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July 21, 2013 Kerri Rickard of Niles grew up surrounded by T-shirts. In 1977, her mother, Pat Rickard, started the business Pat-t-Shirt, a rock’n’roll inspired screen printing business. more »»

Are we there yet?

July 14, 2013 With the summer season in full swing many people are planning road trips on vacation to interesting destinations. more »»

All’s fair: Torrential downpours and fried Oreos

July 14, 2013 Like everyone in Trumbull County has been saying, “It’s raining — must be fair week.” The Trumbull County Fair is back, as it has been for so many summers. And, of course, it has to rain. more »»

Have a big slice of my Fourth of July fail pie

July 7, 2013 Baking is one of those things that I guess you either get right, or fail miserably. more »»

Unraveling the FLAC lossless mysteries of the iPod

June 30, 2013 I love music. I could soundtrack every minute of my life. I’m sure there’s a song in my iPod for any occasion that may occur. Blowing up some stuff? I got “1812 Overture. more »»

Summer do’s, don’ts, and it’s summer, so whatevers

June 23, 2013 It’s officially summer now. Gentlemen, start your Foursquaring. Finally, Ohioans reap the reward of putting up with all manner of ninth-circle weather the rest of the year. more »»

Improving the city can be a real walk in the park

June 16, 2013 I grew up in Warren, and sometimes before work or during lunch I like to visit some of my old haunts from when I was a kid. I’ve checked out the fieldhouse behind Warren . more »»

School’s in for summer?

June 9, 2013 Local schools may be closed for the summer, but for some students, the summer months are a time to get ahea. more »»

How to keep from going into ‘summer festival overload’

June 9, 2013 I can smell it from this office. If I opened a window, I could hear it. If I went on the roof, I could probably see it. And pretty much the rest of the city. It’s here, and I am overjoyed. more »»

Some like it hot; everyone else can just hush up

June 2, 2013 Boy, is it hot out! Ya know, that mercury is just through the roof! The temperature increased over that of previous days! The barometric pressure of the atmosphere is downright ... Yes. It’s hot. more »»

Imagine a generation without war; It’s not as easy as you think

May 26, 2013 It seems as if there has always been a war going on my whole life. Early on, it was the war on drugs. more »»

Dances with regrets:?Why I?didn’t go to high-school prom

May 19, 2013 There are many, many high-school rites of passage. Your first football game. First bully encounter. The first time you drive to school after getting your license. Rival-school-mascot-abduction. more »»

A Mother’s Day ode —and apology —to my Mom

May 12, 2013 I am using this space to confess a gross misdeed I have recently committed. Not often has such a lowdown, dirty being slinked forth from the primordial ooze to commit such sins. more »»

Instagram? Ain’t nobody got time for apps!

May 5, 2013 So last night, I finally downloaded Instagram. Apparently my friend took a photo of me and was all a-tizzy when there was no Instagram profile of me to tag it with. more »»


April 28, 2013 The undead have taken over the radio waves. “I bring a voice to those who have felt on the outside of normal,” said Jackie Chin of Warren, host of the Internet radio show Zombiepalooza Radio. more »»

Repenting for my Seven Deadly Pop Culture Sins

April 28, 2013 As salacious as pop culture is, some of it is a necessary evil. For every “Jersey Shore,”?there is a “M.A.S.H.” For every “Twilight,”?there is a ... movie that is better than “Twilight. more »»

Record Store Day puts a new spin on older media

April 21, 2013 During my Pink Floyd phase in high school (everybody has one), I?bought my first record — a copy of “Wish You Were Here. more »»

Guitarist gets his game on

April 21, 2013 Jesse Martin, guitarist of Youngstown’s the Zou, discovered his inner passion and fascination for video game music compositions through playing countless hours of “Super Mario 3” and “Mega Man X,”... more »»

Facebook: Helping find lost dogs and catch crooks since 2004

April 14, 2013 Facebook has changed our lives. Ugh, I now need one of those “Shawshank Redemption” lye bath. more »»

Cleveland or Pittsburgh? Good times found an hour east or west

April 7, 2013 Usually when people are weighing about the merits of Cleveland versus those of Pittsburgh, it involves some sort of team sport, a debate that has been inciting battery-throwing rage for decades. more »»



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