Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answers questions during a news conference Wednesday at the team’s training facility, in Independence. Gilbert expressed support for his management and coaching staff, optimism
for the future —thanks in part to the development of rookie Kyrie Irving — and a belief the Cavaliers could be
back in the playoffs as soon as next season.
Hubbard’s Samantha Dudley, left, watches as teammate Taylor Barton scoops up a ground ball near a muddy
second base during the top of the seventh inning in their Division II tournament softball game Wednesday against
Niles at Harding Park in Hubbard. The Eagles downed the Red Dragons, 5-2.
Girard’s Dan Graziano fields a ground ball — and a little mud — to make a play at first base during a Division III tournament baseball game Wednesday against the Liberty Leopards in Girard. The teams were tied 1-1 through the bottom of the seventh inning, then Girard’s A.J. Devore hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th to score Tyler Alejars and give the Indians the 2-1 win.
A television reporter sits in the lounge reserved for high-end gamblers during a press tour of the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland on Wednesday. The $350 million casino project is scheduled to open to the public Monday.
Brooms, rakes and shovels lie waiting for more than 300 students from Heartland Christian School at Firestone Park in Columbiana. Students, listening to director of school and community relations Linda Brandenstein, gathered at the park Wednesday to weed, paint and clean for School Service Day.
Tracee Banks, 17, poses for an undated photo with her mother, Tracee Hewlett. It was posted on Hewlett’s Facebook page. Melvin Shaw is on trial in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in the slaying of Banks in 2010.
Lt. Gerard Slattery, commander of the Youngstown police vice squad, displays an arsenal of firearms, magazines and ammunition, together with drugs and $2,000 in cash, at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. The items were seized in a Tuesday raid on a house at 931 McHenry St. on the city’s East Side.
Glorianne Leck of Bloomington, Ind., wraps a blanket around her partner, Susan Savastuk, during a March 2011 rally at the Indiana Statehouse. Leck and Savastuk had a commitment ceremony in Youngstown in 1995 and support same-sex marriage.