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WRITER: David Skolnick

Former GOP challenger endorses Ryan

Louis G. Lyras, who finished a distant second in the Republican primary for the 13th Congressional District nomination to Christina Hagan, is endorsing U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, the Democratic incumbent, in the general election. “When I study each candidate, I want one who’s middle of the road and not one who votes lockstep with (President Donald) Trump,” Lyras of Campbell said. “I want someone who thinks ...

Trump may aid Delphi retirees

President Donald Trump may intervene on behalf of a group of Delphi salaried retirees in their 10-year-long battle for their full pensions, says a congressman who asked for Trump’s help this week. Dayton Republican Mike Turner on Thursday said Trump “is now considering” stepping in on the side of the retirees in their struggle with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, which terminated the ...

Group urges locals to vote against Trump

YOUNGSTOWN — A group of longtime Ohio Republicans, called Operation Grant, is urging other Republicans not to vote to re-elect President Donald Trump — saying he’s bad for the nation. “I’m encouraging Republicans to put country over party and vote for Joe Biden,” said Phil Heimlich, who served as a Hamilton County commissioner and Cincinnati councilman. “We’ve had enough of putting Vladmir ...

VA clinic to be named for local vet

YOUNGSTOWN — The U.S. House approved a resolution to name the new Youngstown Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic after Carl Nunziato, a decorated Vietnam War veteran. The Senate still needs to approve the legislation with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, saying that should happen after Election Day. “When my name goes on that building, I want it to represent not me but the entirety of Vietnam veterans and ...

Building owners sue city

YOUNGSTOWN — The owners of the former Anthony’s on the River are suing the city for demolishing the building without letting them know. Two Bridges LLC, owned by Ronald Eiselstein and Chris Prater, contend in an administrative appeal filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court that the city “exceeded the scope of (its) authority” and asked the court to “declare the emergency demolition ...

Drive readies locals for election

YOUNGSTOWN — Joseph Parker Sr. of Youngstown has moved a few times since he last voted so he wanted to make sure he was registered. Parker’s son, Joseph, drove his father Tuesday to a voter registration drive outside the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown to find out. He was registered, but not at his current address. Not only did members of the Jewish Community Relations Council’s social action ...

Ryan, Hagan spar at campaign forum in Boardman Park

BOARDMAN — Boardman Park’s Maag Amphitheater is usually a place where people get together to enjoy a concert. But in these times of COVID-19, it was used Monday as the location of a forum for candidates and issues on the Nov. 3 ballot. The Boardman Civic Association normally has its forums indoors. After much discussion, including with local health and safety officials, the association decided to have ...

Valley COVID-19 cases slow down in September

The number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in Ohio has come down in the past week with September on pace to be the third-highest month for virus cases in the state. As of Monday, 22,008 COVID-19 cases were reported for the first 21 days of September. That’s an average of 1,048 cases a day. The average was 1,095 cases a week ago. If the current average remains, the state will finish September with ...

Youngstown gets the safest driving award

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown isn’t known as the safest place to drive in the Mahoning Valley, much less the entire state. But Insurify, a car insurance quote comparison website in Cambridge, Mass., deemed Youngstown as the safest driving city in Ohio. “I don’t have a clue how they’d come up with that conclusion,” Youngstown police Chief Robin Lees said. “We’re not on the other end of the spectrum, ...

Brutal fight feared over Ginsburg successor

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of the most iconic Supreme Court justices in decades, but the fight over her replacement has the potential to permanently damage the reputation of the nation’s highest court, area political experts say. Ginsburg, 87, died Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer leaving behind a legacy as a champion of women’s and civil rights. The day she died, Majority ...