This cartoon, from our July 2000 edition, comments on the looming indictment of the late U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant. By this time, it was clear the congressman was a primary target of federal investigators as they built their case layer-by-layer. It was so obvious that the congressman boasted in public that charges were imminent, […]
“Welcome to Mahoning County Politics” reads a road sign as you cross the border into Mahoning County nearly 20 years ago. In 1998, the corruption probe involving officials in the Mahoning Valley hit its high mark when indictments were handed up charging dozens of attorneys, public officials, and organized crime figures with multiple counts of […]
In late July 1998, six inmates cut through the wire and escaped from the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on the city’s East Side. At the time, the prison was the state’s sole privately operated lockup, owned by Corrections Corporation of America. All of the inmates — including three convicted for murder – were apprehended, but the […]
This cartoon assesses the political atmosphere of Youngstown and Mahoning County during the late 1980s, then dominated by three well-known local officials: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Mahoning County Party Chairman Don Hanni III and Youngstown Mayor Pat Ungaro. Often, Ungaro would find himself at odds with the two other outlandish characters, providing fodder for […]
This cartoon, published in our May edition, 2009, is still relevant today as U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan ponders his political future. Then, there was widespread speculation that the congressman might make a bid for Ohio governor, but he was largely dissuaded by close associates and stayed put. He’s since risen in the ranks in the […]
In the heat of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, president Bill Clinton attempted to use every tool in the trade to stave off one of the most embarrassing revelations for any modern president. Among these strategies was his attempt to invoke executive privilege in order to avoid testifying, or his aides from testifying, about the president’s […]
Among the biggest challenges to small retailers in the area was the arrival of the Big Box discount stores such as Wal Mart, whose purchasing power and ability to source products manufactured from overseas allowed them to sell products at much lower cost than their smaller counterparts in the Mahoning Valley.
This cartoon, published in Mid-December 2007, comments on the continued outsourcing of jobs to China and its impact on product quality. Even Santa Claus isn’t immune.
This cartoon paid homage to a holiday classic while commenting on the holiday bust of the 2008-2009 economic collapse. Or, to paraphrase another Peanuts animated classic, “It’s The Great Recession, Charlie Brown…”
In November 1989, then U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, was implicated in the so-called “Keating Five” scandal along with four other senators – John McCain, Alan Cranston, Dennis DiConcini, and Don Riegle. Glenn, an American hero of the early space program – memorialized in the movie, “The Right Stuff” — and a genuine no-nonsense senator, […]