetic students have care access

State bill ensures diabetic students have care access

Cartoons, merriment lead ‘Austintoon’ parade

Austintown Fitch High School football players dodge water balloons thrown by former football players during the Fourth of July parade in the township Friday. The players, from left, are Dylan Henry, in the truck bed; Zach Krohn, Damien Gray, Kyle Kent and Ken Stainfield.

METRO DIGEST || Fundraiser for Struthers rental company

Fire fundraiser STRUTHERS A fundraiser to benefit Struthers Chair and Tent Rental will take


courts MAHONING COUNTY Marriage licenses Christopher W. Haddle, 29, of 3867 Waderidge Trail,

A look at some hot-button ballot issues discussed for 2014, and where they stand:

A look at some hot-button ballot issues discussed for 2014, and where they stand: VOTER BILL OF

Big boom in issues on ballot goes bust

Associated Press COLUMBUS Based on early vows, rumors and predictions, Ohio’s 2014 ballot was

Howland road grant to help local industries

Howland road grant to help local industries

Museum buys Ida McKinley’s tiara from pawn shop

Associated Press CANTON A tiara that once belonged to President William McKinley’s wife has gone

HBK consolidation in works for years

The move to one central location for the local Hill, Barth and King LLC was an idea that the company had in mind for years.

BUSINESS DIGEST || Natural-gas event

Natural-gas event CLARION The Lawrence County Economic Development Corp. will have an “Ignite

Idled steel plant needs reduced utility costs

Staff report WARREN A steel plant idled March 25 is counting on reduced utility costs to restart

NC coast survives Arthur

Associated Press KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur

Years Ago

Today is Saturday, July 5, the 186th day of 2014. There are 179 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED

Methodist camp planned July 10-20

Pastor Thomas J. Ramundo Jr. will be camp evangelist.

How far do we still need to go after civil-rights act?

Opinion: While I was on vacation, I watched the first part of CNN’s “The Sixties” series, which dealt with

Priest convicted of killing nun dies in prison

Associated Press COLUMBUS A Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun inside a chapel a day

Fighting in Ukraine kills 9 soldiers

Fighting in Ukraine kills 9 soldiers KIEV, Ukraine Fighting in eastern Ukraine left at least

Germany summons US envoy over spy case

Associated Press BERLIN Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador in Berlin on Friday after the

journey cafe

journey cafe Self-discovery series First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm St.,

Iraq’s al-Maliki signals intent to stay in his job

Associated Press BAGHDAD Despite mounting pressure to step aside, Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki vowed

Unique service used flowers to help people blossom through positive changes

First Unitarian Universalist Church hosted the flower exercise.

New church

New church YOUNGSTOWN Mercy Community Church will conduct services at 11 a.m. Sundays at

Federer, Djokovic advance to final

Federer can win a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday.

Brazil beats Colombia, loses Neymar

The 22-year-old star fractured a vertebra in his back.

Clashes break out during Palestinian funeral

Associated Press JERUSALEM Israeli police clashed with rock-throwing Palestinian protesters in


BIRTHS St. Elizabeth Health Center Sam and Melissa Haloulos, Youngstown, boy, July 3. Rajandra

Gilliland lands Coke Zero pole

Rain prompted NASCAR to shorten Friday’s qualifying.

FRANCE Mom kills preschool teacher in class

Associated Press PARIS The mother of a pupil at a French preschool stabbed a teacher to death in


NEWSMAKERS SiriusXM fires ‘Opie & Anthony’ host NEW YORK “Opie & Anthony” radio-show host

New laws worth knowing about

Opinion: COLUMBUS Before lawmakers left town for the summer last month, they passed dozens of bills,

Billionaire Mellon heir dies at 82

Associated Press PITTSBURGH Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking

Coal, gas-drilling waste plant closes, leaves mess

Associated Press PITTSBURGH A company that treated wastewater from coal mines and gas-drilling

vacation bible school

vacation bible school Sessions in the Valley Lists of vacation Bible schools open to the public

Declaration of a caliphate raises the stakes in Mideast

Editorial: Although its demand for alle- giance from Muslims worldwide has been largely ignored, the Islamic

Today’s entertainment picks:

Today’s entertainment picks: v Zoso, 5 p.m.: Led Zeppelin tribute band at the Warren Community

Triduum planned

Triduum planned YOUNGSTOWN Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 343 Via Mount Carmel, will have Mass and