Vindicator file photo / Nov. 30, 1978 | Students from the Mahoning ‘County Joint Vocational School transformed themselves into characters from the land of make believe at a miniature retail store that provided a chance for children to buy affordable gifts for their families. Lori Smith, left, and Debbie Farley portrayed Raggedy Anns helping George Boyarko Jr., 14 months, to make his first Christmas gift-buying decision.

December 2

1994: Youngstown State University President Dr. Leslie Cochran authorizes a consultant to do a feasibility study on expanding the 16,000-seat Stambaugh Stadium. 

J.B. Williams, who opened his tailor's shop at 361 E. Federal St. in 1955, is retiring. Voted the best-dressed male of his class at the Rayen School, Williams enrolled in tailoring school in New York after serving in the Army from 1942 to 1946.

Advertisement: "Can you feel the love tonight?" Walt Disney Pictures presents "The Lion King" at Cinema South and Movie World.

1979: Mahoning Valley labor leaders scoff at a proposal to use $225 million in federal aid to build a coke plant in Youngstown, saying the money should be spent on modernizing existing idle facilities. 

Drs. Anthony Stocks and Andy Liu, professors of economics at Youngstown State University, will pursue a comprehensive study of the economic effects of steel plant closings in the Mahoning Valley.

Youngstown State University rolls past Alabama A&M, 52-0, before 8,500 fans at the Austintown Fitch stadium. The Penguins will face the Delaware Blue Hens in the NCAA Division II National Championship.

1969: Police raid an unused riding stable in Hickory Township, Pa., arresting 16 members of "The Breed" motorcycle club and confiscating firearms and suspected narcotics.  

A 25-year-old Griffith Street man sought by police in the slaying of Alexander Brown III, 16, a South High junior, surrenders to police but refuses to give a statement. 

Duke, the boxer dog who landed behind bars when his Cleveland master was jailed for drunken driving, is bailed out of the Mahoning County dog pound by his master's wife. His master will serve a full 30 days in the County Jail. 

1944: Capt. Robert B. Weimer, former Youngstown attorney with Friedman and Rummell, is awarded the Air Medal for exceptional achievement in flight over enemy territory in Europe and Africa. 

Youngstown Fireman Jack Lynch is slightly injured and three others shaken up when a fire truck skidded on the ice-sheeted road into three poles at Glenwood Avenue and Canfield Road.

Sixty women are needed urgently by Truscon Steel Co. to become welder-trainees. They are asked to report to the U.S. Employment Service office on E. Front Street.