Vindicator file photo / July 23, 1982 | Warren Mayor Daniel Sferra presented a key to the city to boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini two days before his CBS-televised fight at  Warren's Mollenkopf Stadium 40 years ago.

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1997: Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains says the law gives him a say in selecting a new special prosecutor to investigate corruption after the removal of Jonathan Rosenbaum. 

Temporary director Tom Cossler is expected to be named permanent director of the Youngstown Business Incubator at a meeting of the board. 

Backyard gardeners say they're having a bad year because a wet spring was followed by a dry summer.  

1982: Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini scores a spectacular sixth-round technical knockout over Ernesto Esposito before an estimated crowd of 15,000 at Warren's Mollenkopf Stadium.

Youngstown Police Department's oldest rookie, Luther Griffiths, 44, has completed his first year on the force. Griffith had to file an age discrimination suit after being rejected as too old to start the job. 

Conrail's plan to turn back its 17,000 miles of track to private ownership touches off a behind-the-scenes scramble for control of the most lucrative portions of the Youngstown district's complicated rail network. 

1972: Mahoning County Engineer Michael Fitas tells the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce that the county is prepared to hire a consultant to plan the construction of a new Market Street Bridge. 

Massive slabs of concrete seal the fire-ravaged, explosion-torn Blacksville, W.Va., No. 1 mine, sealing the fate of nine coal miners trapped inside three days earlier. 

The Red Cross Bloodmobile unit from Cleveland collects 192 pints of blood during a drawing at the Youngstown office of the Ohio Bell Telephone Co. 

1947: Two Cleveland robbers facing 25-year prison terms and a Youngstown man awaiting trial on robbery charges escape the Mahoning County Jail by sawing through the bars. 

Dutch elm disease has invaded Youngstown, with three cases reported in Mill Creek Park. 

The toll in a coal mine explosion in West Frankfort, Ill., is 27.