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Todd Franko

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Vindy's Blitz ready for its third high school football season

The Browns are turning to Eric Mangini. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are completely under the

Choices made — by us or for us — forever change our future footsteps

It’s back-to-school season, and with three grade-schoolers, we have been invaded by list after list

Some not-so-expert do’s and don’ts for traveling in D.C.

I’m not a travel writer. And I’m not really a traveler. I’ve been as far north as Ottawa, Ontario,

Cox brothers combine competitive spirits

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The headline is ‘Jarts.’ The story is ‘Family.’

I got schooled by the regulars at Cassese’s MVR in a round of boccie last year. And, in our

Senator’s 9-1-1 effort will jeopardize our right to hear

A New Jersey man was beaten by police officers who dragged him from his van after a short chase.

Amid boxing’s big names, ‘The Ghost’ is battling scary scenarios

The Kelly Pavlik fight in February at the Chevrolet Centre was a spectacle to behold for the Valley.

How rude to not introduce myself, Hi, I’m Todd ...

A call came in this week pitching a nice news story. The message closed with a polite observation:

Making my way downtown

A warm smile engulfs the face of Sandy Slanina when she mentions a memory of Strouss’ department

Fatherhood continues to be a work in progress

I’m with the boys today — Mitch, Max and Maguire. No real plan; no real agenda. Just father and

If homes cost $300K, not $30K, would residency be desired?

I know very little about libraries. I know just a little more about Youngstown’s West Side. But

Bars learn the hard way cashing in on Pavlik

When Kelly Pavlik fought Marco Antonio Rubio in Youngstown in February, it was an opportunity for

A promising Youngstown future based on a trip back

The events of the closing school year will no doubt open the mind to memories that will last a

Mark68: It’s a memorial in a personal way

It was just my son’s homework assignment. But it quickly — albeit subtly — became a reminder of

Meet my new friend Hunter Crites, a very brave, special boy

When you spend a few hours with Hunter Crites of Girard, you can imagine a world of opportunities

We put plenty of space to Dann today, and here’s why

There’s a lot of Marc Dann in your newspaper today. It’s not without extraordinary effort or

A downtown escape — gentlemen first, please

Lisa Reali likes men. But not in the way that should evoke giggles and smirks. She likes men in

The politics of neighbors and your kids selling stuff

There are tags for condemned homes. There are tags for housing code violations. What is the tag

A few weeks back, a local blogger e-mailed me a request.

A few weeks back, a local blogger e-mailed me a request. The person was asking The Vindicator to

Youngstown's Mr. Clean

Scott Burin remembers the good ol’ days. For many, that means harkening back to an era of great

Vindy.com’s new registration rules aim to raise the level of discourse

I still shudder when I recall a story we ran almost two years ago. The Home Builders/Remodelers

"Old" newspaper uses video, and a teen violence debate ensues

We’re at 450 comments and counting. That’s where things stood as the week closed at The Vindicator

We’re a newspaper — the key word being news.

We’re a newspaper — the key word being news. For some folks, the word means we report only the

With this example, how do you trust government to save us?

I have a high level of aggravation right now based on the economy. We all do, I suppose. My

Canfield student lives up to challenge for Pavlik’s challenger

The aspects of a big event can take weeks and months of planning and commitments. Sometimes, they

Team Pavlik thrives on unofficial structure

With these next words, one person is already upset with this story. John D’Altorio. If you don’t

Plain Dealer writer wags finger over Traficant, Vindicator

Connie Schultz from the Cleveland Plain Dealer can give a pretty steely stare.

Have we forgotten how to celebrate a winner here in Youngstown?

I keep wondering that as we move to less than two weeks until what is likely one of the coolest events we’ll see for years to come.

VIDEO: Vindy election night -- behind the scenes

Behind the scenes video

Welcome to Blitz 2008

I really, really don’t want to ask you if you’re ready for some football. Really. But I hope

VIDEO: Debartolo Golf Outing

Todd Franko's video taken at Debartolo Golf Outing

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