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Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Youngstown Battalion Chief Ronald Russo died Friday afternoon in Ashtabula County when his motorcycle collided with a van at the intersection of state Route 45 and North Bend Road in Saybrook Township. He was riding with his brother Bob, a Mahoning County deputy sheriff, who avoided the collision, Russo’s daughter Melissa said. At 37 years,

Ronald was the longest-serving firefighter in the Youngstown Fire Department. Youngstown Mayor John McNally said Friday that Russo’s death "is an event that has the fire department reeling today.”

Mahoning Valley hospital leaders say changes have been made to fit a new model, capital has been infused and new physicians have been signed into the network since Steward Health Care came to town in May. “There’s truly an emphasis on prevention and wellness and keeping patients in the right setting,” said Ron Bierman, president of Trumbull Memorial Hospital. Boston-based Steward purchased eight Community Health System hospitals including ValleyCare Health System of Ohio with Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland. Steward is a private, physician-led, for-profit health-care provider with 36 hospitalsand 37,000 employees in 10 states known for an innovative care model that keeps care local.

Youngstown State University board of trustees unanimously approved an agreement Friday for a three-year contract with the faculty union through 2020. Base salary increases are 2 percent this year and 2.5 percent in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. The agreement also includes increases for minimum salaries; new ranks; summer compensation changes; a flattened employee insurance contribution; and two side-letter agreements regarding academic rank bonuses and a safeguarded faculty workload agreement.

City and Youngstown State University organizations marked the opening of a nine-hole disc golf course in Wick Park on the city's North Side with a launch party Friday. The golf course addition is part of the Wick Park Improvement Project, headed by Youngstown CityScape. Phil Kidd, CityScape's associate director, said the course has has created higher circulation in the park since its installation in the last month, and drawn players from as far away as Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Disc golf players throw their discs and ultimately try to land them in a basket at the end of each hole with as few strokes as possible.

Jurors in the Nasser Hamad aggravated-murder case were shown the front yard of Hamad’s house, the interior and about a half dozen other nearby locations Friday morning.

The 11 a.m. tour started at the Dunkin’ Donuts across the street and about a tenth of a mile north of Hamad’s home on state Route 46 just north of the Eastwood Mall complex.

Afterward, jurors toured additional locations south of his house before boarding the bus for the trip back to the Trumbull County Courthouse. Their day was over by 1 p.m. They return Monday morning for opening statements and first witnesses.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved the city’s request to borrow $4 million from its federal Community Development Block Grant funds for the proposed downtown amphitheater and riverfront park project. The loan must be repaid over 20 years with an interest rate of 2.59 percent. The city also plans to spend $5 million from its water, wastewater and environmental sanitation funds, and raise $3 million to $4 million from naming rights and sponsorship deals for the project,which is expected to be done in fall 2018.

Sitting on stage in his wheelchair at Boardman High School, Nick Scott told students about the car accident that, at age 16, left him paralyzed from the waist down. He told them about waking up in a hospital and a doctor bluntly telling him he’d never walk or play football again, how his friends and family members abandoned him when he needed them most, and how he struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide. Then he stood up. “Just because somebody says you can’t do something – That’s small thinking. Think big,” said Scott, a professional wheelchair bodybuilder and dance champion. “If you want to be something great, you have to choose.” Choices were a theme at the high school Friday, where the school’s fifth annual Yes Fest took place.

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The Texas Tenors cover a lot of ground

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

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By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The songs on The Texas Tenors’ new album “Rise” Read story.

Trumpet innovator Botti to perform at Westminster

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

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Staff report NEW WILMINGTON, PA. Grammy-winning jazz artist Chris Botti will come to Westminster Read story.

Rust Belt to host night of fright at Calvin Center

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

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Staff report YOUNGSTOWN Rust Belt Theater Company will present a building-wide Hallowen party at Read story.

Playhouse will give a jolt to ‘Young Frankenstein’

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

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By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The Youngstown Playhouse will make Halloween Read story.

Hopewell Theatre to stage psycho-drama ‘Baby Jane’

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

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Staff report YOUNGSTOWN Horror returns to the Hopewell Theatre this Halloween season with the Read story.

Stephen Stills, Judy Collins concert had shining moments

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

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Sunday night’s Stephen Stills-Judy Collins concert at Powers Auditorium was one of those hushed Read story.

Comedy show with area’s best

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

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By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN With a lineup of five comedy-club headliners, Read story.

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins in first tour TOGETHER AGAIN

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

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By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN It’s a tour that is 50 years in the making. Read story.

Spotlight on German composers

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

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Staff report YOUNGSTOWN The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Randall Craig Read story.

Photographer uses bullet holes in timely exhibition at YSU

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

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It’s impossible to make sense of Sunday’s mass killing by a gunman in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock Read story.

Scary fun and family events this month in the Mahoning Valley

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

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Dances Family Halloween Bash at the Old Mill: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Lanterman’s Mill, off Read story.

Octubafest concerts will salute the brass

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

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Staff report YOUNGSTOWN The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University will again Read story.

Pondi’s is Lisbon’s hidden gem

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

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One hundred years and only four owners. To make that boast, you must be continuing a strong, rich heritage. Read story.

Canfield native 'Jojo' Romeo is a big part of new reality show REAL-ESTATE WARRIOR

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

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By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com A new reality show goes inside the cut-throat world of high- Read story.

YSU Theater dials up comedy with 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

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Staff report YOUNGSTOWN Youngstown State University Theater will open its season Friday with the Read story.

One-acts pair nicely at Playhouse

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

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By ERIC MCCREA entertainment@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The Youngstown Playhouse packed the house Read story.

A dream come true at Margherita’s Grille

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

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With cooking skills taught by a mother, with a name for the restaurant inspired by a grandmother, Jorge Carreno and his wife , Amy, are cooking for success at Margherita’s Grille in Girard. Read story.

'60 Minutes' hits 50 years on the air

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

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CBS’ “60 Minutes,” the newsmagazine that can credit consistency for much of its success as it enters its 50th anniversary year, is about to see a major change with the addition of Oprah Winfrey. Read story.

Mahoning Avenue Fall Fest to celebrate neighborhood

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

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Staff report YOUNGSTOWN Mahoning Avenue will come alive with live music, an outdoor cafe, art Read story.

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