A news release was issued Monday to announce the opening of a President Barack Obama campaign office in a plaza in McKinley Heights.
Except, according to the release, the campaign office was for the "BARAKA OBAMA" campaign.
It was full of spelling errors.
Democrat state lawmaker Robert Hagan of Youngstown was spelled "Hegan." David Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, was "Betris," and James Melfi, mayor of Girard, was spelled "Malfi."
The release included a list of elected and other officials whose attendance was anticipated. Things like this are done to entice reporters to cover the event.
"Representative" was misspelled and so was "attendance."
There were mistakes too with the titles of officials.
Pat Ungaro, township administrator in Liberty, was listed as president of Liberty. Capri Cafaro, the Democratic state senator for Trumbull County, as a state representative.
The office at 6 Youngstown Warren Road in the Pinetree Plaza in McKinley Heights opened Saturday.
A team leader for the group said a volunteer issued the release. What should have been done, according to the team leader, was simply telling the media that the office was opening, where and when.
The release was not authorized by the Obama for Ohio campaign.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has announced an effort to boost domestic apparel and textile production.
He's introduced a "Buy America'' plan to make sure that all apparel the federal government buys is 100 percent made in the U.S. Current law requires that only 51 percent of apparel bought with taxpayer money be made in America.
He talked about the "Wear American Act of 2012" on a conference call on Wednesday.
"When U.S. taxpayers pay for something, the purchase ought to be made in the United States of America,'' said Brown, a Democrat.
His proposal comes after news that the U.S. Olympians in London during the opening ceremony of the Olympics will be wearing uniforms made entirely in China, a country, Brown says, "flouts" fair trade laws.
"When it comes to cheating trade laws, China would get the gold medal,'' Brown said to reporters.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has since committed to outfitting participants in 2014 Winter Games with uniforms made in America, according to Brown. He said he's hopeful the move will mean more than actually making the clothes in the U.S., but ''also lead to more public attention'' and public interest in American-made clothing.
Joining him on the call was New York designer Nanette Lepore, a native of Youngstown, and Lawson Nickol, who owns the All American Clothing Company in Darke County.
Lepore said U.S. plants can produce the garments.
"The capacity is here, but the factories are sitting at half and quarter volumes than 15 years ago when I started my business,'' Lepore said.