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Your Morning Matters: Was your party THAT super?

A firearms business whose owner is under federal indictment for selling high-powered firearms to illegal buyers in Mexico claims he was scammed on the auction of a military-grade machine gun.

Good morning and welcome to Your Morning Matters.

It's Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, and there’s no joy in Mudville: The mighty Kansas City Chiefs have beaten the Youngstown/San Francisco 49ers to become the Super Bowl champions.

Many Super Bowl parties were ruined during the fourth quarter last night. At least, we hope email subscriber Jack Pittano had a good time. Jack was randomly selected from among our newsletter subscribers Friday to receive a $150 Giant Eagle gift card just in time for the big game. 

And now it’s the morning after. And not just the I-stayed-up-way-too-late-and-ate-and-drank-way-too-much-on-a-school-night-morning after. To get so close and then just fold like that impacts a lot of people. For instance, I was busily rewriting this at 10 p.m.

Still, Youngstown was represented last night in Miami! Here’s to the Yorks and the DeBartolos for fielding a team that fought hard all season and gave us all a thrill.

At least we’ll always have the Youngstown Patricians ...

Here’s what else matters in the Valley today:

A firearms business whose owner is under federal indictment for selling high-powered firearms to illegal buyers in Mexico claims he was scammed on the auction of a military-grade machine gun. A civil suit filed Friday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court claims AAA Customs in March 2018 sold an M249 MK46 machine gun at auction to defendants who later charged back the fees “in bad faith,” recovering the full sale amount and keeping the weapon.

Other matters

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will reopen the Arms Family Museum to the public beginning Tuesday. Regular visitor hours will be noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The other MVHS facility, Tyler History Center, has been open for regular operating hours since the recent holiday season. Mahoning Matters

As part of Black History Month, Youngstown State University’s Department of Art will have presentations by guest artists Amber Ford and Antwoine Washington from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McDonough Museum of Art. An opening reception will take place after the presentations at 6:30 p.m. at the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery in Bliss Hall. Mahoning Matters

Mercy Health invested $10 million at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital to modernize its emergency power system. Eight generators at different locations at the hospital will be replaced with three new generators near Park Avenue. Two will provide backup power; the third provides redundancy in the system. The Vindicator

The Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, 7463 South Ave., was sold to MT Associates Holdings LLC, a Hartville-based buyer, for $1.2 million. The former owners of Magic Tree, Phill and Sandy Reda, purchased the property, originally a Ground Round chain restaurant, in August 2012 for $699,000.  The Business Journal 

The Youngstown Clothing Co. created T-shirts that combined the San Francisco 49ers logo with the locally popular Youngstown "Y" and "O" — and sold out three shipments of shirts in two weeks. Another shipment of shirts is expected by next weekend. WKBN

Dave Green, the former United Autoworkers Local 1112 president, will join U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown at Tuesday's State of the Union address. President Donald Trump is expected to give the address at 9 p.m. Like other former GM Lordstown workers, Bown said, Green relocated to a different plant at an "immense cost to his family and livelihood." WFMJ

Movers and Makers

Carmella Marie Hair and Beauty is dedicated to uplifting women through plant-based hair and skin products — and through advocacy. “I always say the hair is a metaphor for life. You understand it, you understand yourself. You understand yourself, you better know how to love yourself,” Carmella Williams told Mahoning Matters.

This story was made possible by Farmers National Bank.

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