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  • Art exhibit opens conversations about gun violence

    08/08/2014 5:19:50 PM PDT · by digger48 · 17 replies
    wthr ^ | Aug 08, 2014 | Steve Jefferson,
    INDIANAPOLIS - An eye-opening art exhibit on gun violence is about to open at the Central Library downtown. Artist James Pate and exhibit organizers expect the art to spark some serious conversations because of what it shows. "It just makes you think a little bit and sparks your thought process," said Chaz Holder. Holder is one of a group of Crispus Attucks High School students who got a first look at the provocative exhibit. The students' visit was also training for grown-ups who will serve as exhibit tour guides. "The hope is to engage the youth in the community in...
  • Prosecutors rule shooting death a justified homicide (IN)

    06/11/2014 4:02:53 PM PDT · by digger48 · 18 replies
    Kokomo Tribune ^ | June 11, 2014 | Carson Gerber
    PERU – Miami County prosecutors won’t bring charges against a man who they say shot and killed an intruder who attacked him with a baseball bat. Andrew Baldwin used a handgun to shoot 30-year-old Donny Sturgill, Peru, on Saturday after he told deputies Sturgill smashed out a front door window and hit him with a baseball bat to collect money he owed him. Baldwin told deputies Sturgill texted him and his roommate, James Bellar, saying he wanted $200 owed him for a phone bill. Sturgill said if he didn’t receive the money, he would go to their house and beat...
  • Local DCS (Dept. of Child Services) faces federal lawsuit (IN)

    06/08/2014 4:10:23 PM PDT · by digger48 · 2 replies
    Kokomo Perspective ^ | 6/4/2014 | Pat Munsey
    Suit argues that caseworkers denied Cara Pettit’s civil rights, committed official misconduct, perjury, negligence In July 2013, Cara Pettit received some shocking news. She was being investigated by the Howard County Department of Child Services (DCS) for possible abuse of her four children. What she didn’t know was that the caseworker had a relationship with her ex-husband, and that the system was about to work against her. According to attorney Mark King, who represents Pettit and her husband, Ryan, a pattern of malfeasance emerged during the DCS investigation with the goal of keeping them from the children. Now the Pettits...
  • Possible break-in results in fatal shooting (IN)

    06/08/2014 1:33:20 PM PDT · by digger48 · 25 replies
    Kokomo Tribune ^ | June 8, 2014 | Carson Gerber
    PERU – A 30-year-old Peru man was shot and killed Saturday night by a rural Miami County homeowner, who told deputies the man was shot in self-defense. Donny L. Sturgill was found dead in a residence on the 6400 block of North 400 West, near Denver, at around 10 p.m. Saturday after deputies received a call Sturgill had been shot at the house. Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller said a preliminary investigation revealed there were signs of forced entry into the residence. He said two people were in the home at the time of the incident. They told deputies one...
  • Police arrest Indianapolis man for fatal shooting at Coke Lot

    05/25/2014 9:36:11 AM PDT · by digger48 · 11 replies
    wthr ^ | May 24, 2014 | Emily Longnecker
    SPEEDWAY, Ind. - A man was shot and killed where hundreds of fans are camping for the race. Police told Eyewitness News they would be out in full force overnight Saturday and during Sunday's race to make sure fans stayed safe. No added patrols were planned, though, in light of that deadly shooting near the Speedway. That incident started as an argument but escalated into gunfire that left a young father dead, according to police, and a teenager under arrest for his murder. It happened in the Coke Lot near the track around 2:00 Saturday morning in front of a...
  • Pence promotes health care proposal in DC

    05/19/2014 5:10:56 PM PDT · by digger48 · 7 replies
    wthr ^ | May 19, 2014 | Ken Thomas
    WASHINGTON - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says President Barack Obama's health care law must be repealed but says fellow conservatives need to offer alternatives to the president's policies. The Republican governor introduced his state proposal that he says would act as an alternative to Medicaid.
  • Indiana man gets life for molesting infant girl

    05/16/2014 6:33:04 PM PDT · by digger48 · 51 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | May 16, 2014 | AP
    HAMMOND, Ind. - A northwestern Indiana man who admitted repeatedly sexually molesting an infant girl has been sentenced to life in prison plus 85 years in a crime a federal judge called "horrific." U.S. District Court Judge Rudy Lozano on Thursday rejected a request by Christopher Bour for the mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison, citing the nature of the Gary man's crime, which began when the infant was 4 months old. .................. He admitted paying a woman $500 to have sex with a 4-month-old infant girl. Prosecutors said that arrangement lasted until the child was 18 months old,...
  • Imprisoned Gary city councilman to keep position

    05/14/2014 4:28:00 PM PDT · by digger48 · 2 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | May 14, 2014 | AP
    GARY, Ind. - The Gary City Council has decided to allow a councilman to keep his position while he spends three months in federal prison for failing to file federal income taxes. Council members declined Tuesday to force Ronier Scott out of office but did vote 8-0 to withhold his pay while he's in prison.
  • Official: Conyers lacks signatures for ballot

    05/13/2014 5:36:55 PM PDT · by digger48 · 42 replies
    wthr ^ | May 13, 2014 | AP
    DETROIT (AP) - Longtime Congressman John Conyers of Michigan doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot, an elections official announced Tuesday. Conyers' nominating petitions were insufficient, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said in a statement. It follows her report last week finding Conyers more than 400 signatures short of 1,000 needed. Garrett said Tuesday that he had 592 valid signatures after challenges. The 84-year-old Detroit Democrat was at risk because officials believe several people who circulated his petitions do not appear to have been registered voters or had registered too late. ....................... Federal court actions,...
  • Judge strikes down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban

    05/13/2014 5:33:33 PM PDT · by digger48 · 64 replies
    wthr ^ | May 13, 2014 | AP
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has ruled that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in the ruling Tuesday evening that Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens of their fundamental right to marry.
  • Police: Nevada school shooter said he was teased

    05/13/2014 5:30:41 PM PDT · by digger48 · 17 replies
    wthr ^ | May 13, 2014 | AP
    SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A 12-year-old Nevada boy who went on a deadly shooting rampage at his school nearly seven months ago had been teased by his classmates and was taking a prescription antidepressant, police said Tuesday. Seventh-grader Jose Reyes opened fire Oct. 21 at Sparks Middle School, killing a teacher and wounding two classmates before committing suicide. Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen said at a news conference Tuesday that Reyes had told a psychotherapist that other students made fun of him and called him names. Allen said an investigation into the shootings found signs that classmates did mistreat Reyes,...
  • FBI: New Castle man threatened to kill Boehner

    05/09/2014 7:31:31 PM PDT · by digger48 · 38 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | May 9, 2014 | Jordan Fischer
    NEW CASTLE, Ind. - A New Castle man faces charges in federal court for allegedly threatening to kill a United States congressman over his vote on an unemployment extension. According to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's office on Friday, Brandon J. Thompson, 32, of New Castle, is accused of making several threats via e-mail and phone between the period of March 1 and May 6. On March 31, FBI agents allege that Thompson sent a message to the office of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) stating: WELL YOU DRUNK JOHN BIN LADEN ITS TIME TO TAKE YOU OUT...
  • Teen sentenced to 50 years in attack (rape) of 93-year-old woman

    05/05/2014 6:18:40 PM PDT · by digger48 · 23 replies
    Herald Bulletin ^ | MAY 5. 2014 | Ken de la Bastide
    Madison Circuit Court Division 3 Judge Thomas Newman Jr. said during the sentencing of Iquise Taylor, 17, that the assault ended the 93-year-old Rudolf’s dream of continuing to live in the Anderson home built by her husband. “The age of the victim is an aggravating circumstance,” Newman said. “It affected her lifestyle.” Taylor was handed a 50-year sentence on charges of burglary, criminal deviant conduct, criminal confinement and strangulation. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. Taylor entered pleas of guilty but mentally ill last month. “We’re pleased he got the maximum,” Rudolf’s daughter, Tresa Hale, said following the...
  • NRA convention starts Friday in Indianapolis

    04/24/2014 4:41:27 AM PDT · by digger48 · 6 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 24, 2014 | Mary Milz
    The NRA convention, which officially kicks off Friday morning, will be one of the biggest in city history. It's expected to draw 70,000 people downtown, pumping $55 million into the local economy. SNIP Mortensen said a big draw "is how centrally located Indianapolis is." She said you can "drive four hours from Indianapolis and reach one million of our five million members." As Visit Indy's Chris Gahl noted, the three-day event will "monopolize nearly every square inch of the Convention Center" and Lucas Oil Stadium. SNIP But for the gun rights group, it's more than a convention. It's a call...
  • Indiana man gets 42-year molestation sentence

    04/22/2014 6:07:22 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 20, 2014 | Associated Press
    LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Lafayette man who pleaded guilty to repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl has been sentenced to a full 42 years in prison under his plea agreement in the case. (snip) Stansberry's child molesting sentence won't be eligible for one day of credit for each day served. Harrington says that means he'll serve a total time on that charge of 42 years.
  • Indiana man arrested in fatal shooting of boy, 2

    04/18/2014 5:39:48 PM PDT · by digger48 · 18 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Staff
    MISHAWAKA, Ind. - Northern Indiana police say a 19-year-old man has been arrested on murder and attempted murder charges in a shooting that killed a young child. Lt. David Wells of St. Joseph County police says Robert L. Griffin was arrested without incident Friday at a Mishawaka apartment complex.
  • Deputy forced to shoot Fishers K-9 after attack

    04/17/2014 6:15:44 PM PDT · by digger48 · 28 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Apr 17, 2014 | Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS - A Fishers Police K-9 was fatally shot Wednesday after it latched onto an off-duty officer's arm and would not let go. Officials said Officer Tracy Saxhaug was caring for the K-9, named Arrack, at her Hamilton County home Wednesday afternoon when a car pulled into the driveway, sending the dog into a "defensive stance." Police said the K-9 bit Saxhaug's arm and would not release her, so the officer's family member called for help. A Hamilton County Sheriff's Department deputy also could not get Arrack to release Saxhaug's arm, and the decision was made to shoot the dog.
  • Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

    04/17/2014 5:34:46 PM PDT · by digger48 · 44 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 17, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced at a Clinton Foundation event in New York that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are "very excited" to be having their first child later this year.
  • Police: Student ate more pot than recommended

    04/17/2014 5:28:18 PM PDT · by digger48 · 43 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 17, 2014 | SADIE GURMAN
    DENVER (AP) - A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show - a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. Levy Thamba Pongi, 19, consumed more than one cookie purchased by a friend - even though a store clerk told the friend to cut each cookie into six pieces and to eat just one piece at a time, said the reports obtained Thursday....
  • Teen arrested for murder of Nathan Trapuzzano

    04/08/2014 8:25:50 PM PDT · by digger48 · 9 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 08, 2014 | WTHR Channel 13
    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) homicide detectives have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of Nathan Trapuzzano. They say that robbery was the motive. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced charges against 16-year-old Simeon Adams on Tuesday. Adams is charged with Murder, Attempt Robbery (A Felony), and Carrying a Handgun without a License (A Misdemeanor). Trapuzzano was out for a morning walk a week ago on W. 16th St. when he was attacked and killed. (snip) Chief Hite offered a timeline of Adams' alleged activities leading up to Trapuzzano's murder. On March 22, he is alleged to...
  • Climate meeting to discuss future of fossil fuels

    04/05/2014 2:32:20 PM PDT · by digger48 · 23 replies
    wthr/AP ^ | Apr 05, 2014 | Frank Jordans,
    BERLIN - After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will meet next week in Berlin to chart ways in which the world can curb the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are overheating the planet. It is also trying to give estimates on what it would cost. In the third report of a landmark climate assessment, the IPCC is expected to say that to...
  • Federal judge to hear Indiana gay couple's request

    04/05/2014 2:13:10 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 05, 2014 | AP
    EVANSVILLE, Ind. - A federal judge in Evansville has scheduled a Thursday hearing on a gay couple's bid to compel Indiana to recognize their legal marriage in another state. (snip) They are part of a lawsuit challenging Indiana's marriage laws filed last month by Lambda Legal, a national gay rights group.
  • Happy Birthday Grumpy Cat! Friskies To Throw Big Party For Internet Sensation In NYC

    04/05/2014 1:14:36 PM PDT · by digger48 · 27 replies ^ | April 4, 2014
    NEW YORK (WLNY) – One of the biggest Internet sensations of all time, Grumpy Cat, stopped by The Couch on Friday to celebrate her second birthday. Friskies Party Mix is throwing a big party for Grumpy Cat in the city on April 29, Grumpy Cat’s owner, Tabatha Bundesen, said. Fans can enter for a chance to attend the party by taking an Instagram of themselves with their own cat while sporting their best grumpy face. The picture must be posted with the hashtag #1MMGrumpyFrowns before April 9. Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, rose to fame after Tabatha’s...
  • Indianapolis Murder Outbreak Double Number In Chicago

    04/05/2014 11:51:34 AM PDT · by digger48 · 21 replies ^ | April 2, 2014 | John Dodge
    CHICAGO (CBS) — If somebody told you that Indianapolis has seen more murders than Chicago in the past few days, would you believe it? It’s true. Way more. (snip) So far in 2014, there have been 41 murders in Indianapolis, putting the city on pace for more than 160. Through March, Chicago Police have recorded 62 murders for the year–the lowest first-quarter total since 1958.
  • Native American group believes remains among Rush Co. artifacts

    04/04/2014 5:59:28 PM PDT · by digger48 · 25 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 04, 2014 | Rich Van Wyk
    RUSH COUNTY - There are new reports about what investigators are discovering as they search collection of historical artifacts so huge it fills a Rush County home and several outbuildings. An organization representing Native Americans believe human remains are buried among thousands and thousands of artifacts collected by Donald Miller in the U.S. and around the world. The FBI investigation and massive effort to recover thousands of invaluable artifacts is being watched by the American Indian Movement. Until recently, its local chairman lived only a half-hour away from the Rush County site. "We are glad something like this has happened,"...
  • FBI investigating Rush County home for artifact collection

    04/02/2014 8:38:44 PM PDT · by digger48 · 126 replies
    wrtv ^ | Apr 02, 2014 | Jeremy Brilliant
    RUSH COUNTY, Ind. - The FBI says a 91-year-old Indiana man who collected thousands of archeological artifacts over his lifetime may have acquired some of them improperly. At a news conference Wednesday, the FBI could not say if Donald Miller would face charges for his collection in Waldron. Dozens of agents were at Miller's farm to collect and process the artifacts. It happened in Waldron, a classic, quiet, one-stoplight Indiana town (snip) Several people in Waldron said the house was like a museum, that school groups and Scout troops would go on regular tours. The FBI has around 100 agents...
  • IMPD arrests man in snowball fight shooting

    03/29/2014 5:14:19 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Mar 28, 2014 | Jack Rinehart,
    INDIANAPOLIS - Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect Friday in connection with a January shooting that injured a 13-year-old girl. On January 10, police say Willie Irving used a 9mm semi-automatic handgun to end a snowball fight that involved a younger sibling. Investigators say he fired eight rounds into a house on the 2900 block of North New Jersey Street, striking the young victim in the head behind her right ear. Police say the 15-round magazine still contained seven unspent rounds.
  • Gov. Pence signs bill allowing guns in cars on school property

    03/27/2014 2:00:15 PM PDT · by digger48 · 7 replies
    wthr ^ | Mar 27, 2014 | Channel 13
    INDIANAPOLIS - Governor Mike Pence has signed a bill allowing guns to be locked in cars on school property as long as they are hidden and in the parking lot. (snip) The bill also addresses firearm buyback programs, allowing that firearms may be destroyed to be sold to a salvage company or for recycling, and that buyback programs can be conducted with private funds or grants.
  • Colts: Jim Irsay voluntarily checks into rehab

    03/18/2014 8:19:43 PM PDT · by digger48 · 37 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Mar 18, 2014 | Chris Proffitt
    INDIANAPOLIS - Colts owner Jim Irsay voluntarily checked into a health care treatment center after he was arrested in Carmel on DWI charges linked to prescription pills. (snip) When police stopped Irsay late Sunday, they found several prescription drugs in pill bottles in his car and he was preliminarily charged with driving under the influence and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. Police said the drugs found in Irsay's car weren't associated with the prescription bottles found inside.
  • Eon chief warns of US energy advantage (renewables costing EU)

    03/13/2014 3:58:56 PM PDT · by digger48 · 4 replies
    NICOSIA BUSINESS REVIEW ^ | March 13, 2014 | afp
    The head of Germany’s largest utility has warned it will be years before Europe can hope to counter the US’s growing advantage in energy costs and predicts that the disparity will meanwhile lead heavy industry to abandon the continent. (snip) “There is a competitive advantage for America that we cannot prevent, at least for some time,” Mr Teyssen told the Financial Times. He said it was “a dream” for politicians to suggest otherwise. “It will take years and long years of innovation before we can start to shrink it,” he added. (snip) A priority for utilities is to rein in...
  • Atlanta (IN) woman shares massive Barbie collection with world

    02/27/2014 7:07:01 PM PST · by digger48 · 7 replies
    wthr ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | Kevin Rader
    An Indiana woman's dying wish is to share her childlike fantasy with the world. Beverly Parker has kept her real-life doll house to herself for nearly 60 years. "It was meant to be. I feel like someone has a calling. That was my calling," said Parker, a resident of rural Atlanta, Indiana. Parker, 62, has been fighting breast and ovarian cancer for 27 years. A collection of medicine on the dinner table shows that it's taken its toll. But medicine isn't all she's been collecting.
  • Black Juror in Dunn Case: Trial about Justice, not Race

    02/20/2014 7:12:53 PM PST · by digger48 · 20 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 20, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Tonight the Anderson Cooper show on CNN broadcast the interview of a second Dunn trial juror, Juror #8. Identified elsewhere as Creshuna Miles, she was one of two African Americans on the jury, a woman, and the youngest juror at 21 years of age. The interview was conducted by CNN’s Alina Machado. The interview starts with Machado asking the juror what she thought of Dunn, and the response was frankly surprising (note: all quotes are based on quickly taken hand-written notes; they are substantively accurate but may err on some details): "I honestly thought Dunn was a good guy. I...
  • Okla. pharmacy won't give drug for Mo. execution

    02/17/2014 7:50:02 PM PST · by digger48 · 44 replies
    wthr ^ | Feb 17, 2014 | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma pharmacy has agreed not to provide Missouri with a made-to-order drug for an inmate's execution scheduled for later this month, according to court documents filed Monday. According to the documents, The Apothecary Shoppe, of Tulsa, will not prepare or provide pentobarbital or any other drug for use in Michael Taylor's execution. The documents ask a judge to dismiss the case that Taylor's lawyers had filed against the pharmacy seeking to stop it from providing the execution drug. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. (snip) Taylor pleaded guilty to abducting, raping and stabbing to death...
  • Indiana gun permit applications surge 83 percent

    02/16/2014 7:07:48 PM PST · by digger48 · 15 replies
    wthr ^ | Feb 16, 2014 | AP
    EVANSVILLE - The number of gun permits issued by the state rose by 83 percent during 2013 from the previous year. The Evansville Courier & Press reported Sunday that state police issued 111,000 personal protection permits in 2013. A the end of the year, Indiana had 538,000 active firearms license holders,
  • Las Vegas Boxer Kirk Bills Wanted For Arson And Animal Cruelty

    02/08/2014 6:39:04 PM PST · by digger48 · 14 replies ^ | February 7, 2014 | Raymond Santopietro
    The recent criminal actions of Gloria Lee Thompson and her accomplice Kirk Bills, who together entered Thompson's business "Prince And Princess Pet Boutique" last week and preceded to set the building on fire while 27 puppies were locked in cages in the facility, has drawn large-scale outrage online, translating to physical protesters standing at the courthouse where Thompson appeared this morning only to be led away to jail in handcuffs. (snip) As the drama for Thompson plays out, her accomplice Kirk R. Bills (a Las Vegas boxer promoted by Zab Judah and Super Judah Promotions, who have recently removed Bills'...
  • Police: Lunch lady planned to shoot up school after cookie argument

    02/05/2014 6:03:45 PM PST · by digger48 · 11 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | 02/05/2014 | BEN WALDRON
    NORFOLK, Mass. - Coworkers say the head cook at a middle school told them she had a hit list and would shoot up the school in an argument over burned cookies. Police say 47-year-old Wendy Ferris got upset Friday afternoon before the end of the school day at King Philip Middle School in Norfolk, Mass., WLNE reported. "Went to another staffer angry and in an uproar. She was looking for a Bandaid and mad about having to re-bake cookies. Authorities say she was going to buy an AK-47 and shoot up the school, according to WPRI .
  • Woman executed in Texas for 1998 torture killing

    02/05/2014 4:22:57 PM PST · by digger48 · 32 replies
    wthr ^ | Feb 05, 2014 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
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  • Change to Westminster Dog Show gives stage to mixed-breed dogs

    01/25/2014 6:52:56 PM PST · by digger48 · 39 replies
    RTV6/AP ^ | 1/25/2014 | Jennifer Peltz
    NEW YORK - When the nation's foremost dog show added an event open to mixed breeds, owners cheered that everydogs were finally having their day. They see the Westminster Kennel Club's new agility competition, which will allow mutts at the elite event next month for the first time since the 1800s, as a singular chance to showcase what unpedigreed dogs can do. "It's great that people see that, `Wow, this is a really talented mixed breed that didn't come from a fancy breeder,"' said Stacey Campbell, a San Francisco dog trainer heading to Westminster with Roo!, a high-energy -- see...
  • Ship of Warmist Fools to get bill for rescue !)

    01/25/2014 4:22:07 PM PST · by digger48 · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 25, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Federal Government of Australia laid out $2.4 million (Australian dollars) to help rescue the ship full of global warming true believers, who got ice-bound in Antarctic waters they were dead certain had to be melting. And now it wants to paid back for that needless expense. Watt's Up With That cites this Australian news report: Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday said costs, estimated at about $2.4 million, would be sought from the insurer of the operators of the vessel.
  • Troy Riggs: Longer gun crime sentences needed (IN)

    01/23/2014 4:02:16 PM PST · by digger48 · 7 replies
    RTV6 ^ | 1/23/2014 | Jack Rinehart
    INDIANAPOLIS - After Indianapolis saw a particularly violent year in 2013, city and police officials are backing a proposal to significantly toughen sentencing laws for people who use firearms to commit crimes. A bill authored by Indiana State Senator James Merritt (R-Indianapolis) would allow courts to tack an additional five years onto mandatory minimum sentences for anyone who used a firearm to commit burglary or a felony offense. (snip) Shamus Patton, who received an eight-year prison sentence for shooting nine people during Black Expo, served only two years and eight months in prison. Alexander Dupree, sentenced to 16-years for armed...
  • Chris Christie press conference on #bridgegate controversy (video)

    01/09/2014 10:15:14 AM PST · by digger48 · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 9, 2014 | Mandy Nagy
    Update: “I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue – in it’s planning or execution.” Steve Doocy ✔@sdoocy Follow .@GovChristie just did what Barack Obama has not done, and that is hold somebody accountable for a big screwup #IRS, DOJ, ACA, Benghazi 11:23 AM - 9 Jan 2014 Erick Erickson ✔@EWErickson Follow The contrast between Barack Obama and Chris Christie in terms of owning a mess and fixing it is now pretty stark. 11:20 AM - 9 Jan 2014 141 Retweets 55 favorites Ezra Klein ✔@ezraklein Follow There’s something to this! RT @BuzzFeedBen: The GOP line on Christie today:...
  • De Blasio’s Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban: Is It Really About Campaign Cash?

    01/06/2014 10:56:41 AM PST · by digger48 · 32 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1-6-14 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Mayor Bill de Blasio's promise to ban New York City's iconic horse-drawn carriages could backfire, exposing what the newly-elected mayor's critics suggest is a corruption scandal masquerading as an animal-rights crusade. Defenders of the carriage industry point to a real-estate executive who is one of de Blasio's major campaign donors as the driving force behind the effort to abolish the carriages. (snip) The bad guy in this drama, according to the carriage drivers, is Steve Nislick, chief executive officer of a New Jersey-based real-estate development company, Edison Properties. The company "employs legions of lobbyists to influence city decisions on real...
  • Jesse Jackson, Accused of Harassment By Gay Man Two Years Ago

    12/26/2013 3:00:17 PM PST · by digger48 · 14 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | December 26th, 2013 | Jammie
    <p>Somehow this shameless shakedown artist managed to wait a week before injecting himself into the Phil Robertson story. He’s slowing down, but still looking to get paid.</p> <p>Jesse Jackson Sr. has jumped into the controversy surrounding comments by Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s backwoods reality TV show, “Duck Dynasty.”</p>
  • A bleak White House Christmas card this year

    12/21/2013 8:50:02 AM PST · by digger48 · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The Obama family this year sent out what must be the most depressing White House Christmas card of all time. Not only is there no mention of God or Jesus, or anything vaguely religious, the aesthetics of the thing are downright depressing. Start with the color spectrum, featuring cold blue, instead of the customary warm reds associated with this most joyous holiday. Then there is the visual perspective chosen, looking down on the White House from above:
  • December turning into a violent month (Indy)

    12/16/2013 6:21:39 PM PST · by digger48 · 22 replies
    wthr ^ | Dec 15, 2013 | Carrie Cline
    INDIANAPOLIS - 'Tis the season for crime and violence. Two more shootings this weekend left two people, including a 15-year-old boy, dead. But unfortunately, the violence doesn't surprise some. It's another deadly trend going in the wrong direction. This weekend's violence started Friday night with the shooting of Michael Boyd, who was 23. It happened following a disturbance at a Shell gas station on the city's northeaRev. Charles Harrison, leader of the Ten Point Coalition, says December is typically a violent month because even criminals are trying to collect money to provide Christmas for their side. After getting shot,...
  • 30 years for man who let others have sex with son (gay couple adoption)

    12/12/2013 8:59:38 AM PST · by digger48 · 31 replies
    Journal Gazette ^ | December 10, 2013 | Associated Press
  • Slashing Fossil Fuel Consumption Comes With A Price

    12/03/2013 6:59:16 PM PST · by digger48 · 8 replies
    npr ^ | December 02, 2013 | Richard Harris
    Governments around the world have agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). That would require an 80 percent reduction in energy sources like coal, oil and natural gas, which emit carbon dioxide into the air. Nations are far from that ambitious path. There are big political and economic challenges. But technologists do see a way — at least for the United States — to achieve that goal. Nowhere is that aspiration clearer than at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It sits on a hill overlooking Golden, Colo., and suburbs that sprawl all the way to...
  • What would Elvis look like if he were still alive today? (and others)

    11/25/2013 4:49:15 PM PST · by digger48 · 59 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | 11-25-13 | Sachs Media Group
    Sachs Media Group worked with Phojoe and musicologists to determine what these 12 rock stars would look like -- and what they might have accomplished -- if they were still alive today.
  • Coal: the cleanest energy source there is?

    11/20/2013 5:39:36 PM PST · by digger48 · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | 2-20-2013 | Gene J. Koprowski
    Researchers have discovered a stunning new process that takes the energy from coal without burning it -- and removes virtually all of the pollution. The clean coal technique was developed by scientists at The Ohio State University, with just $5 million in funding from the federal government, and took 15 years to achieve. “We’ve been working on this for more than a decade,” Liang-Shih Fan, a chemical engineer and director of OSU’s Clean Coal Research Laboratory, told, calling it a new energy conversion process. “We found a way to release the heat from coal without burning.” The process removes...
  • Storm damage reports continue rolling in (IN)

    11/17/2013 5:05:54 PM PST · by digger48 · 13 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | : 11/17/2013 | Staff
    5:50 p.m.: Two minor injuries reported in Lebanon when semi-truck flipped onto I-65 from parking lot. Possible tornado struck businesses in Lebanon Industrial Park and several nearby homes. No evacuation order in effect. 5:37 p.m.: Church collapsed in Rileysburg, Ind. 5:35 p.m.: Shed thrown into tree in Elkhart. Trees downed on vehicles in Chesterfield. 5:33 p.m.: Trees down, damage to car wash reported in Noble County. 5:30 p.m.: Numerous power poles snapped with trees down throughout Porter. County Road 600 N. closed between 300 E. and 400 E. due to high-tension poles and lines across road. 5:25 p.m.: Large tree...