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Bertram de Souza

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Window dressing in Y’town

Two black leaders in the city of Youngstown have been appointed to the Youngstown City School

Change the retire-rehire pay formula

First an admission: Hell will freeze over before the obscene public pension system in Ohio undergoes

Tress talks cost cuts in athletics*

If you haven’t gone to the end of this column to find out what the asterisk is about, please do so

Oh, how our mighty are falling

On the page opposite this one (for Vindy.com subscribers, that’s Page A15) is a picture of Edward J.

ACLU’s arrogance condemned

A day after The Vindicator ran an editorial that blasted the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio

Mrs. Hagan bites hand that fed her

It has been an inauspicious beginning for Michele Lepore-Hagan as the state representative from

‘Oakhill’ case gets intriguing

What do John A. McNally, Michael V. Sciortino and Martin Yavorcik have in common besides being

Meacham, Rusu allow us to hope

There’ll be something of significance missing when Mahoning County’s auditor and probate judge start

No place to hide for government

The headline should be considered a “friendly” warning to the Mahoning Valley’s public employees

At YSU, joy is tempered with reality

While supporters of Youngstown State University football have visions of sugar plums dancing in

‘Public trust be damned’

The headline, while bordering on the profane, reflects the attitude being displayed by public

Employees at YSU are pampered

Reaction to last week’s column about the future of intercollegiate football at Youngstown State

Tressel needs his ‘peeps’ to ante up

It didn’t take long for the honeymoon to come to a screeching end. Youngstown State University

Silence of the blacks deafening

More than 60 people, mostly black, took part in a vigil for the victim of a shooting. The

AG DeWine must assist Meacham

Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino is facing suspension by the Ohio Supreme Court because

Rusu, Robb bury the Democrats

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern fell on his sword after he engineered one of the worst

Beware Dem Party insiders

Let’s just say — for the sake of argument, of course — that Mahoning County Auditor Michael V.

Sciortino still king of scandals

There’s no moral equivalency between the actions of Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino

Toss the underdog a bone, Gov

As the race for Ohio governor enters the final stage leading to the Nov. 4 finish line, Republican

Betras just can’t get a break

The chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, David Betras, called this writer at 4:18 p.m.

Supremes have Dems singing

With the November general election just about a month away, the latest Quinnipiac public opinion

Sciortino’s jugular is still intact

It was one of the most anticipated (by this writer, at least) endorsement interviews conducted by

Ohio Dems tilting at windmills

All week long, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald’s campaign tried to shame Republican

Betting on the ponies

As the chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party, Mark Munroe doesn’t have much to celebrate

Dems need to channel Gov. Rhodes

As Democrats in Ohio cast about for an issue that will reignite their sputtering campaign for

A drag on Democratic Party ticket

What do Ed FitzGerald and Michael Sciortino have in common, apart from being Democrats running in

Gov. Kasich can hear 2016 calling

So, why is Ohio Gov. John Kasich coming all the way from Columbus to attend Monday’s installation of

Betras gets no respect from Dems

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras has become the Rodney Dangerfield of

Trumbull Dems boss won’t win

Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka is on a losing streak. First, his candidate

Pope’s edict affects local Mafia boss

Lost in all the news coverage about the Second Coming of the King — James, that is, he of the

Turkish charters haunt GOP

Just when it appeared that Democrats in Ohio were heading into the statewide election in November

Just when it appeared that Democrats in Ohio were heading into the statewide election in November

Just when it appeared that Democrats in Ohio were heading into the statewide election in November

Belinky worst of the worst

There’s a cautionary tale from Mark Belinky’s fall from judicial grace: a politician who has larceny

Are Dems headed for 1994 crash?

It’s the kind of story that causes political operatives to have sleepless nights, party leaders to

Oh, the indignity of it all

A national law-enforcement crackdown on prostitution and other human- trafficking activities

Dem leader Betras doth protest too much

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras got on his political high horse last week to

Are we still in 'crappy' Valley?

Before you get all hot and bothered over the use of the “c” word in the headline, consider this:

Will judge seek to out the villain?

Although two prominent officeholders and a Youngstown lawyer are the main characters in Act 1 of the

Our dirty laundry is on display

When Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty stood before reporters May 14 to discuss the

What was Sciortino thinking?

The question above is rhetorical because Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino obviously didn’t

AG DeWine sets sights on Cafaro

To all those apologists for the corrupters of government in the Mahoning Valley who have accused

YSU, UA: Tale of two institutions

Jim Tressel, who was drummed out of coaching college football by the NCAA, was the finalist for

Mahoning GOP lacks credibility

How’s this for political spin: Mark Munroe, chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party,

Time to join the Tressel juggernaut?

To understand why obviously successful — and seemingly thoughtful — individuals in the Mahoning

Tressmania diminishes YSU’s value

Jim Tressel’s claim to fame is the national championships he won as football coach at Ohio State and

To repeat: It's all about the pension

Reading last Sunday’s Page One story about the exorbitant raises slopped up by a goodly number of

Support for Belinky is pathetic

To understand why any lawyer in Mahoning County would continue to support Mark Belinky, who recently

Potholes could haunt Republicans

When one of the most important budget analysts in a $121.1 billion entity (reflecting a two-year

Has the FBI handed over tapes to AG?

What Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine didn’t say last week about the criminal investigation of

In his five years as chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, David Betras has mastered the

In his five years as chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, David Betras has mastered the



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