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Anna Nicole Smith's ex sentenced for threats

Anna Nicole Smith's ex sentenced for threats LOS ANGELES -- An ex-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith's

MERCER COUNTY Grant will help police put the bite on criminals

The former Pennsylvania State Police building is for sale by the county. By MARY GRZEBIENIAK

DAVID CRUMM Jewish mourning ritual finds strength in numbers

Holiday guests have gone home. People are turning up their collars against the cold and returning to

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OHIO Registry for couples takes effect

Voters approved the registry in November. CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) -- The nation's first

NATION Disposable mentality hurts fix-it businesses

Often, the cost of repairs and parts exceeds the cost of a new item. ST. PETERSBURG TIMES When

NBA ROUNDUP | Wednesday's games

Timberwolves 108, Raptors 97 TORONTO -- Sam Cassell had 30 points and 13 assists to lead Minnesota

NBC GIRLS BASKETBALL W. Branch closes in on title

In order to make league history, the Warriors must play well on the road. By ERIC HAMILTON

THERMOSTAT Who controls the temperature in your office?

'It's too hot' and 'It's too cold' are top office complaints. KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS Brooke


AGENDA TUESDAY Beaver Township Crime Watch meeting, 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Valley, 9111

BARNFUL OF BUFFALO: At The Bison Ranch, a 150-year-old barn houses a retail sales room for frozen

BARNFUL OF BUFFALO: At The Bison Ranch, a 150-year-old barn houses a retail sales room for frozen

HIGH SCHOOL ICE HOCKEY Mooney-Ursuline, Poland tie 3-3 on goal by Graziani

The final goal came with 51 seconds remaining against Poland. By GREG GULAS VINDICATOR

SALEM Check-Out Day stresses food affordability

America's food and fiber is produced by about 25 million workers. By NANCY TULLIS VINDICATOR

Equipment is damaged

Equipment is damaged SALEM -- Someone used a drill to flatten three tires on a piece of

"A new buoyancy is evident everywhere."

Opinion: "A new buoyancy is evident everywhere." Tung Chee-hwa Hong Kong chief executive, welcoming the

STATE OF THE STATE Jobs, economy expected to be focus of Taft speech

No programs or proposals were mentioned in advance. COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ways to create jobs and

Despite injury, James may play

The 19-year-old rookie has missed three games since injuring his ankle. COMBINED DISPATCHES

Time for A'town trustees to grow up -- politically

Opinion: Here's a message for Austintown Township trustees David Ditzler and Bo Pritchard: The election is

Vietnam veteran gets belated honor

CLEVELAND (AP) -- It was a double treat for a Vietnam veteran who belatedly received his Purple

ELLWOOD CITY, PA. High school warns about meningitis

No secondary cases have been reported. By LAURE CIOFFI VINDICATOR NEW CASTLE BUREAU ELLWOOD

TOP 25 ROUNDUP | Women's college basketball

No. 7 Penn St. 70 Ohio St. 64 COLUMBUS -- Kelly Mazzante scored 19 points to lead Penn State to

CLEVELAND Jackpot winners pull up stakes

Elicia Battle, who falsely claimed she was the winner, says her life is ruined. CLEVELAND (AP) --

NOTEBOOK | From Houston

Fox hoping: Carolina Panthers coach John Fox is looking for a new favorite Super Bowl memory. The

MEN'S TREND Aloha shirt makes fashion statement: Relax and be happy

What began as a tourist gimmick has turned into a worldwide phenomenon. LOS ANGELES TIMES

Quote, unquote

Quote, unquote "He did everything you needed to do to become successful. He interned and assisted

With nation watching, Houston looks to shed 'Urban Cowboy' image

The city last hosted a Super Bowl in 1974. HOUSTON (AP) -- When all eyes turn to Houston for the

ENERGY Rising demand for coal lights fire under industry

Stock prices of coal companies are rising as supply dwindles. ASSOCIATED PRESS The coal industry

Renovations to Al Aqsa Mosque wall complete

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordanian experts have completed a yearlong renovation project on the southern

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Cleveland State dealt 12th consecutive loss by Milwaukee, 78-64

The Panthers improved to 7-0 in the Horizon League to stay in first place. STAFF/WIRE REPORTS

Hewitt last Australian out of Open

He lost his cool in losing to Roger Federer of Switzerland. MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Hicham

BIG 10 Penn State routed by Illinois, 80-37

Wisconsin won its 23rd straight home game. ASSOCIATED PRESS CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Roger Powell


BIRTHS Forum Health Northside Kevin and Alicia Soles, 2876 Highland Ave., Poland, boy, Jan. 21.

Robot puts team on track to success

The robotics team is having a dinner to raise funds to go to a national competition. & lt;a

Youngstown Panhellenic Association is accepting scholarship applications

BOARDMAN -- The Youngstown Panhellenic Association is offering a $1,500 scholarship a female

CHAMPIONS TOUR Zoeller captures seniors opener

He birdied the final three holes to beat Dana Quigley by one shot. KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) --


EXCERPTS 'The Trouble With Islam' "Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences,

COLUMBIANA COUNTY Auditor urges dog owners to buy tags for their pets

County dog tag fees double to $16 after Saturday. By NANCY TULLIS VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU

Today is Friday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2004. There are 343 days left in the year. On this date in

Opinion: Today is Friday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2004. There are 343 days left in the year. On this date in

CONVICTION Litter Enforcement Program

Nine people have been convicted in recent months as a result of the Youngstown litter enforcement

Riding a wave of popularity

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The surfer and the skateboarder have become the salvation of two Southern

BIOGRAPHY She reveals rich and famous don't really do it all

A day-to-day account of her life as a nanny is chronicled in the book. SCRIPPS HOWARD Is there

MERCER, PA. System expands prison warnings

The new system can alert thousands to a prison emergency within minutes. By HAROLD GWIN

Use arena funds to enclose Stambaugh Stadium at YSU

Opinion: Use arena funds to enclose Stambaugh Stadium at YSU EDITOR: I read with interest your recent

PENNSYLVANIA Man makes a mission out of saving old barns

Wood from old barns is finding its way into homes and furniture. HARRISBURG (AP) -- As a wrecking-

Samantha Meshot and Brian Bendt to wed March 20

XROCK HILL, S.C. -- Robert F. and Marianne L. Meshot, 1828 Kallaramo Road, formerly of the

CURRENT PRICES Around the nation

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the

The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for a lack of sense.

The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for a lack of sense. Proverbs 10:21

AUSTRALIAN OPEN Roddick, Agassi sail past rivals

They turned in dominating performances to qualify for the fourth round. MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)

HOW HE SEES IT Our jobs, money go overseas

Opinion: By JIM WRIGHt KNIGHT RIDDER As the old year closed its books amid hopes for a long-awaited

Council mulls adult club limits

SHARON, Pa. -- City council is looking at restricting where adult entertainment businesses can be


VETERANS K. of C. offers benefit The Knights of Columbus will pay an accidental death benefit of

Kent State gives Broncos first MAC loss

ASSOCIATED PRESS KENT -- Bryan Bedford had 18 points and DeAndre Haynes added 16 points to lead

YOUNGSTOWN Public library links its patrons to electronic books

The eBooks can be downloaded as files that disappear after 21 days. By IAN HILL VINDICATOR STAFF

PUBLISHING Author strikes a chord with idiot-bosses book

The author can offer tips on working for an idiot boss because he used to be one. DALLAS MORNING

INTER-COUNTY LEAGUE Junior Amanda Nero passes 1,000 points in Lowellville victory

The win over McDonald kept the Rockets a game behind Springfield. By TOM WILLIAMS VINDICATOR

PARK CITY, UTAH 'Primer,' 'DIG!' take top honors at Sundance

Awards were presented Saturday night. PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- The high-tech thriller "Primer,"

SUNDAY DRIVER Old-style charm awaits in Medina

MEDINA -- If you've ever tuned in to PBS' "Antiques Roadshow," you've probably seen advertisements

More snow is expected to hit

Ice fishermen got stuck on Lake Erie as ice separated from the mainland. ASSOCIATED PRESS Slushy


TOP ALBUMS: TOP 20 1. "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," OutKast. Arista. (Platinum -- certified sales

J.L. TREHARN & amp; CO. Furniture maker builds reputation on craftsmanship and eye for detail


MAC/BIG TEN ROUNDUP Kent State trounces Toledo, 92-56

The Golden Flashes moved a game ahead of Miami atop the MAC East. ASSOCIATED PRESS KENT -- Jason

YMTA will present students in recital

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Music Teachers' Association will present students in recital at 2:30

MERCER COUNTY COG faces snag in plan on city codes

The state doesn't have enough to fund all requests for aid. By HAROLD GWIN VINDICATOR SHARON

WITH THE VETS Veterans meetings

Meeting schedule for the week of Jan. 25: TODAY Steel Valley Chapter 13, American Ex-Prisoners

YOUNGSTOWN Ex-official asks court to seal criminal record

William Dundee says his record is otherwise clean. By BOB JACKSON VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER


NEW STUDENTS Registrations, meetings Below are dates of registrations and/or information

WHAT PEOPLE EARN Regional job survey

Average hourly pay for jobs in the Youngstown-Warren area is $17.11, based on an April 2003 survey

SHARON State files suit against ex-notary public

The defendant said he was misled by the home improvement company. SHARON, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania

German Siem is Dunhill winner

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Germany's Marcel Siem made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third

GIRARD City workers reject contract

The union's next move is the fact-finding process. By TIM YOVICH VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

GOODYEAR New tire will boost sales, analysts say

The company's stock rose as the news turned good. AKRON (AP) -- Analysts say a new high-end tire


Q: A dear friend gave me an expensive white silk scarf of the kind that is worn with tuxedos in

Will biotech bugs end up biting?

Biotech insects could fight disease, but at what cost? SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Some high-tech insect


No. 3 Texas 67, Oklahoma St. 45 AUSTIN, Texas -- Jamie Carey scored 18 points as Texas won its

BOARDMAN -- As a teenager, Robert Diaz cut other people's hair, but never fancied himself a

BOARDMAN -- As a teenager, Robert Diaz cut other people's hair, but never fancied himself a

WEATHERSFIELD SCHOOLS District doesn't plan to use savings from workers' comp to restore busing

The savings would not cover one month of busing, the treasurer said. MINERAL RIDGE -- The

TRUMBULL COUNTY Judge is irked by lack of jail room

A contract says the Warren gets a guaranteed number of beds and a rate. By PEGGY SINKOVICH

COLLEGE ROUNDUP | Women's Top 25

No. 8 Purdue 74, Ohio St. 68 COLUMBUS -- Purdue's first half was good enough to hold off Ohio

MUTUAL FUNDS Capital gains dip should produce reduced tax bills

Capital gains distributions could be 30 percent to 40 percent lower than those reported in 2002.

WALL STREET Tumultuous techs may see boost from IT spending, analyst says

Businesses are planning upgrades as the economy recovers. NEW YORK (AP) -- When Advanced Micro

MEN'S TOP 25 No. 1 Duke escapes jinx; Saint Joseph's now 16-0

Cincinnati suffered its first loss at the hands of Louisville. ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE PARK,

NHL Malhotra's effort is a Blues-beater

Now on the Blue Jackets' third line, the 23-year-old had two goals against St. Louis. COLUMBUS

AUSTRALIAN OPEN Third-seeded Venus Williams delights crowd

She overcame 23 unforced errors to defeat her 112th-ranked opponent, 6-4, 6-2. MELBOURNE,

Auditor urges dog owners to buy tags for their pets

County dog tag fees double to $16 after Saturday. & lt;a &

WESTERN CONFERENCE Seven Blackhawks score goals in rout of Columbus

Goalie Craig Anderson registered his first NHL win in a 7-0 romp. CHICAGO (AP) -- Craig Anderson

TAC GIRLS Cornell's first basket puts senior in Hubbard's 1,000-point club

Girard defeated Newton Falls made Indians 11-1 overall and 7-0 in the TAC. LEAVITTSBURG -- Lynle

NATION Looking for a job? Being bilingual helps, experts say

Communication technology puts workers in closer touch with foreign lands. CBS MARKETWATCH SAN

YOUNGSTOWN War games are claim to fame for former history teacher

'A Dark and Bloody Ground' is the first game on a 1790 Ohio battle. By JoANNE VIVIANO VINDICATOR

Performance audit cost

Performance audit cost WARREN -- The Ohio Auditor's Office will let Trumbull County commissioners

Unions challenge petitions to repeal sales tax increase

Elections workers are checking the petition signatures for validity. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

PITTSBURGH STEELERS Cowher completes the largest restructuring of coaching staff

Four new assistants have been hired, including Bruce Arians. PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh

NHL Senators deal Penguins 6-5 setback

Pittsburgh lost its fifth straight game despite tying a season high for goals. OTTAWA (AP) -- The

ANNIE'S MAILBOX She needs advice about marrying a noncitizen

Dear Annie: I am only 20 years old, and my boyfriend of three years recently asked me to marry him.

TRUMBULL COUNTY Carson to leave private-jail business

Commissioners don't see a conflict of interest in the administrator's roles. By STEPHEN SIFF and

SHARON SCHOOLS Cops probe fraudulent $12K check

The check was cashed at a bank in South Africa. SHARON, Pa. -- Authorities want to know how a $24


K-12 NEWS Mooney open house YOUNGSTOWN -- Cardinal Mooney High School, 2545 Erie St., will host

Mahoning Valley residents should back efforts to reform medical insurance

Opinion: EDITOR: Recently, your newspaper ran an article that informed the public about the increasing

Historical society to hold annual dinner

AUSTINTOWN -- Austintown Historical Society will hold its 25th annual Past President's Dinner at


The Boardman native has photographed celebrities for many top magazines. By NANCILYNN GATTA

BASEBALL Maddux, I-Rod still searching

The Marlins' catcher and Cubs' pitcher aren't close to decisions. NEW YORK (AP) -- Less than four

CLOWNING AROUND: A group of whimsical toys is on display at the The Medina Toy and Train Museum at 7

CLOWNING AROUND: A group of whimsical toys is on display at the The Medina Toy and Train Museum at 7

CINCINNATI Proposal would hire laid-off Cleveland cops

Cleveland laid off 250 officers earlier this month. CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dozens of recently laid-off

Yes, it is a shame

Opinion: Washington Post: How long do you imagine drug dealing could take place in front of the White House

WARREN Teens, cops to meet in school

The grant's purpose is have police officers become familiar with young adults. By PEGGY SINKOVICH

MAHONING JUVENILE COURT Judge eyes building for two programs

The building is appraised at $310,000. By WILLIAM K. ALCORN VINDICATOR HEALTH WRITER

INFLUENCE Versatile denim can be worn, sat on and even heard

You don't have to wear the fabric to enjoy it. SCRIPPS HOWARD Denim's influence on popular


CLASSES XVilla Maria PA-EverGreen is presenting a program, "One-Stroke Painting: Wreaths and Dried

YSU men drop OT thriller

The Penguins couldn't hold a late lead against Butler. By PETE MOLLICA VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF


HOUSTON (AP) -- With his crisply knotted blue power tie and sharply tailored blue blazer, Ty Law

YOUNGSTOWN Erie Terminal's future unclear

The building's lingering financial issues are substantial. By ROGER G. SMITH CITY HALL REPORTER

GIRLS HOOPS Deville sparks Leetonia

She led the Bears past United for their fifth Tri-County League win. By JOHN BUTERA VINDICATOR

Springfield wins to go 12-0 for best start since 1981-82

BERLIN CENTER -- Angelina Fiumara scored 14 points Thursday as the Springfield High girls basketball

HIGHER EDUCATION Scholarships for Guard members threatened

Guard members returning from Iraq could put further strain on the fund. DAYTON (AP) --

PENNSYLVANIA New sewage system cleans up Fallingwater

A complaint four years ago targeted sewage discharge into Bear Run. MILL RUN, Pa. (AP) -- Four

WEIRTON STEEL Company welcomes news of loan extension

The steelmaker plans to upgrade equipment and reduce debt. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- As part of


XLAS VEGAS --The Candlelight Chapel was the setting at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 19 for the wedding of

Associated Press

Associated Press FRESH LOOK: Girly details like the ruffled neckline on this Oscar de la Renta

Aurora Foods plans closings in Missouri under bankruptcy

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Aurora Foods Inc., producer of Duncan Hines baking mixes, Lender's bagels and

Haiti's fight for democracy

Opinion: Los Angeles Times: At least 45 people have died in Haiti in violent protests over the last four

HOW SHE SEES IT Experience offers new view of guns

Opinion: By DIANA WAGMAN LOS ANGELES TIMES Guns are bad. All my life, it's been that simple. At my son's

Churches' pledge lures 'Passion' to town

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A group of Great Falls pastors have succeeded in bringing Mel Gibson's

School worker spots smoke, averts damage

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Firefighters said it was fortunate that a maintenance crew was in East Elementary


Opinion: FRANCE Liberation, Paris, Jan. 21: In the eyes of the Chinese, the monkey, an unpredictable and

Blue Jackets beat Blues

Blue Jackets beat Blues Manny Malhotra scored two goals to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1

NESHANNOCK, PA. Closing off part of park in winter has cut vandalism, officials say

More than 100,000 people frequent the park each year, the director said. By LAURA MILOSER

AUSTINTOWN Oles won't impede cop levy

She voted against a resolution to keep the levy on the March ballot. By IAN HILL VINDICATOR


AUSTINTOWN FITCH kGrades 7-9: Danielle Crum, "Charcoal Still Life" drawing, silver. Larissa

OHIO Gay marriage ban concerns businesses

One company says the ban could hurt their ability to recruit and retain workers. COLUMBUS (AP) --

AUDITIONS Where to try out for roles

ACTORS "The Odd Couple -- Female Version." The Youngstown Playhouse, 500 Playhouse Lane,

Teens, cops to meet in school

The grant's purpose is have police officers become familiar with young adults. & lt;a

She's the ref

She's the ref k TEN YEARS AGO, Karen Conklin of Liberty was told women could not officiate in high

ABC Fine-tuning 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Kimmel's in-your-face humor has turned off some of his guests. By CHARLIE MCCOLLUM KNIGHT RIDDER

State of Union address: A realistic agenda?

Opinion: State of Union address: A realistic agenda? President Bush's State of the Union address not only

Cartoon icons inspire clothing trends

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In the wake of the vintage T-shirt craze that had hipsters running around in

BOXING Pavlik defeats Ivory for 19th

The unbeaten Youngstown boxer won a unanimous eight-round decision. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Veteran

Mickelson's 2004 off to good start; Hope win is proof

Skip Kendall was a runner-up for the fourth time in his career. He's lost three times in playoffs.

ROUNDUP Wednesday's other games

Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 2 WASHINGTON -- Alexei Ponikarovsky, who has scored four of his seven NHL

AKRON Team is in place for Ohio sextuplets

Meetings have been held for weeks to prepare for the multiple births. AKRON (AP) -- A team of at

Billions in endowments

Billions in endowments In fiscal year 2001, U.S. colleges and universities had combined endowments

GOLDEN GLOBES 'Lord of the Rings,' 'Lost' win honors

The show usually generates front-runner buzz for the Academy Awards. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) --


STOCK, DIVIDENDBIDASKED Aqua America, .46 21.97 21.98 Avalon Holdings,3.96 4.08 Bank

Lyell loses fight in Ill.

Jose Leo Moreno of St. Paul, Minn. won the four-round super welterweight fight. ROSEMONT, Ill. --

YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN REGIONAL AIRPORT Counties have plan to get airline going

The port authority says it will pay the counties back within five years. By STEPHEN SIFF


WRITERS Religion columns The Vindicator is seeking columns from area religious leaders or people

YOUNGSTOWN Man faces charges in addition to murder

The matter is set for a second trial next month. By BOB JACKSON VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER

Students to cut hair to send to Wigs for Kids

Students to cut hair to send to Wigs for Kids CHAMPION -- Senior cosmetology students at Trumbull

INDICTMENTS | Mahoning County

The following people also were indicted Thursday by a county grand jury: Thomas Yozwiak, 43,

STAPLES INC. New sales tactics put the focus on small businesses

The office-supply has received praise from customers and analysts. KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

Parking tax at 50%? That's a lot like sinful, experts say

The plan might backfire, the parking authorities and others say. PITTSBURGH (AP) -- By raising its

The Sources

The Sources Ticketmaster: Kaufmann's in Eastwood, Southern Park and Shenango Valley malls; and

AUSTINTOWN Oles says she won't discourage support for police levy

She voted against a resolution to keep the levy on the March ballot. By IAN HILL VINDICATOR

Garcia's blood alcohol level way over limit

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia had a blood-alcohol level

TRUMBULL COUNTY Freedom denied to convicted killer

During his trial, Phil Mike claimed his victim was a clone. By PEGGY SINKOVICH VINDICATOR

YSU looking to build on wins

Here's a trivia question for you YSU basketball fans. When was the last time that the Youngstown

MAHONING COUNTY Appellation alteration: namely, it's a new tag

Nearly 70 people had their names changed last year. By BOB JACKSON VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE


Is better health as easy as apple pie? Cinnamon seems to have an answer. By VALERIE REITMAN LOS

Jaclyn Rose, Bradley Miller are engaged

XGIRARD -- Samuel and Louise Rose and Joel and Meribeth Miller, all of Girard, are announcing the

Devils 3, Thrashers 2

Devils 3, Thrashers 2 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jeff Friesen scored his third goal in four games

NEW YORK Actress wins raves as Garland

Critics have noted Keating's eerie musical resemblance to Garland. NEW YORK (AP) -- Isabel Keating

"We have not come all this way -- through tragedy and trial and war -- only to falter and leave our

Opinion: "We have not come all this way -- through tragedy and trial and war -- only to falter and leave our

FILM FARE | A guide to what's on screen

MiniPage activities meet many state and national educational standards. This week's standards:

SOAP SCOOP Daytime TV news

DERWIN VISITS SHOW: While his nighttime show, "Life with Bonnie," took a January recess, actor Mark


NORTHFIELD ENTRIES SATURDAY -- 7 P.M. 1st--$3,000.00 NW300PSCD Pace V'annas J C (Irvine), Mr

MONIKERS Parents use strategy for playing name game

Professor finds that parents are naming their babies after elite products. KNIGHT RIDDER

NILES SCHOOLS 4 teachers to retire under plan

The program will save money in the long run, the superintendent says. By SHERRI L. SHAULIS


NEW PUPILS Registrations, meetings Below are dates of registrations and/or information meetings

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP Zoning panel offers 3 proposals

A proposal would prohibit dangerous or nuisance animals within the township. By TIM YOVICH

WEATHERSFIELD School board mulls a third levy attempt

The levy discussion could take place Wednesday. MINERAL RIDGE -- Weathersfield Schools

MAHONING COUNTY Board for the mentally retarded will get $667,000 in settlement

Mahoning County MRDD is still owed about $1 million. By WILLIAM K. ALCORN VINDICATOR HEALTH

GIRARD Street upgrade moves ahead

SBC's wooden telephone poles remain in the way, a businessman says. By TIM YOVICH VINDICATOR

Here are some thoughts from local residents about the presidential election:

Here are some thoughts from local residents about the presidential election: "I think [Howard]

Knight Ridder Tribune

Knight Ridder Tribune DOLLS' HOUSE: Above, Gail Cook helps place her dolls in display cases for


YOUNGSTOWN Spending and contracts The city's board of control approved these items Thursday: A

THE HOLOCAUST 1,800 Jews tell of torture at hands of Nazi doctors

The number who were experimented upon is probably much higher. NEW YORK (AP) -- Elizabeth Fried


WEEKEND DRAWINGS Ohio Night drawings: Pick 3, 0-2-8 Pick 4, 5-7-9-8 Buckeye 5, 2-11-25-32-

HARRISBURG Audit criticizes spending habits of transportation department

The agency spent nearly $700,000 on employee recognition a few years ago. HARRISBURG (AP) -- When

HEALTH & amp; FITNESS Thin Amish, high-fat diet aid backers of exercise

Despite a diet high in fat and sugar, a hard-working Amish order remains thin. By JEANNINE STEIN

HELOISE Driving motor home is no picnic

Dear Heloise: While we try our best to drive around large cities in our RV during the off hours, it

SALEM Candidate withdraws, but will still be on ballot

March 1 is the filing deadline for independent candidates. By NANCY TULLIS VINDICATOR SALEM

NASCAR Preseason testing at Las Vegas a must for circuit's top teams

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- New tires and some new aerodynamics rules have turned the annual preseason

COLUMBUS Term limits lead to legislative action

Before limits, lawmakers had more time to get things done. COLUMBUS (AP) -- In a matter of weeks,

HELOISE Web site gives info on road construction

Dear Heloise: I heard there was a Web site about places to check on road construction before leaving

MEN'S TOP 25 Cards rally to beat Vols

Fifth-ranked Louisville rallied in the second half past Tennessee 65-62. ASSOCIATED PRESS

'THAT '70S SHOW' Fox show to end run in May '05

The cast's contracts are up then. SCRIPPS HOWARD Ashton Kutcher and the rest of the "That '70s

HARDEE'S Cooking up a different image

Hardee's admits mistakes and pins its hopes on bigger burgers. ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) -- It's

Valley pupils win honors in art

Valley pupils win honors in art k HUNDREDS of young artists throughout the Mahoning Valley have

TERRORISM DATABASE Ohio set to add criminal records

The database will make terrorism investigations easier, proponents say. CLEVELAND (AP) -- Although

KATHY MITCHELL AND MARCY SUGAR |Annie's Mailbox Teenagers find new ways to get high

Dear Annie: I am the mother of a teenage daughter. Unfortunately, I have discovered a new wrinkle in

PUBLIC EDUCATION Few pupils leave inadequte schools

Only half the underperforming schools offered transfers, though the law requires it. WASHINGTON

SHARON Company gets loan from city for rehab

The loan will be forgiven if the company stays in the building five years. By HAROLD GWIN


THE VINDICATOR REGION Center offers program for older job-seekers BOARDMAN -- Area employers

AT & amp;T WIRELESS Company considers merger offers

AT & amp;T Wireless says it has solved a glitch that caused the loss of customers. NEW YORK

COLUMBIANA CO. Logan rethinks dog pound injections

Animal advocates' viewpoints surprised a county official. By NORMAN LEIGH VINDICATOR SALEM

MAHONING COUNTY Visitors bureau sues auditor over revenues from bed tax

The bureau says it is owed money for three months. By BOB JACKSON VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER

LAWRENCE COUNTY Officials rethink rules for appointing people

Members for the new transportation committee are being sought. By LAURE CIOFFI VINDICATOR NEW



There's little cause to really appreciate the 'Butterfly Effect'

A superb performance from Ashton Kutcher can't save the bad film. By MILAN PAURICH VINDICATOR


BOYS Results, Jan. 21 Hubbard 2402, Girard 2327 Lakeview 2258, Warren JFK 2030 Fitch 2799,

TENNIS Hewitt last Australian out of Open

He lost his cool in losing to Roger Federer of Switzerland. MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Hicham

AREA COLLEGES Accurate Allegheny notches NCAC decision over Oberlin

Slippery Rock battled Clarion, the nation's sixth-ranked team, before falling. MEADVILLE, Pa. --


YOUNGSTOWN AND MAHONING COUNTY "Be My Valentine." Stories, craft and more for children at

Best Bets on TV Tonight

Billy Bob Thornton plays the head of NASA in "Armageddon" (8 p.m., ABC), the 1998 theatrical film

TRUMBULL COUNTY Carson opts to get out of jail business

Commissioners don't see a conflict of interest in the administrator's roles. By STEPHEN SIFF and

YOUNGSTOWN Wick Neighbors forges ahead with Smoky Hollow renewal

The group is planning for predevelopment efforts. By D.A. WILKINSON VINDICATOR RELIGION EDITOR

YOUNGSTOWN Coalition gives free tax-filing help

Help is available at several sites by appointment only. YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Area Economic

NOTEBOOK Australian Open

A coach for all ages: Andre Agassi calls Darren Cahill a coach for all ages. "He's coached the

BANK: "Watch Me Grow" is written on this bank, which is shaped like a man in a straw hat. The 53/4

BANK: "Watch Me Grow" is written on this bank, which is shaped like a man in a straw hat. The 53/4

EXPENSIVE HOBBY: Greg Ellis, owner of The Bison Ranch in Ellsworth Township, sits at the counter in

EXPENSIVE HOBBY: Greg Ellis, owner of The Bison Ranch in Ellsworth Township, sits at the counter in

MAHONING VALLEY Packard will invest but still cut force

Packard will spend $35 million to upgrade area plants, just like last year. By DON SHILLING

HARRISBURG Court rulings are likely to change Megan's Law

Eight years later, Pennsylvania's Megan's Law remains in flux. HARRISBURG (AP) -- A state Supreme

A 'zine for your sporting scene

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BOARDMAN Gun shop owner appears in court to face charges

The investigation has been taken over by the U.S. Postal Service. By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.

MACEDONIA, OHIO Church bulletin gives hand to job-seeking congregants

MACEDONIA, Ohio (AP) -- Job seekers who want to get their r & eacute;sum & eacute;s out

YOUNGSTOWN Regents profile YSU

The College of Education seeks to improve teacher licensure passage rates. By JoANNE VIVIANO

Wife of Berlin Industries founder files suit against attorneys, firm

YOUNGSTOWN -- The wife of the deceased founder of Berlin Industries, a company which produces the

HOW HE SEES IT Guantanamo: Mistake repeated

Opinion: By MAX PAUL FRIEDMAN HISTORY NEWS SERVICE Missing from the debate over the U.S. prison at

MAHONING COUNTY Area Teamsters plan to appeal SERB ruling favoring officials

The union has 20 days to file an objection with SERB. By BOB JACKSON VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE

Austintown trustees need to clarify views on zoning

Opinion: Austintown trustees need to clarify views on zoning EDITOR: According to Austintown Township

NBA ROUNDUP | Thursday's other games

Mavericks 106, Lakers 87 DALLAS -- Antawn Jamison scored 26 points in 27 minutes, leading Dallas


REGION Gem Young acquires agency BOARDMAN -- Gem Young Insurance is expanding into Columbiana


MAHONING COUNTY Marriage licenses Luke Carabbia, legal age, of 1458 Avon St., Youngstown, and

Security man arrested in impersonation of officer

Security man arrested in impersonation of officer YOUNGSTOWN -- A Warren man working security at

RETAIL INDUSTRY Spiegel turns to TV to help its catalog

The company has undergone changes since filing for bankruptcy in 2003. CHICAGO TRIBUNE CHICAGO


The following facts come from "The Performance Report for Ohio's Colleges and Universities,"

PENNSYLVANIA 1st-time drunken-driving offenders will get 2nd chance under new law

Defense attorneys like the break for first-time offenders. PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The new lower

AKRON Review panel says county didn't mishandle case

The five boys' mother and her partner were each sentenced to 30 years. AKRON (AP) -- County

NEW CASTLE Mayor proposes drug task force

Police are also increasing traffic stops. By LAURE CIOFFI VINDICATOR NEW CASTLE BUREAU NEW


BIRMINGHAM, ALA. AP file photo WAR HERO, ANTI-SEMITE: John G. Crommelin, at his home in

As good as gold

By ED BARK DALLAS MORNING NEWS Whether its members truly would traverse the Alps for a free hot

VICTORIAN PLAYERS REVIEW Performance would make founder proud

Jean Kelty's legacy continued as the troupe she formed took to the stage. By GARRY L. CLARK

Youngstowners get bulk electricity letters

Youngstowners get bulk electricity letters YOUNGSTOWN -- Letters went out recently giving city

GROOMING Men's skin has different needs

Caring for a man's thicker skin requires another approach. ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK -- Men's

GREENVILLE, PA. After long delay, Streetscape plans take shape

The project will happen in six phases. By LAURI GALENTINE VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT.

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP Planners await word on grant OK for Maplewood Park revitalization

The grant does not include money for sanitary-sewer installation. By MIKE VAN CLEAVE VINDICATOR

SPEECH WINNERS \ Warren JFK tournament

Results from the Warren John F. Kennedy High School Speech and Debate Tournament held Jan. 17 at the


MAHONING COUNTY Forum Health At Home offers hot, nutritious meals weekdays at 11 locations in

MEN'S TOP 25 Second-ranked Stanford beats UCLA

Florida State rallied to beat No. 7 North Carolina, 90-81, in overtime. ASSOCIATED PRESS

NILES POWER PLANT Company applies to continue dredging

The deadline for comments on the application is Feb. 11. By SHERRI L. SHAULIS VINDICATOR

NASCAR Blaney assured one race; rest up in air

The driver's Nextel Cup future is uncertain. By JOHN BASSETTI VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF HARTFORD


PENNSYLVANIA New DUI penalties A look at some of the DUI penalties for first-time offenders that

NILES FIRE Official details what led to mix-up

The city now has a verbal mutual-aid agreement with the township. By SHERRI L. SHAULIS


CRIME SOLVER Mercer County The theft of five firearms is the focus of Mercer County Crime

SOUTHINGTON Leaders to board: Return to talks

The workers hit the picket line nearly five months ago. Nine remain. By DENISE DICK VINDICATOR

Perry fires 66 to lead by shot

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) -- Some 20 years after his first PGA tournament, Kenny Perry has figured out

Flute major performs

Flute major performs LIMA -- Rebecca Davidson, a third-year flute performance major at Oberlin

Today is Monday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2004. There are 340 days left in the year. On this date in

Opinion: Today is Monday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2004. There are 340 days left in the year. On this date in

NBC Burnett set to produce series

ZAP2IT.COM The standard advice for aspiring writers is "write what you know." Mark Burnett, the

LEAVITTSBURG -- Lynle Cornell became the fourth girls basketball player for Hubbard to top the 1,

LEAVITTSBURG -- Lynle Cornell became the fourth girls basketball player for Hubbard to top the 1,

WARREN City nears hiring goal for police under tax

The original tax passed in 2001 expires at the end of 2004. By DENISE DICK VINDICATOR TRUMBULL


TRANSPORTATION YOUNGSTOWN -- Jeffrey A. Gordon, a Youngstown native and a 1977 graduate of

Gifted pupils excitedly prepare for their first art show at the Butler's Salem branch


Valentine's Day roses

Valentine's Day roses COLUMBIANA -- The junior class parents of Columbiana High School are taking

Vocal group hall to get funding from RIAA

Vocal group hall to get funding from RIAA SHARON, Pa. -- State Sen. Robert Robbins of Greenville,

Feb. 1: 2 p.m. Owls and Hawks and Vultures. Heather Merrit of the Bird in Flight Sanctuary and Aimee

Feb. 1: 2 p.m. Owls and Hawks and Vultures. Heather Merrit of the Bird in Flight Sanctuary and Aimee

BOARDMAN The word on the street: It's Jennette, not Jeannette

Residents had petitioned to have the old name updated. By BOB JACKSON VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE

NFL Owner's words make believers out of Panthers

Jerry Richardson promised Carolina a Super Bowl title within 10 years of its start. CHARLOTTE,


Mahoning Valley high school football players who will represent the North team in the Ohio All-Star

WARREN Internal investigation discovers driver's licenses in cop's cruiser

Some licenses were in the officer's possession for nearly a year, the probe found. By PEGGY

DISTRICT Cards beat Hoover for first time

CANFIELD -- Emily Wollet doubled her scoring average, as the Canfield High girls basketball team

Century mark

Century mark Lowellville High's Amanda Nero and Lynle Cornell of Hubbard reached 1,000 career

Defensive backs keys for Patriots

Most of New England's defensive backs are newcomers, but have been effective. FOXBORO, Mass. (AP)

AIRLINES Disabled travelers are finding that flying is an improved experience

A picture of improving service for disabled plane passengers emerges. LOS ANGELES TIMES In the

YOUNGSTOWN Man is jailed on 3rd driving charge

Many view the need for a license as a 'silly rule,' a prosecutor said. By PATRICIA MEADE

Author calls for analysis in the Muslim religion

KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS Shortly before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a panel of Muslims

Summary of police activity:

Summary of police activity: BOARDMAN Jan. 15 Attempted auto theft: Police arrested a 19-year-

PREP FOOTBALL South Range's Yeagley will coach in all-star game

He was named as a North assistant for the June 19 game in Columbus. By BRIAN RICHESSON


STATE Ohio unemployment rate increases, numbers show COLUMBUS -- Ohio's unemployment was 6


The U.S. Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is asking the public to help

CHAMPION Feeling the heat, Hovanic returns to trustee position

CHAMPION -- Less than a month after resigning his trustee position to become township administrator,

NATION Prices for scrap metal skyrocket

With high scrap prices, people are making money by taking junk from curbs. MILWAUKEE JOURNAL

'REBORNING' Bringing life to dolls

Reborners turn store-bought dolls into realistic -- and lucrative -- works of art. By DENISE FLAIM

WEDDING GOWNS Designers unveil a trip down memory lane

Sophistication and innovation are the hallmarks of many bridal styles. ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK

Today is Thursday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2004. There are 344 days left in the year. On Jan. 22,

Opinion: Today is Thursday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2004. There are 344 days left in the year. On Jan. 22,

MERCER COUNTY Housing agency to get more funds

Some of the money will be used to improve services to senior citizens. By HAROLD GWIN VINDICATOR

PHILADELPHIA University names provost as president

The current president is stepping down in June. PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The University of

Prosecutor to review visitors bureau records

Prosecutor to review visitors bureau records WARREN -- The Trumbull County Convention and Visitors

HAVANA Orthodox leader is first to visit Latin America

On Sunday, he will consecrate a new cathedral. HAVANA (AP) -- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I,


VINDICATOR BUSINESS BRIEFS REGION RMI Titanium workers plan Waddell Park rally NILES --

ROUNDUP Thursday's other games

Flyers 4, Rangers 2 NEW YORK -- Keith Primeau had two assists just hours after being selected to

ANDRES OPPENHEIMER Free trade scores victory in Iowa

Opinion: The collapse of Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dick Gephardt's campaign last week in Iowa is


TERRIE TOOT ROBERT PATTERSON XBOARDMAN -- Nuptial vows were exchanged by Terrie Toot and Robert

Government shouldn't make decisions on child-bearing

Opinion: Government shouldn't make decisions on child-bearing EDITOR: Why will we be Marching For

HELOISE Color of throw rugs bled onto new carpet

Dear Heloise: I recently had new carpet put in my bedroom and then purchased bright-colored rugs.


A 49-year-old Girard man has been indicted on charges of murder and felonious assault. Lanny D.



SUPER BOWL Players do best to keep mouths clean

It's hard to tell who's telling the truth about those using bad language. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) --

NEW WILMINGTON First place in PAC sits well with the Titans

Westminster's win over Grove City was big in the PAC race. By BILL ALBRIGHT VINDICATOR


MEN'S SCORES SUNDAY EAST American U. 62, Holy Cross 59 Binghamton 80, Stony Brook 71

YOUNGSTOWN International Institute Foundation takes applications

YOUNGSTOWN -- The International Institute Foundation is accepting applications for 2004 projects.

Stathis-Baker wedding plans are revealed

XWARREN -- Announced by Sylvia P. Stathis, 1380 Eastland Ave. S.E., is the engagement of her

NEW CASTLE, PA. Council appoints a new solicitor

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The city's search for a new solicitor is over. Paula Cialella was appointed to

PITTSBURGH Study looks at effects if US Airways drops hub

An airport official remains confident that other airlines would fill in the gap. PITTSBURGH (AP)




GETTING IT RIGHT New Castle Mayor Wayne Alexander proposed creating a police entry team that would

BOARDMAN New Sam's Club prepares to open

The company added 50 jobs to staff its expanded store. By CYNTHIA VINARSKY VINDICATOR BUSINESS

FAMILIES Deferring their hopes of doting on grandkids

As younger adults delay having kids, their parents must adjust expectations. By MARILYN GARDNER

BASEBALL A-Rod named captain as Rangers get ready for upcoming season

The trade talks are over, for now, and Rodriguez is happy, for now. NEW YORK (AP) -- Now he's

YSU EDUCATION COLLEGE Dean makes changes to aid passage

YSU's teacher exam passage rate is 12th among 13 state-supported schools. By JoANNE VIVIANO

City ponders crow problem

A possible poisoning solution was put on hold while alternative ideas are discussed. SPRINGFIELD,

Health screenings offered

Health screenings offered Life Line Screening of Cleveland offers health screenings at Howland

COLUMBUS City works to end life on streets for longtime homeless

Research shed new light on the homeless population. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR COLUMBUS -- When

THE KOVELS | Antiques and collecting Clever designs gave banks appeal

Thrift is a virtue that was once taught from childhood. Banks that seemed like toys were made to

YOUNGSTOWN McNally exits primary for Ohio House seat

Two Democratic candidates remain in the race. By DAVID SKOLNICK VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER

MEN'S BASKETBALL Westminster's wide-open offense works

Key statistics favored Grove City, but the scoreboard favored Westminster, 91-86. By BILL ALBRIGHT

GAIL WHITE Have a heart, don't abandon animals to predators, cold

"Recently someone dumped a family of cats at my house," Mary Carmen Kelly of Youngstown wrote in a

LEETONIA Contract given for water plant generator work

The system will keep the water plant working in emergencies. By NANCY TULLIS VINDICATOR SALEM

YOUNGSTOWN COUNCIL 4 wouldn't oppose a split arena grant

Making the grant more flexible could take more time than originally expected. By ROGER G. SMITH

Warning about fraud

Warning about fraud HUBBARD -- Police are warning residents, especially the elderly, of fraud by a

WEST BRANCH SCHOOLS Board to seek bids for construction of two buildings

Each building will house kindergarten through fifth grade. By JoANN JONES VINDICATOR

Find a wedding dress to flatter your figure

Advice from the designers will help you look your best on that special day. ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND Sacramento isn't Gund-shy

Dajuan Wagner scored 20 points for the Cavaliers. CLEVELAND (AP) -- Already the NBA's best home


NATION Rose going to casino MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- A few weeks after admitting he bet on

MEDICINE Advancements allow victims of paralysis to have children

It costs up to $7,000 for the treatment at Cincinnati fertility centers. CINCINNATI (AP) -- A dirt

Preseason testing at Las Vegas a must for circuit's top teams

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- New tires and some new aerodynamics rules have turned the annual preseason

Democracy in Egypt

Opinion: Kansas City Star: The European Union has joined the United States in pressuring Egypt to improve its

DAVE BARRY Obsessiveness is the theme of our little girl's party

Things are tense in our house. Our daughter is about to turn 4, which means we have to hold a

Schultz-Logan wedding date is announced

XHUBBARD -- Tom and Doris Logan, 1974 Masury Road, are announcing the engagement of their son, T.J.

Tracking the elusive rebates

This fall, Michelle Harley bought two Kyocera phones, one for herself and one for her mother,

CHORES Household tasks provide feeling of accomplishment

These duties also are a way to wind down from the workday and think about family concerns. By

YSU EDUCATION COLLEGE Dean makes changes to improve passage rate

YSU's teacher exam passage rate is 12th among 13 state-supported schools. By JoANNE VIVIANO

GIRLS BASKETBALL Bodrick scores 21 as Mooney spills Harding, 55-45

The Cardinals used the foul line down the stretch to subdue the Raiders. YOUNGSTOWN -- Junior

REGION Study: Area blue-collar wages top those in Columbus

Employees of large companies, full-timers and union members earned more. By CYNTHIA VINARSKY

HEALTH Study challenges method for rating hospitals' safety

By JANE E. ALLEN LOS ANGELES TIMES People trying to determine where they'll get the best medical

NEW YORK Special deliveries, personally rapped

The idea came after their song failed to become a hit. By RAFER GUZMAN LONG ISLAND NEWSDAY

SHE'S POLLY: Jennifer Aniston stars in the romantic comedy "Along Came Polly." The film also

SHE'S POLLY: Jennifer Aniston stars in the romantic comedy "Along Came Polly." The film also

Vacation Bible school workshop scheduled

Vacation Bible school workshop scheduled SALEM -- Lion & amp; Lamb Christian Resources, 145

ANNIE'S MAILBOX Alcoholic blames others for her 'accidents'

Dear Annie: A friend of mine recently fell down some stairs and fractured her arms. At first,


KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS AS IF WE DIDN'T HAVE enough pressures in our lives, now we have "1,000

NBA ROUNDUP | Sunday's games

Mavericks 108, Kings 99 DALLAS -- Michael Finley scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 18-

AUTO INDUSTRY Ford bounces back from loss

The company is working toward a goal of $7 billion in profit by 2006. KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

EVANSTON, ILL. Bring baby to work day -- every day

A company owner says allowing babies at work nurtures loyalty. CHICAGO TRIBUNE Mark Tatara is

National Hockey League

National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division WLTOLPtsGFGA

Today is Saturday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2004. There are 342 days left in the year. On this date

Opinion: Today is Saturday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2004. There are 342 days left in the year. On this date

Erie Terminal's future unclear

The building's lingering financial issues are substantial. & lt;a


ASSOCIATIONS XDianthus Chapter of the American Business Women's Association will meet at 6 p.m.

HOLLYWOOD Academy goes into high gear for Oscar nominees disclosure

Security is tight so as not to ruin the suspense. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- 5:38:30 a.m. --

TOKYO Toyota takes over Ford's No. 2 spot

Some Japanese are worried about a backlash by American consumers. TOKYO (AP) -- For months, sales


GIRLS BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY'S SCORES Poland 38, Howland 33 Salem 72, Niles 23 Canfield 57,

DANIEL ALBERT BAIR The Bible withstands the tests of accuracy

The Bible says it has the answers to how we got here, why we were born and where we are headed.