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Archives YSU student Lauren Ferguson (left) and E’Niyha McLane, a second-grader at Harding Elementary School, Youngstown, play Pop for Phonics during a tutoring session Monday, March 2, at the school. The game helps bolster reading and writing ability for elementary students. Mary Sweetwood/

Youngstown State University students are tutoring city second-graders in reading as part of Project PASS. The weekly session are designed to help the youngsters pass the third-grade reading test that will allow them to continue into the fourth grade.

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Valentine’s Day may be about love, but it’s also about candy – especially chocolate. While most Americans will nibble on chocolate-covered caramels and nuts, residents in the Mahoning Valley prefer their chocolate on the healthier side. Here’s Nicolette Pizzuto.

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Youngstown SOUP, a dinner/micro-grant event, raised $1,000 at its first event to help one community project. The winning project was the Mahoning Valley Circle of Friends. The winner of best soup was Denise Bayer for her Cream of Tomato Basil. The next event is July 27.

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