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Should online sellers have to collect sales tax for all states?

A majority of Ohioans think it’s a bad idea to force online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes to states where purchases are made, according to a poll released Thursday by a conservative think tank that also opposes the setup.

Suspect in Struthers Manor murder won't be moved to Ohio until next week

The man arrested Wednesday in the slaying of a 56-year-old Struthers Manor resident likely won’t be extradited from Pennsylvania to Ohio until early next week

Organic, non-GMO foods come at price for Valley restaurant owners

Although it costs him more to buy natural, antibiotic-free, hormone-free poultry and certified organic grass-fed beef, Ottavio Musumeci, owner of Station Square Ristorante, wants his customers to have the best product.

Idora Park expert details Youngstown's legendary attraction today

Many people recall where they were April 26, 1984, the day a thick plume of black smoke at Idora Park rose into the blue sky and was seen for miles.

Mahoning residents to vote on combined Children Services levy in fall

The Mahoning County commissioners have placed on the Nov. 4 ballot a 1.85-mill, five-year Children Services real-estate tax levy that would generate $7,303,723 annually, which is nearly $2.8 million more than the combined revenue from the two levies it would replace.

New facility for cremated remains under construction at Tod cemetery

A cemetery beyond a century old is building a new experience for its future clients who choose cremation.

Visiting judge issues several rulings in real estate agent murder cases

A visiting judge Thursday dispensed with several motions for one defendant in a capital-murder case, while continuing an evidence-suppression hearing for the other in the 2010 case of a slain real-estate agent.

Jobs cut after MYCAP loses Head Start; Colo. agency to assume oversight

The Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership has lost its Head Start/Early Head Start program after being disqualified from a federal food-service grant.

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2014 Greatest Courses Master Lineup

Golfer lineup for the 2014 Greatest Golfer Tournament based on current registration trends.

UPDATE: Both sides in Ukraine deny shooting down plane

UPDATE: Both sides in Ukraine deny shooting down plane

Contributions to the Youngstown Maker City Initiative praised

Contributions to the Youngstown Maker City Initiative praised

Two men indicted on sex charges

Two men indicted on sex charges

UPDATE | Official: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

Official: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

Judge sets new Dec. 8 trial date for James Holmes

Judge sets new Dec. 8 trial date for James Holmes

GM UPDATE | Officials say Delphi has no responsibility for switch failure

GM UPDATE | Officials say Delphi has no responsibility for switch failure

Downtown Youngstown company looks to expand

Downtown Youngstown company looks to expand

Mahoning commissioners place CSB levy on Nov. ballot

Mahoning commissioners place CSB levy on Nov. ballot

Tod Cemetery builds ‘serene’ garden for cremation remains

Tod Cemetery builds ‘serene’ garden for cremation remains

Copper plumbing stolen from Boardman house

Copper plumbing stolen from Boardman house

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

Gaza rocket hits Israel as humanitarian lull ends

Gaza rocket hits Israel as humanitarian lull ends

Picnic will raise funds for St. Jude's

Picnic will raise funds for St. Jude’s NEW CASTLE, PA. The Comfort Inn, 1740 New Butler Road, is

Lexi Collins becomes Miss High School America

A West Middlesex student has won a prestigious title.

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Golf outing will help make kids count

Making Kids Count is a nonprofit that does special things for children.

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Indians lefty works five scoreless innings in Scrappers’ victory

Backed by a strong pitching performance from Cleveland Indians starter T.J. House, the Scrappers kicked off a six-game homestand with a 4-0 win over Connecticut in front of 3,003 fans.

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Local Jewish, Palestinian communities weigh in on ongoing conflict

As another day of shelling in Gaza killed four children in ongoing conflict between the Israeli military and Hamas, leaders of the Valley πs Jewish and Palestinian communities were divided on an acceptable solution to the decades-old conflict.

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Mooney’s Kennedy to become a Penguin

YSU was his first, and last, choice.

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Security issues at forefront after Struthers Manor death

The same day that authorities arrested a suspect in the murder of a 56-year-old man in his apartment, a resident of Struthers Manor said security at the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority-owned complex leaves a lot to be desired.

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Purple Reign: Creekside Fitness claims Connie Mack championship

Creekside Fitness pitcher John Schreiber stands all of 5-foot-10, weighs 160 pounds, wears braces and looks more like a sophomore second baseman than a Kent State recruit.

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Mahoning County may pay for coverage of America Makes event

Mahoning County may pay $20,000 from hotel bed tax revenues to sponsor coverage by Make magazine of the Youngstown Maker Faire.

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Rizer Insurance, Creekside Fitness in NABF World Series

Play begins today in Knoxville, Tenn.

Warren woman, 75, dies in basement house fire

Loan T. Vang, 75, died in a basement fire Wednesday at her house at 949 Columbia Place Southeast despite the efforts of the Warren Fire Department.

Dancer instructor, 40, earns job as New Orleans Saints cheerleader

Faced with competition from women who mostly ranged in age from 18 to 28, Lewis never thought she’d make the team. And then, she did.

Health officials get legal feedback on environmental court

Officials with Trumbull County’s four health departments and others presented their vision for a future where environmental dangers are prosecuted and resolved efficiently.

YSU’s Perry eyes overseas contract

Kendrick Perry expects to play overseas next season.

'Bare' strips away secrets

The issues that can cause so much angst in the high school years are laid bare in the latest Oakland Center for the Arts’ production.

Leach finds a hit with ‘Ohio’ song

Northeast Ohio native country singer Mark Leach started his musical education early.

Niles auditor to council: Communications, phone bills expected to increase $57,000

By JORDAN COHEN NILES With the city staring at huge deficits and a rapidly

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Warren mayor urges federal government to share bank settlement money with cities

Mayor Doug Franklin and other Ohio mayors are collectively urging the U.S. Justice Department to consider the damage that was done to cities like Warren in future settlements with financial institutions that carried out abusive lending practices leading to the meltdown of the U.S. housing market.

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100-year old hunt club rebuilds

June 3 fire took out clubhouse

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Weeks worth of events will promote STEM

OH WOW! organizing the effort that will showcase many efforts in STEM throughout the Mahoning Valley

Man wanted in Pittsburgh on rape charges arrested by U.S. Marshals

A man wanted on a 20-count rape indictment who was on the Pennsylvania State police Top 10 Most Wanted was arrested Wednesday at a house at 836 Kenilworth Ave. SE.

Republican incumbent has huge financial lead over 6th District opponent

He’s raised about three times as much as his challenger overall

Report: Woman hits child with tire iron

Also beats other woman with baseball bat

Mount Carmel Society Festival begins 119th year

Pietro Lombardi of Brookfield takes aim while playing bocce at the Mount Carmel Society Festival in Lowellville on Wednesday. The festival, now in its 119th year, opened at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will run through Saturday.

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Italian pride evident in Girard

The Mount Carmel Society is a way to honor all immigrants and Americans who settled Girard, said Mayor Jim Melfi.

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Greatest Juniors Championship Field

Boys 17-and-under Automatic qualifiers Billy ColbertPine Lakes Bradley MillerMohawk Trails

Pulliam: Hoke’s job is at stake

There is one thing that can save him, though. A victory over the Buckeyes.

JUNIOR Qualifier

JUNIOR Qualifier The top four golfers from the final qualifying event Wednesday at Trumbull

Jones latest former Miami player to join Cavaliers

James Jones, who spent the previous four seasons playing with James in Miami, will earn $1.4 million next season.

Botanical vinegars

Botanical vinegars When: Today, 6:30– 8:30 p.m. What: Vinegars are both food and medicine, easy

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Nature’s insect repellent: Spiders help control flies, crickets and mites

Spiders are the basis for many of the questions that come into the OSU Extension office. From how to get rid of webs to keeping them out of the house to the identification of something that might be poisonous, spiders continue to be of great concern to many people due to the mythical fear that many are poisonous or dangerous.

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Multicolored Asian lady beetle: friend and foe

By Eric Barrett OSU Extension The multicolored Asian lady beetle (MALB) is a non-native insect

Poison ivy difficult to kill

Q. How can I kill the poison ivy growing in my yard and grass? Iris from Youngstown A. Poison

Black, jumping insects

Black, jumping insects Flea beetles: They make tons of little holes in the leaves of eggplants

Ohio dad’s Internet plea spurs strangers

Associated Press TOLEDO Just days after his infant daughter’s death, Nathen Steffel asked

CHOLESTEROL medication Studies reveal new risks for drug niacin

Associated Press New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that

Woman arrested in front of courthouse

Was driving man to sentencing hearing

Buzz Aldrin: Where were you when I walked on the moon?

Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was “out of town” when the


ODDLY ENOUGH Red Bull spills onto I-95 in Florida truck crash ROCKLEDGE, Fla. Call it a

Ohio Highway Patrol steps up drug arrests in first half of 2014

COLUMBUS – In the first six months of 2014, the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated a wide range of felony offenses and increased total drug arrests from the year before.

Israel, Hamas agree to take Gaza ‘humanitarian’ pause

Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Israel and Hamas agreed to a five-hour U.N. brokered

Texas woman who sent ricin letters gets 18 years

Associated Press TEXARKANA, Texas A Texas actress who tried to blame her husband after sending

Restaurant worker charged

Two other people involved in the case will be charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

Seasonal needle drop

Seasonal needle drop Evergreen trees are not really evergreen. Depending on the species, needles

Kids’ Choice Sports 2014 (8 p.m., Nickelodeon): The inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports 2014,

Kids’ Choice Sports 2014 (8 p.m., Nickelodeon): The inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports 2014, hosted by

Girard police union files suit over shift-bidding process used in March

The union representing patrol officers in Girard Police Department has filed a complaint in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in an attempt to force Police Chief Jeffrey Palmer to conduct the department’s shift bidding process a second time.

North River Road in Howland to get $560,000 upgrade

Road paving and installation of storm-water catch basins and pipe is expected to begin in about a month along North River Road in Howland Township between state Route 46 and North Road.

$75M in unclaimed funds returned to Ohioans

By MARC KOVAC COLUMBUS Wondering whatever happened to the security deposit on

METRO DIGEST || Child found naked, with dog

Child found with dog WARREN Police were called to Iddings Avenue Southeast at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday

Filings are preview in gay-marriage case

Associated Press CINCINNATI The Ohio Attorney General’s Office urged a federal appeals court to


The 2 Hype Lounge, 948 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-395-0080 Sat: Youngstown’s Total Package Band, 8

‘Hairspray’ at Kent-Trumbull

‘Hairspray’ at Kent-Trumbull Patience Knowles, center, stars as Tracy Turnblad in Kent-Trumbull

Targeting Obama is a mistake

Opinion: Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something

Festivals, art projects enliven cities

Festivals and public art projects are the topics of the week. The first Waterfire of the summer

Reagan would cringe to see moral and political downfall of the US

Opinion: Reagan would cringe to see moral and political downfall of the US “If we ever forget we are one

Years Ago

Today is Thursday, July 17, the 198th day of 2014. There are 167 days left in the year.

Canfield trustees look to get emergency procedures on the books

Township looking for ways to improve for next emergency

Kansas goes crazy over guns

Opinion: Los Angeles Times: The concept would be laughable if there weren’t so many people taking it

Limiting number of geese in park is needed to manage wildlife

Opinion: Limiting number of geese in park is needed to manage wildlife On July 14, a Mill Creek MetroParks


NEW THIS WEEK Planes: Fire and Rescue (PG) In this animated movie set in a world of

Solar-panel array will help heat, power prison in Ohio

Associated Press CHILLICOTHE, Ohio The state on Wednesday unveiled a large solar panel project

Agenda Friday

Agenda Friday Warren school board, special meeting, 1 p.m., Upton board room, administration

PNC reports on 2Q

PNC reports on 2Q PITTSBURGH The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. reported second-quarter 2014


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

SPORTS DIGEST || Tressel to appear at Phantoms golf outing

Tressel to appear at Phantoms golf outing POLAND Youngstown State president Jim Tressel will be

IGNITION SWITCHES GM execs to testify on recall issue

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN General Motors executives will appear before the U.S. Senate Commerce


Today Children A Library Eruption! Volcanoes in Action!, 11 a.m., Tri-Lakes Public Library,


AUDITIONS ACTORS “Tigers Be Still,SDRq directed by Christopher Fidram, Youngstown Playhouse, 600

PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Chief: No fast answer to drilling questions

Associated Press PITTSBURGH The head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health said Wednesday that


Births St. Elizabeth Health Center Steven and Doreen Holtz, Youngstown, boy, July 15.

Missouri executes man for killing 3

Missouri executes man for killing 3 BONNE TERRE, Mo. A former methamphetamine dealer was


courts MAHONING COUNTY Marriage licenses Matthew R. Hockenberry, 29, of 53 Melbourne Ave.,

Boehner, Palin are at odds

Opinion: WASHINGTON Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama. No, not that the president

METRO DIGEST || Stop the Violence

Stop the Violence BOARDMAN A Stop The Violence Rally will take place from 4 p.m. to dusk Sunday

Kerry brokers political deal that gives Afghanistan hope

Editorial: With the Islamic extremist Taliban hovering over war-ravaged Afghanistan like a vulture, the


POLICE CALLS A summary of recent criminal activity in Canfield city and Austintown: CANFIELD

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New fashion, new faces fill final spots in Greatest Juniors field

Joey Shushok's bucket hat might be a good-luck charm.

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