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Originally Published: 01:00 a.m., December 16, 2017 and  Updated 11:42 p.m., December 3, 2017

Aqua Ohio wants to buy Youngstown's water system, but Mayor-elect Jamael Tito Brown says he's not that interested in the proposal. Aqua Ohio delivered a letter of interest Friday to Mayor John A. McNally , who said he'll let the incoming administration deal with the matter. Aqua said the system is worth $50 million, but the city makes $32 million a year on its water system.

Samir Andrades visited his family in Puerto Rico over the summer just a couple months before Hurricane Maria devastated his home country. Three months later, Puerto Ricans including his parents still struggle with not having water, electricity and basic supplies, so he decided to use his dance talents to raise money for the Caribbean island. The former Dance Revolution member has been teaching Latin dance on Saturdays at the Coy Cornelius building on Belmont Avenue and uses the $10 fee from each class to buy supplies and clothing for children in Puerto Rico.

Tom Slaven’s advanced placement chemistry class has claimed the state win of $25,000 for their project submission to the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Canfield High School is one of 51 districts in the nation to make it this far in Solve for Tomorrow and the only one focused on chemistry. The class now has to submit a 3-minute video describing its project, which is creation of a device to curb E. coli’s presence in local bodies of water, and could win $50,000 more in classroom technology.

Mayor-elect Jamael Tito Brown released the names of applicants for eight department heads Friday. Applicants for law director, buildings and grounds commissioner, public works deputy director, city prosecutor, fire chief, police chief, water commissioner and parks and recreation director include some current officials, but no one applied for the finance director position, who will be dealing with a projected $2.5 million to $3 million general fund deficit by the end of 2018. Brown said “The citizens will be well-represented by those chosen for these positions.”

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