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This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Kenneth Smith. The 45-year-old Smith is scheduled to die July 19 for killing Lewis and Ruth Ray in their Hamilton home in 1995. Ohio will make it easier for a Smith who lost his larynx to cancer to make a final statement at his execution, a gesture of flexibility the state argues is one more reason a federal judge should dismiss a lawsuit challenging Ohio's execution procedures(AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation ...

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Kenneth Smith. The 45-year-old Smith is scheduled to die July 19 for killing Lewis and Ruth Ray in their ...


So you see it on HGTV every week and you think you can do it. Preparing rooms for staging in a house, such as this dining room, can help determine if a house shows well. (Akira Suwa/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)

So you see it on HGTV every week and you ...

So you see it on HGTV every week and you think you can do it. Preparing rooms for staging in a house, such as this dining room, can help determine if a house shows well. ...


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, makes a point during a press conference as he discusses the Republican attempt to privatize Social Security and Medicare with senior citizens. He spoke Wednesday at the Senior Independence Senior Center on Fifth Avenue in Youngstown.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, makes a point during a ...

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, makes a point during a press conference as he discusses the Republican attempt to privatize Social Security and Medicare with senior citizens. He spoke Wednesday at the Senior Independence Senior ...


Chaney High School senior Dasia Square practices walking across the stage at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. Commencement practice was Wednesday afternoon; today is the real thing for Square and her classmates.

Chaney High School senior Dasia Square practices walking across the ...

Chaney High School senior Dasia Square practices walking across the stage at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. Commencement practice was Wednesday afternoon; today is the real thing for Square and her classmates.


Frederick D. Johnson is led from the courtroom after Judge Peter Kontos of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court sentenced Johnson to 32 years in prison for being a “major  drug offender.”

Frederick D. Johnson is led from the courtroom after Judge ...

Frederick D. Johnson is led from the courtroom after Judge Peter Kontos of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court sentenced Johnson to 32 years in prison for being a “major drug offender.”


Chaney High School’s graduating seniors practice the procession into Stambaugh Auditorium, where they will receive their diplomas today.

Chaney High School’s graduating seniors practice the procession into Stambaugh ...

Chaney High School’s graduating seniors practice the procession into Stambaugh Auditorium, where they will receive their diplomas today.


Jim Tressel

Jim Tressel

Jim Tressel


Melissa Long, former Cortland mayor and a board member of the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans, said the issue is can senior citizens continue to have medical care that they can afford.

Melissa Long, former Cortland mayor and a board member of ...

Melissa Long, former Cortland mayor and a board member of the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans, said the issue is can senior citizens continue to have medical care that they can afford.


Hank Sadinski

Hank Sadinski

Hank Sadinski


FILE - In this May 13, 2011 file photo, an employee of Toyota Motor Corp. cleans the "Prius a," or "Prius alpha," a revamp of its popular gas-electric hybrid, during its launch in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday, June 1, 2011, May U.S. car and truck sales fell 33 percent over the same month last year as the automaker was hit by earthquake-related shortages. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, file)

FILE - In this May 13, 2011 file photo, an ...

FILE - In this May 13, 2011 file photo, an employee of Toyota Motor Corp. cleans the "Prius a," or "Prius alpha," a revamp of its popular gas-electric hybrid, during its launch in Tokyo. Toyota ...


Maplewood cross country coach Ted Rupe, right, will coach the Rockets for the last time at this weekend’s state track meet in Columbus. Ted Rupe is retiring after 32 years during which time he took an already-successful program and turned it into one of the best in Ohio’s history. The only program that can compete with that run of success is the one at McDonald, which is coached by his younger brother, Chris Rupe, at left.

Maplewood cross country coach Ted Rupe, right, will coach the ...

Maplewood cross country coach Ted Rupe, right, will coach the Rockets for the last time at this weekend’s state track meet in Columbus. Ted Rupe is retiring after 32 years during which time he took ...


Springfield’s Josh Horn watches as shortstop Cody Pitzo comes up with a diving catch during the Division IV baseball final against Columbiana. The Tigers are a game away from from a state fi nal berth.

Springfield’s Josh Horn watches as shortstop Cody Pitzo comes up ...

Springfield’s Josh Horn watches as shortstop Cody Pitzo comes up with a diving catch during the Division IV baseball final against Columbiana. The Tigers are a game away from from a state fi nal berth.


Miles Dunlap of Mcdonald wins the boys 100 Meter  competition at the ITCL Tier 2 track meet held at Western Reserve High School.

Miles Dunlap of Mcdonald wins the boys 100 Meter competition ...

Miles Dunlap of Mcdonald wins the boys 100 Meter competition at the ITCL Tier 2 track meet held at Western Reserve High School.


Michael Fassbender potrays Erik Lehnsherr, who has the power to control magnetism, in 'X-Men: First Class.'

Michael Fassbender potrays Erik Lehnsherr, who has the power to ...

Michael Fassbender potrays Erik Lehnsherr, who has the power to control magnetism, in 'X-Men: First Class.'


Flowers bloom in the courtyard garden at Volney Rogers Middle School on Youngstown’s West Side. Students planted the garden to memorialize Volney Rogers,  who founded Mill Creek Park.

Flowers bloom in the courtyard garden at Volney Rogers Middle ...

Flowers bloom in the courtyard garden at Volney Rogers Middle School on Youngstown’s West Side. Students planted the garden to memorialize Volney Rogers, who founded Mill Creek Park.


Volney Rogers sixth grader Jazmin Schwab, 13, identifies different plants in a garden planted in the middle school’s courtyard to memorialize the school’s namesake.

Volney Rogers sixth grader Jazmin Schwab, 13, identifies different plants ...

Volney Rogers sixth grader Jazmin Schwab, 13, identifies different plants in a garden planted in the middle school’s courtyard to memorialize the school’s namesake.


Maurice Clarett

Maurice Clarett

Maurice Clarett


Volney Rogers Middle School students recently finished a garden memorializing Rogers, for whom their school is named and the founder of Mill Creek Park. Benches bearing his name are part of the feature.

Volney Rogers Middle School students recently finished a garden memorializing ...

Volney Rogers Middle School students recently finished a garden memorializing Rogers, for whom their school is named and the founder of Mill Creek Park. Benches bearing his name are part of the feature.


 Haley McAllister, seen above reaching for a throw, and her teammates on the undefeated 2011 Champion softball team are trying to do what the 2006 team could not: leave the state tournament with a championship trophy. They could move closer to their goal today against Bellville Clear Fork in a Division III state semifinal game.

Haley McAllister, seen above reaching for a throw, and her ...

Haley McAllister, seen above reaching for a throw, and her teammates on the undefeated 2011 Champion softball team are trying to do what the 2006 team could not: leave the state tournament with a championship ...


Lauren Ritz

Lauren Ritz

Lauren Ritz


RAMI DAUD | THE VINDICATOR.Members of the Youngstown Media interview Maurice Clarett before a presentation at the Victory Christian Center.

RAMI DAUD | THE VINDICATOR.Members of the Youngstown Media interview ...

RAMI DAUD | THE VINDICATOR.Members of the Youngstown Media interview Maurice Clarett before a presentation at the Victory Christian Center.


Stager Mark Miklosovich stands in the Wynnewood home that he and his partner, Anna Powers, worked on. The two "suggest things," Powers said - "for instance, adding a piece of furniture." (Akira Suwa/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)

Stager Mark Miklosovich stands in the Wynnewood home that he ...

Stager Mark Miklosovich stands in the Wynnewood home that he and his partner, Anna Powers, worked on. The two "suggest things," Powers said - "for instance, adding a piece of furniture." (Akira Suwa/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)


Dealership deliverance: Jim Contant, left, and Jim Lawrence, of First Federated Church of North Jackson, unload the first packages of food delivered by Spitzer Chevrolet from Second Harvest Food Bank. More than 1,000 pounds of food are off-loaded by volunteers. Spitzer Chevrolet, across the street from the church, on Mahoning Avenue, is donating the vehicle and driver twice a month to help the church feed the hungry.

Dealership deliverance: Jim Contant, left, and Jim Lawrence, of First ...

Dealership deliverance: Jim Contant, left, and Jim Lawrence, of First Federated Church of North Jackson, unload the first packages of food delivered by Spitzer Chevrolet from Second Harvest Food Bank. More than 1,000 pounds of ...


Pattern with a purpose: Cecilia Cooper, center, explains the history of the British Ironstone tea-leaf pattern dinnerware on display at the Hubbard Historical Society’s McBride House, at 27 Hager St., to members of the Coitsville-Campbell Homemakers. The group toured the house recently. There is no open house scheduled at McBride for the month of June. Arrangements to tour the house can be made by phoning Cooper at 330-534-4247.

Pattern with a purpose: Cecilia Cooper, center, explains the history ...

Pattern with a purpose: Cecilia Cooper, center, explains the history of the British Ironstone tea-leaf pattern dinnerware on display at the Hubbard Historical Society’s McBride House, at 27 Hager St., to members of the Coitsville-Campbell ...


Science comes naturally to him: Brennan Bizon holds two certificates he received from The Ohio Academy of Science for Superior ratings he earned for his science project, “Which Ball Bounces Higher?” Brennan, a seventh-grader at Holy Family School in Poland, earned a Superior rating at the school’s science fair before going on to win the academy awards at the Lake-to-River District Science Day at Youngstown State University and the State Science Day at Ohio State University in Columbus. He said he was inspired by basketball to find out whether a larger or a smaller ball bounces higher.

Science comes naturally to him: Brennan Bizon holds two certificates ...

Science comes naturally to him: Brennan Bizon holds two certificates he received from The Ohio Academy of Science for Superior ratings he earned for his science project, “Which Ball Bounces Higher?” Brennan, a seventh-grader at ...


Kenneth Carano

Kenneth Carano

Kenneth Carano


Paul Canter

Paul Canter

Paul Canter