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Todd Franko

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Vindicator contest eyes high-school video makers

I’ll confess losing a bit of work time every week watching videos on the Internet. Most of the

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2014 Greatest Courses Master Lineup

Golfer lineup for the 2014 Greatest Golfer Tournament based on current registration trends.

Make the best of the feet you’re dealt

Nick Mishko’s musician-management company is called 10 and 8 Management. It’s a name that always has

Magic in maple at Mill

There are few sureties in life. Death, taxes and another bad season for my Buffalo Bills.

Band angels help Boardman girl achieve dreams despite rare disease

The Who's “Baba O’Riley” is a story of the journey of two people. Boardman band director Tom Ruggieri and student Kaitlin Windt are on a journey.

What happened to Wolfy?

Smoky Hollow is a name and a place that invites legends. It was a perfect place for Wolfy to die.

A career being ‘That guy ...’

There are certain occupations that, when they come up in conversation, have an E.F. Hutton effect —

Tam O’Shanter represents a multitude of luck for many

Shamrocks dot the rolling hills of Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Hermitage. They’re even the shape

He forced America to see what white press dared not report

Simeon Booker Jr., who grew up in Youngstown, wrote for the Buckeye News and The Vindicator, going on to become a nationally renowned journalist who covered America's civil rights movement from the front lines, and came to know many of the country's top leaders, including Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and O'Bama as well as Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

YSU President Tressel?

There was rampant chatter this week about whether a certain person would seek office. And it

UPDATED MONDAY | Covelli not excited by mayor’s idea; see link to what a similar facility is doing

A Tennessee consulting group gave the city and Mayor Charles Sammarone about 50 points to make a

‘Batman’ Bale rises to the occasion for 5-year-old Jayden

By TODD FRANKO tfranko@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN “Can I help you beat up bad guys?” That’s what

The ripples of a helping hand

I’m a sucker for a few things in life, and one is for the chance to contribute, to help, to affect.

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Vindy and ‘the best shale coverage’

“I’ve gotten more information in the past two days from The Vindicator on this than I have from anyone else.”

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Warren’s Kokrak begins PGA Tour today in Hawaii

Warren’s Jason Kokrak begins his PGA Tour march today

Today at 8:30 a.m. Honolulu time (1:30 p.m. in the Valley), Kokrak tees off in the $5.5 million Sony Open, the first open event on the 2012 PGA Tour.

Remaking downtown Youngstown

From a sixth-floor vantage point, Dominic Marchionda looks down at the bustle of downtown Youngstown.

Event honors Kokrak’s PGA feat

Coming home for the holidays will be extra special for Warren native Jason Kokrak.

Vindy marks new chapter in wedding announcements

Atop their marriage license is the number 26338 to give it legitimacy and legality.

Social media puts pressure on traditional media

Vernon Cesta and his crew opened shop in downtown Youngstown last week with their V2 Wine Bar

County summer raises hit $225K

T.J. Assion is my poster boy for the struggle that is government operations. He is the union

Defending champ Mike Porter one-upped sibling Scott after one round of Greatest Golfer

Defending champ Mike Porter one-upped — so far — by sibling Scott after one round By TODD FRANKO

Youngstown Country Club | A Century of Class

This fall will be the 100th anniversary of golf at Youngstown Country Club. Its lush fairways and tall trees wrap around more than 100 acres with a vista crowned by magnificent clubhouse — captivating in size and in style, inside and out.

The road less traveled

Frank Krygowski started riding his bicycle to work in 1977. When he moved to Youngstown to teach

Toasting an undeniable downtown surge

In addition to its places, it’s had its residents, such as Rich Mills and Jimmy Sutman and James Pernotto — all living where they want to live. But each of them hoping that someday, others may feel the same. Today just may be the day.

Toasting an undeniable downtown surge

This morning, an 11 a.m. brunch will mark two years in business for The Lemon Grove restaurant and

Poland, a safe enough place for Japanese family

Sean Hiramatsu, 10, of Tokyo enjoys spending time with his host family in Poland. With him at right is Brendan McBride, 13; and, back row from left, Madeleine McBride, 11; David Simonelli, Michele Simonelli, Syliva Simonelli, 17 months; and Bridgette McBride, 15. He began attending classes in Poland last week. His family in Japan believed Poland would serve as a haven from the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

About the Series

Most of you, there is no doubt, would not have liked Bob, Greg or Anthony. Truth is, they would not have liked you, either, except if you were a means toward feeding their drug habit.

8 years of friendship — and 1 hard hour

And, he was gone. It was a suddenness similar to the way he entered our lives. From his arrival,

New press has many of us feeling good

What do you have against Duluth? Why are the Sudoku answers printed the same day? Will

Today is a goodbye to one friend and a hello to another

Goodbye and hello. Today marks a big day for us at The Vindicator and a big day, we expect, for

For the love of Luke, baseball needs to wake up

Like many couples, Chad and Nicole Holko had to wait a little longer to finally have their first

What if 61 percent of your news stopped?

Did you “hear the news” about the county sales-tax plans? Did you “see the news report” about the

Column — a year’s worth of building bridges (mostly)

Hi, I’m Todd. It’s been a year already. In the mass of our year-end looking back and looking

Top-viewed vindy.com stories offer distinction

So what news most impacted you in 2009? Who was the biggest newsmaker for the year? Forget 2009;

Breast cancer and a coach’s care help make Christmas

Elliott Giles has seen a lot of great football plays on the field for Youngstown State University

Pavlik’s handlers took Ghost Nation to be dumb

The irony is startling. This is my next-to-last column for 2009. While I’m finishing my third year

New ‘Neighbors’ newspaper builds on the Vindy franchise

We’re always looking for new and better ways to do our jobs at The Vindicator and serve the Valley.

Vindicator welcomes columnist Rosemond to Valley Jan. 9

I remember plenty of things about my first newspaper job. One of them is John Rosemond. I’ve

We’re Home

It’s home. Michael Morley laughed for a second or two as he pondered the other titles commonly

We turn out the stadium lights on Blitz coverage this season

No. It was a pretty quick, and clear, answer from Austintown school officials about The Vindicator

Coming to a youth sports sideline near you, John Dadden

I wished to help him, because I, too, was once he. It was the final Saturday of my sons’ soccer

Future for Forum, Northside will heat up starting Friday

By week’s end, a clearer future for Forum Health will start to emerge. The submission of purchase

Column that gave insider's seat on NFL life gets pulled

Liberty High School football coach Jeff Whittaker liked seeing his former player, Bradley Fletcher,

Buzz: One man’s refusal to go the easy route

One year later, Buzz Pishkur still has his hands on the ball that is Forum Health. A resignation

Finally — Down syndrome children and families have a home

One in 800 U.S. children is born with Down syndrome. Luke Neer is one, and his mom, Christina,

For sports at Covelli, it’s try, try, try and try again

The Covelli Centre’s newest hope for successful sports entertainment hit the ice last night. Is

One downtown monument says goodbye to another

The Man on the Monument towers over downtown Youngstown’s Central Square paying honor to the men of

Making the best of one lap in life

I’m a dad in progress, as I’ve said. This week’s work session involved death. In the realm of

Vindy, WFMJ health care event gets personal

The current debate regarding health-care reform in the U.S. is an intense churn through public

Canfield Fair board shines amid our opening-day mistake

A great time to measure folks is not when things are going swell for them. I like seeing how folks

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