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    Three inmates named in Trumbull County jail hostage situation

    Three inmates named in Trumbull County jail hostage situation

    Officials said three inmates tackled and handcuffed a corrections officer on the third floor of the jail.  The inmates are holding the officer hostage, and throughout Wednesday afternoon a peace officer has been negotiating with them to get a safe & peaceful ending.More >>
    Officials said three inmates tackled and handcuffed a corrections officer on the third floor of the jail.  The inmates are holding the officer hostage, and throughout Wednesday afternoon a peace officer has been negotiating with them to get a safe & peaceful ending.More >>
  • Akron and YSU: "No pressure to compete for Tressel"

    Akron and YSU: "No pressure to compete for Tressel"

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:17:30 GMT
    University of Akrontrustees aremoving quickly in their search for the next university president, but say theyare under no pressure to act quickly because of competitionfor acandidate also being considered for the president's post at Youngstown State University.The sentiment is echoed by YSUtrustees, whoare expected toreveal soon if the remaining six applicants being considered for president includes former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel.The University ofAkronhas cu...More >>
    University of Akrontrustees aremoving quickly in their search for the next university president, but say theyare under no pressure to act quickly because of competitionfor acandidate also being considered for the president's post at Youngstown State University.The sentiment is echoed by YSUtrustees, whoare expected toreveal soon if the remaining six applicants being considered for president includes former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel.The University ofAkronhas cu...More >>
  • Trumbull County Man sentenced for exposing himself

    Trumbull County Man sentenced for exposing himself

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:50:30 GMT
    A judge in Mercer County sentenced Justin Moore, 24, to spend nine to 23 months in prison, and ordered that Moore register as a violent sexual offender for life.More >>
    A judge in Mercer County sentenced Justin Moore, 24, to spend nine to 23 months in prison, and ordered that Moore register as a violent sexual offender for life.More >>

Forget a favorite blankie and you'll wonder what you did to deserve hours in the car with a screaming child and no respite.  Bring the right stuff with you in the car and the kids will enjoy the trip as much as any destination. 

  • Give each child a small backpack and let him or her choose what to put in it.  Your child may want bring a favorite stuffed animal or blanket or book or toy.  Just be careful that you don't bring anything that would be devastating to lose.
  • Choose toys carefully.  Good car toys include magnetic games, dolls, action figures and books.  Toys that are better to leave at home include anything pointy or with sharp edges, toys with small pieces that can get lost and toys that make loud noises.
  • Music can soothe the savage beast.  Bring personal stereos with headphones for each of your kids.  One can listen to N'Sync and another to Pink... all while you're listening to NPR or Billy Joel.  And don't forget lots of extra batteries!
  • Help your kids record their memories of the trip.  Buy each child a journal and remind them to write a little something each day.  Buy post cards in the different places you visit; the kids can tape them into their books.  Give them each a disposable camera to take the pictures they want to take... just like Mom and Dad.

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