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Bertram de Souza

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Tressel in catbird seat for top job

There’s every indication — based on whispers that grow louder by the day — that Jim Tressel has the

Let’s not enthrone Tressel

Thirteen months ago, in the midst of the campaign on behalf of Jim Tressel for the presidency of

Public officials see no evil

First, some comic relief — from the political tension that has gripped the Mahoning Valley for a

A tale of two party chairmen

Shame on the chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party, Mark Munroe, for not fielding a

President, Betras miss the mark

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama pointed to Youngstown when he talked about the U.S. riding

Political hackery is costly

Many moons ago, an idealistic (perhaps na Øve) political writer asked then Mahoning County

Political hackery is costly

Many moons ago, an idealistic (perhaps na Øve) political writer asked then Mahoning County

A chance to kiss mayor’s claddagh

The moment Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally announced that he was launching a meet-and-greet with

Money is the root of anger

The temperature Monday is forecast to be in the 40s, the meeting room is comfortable, and battle

Make 2014 the year to end probes

“U are obsessed” The text came in at 8:51 a.m. Sunday in reaction to the year-end column about

2013 leaves questions unanswered

In a continuing nod to the Mahoning Valley’s tradition of political corruption, another former

Racino needs a gimmick

The state of Ohio hasn’t yet hit the jackpot with its foray into casino gambling, which does not

Obama toxic for Ohio Dems

When the fall 2014 campaign for Ohio governor rolls around, today’s controversy over a tax scofflaw

Mayor-elect McNally is the decider

Youngstown’s soon-to-be mayor, John A. McNally IV, has chosen not to have a committee (of

Whip the dregs in public

No one (other than the morally deficient) who views the video recordings of the so-called Knockout

We feel your pain, Toronto

An open letter to the residents of the city of Toronto, Canada: Dear Neighbors to the North:

Antonini sings like a canary

If you’re an officeholder whose lips are firmly planted on the derriere of someone with the means —

Dem chair demands a coronation

It didn’t take long for Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras to nudge John A.

Mayor’s race has an ‘X’ factor

If more blacks than whites vote in Tuesday’s election for mayor of Youngstown, DeMaine Kitchen, who

Ohio Dems can’t catch a break

Republican Gov. John Kasich may have found the antidote to political poison he ingested in 2011 when

Austintown wins battle of water

The city of Youngstown rolled the dice in its bid to supply drinking water to the racino in

Watch for political retribution

Adherents of conventional political wisdom say that Youngstown mayoral candidate DeMaine Kitchen is

Democrats in Valley snubbed

It was a throw-it-against-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks question: Why isn’t there anyone from the

Grand Wizard of KKK?

What if Jamael Tito Brown, who is black, had won the Democratic primary for Youngstown mayor and

Judge Lioi will be on the hot seat

By the time Lisa Antonini, former Mahoning County treasurer and ex-county Democratic Party

Kasich finds a winning issue for ’14

Republican Gov. John Kasich may have come up with the antidote for the political poison contained in

A sordid tale of two mob bosses

James “Whitey” Bulger, murderous boss of the Irish-American organized crime gang in South Boston,

‘Use it or lose it’ must be enacted

The recent act of generosity by Dr. Cynthia Anderson, retired Youngstown State University president,

YSU starts new year in state of flux

As he settles into the office of president of Youngstown State University in Tod Hall, Dr. Randy

Don’t expect Youngstown lawmakers to do right

Warning: Holding your breath in the hope that Youngstown City Council acts on proposed charter

Intrigue veils race for mayor

Retired Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes’ decision to drop out of the race for mayor and support

Betras can’t be blind to the scandals

From the time he was chosen to lead the Mahoning County Democratic Party four years ago, David

Why did FBI interview Sciortino?

It was just five lines in the 21-page report on the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office Internal

Obama now knows how Valley feels

First, it was China that gave President Obama a figurative wet noodle when he asked the communist

Has private jitney service returned?

If a publicly unidentified high-ranking officer in the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department (we know

Will trial in Boston spur FBI?

James “Whitey” Bulger, who had shared top billing on America’s most-wanted list with the world’s

Youngstown continues to shed people

The city of Youngstown’s unenviable No. 1 national ranking for population loss does not tell the

Will Valley racino trump competitors?

Ground was formally broken Thursday — site clearance has been going on for a while — for the $125

Oakhill haunts McNally

Regardless of how you cut it, John A. McNally IV’s 150-vote margin of victory in Tuesday’s

Camera never lies or blinks

As the city of Youngstown cracks down on curfew violations with a new initiative aptly named “Do You

Let state racing panel pay

Conspiracy theories aside, the reason the Ohio State Racing Commission is making such seemingly

Will Valley racino ever be built?

Has the Mahoning Valley become Ground Zero in the battle of the “Casino Titans”? That question looms

They’re off, but not in the Valley

There’s a racino (horse-racing track and slots casino) opening on Tuesday — within driving distance

Teachable moment for Y’Town

“No doubt the picture here remains murky and unfinished. For all the talks of a private sector

Feds won’t get a pass on probe

In response to this writer’s December column urging the FBI and federal prosecutors to clean up the

Elections staff gets smacked

Joyce Kale-Pesta, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections, is the ultimate political

Are Cosby’s comments also racist?

Embattled Youngstown school board member Lock Beachum should have found comfort in entertainment

Public pensions a travesty

First a reminder about the public pension system in Ohio: It is shrouded in secrecy with regard to

Sheriff should call the FBI

It was a shot in the dark that ended up hitting the bull’s-eye. The question from this writer to

Worst of the worst In 2012

There were loads of bad decisions made by public sector workers and entities in the Mahoning Valley


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