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Mahoning County, state see rise in heroin-overdose deaths

What we're seeing here is part of a national two year trend. The drug cartels are trying to "increase their customer base" by flooding the market with cheap heroin.

More high for the money.........

it's a complex issue, like most issues affecting our community. Should the people hooked on this stuff be cast aside? Absolutely not. But at the same time they have to take responsibility for the actions.
People make mistakes. They might go to a few parties where the stuff is, ignore the warnings they've heard, and that's it. Heroin addiction is one of the toughest to overcome, but the people who do it are a lot wiser for it. They in turn can help people who are currently hooked.

April 19, 2014 at 2:52 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown No. 5 on Forbes Magazine's list of Best American Cities for Raising a Family

Breaking news!

Forbes Magazine, known for their "exhaustive research", has also ranked Youngstown as 12th in the nation in milk prices, 64th in the nation in dropped pennies, and a notable 4th in road salt.

Can't wait for the next in-depth ranking of American cities from Forbes magazine.

April 17, 2014 at 12:07 p.m. suggest removal

YSU search consultant confident of solid candidate pool

"Not all people are willing to be dishonest or set aside their moral beliefs for money, position or glamor"

-If this statement is about Randy Dunn, it's definitely hilarious.

April 2, 2014 at 1:35 p.m. suggest removal

$425M Powerball winner wants privacy

Unfortunately the first thing he's going to have to do is move, or hire security. He's got the money to do it now, but not everything is positive about having that kind of cash.

April 2, 2014 at 1:24 p.m. suggest removal

GM halts some Cruze sales, expands recall

In my opinion most recalls, whether from GM, Toyota, or any other automaker, are done for legal reasons. In essence, they are "covering their butts" by offering to fix the identified problem, however unlikely that problem is to cause any danger to the owner of the vehicle. By offering the recall, they avoid lawsuits.
Our obsession with "safety" can reach sad proportions. Living involves risk, whether it's driving a car or walking across the street.

March 29, 2014 at 7:46 p.m. suggest removal

Jim Tressel applied to be president of University of Akron

Hi youngstownmom12:

My point was this: What does the university want to do? Do they want YSU to be a football power? Or are other aspects of the university more important? If the university wants to be consistently successful in football, they're going to have to hire people like Jim Tressel.
Corruption is a relative term in college athletics and highly dependent on who is making the definition.
I certainly understand your concern, and everyone wants our leaders to be free of corruption. Unfortunately, no one is immune from temptation. Anyone can forget themselves under stress, and all it takes is one mistake to ruin a reputation.
What I find so ironic about the people who accuse Tressel of being a crook is that they are just as likely to be bending the rules in their own jobs as he did in his. I'm not defending his actions, just pointing out the realities of college athletics.
What it comes down to is that the university needs to make a decision as to its future direction.

March 22, 2014 at 9:42 p.m. suggest removal

Jim Tressel applied to be president of University of Akron

....always fun to visit the message board on an article like this!
As if corruption was exclusive to Youngstown.
College athletics is one of the most competitive professions in the country, regulated by one of the most bureaucratic, hypocritical legislative bodies in existence, where the definitions of "crooked" and "illegal" are obscure at best.
With all the bitterness and anger expressed by some of the people in this area, It's ironic that they seem to be incredibly naive at the same time, looking at the world of today with the rose colored glasses of a hypothetical past that was just as corrupt as the world they live in today.
I don't know Tressel peraonally. But based on the available material about him, the "crimes" he committed while at YSU and OSU are tame in comparison to some of the excesses seen at other universities.
Does that make him better? I don't think it really matters. What matters here is the direction that the university wants to take. If YSU wants to be a football power, then they're going to have to accept some of the consequences that come along with it. That means hiring people like Tressel. It's as simple as that.

March 22, 2014 at 1:44 p.m. suggest removal

SIU student newspaper: Dunn is the new president

Reportedly his salary at Southern Illinois will be about $460,000, a pretty significant increase. Seems like this guy is pretty much a mercenary. While he certainly has the right to go for more money, I think he's doing it in a very poor way. I'm surprised that SIU is willing to put up that amount of money for someone who will most likely bolt for the next job for more money.
Good riddance.

February 17, 2014 at 4:47 p.m. suggest removal

Austintown schools co-chairmen struggle to educate voters on bond issue

I think that an open school board meeting devoted solely to this issue would go a long way toward clearing up some of the confusion around this issue. The state money is attractive and a pretty significant amount towards easing the financial burden. That being said, I think that the exact amount that the state would fund and under what contingencies should be clearly spelled out.
That will take more than a short article in the Vindicator.
As a resident of Austintown I am not unhappy with the school board and administration, but they need to do a better job at communicating with residents on this issue.

February 12, 2014 at 10:51 a.m. suggest removal

Local auto sales drop in January

Weather related. I bought a car in January. I moved on it because I was getting a really good price, but it wasn't a lot of fun test driving cars in sub zero weather. I'm surprised the drop in sales wasn't bigger.

February 7, 2014 at 5:51 p.m. suggest removal

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