FLASH BRIEFING SUNDAY


Clean Energy Future President Bill Siderewicz stands in front of the $900 million gas-fired power plant his company is building in Lordstown. Siderewicz is asking elected officials to weigh in against a coal bailout proposal from the Trump administration that has united a broad swath of energy interests and would shatter Ohio’s competitive energy market, endanger investments in gas-fired plants and cost consumers and businesses billions in higher electricity rates. Although Siderewicz voted for Trump, he said, “Everyone [who] has an IQ of more than 25 is upset about this. This is so un-American.”

The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the installation of the diocese’s first bishop, James McFadden, today. McFadden was born in 1880 in Cleveland, was ordained a priest in 1905 and served as auxiliary bishop of the Cleveland Diocese for 11 years. In 1943, the Catholic church designated the community of churches in the northeastern portion of the state as the Diocese of Youngstown, and named Youngstown its See city – a city where a bishop’s ministry is based, then installed McFadden. Today, the Diocese's ecumenical jurisdiction includes Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Stark, Portage and Ashtabula counties.

An estimated 125 runners of all ages and skill levels took part in Saturday morning’s first 5K on the Runway at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. 7/17 Credit Union and the Cafaro Foundation sponsored the two-hour fundraising event at the airbase, which puts over $100 million back into the local economy. The run was to advocate on behalf of YARS and support the 910th Airlift Wing, and proceeds are to benefit the base’s Community Council and the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission, .

The Mahoning Valley Old Cars Club is lending a hand to local superhero Nora Sabella, 4, to aid her in fighting off stage four, high-risk neuroblastoma cancer. MVOCC is donating proceeds of the Aug. 5 show at Austintown Senior Center to the family. Although her prognosis is something no one wants to hear, Nora’s mother Amy said the experience has made Nora fearless. She is a confident, tall and skinny child sporting Paw Patrol outfits who loves Chic-Fil-A fries, Wendy’s chocolate Frosties and Target, who dresms of becoming a nurse.

Youngsotwn's 10th annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival took plae Saturday downtown. Pride Youngstown hosted the events, which also included a reception and an art auction Friday evening at the Soap Gallery on Champion Street. Preceding the fest that filled Phelps Street between West Federal and West Commerce streets was a colorful quarter-mile parade that began shortly past noon at Vindicator Square and Federal Street and featured female renowned impersonator Denise Russell as grand marshal.

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