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Please note, our last day of publication was Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Twice stunned, twice bitten

A traffic stop resulted in the confiscation of 1.6 ounces of cocaine and a split lip for one police officer, city police report.


Police trying to determine facts in leg shooting

Police are trying to determine how, why and where a 27-year-old Struthers man was shot in the leg this week.


Boardman man dies after crash in Columbiana County

The Lisbon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a Wednesday afternoon car accident in Columbiana County that killed a 22-year-old Boardman man.


Brian Jones pleads innocent in shooting

Warren police say Brian K. Jones, 34, of Central Parkway Southeast, shot a 34-year-old Anderson Avenue Northeast man in the foot late Tuesday at Jones’ house.


2 adults, child escape fire in Salem

No one was injured in a fire that began at 5:13 a.m. Wednesday in a rented house at 521 Woodland Ave. and caused an estimated $48,000 in damage.


Airliner slides off runway at Jackson Hole, Wyo.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An airliner landing at Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Airport has slid off the runway.


Slavery paintings coming down from Atlanta office

ATLANTA (AP) — A newly elected commissioner will remove murals depicting an idealized version of


Travelers say airlines failed at customer service

Passengers are lashing out at airlines for poor customer service after this week’s storm on the East


Man gets probation for killing neighbor after dog urinated on lawn

CHICAGO — A Chicago area man who killed a neighbor whose dog urinated on his lawn was sentenced


2 trapped in exploded Detroit store rubble

WAYNE, Mich. (AP) — A family-owned furniture store in suburban Detroit exploded and collapsed in


Real-life member of ‘Sound of Music’ family dies

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Agathe von Trapp, a member of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-


Profs start website for rich to give back tax cuts

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Upset the federal government recently extended tax cuts for the rich, three


NC store owner loses $400,000 white Christmas bet

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina jewelry store owner made a $400,000 bet against a white


NFL fines Favre $50K for ‘failure to cooperate’

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has fined Brett Favre $50,000 for a “failure to cooperate” with the


Texting trolley driver admits guilt in Mass. crash

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston subway driver who authorities say was texting his girlfriend just


Family feud delays Venezuelan president’s burial

MIAMI (AP) — A judge in Miami has delayed the burial of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres


Yarn about psychic girlfriend named 2010’s top lie

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man has earned bragging rights as the champion liar of 2010 with this


Mahoning commissioners set 2011 general fund budget

YOUNGSTOWN The Mahoning County Commissoners adopted this morning a $50,983,000 general fund budget


Calif. dispensary sparks food drive with free pot

SOQUEL, Calif. (AP) — A California medical marijuana dispensary has raked in food donations with a


Marrow appointed to the Mill Creek MetroParks Board

Marrow appointed to the Mill Creek MetroParks Board


Here’s the correct number to call for InfoCision jobs

The phone number to call for available positions with InfoCision, a teleservice company in the


Cops: Man playing real-life ‘Frogger’ hit by SUV

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — A man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an


Polygamist sect leader due back in Texas court

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is due in court for his final pretrial


Stocks point higher as market approaches new year

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes pointed to small gains today, as the year heads to a close in a thinly


Bodies in Pa. apartment ruled murder-suicide

SINKING SPRING, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania have ruled the case of a man and a


Erie Airport posts increase in departures

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — For the first time since 2005, Erie International Airport is seeing an increase in


W. Pa. man sought in theft from boy’s casket

PITTSBURGH (AP) — State police are trying to find a western Pennsylvania man who allegedly stole a


Philly court finds nearly $1M sitting in escrow

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Crime victims in Philadelphia will be getting some long-due restitution from


Gardeners install new president

Gardeners install new president TUCSON, ARIZ. Hugh G. Earnhart of Poland, professor emeritus

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Appeals court upholds convictions of Antwon Lanier in rape/murder

A three-judge panel of the 7th District Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld the convictions of Antwon Lanier in the August 2005 rape and slaying of Sierra Slaton.


Today is the deadline for Snapz


FOOD SALES AND DINNERS

SUNDAY ITAM Post 3, 115 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown, will serve spaghetti dinners from noon to 5


ANNIE’S MAILBOX: Stepdad isn’t wanted in her life

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar Dear Annie: My mother died two years ago. She’d been with “Biff”


HELOISE: Leftover eggnog works for breakfast

Dear Heloise: I always have too much leftover eggnog, and I don’t want to throw it away. Do you have


Offer made on Poland's old post office

Village council hopes that the new year will bring renewed interest in an old property.


Police identify possible robbers

Police are investigating two separate armed robberies in the city.


Power plays ice Phantoms

Special teams breakdowns late in the second period were a major factor on Tuesday as the Youngstown Phantoms’ losing streak grew to five.

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InfoCision puts out call for 200 more hires

A local phone center announced it is looking to hire 200 Valley workers to aid its growing clientele base.


They love Lucy

Tricia Kren and her fiance Troy Litwiler are in the running to win an “I Love Lucy”-themed wedding courtesy of Media One Bridal in Jamestown, N.Y.

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Sizing up the facts: WGH beats SVSM

Height, size, length — whatever term one uses, most would agree that it is a plus to have very tall people on a basketball team.

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McDonald passes test at SR

The McDonald boys basketball team seems to be everyone’s Super Bowl right now, leaving little margin for error if they expect to keep their regular season win streak intact.


Officials analyze Delphi tax effect

Trumbull County taxpayers will be impacted by the dropping value of former Delphi Packard Electric factory buildings along North River Road and Larchmont Avenue.


Man in Ponzi case to head to prison

A man who operated a Ponzi scheme in the Mahoning Valley that swindled more than 200 people out of some $9.3 million must report to federal prison Jan. 27.

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Lowellville wins in overtime

In a matchup of neighborhood rivals, Lowellville High outscored Springfield 14-7 in overtime to capture a 57-50 boys basketball victory on Tuesday night.


West Virginia can’t stop NC State’s QB

If this was Russell Wilson’s football finale, he sure made the most of it.


Ohio’s top court returns 2 requests in Oakhill case to regular schedule

After the failure of mediation attempts, the Ohio Supreme Court returned two public records request cases related to Oakhill Renaissance Place to its regular schedule for further action.

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Polamalu uncertain for Sunday’s game

The Pittsburgh Steelers probably won’t know until Friday whether safety Troy Polamalu can play in Sunday’s final regular-season game at Cleveland.

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Grand jury to hear cases of 3 accused in chain snatching

Three men accused of felony crimes including snatching an $800 gold chain from the neck of a teenage boy will have their cases heard by a Mahoning County grand jury.

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Family violence land 2 men in jail

Two city men are in the Mahoning County jail on two separate acts of violence against family members where weapons were used.


Northern Mercer United Way tops $1M, aims higher

The Northern Mercer County United Way 2010 financial campaign had raised more than $1 million as of this month.


No. 1: Ursuline football three-peats

The Irish, who may become known as the Bryson Street Bullies, became just the sixth school to win three straight football titles.

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Convictions upheld in rape, slaying

A three-judge panel of the 7th District Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld the convictions of Antwon Lanier in the August 2005 rape and slaying of Sierra Slaton.


Old-school skills

The Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown, 2105 Oak Hill Ave., offers a number of programs for area children, including sports, computer skills and homework help.

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Youngstown police investigate 2 robberies

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN Police are investigating two separate armed robberies in the city.


Buyer puts in offer for Poland post office

Village council hopes that the new year will bring renewed interest in an old property.

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Mahoning County court filings

Marriage licenses Christopher C. Smith, 25, of Austintown, and Tara M. Darbey, 23, of Mineral Ridge.


Agenda Thursday

Springfield Township trustees, special meeting, 10 a.m., at the office of the Mahoning County Prosecutor regarding pending or threatening litigation.


No. 3: Brode wins national indoor shot put title

At the Nike Indoor Nationals in Boston — about a 10-minute train ride from his future school, Harvard University — Brode won the national indoor shot put title with a throw of 64 feet, 10 1/2 inches.

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No. 2: Akise Teague named Mr. Football

After having one of the best seasons in school history, Ursuline High senior running back Akise Teague was awarded with the state’s most prestigious honor.

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No. 6: YSU women go winless

The Penguins posted an 0-30 campaign en route to the first winless season in school history.

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No. 7: The Vindicator sports staff loses Kovach, Housteau

Two popular and respected members of The Vindicator sports staff were lost during 2010.

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No. 9: Jones, McCarthy live NFL dreams

Donald Jones and Kyle McCarthy didn’t let a draft snub affect their NFL dreams.

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No. 4: Poland 12-year-old softball team competes in LLWS

Poland’s 11-12-year-old softball team earned the trip — the first for a Mahoning Valley team of that age — by sweeping the Ohio tournament then going to Cathage, Mo., to win Little League’s Central Region tournament by triumphing in all six of their games.

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No. 8: TOTV succeeds in second year

The second Tour of the Valley in July attracted cyclists from several states as well as curious spectators for an event that organizers hope will continue to grow.

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No. 10: Porter named Greatest Golfer of the Valley

Porter, who plays at Tippecanoe Country Club in Canfield, overcame a four-shot deficit to earn the title of the Greatest Golfer of the Valley in the inaugural event. The tournament, cosponsored by The Vindicator and Farmers National Bank, drew more than 100 area golfers who each hoped to be crowned the best.

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Stunned Eagles end pursuit of playoff bye

The Philadelphia Eagles got their bye a week early — and not the way they wanted.


OSU shocked by Duquesne women

Duquesne rallied from eight points down in the final five minutes to upset No. 13 Ohio State 71-67 on Tuesday.


Hooked on the Internet? There’s hope

Opinion: By Katherine Ellison Los Angeles Times In the time-honored tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, I


BUSINESS DIGEST: Allstate sues Countrywide

Allstate Corp. has filed a federal lawsuit against Countrywide Financial Corp


Military discrimination ends

Opinion: By Kathi Wolfe McClatchy-Tribune As a lesbian, I am celebrating the end of “don’t ask, don’t


BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

East Palestine 72, Leetonia 52 LEETONIA In what was reported to be the 1,000th basketball


Selected local stocks

Selected local stocks STOCK, DIVIDENDCLOSECHANGE Aqua America, .62, 22.63 .11 Avalon


Cavaliers done in by Orlando’s 3-pointers

Associated Press CLEVELAND Orlando’s new players are fitting in just fine. Gilbert Arenas


GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Howland 58, Canton GlenOak 48 CANTON Erika Nites scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the


Political end runs in Congress bad for US

Opinion: The Constitution of the United States begins with the words “We the people.” But neither the


Gov-elect Kasich, GOP get advice from business group

Editorial: Government’s primary role is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the citizenry, but at


Afghan women face abuse

Opinion: By Bahman Boman Institute for War & Peace Reporting MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan Zaiba, 18,


Crosby’s streak at 25 in Pens’ victory

Associated Press PITTSBURGH Sidney Crosby scored twice during a four-point night to extend his


Pryor, Herron regret actions

Associated Press COLUMBUS Star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four Ohio State teammates


One-bite wonders

Chicago Tribune A New Year’s party often means open season on the host’s resources. Whether you


BIRTHS

BIRTHS Forum Health Northside Medical Center Gregory Jr. and Christina Urbanek, Boardman, girl,


Registry selects 25 films

Associated Press BALTIMORE Darth Vader proclaiming he’s Luke Skywalker’s father and Tony Manero


Scrutinize for-profit colleges

Opinion: The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.: Put into the context of a boxing match, the recent moves


Where are the jobs? Overseas

Associated Press Corporate profits are up. Stock prices are up. So why isn’t anyone hiring?


2010 rock & pop The best albums

By Greg Kot Chicago Tribune Tens of thousands of albums are released each year. How to narrow


ENTERTAINMENT DIGEST: Families sought for commercial

Families of four are being sought for a Disney World commercial to be shot Jan. 7-15 in Orlando, Fla.


Doubts about economy linger

Holiday spending surged this year, but Americans still have their doubts about the economy.

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Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2010. There are two days left in the year.


Lawrence County OKs 2011 budget with no tax hike

By MARY GRZEBIENIAK news@vindy.com NEW CASTLE, Pa. Lawrence County commissioners unanimously


Ohio crime fighters to tap palm-print database

Associated Press CINCINNATI Hundreds of thousands of palm prints are being scanned into a


Letters, e-mail: Pardon Billy the Kid

Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. More people say they favor a pardon for Billy the Kid than


Favorite recipes span decades

By Joe Bonwich St. Louis Post-Dispatch The winners in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Tried and


New stamps to be ‘forever’

USPS move aims to help customers cope with postal increases Associated Press WASHINGTON


Adviser choice to be eyed closely

Associated Press HONOLULU Change is coming soon to the White House economic team, with President


‘Teen Mom’ star faces battery, neglect charges

Associated Press ANDERSON, Ind. Prosecutors in central Indiana have filed felony domestic


Ohio court rules for bus-wreck survivors

Associated Press COLUMBUS In a legal victory for victims’ families, Ohio’s highest court ruled


New laws may be repealed before too long

Associated Press MADISON, Wis. Revamped gun measures and tougher rules for payday lenders are


Children among 8 hurt in Maine ski-lift accident

Associated Press CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine A 35-year-old chair lift set for improvements failed


World digest || Anarchists grow more coordinated

A loosely linked movement of European anarchists who want to bring down state and financial institutions is becoming more violent and coordinated.


Top 5 selling singles on iTunes for week ending Dec. 21

Top 5 selling singles on iTunes for week ending Dec. 21: v “Grenade”: Bruno Mars v “Firework”:


Hubbard, Liberty and Girard police calls

POLICE CALLS A summary of recent criminal activity in Hubbard, Liberty and Girard: HUBBARD


Metro digest || I-680 down to 1 lane

I-680 down to 1 lane YOUNGSTOWN Interstate 680 southbound will be reduced to one lane for


Enjoying cold-weather veggies? It’s a snap

St. Louis Post-Dispatch If you don’t think the aromas of broccoli, cauliflower or Brussels sprouts


NEWSMAKERS: Elton John, partner become parents

Elton John, partner become parents; LeAnn Rimes to wed actor Eddie Cibrian; Blue Notes singer Bernie Wilson dies


ODDLY ENOUGH: Man pushes stolen TV past police station

Prosecutors in Washington state say a man was arrested when he was caught wheeling a 50-inch television in a shopping cart right past a police station.


No. 5: YSU hires Wolford to lead football team

After a 3-1 start, YSU lost its final seven games to finish last in the Missouri Valley Football Conference for just the second time in school history.

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Ghosts of Abu Ghraib still haunt Iraq

Opinion: By Uthman al-Mukhtar The Institute for War & Peace Reporting BAGHDAD The name has been


NY struggles to dig out of snow

Associated Press NEW YORK Hundreds of airline passengers were stranded for up to 10 hours on the

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