ORCHID: To the Warren City Health Department and Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Pinti for aggressively monitoring the activities inside local massage parlors. A parlor was cited last week when a Health Department inspector found a worker in a bikini helping a client take a shower.
ONION: To Liberty Schools superintendent Stan Watson for canceling classes Monday. Watson, who lives in Mahoning County, left a message on parents' phones saying he personally drove the streets and determined they were too dangerous. The streets in Liberty were wet Monday morning.
ORCHID: To Youngstown resident Phibbie Underwood, a 72-year-old woman who breathes with the help of an oxygen tank, for holding Alex Melton at gunpoint until police arrived. According to a police report, Melton crashed through her window onto her couch, then tried to walk away when Underwood fired a stray (warning?) shot. Police arrested Melton, whom they found on the floor with Underwood pointing her .22 caliber revolver at him.
ONION: To Western Reserve Port Authority member Richard Schiraldi for continuing in his position since his term expired Dec. 31 and to Mahoning County commissioners for not replacing or re-appointing Schiraldi. This inaction makes a mockery of the public agency's bylaws. Commissioners should immediately seek applicants and expeditiously conduct a thorough search. The Port Authority, operated correctly, could be one of the most important players in rebuilding the Mahoning Valley's economy.
ONION: To Niles Municipal Court Judge Tom Townley for hiring a court employee without advertising for the position. This is another example of the government being the haves and the rest of us being the have-nots. Friends and relatives of government officials have the inside track on jobs that those who pay for those positions do not have.