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  • Neighbors react after 80-year-old arrested on rape charge

    04/25/2017 6:45:53 PM PDT · by digger48 · 40 replies
    WISH ^ | April 25, 2017 | Howard Monroe
    KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — People in Kokomo are on edge following the arrest of an 80-year-old on rape charges. A woman told police it happened Sunday night on Lafountain Street. According to Kokomo police the woman went to the man’s house to sell him a tablet. It’s not clear how this transaction was initiated, but police say it didn’t originate online. The 29-year-old woman says she was held against her will at gunpoint. Police arrested William Graham for rape, armed robbery and confinement. 24-Hour News 8 was able to speak with the man’s brother, who says this is out of...
  • Court rules officer can’t sue gun shop after being shot by suspect

    04/24/2017 6:37:24 PM PDT · by digger48 · 18 replies
    WISH ^ | April 24, 2017 | Staff Reports
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana Supreme Court says an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer cannot sue a gun shop for damages after a suspect shot him with a gun bought at the store. According to court documents, Demetrious Martin, a convicted felon who was unable to legally purchase or possess a firearm, shot IMPD Officer Dwayne Runnels during a traffic stop in December of 2011. The vehicle was stopped after matching the description of a car connected to an armed robbery and shooting. As Runnels approached the vehicle, Martin exited the car and proceeded to fire two shots at Runnels....
  • Police: ISU prof. faked anti-Muslim threats after being told he was losing job

    04/24/2017 6:26:54 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    WISH ^ | April 24, 2017 | WTWO Staff Reports
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO) – An assistant professor at Indiana State University has been arrested in regards to recent emails threatening the Muslim community. ISU officials say Azhar Hussain, an assistant professor of aviation technology at the university, was arrested on a felony charge of obstruction of justice, and a misdemeanor charge of harassment. Hussain has also been immediately suspended from his teaching duties, according to Provost Mike Licari. ISU officials say the charges stem from emails that were received on campus, containing anti-Muslim messages and threats toward members of the Muslim community. Officials say the first report of the...
  • He wanted ‘sympathy’: Muslim prof arrested for reporting bogus anti-Islamic threats

    04/23/2017 4:48:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    College Fix ^ | April 22, 2017 | Staff
    An Indiana State University professor was arrested yesterday for reporting phony anti-Islamic threats. He also had claimed he was physically assaulted outside of his office.
  • Professor Arrested After Allegedly Making Up Anti-Muslim Threats and Assault

    04/22/2017 3:25:07 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 35 replies
    Aviation students at Indiana State University will need a new teacher. That’s because Professor Azhar Hussain was arrested on Friday for making up an assault, and also anti-Muslims threats. Not only might he face prison time, but his employers have already distanced themselves from him. In a statement obtained by, the school said charges originate from a number of emails with anti-Muslim messages and threats. Back then it wasn’t clear who sent these, only that the writer pointed out Hussain as a possible target. The first of these messages occurred on March 8, and things didn’t end there. On...
  • White privilege ‘shapes the world,’ says dorm display

    04/17/2017 8:11:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | April 17, 2017 | Anthony Gockowski
    Another “white privilege” board discovered at Indiana University declares that privilege “shapes the world in which we live.” According to a photo of the board obtained by Campus Reform, white privilege is not necessarily defined as something that white people “do, create, or enjoy on purpose,” but rather as a “transparent preference for whiteness that saturates our society.”
  • Facebook killer may be on the loose in another state

    04/16/2017 10:48:37 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 17, 2017 | Chris Perez
    The deranged gunman who randomly executed an elderly Cleveland resident and posted footage of the killing on Facebook has possibly fled the city — and may be on the loose in another state, cops say. Police warned early Monday that residents in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan should be on the lookout for 37-year-old Steve Stephens, who is driving a white Ford Fusion and is believed to be armed and dangerous. “Suspect may be out of state at this time,” officials said in a statement. “Those outside of Northeast Ohio: Contact Local Authorities.”
  • Wabash Valley officials, truckers oppose tolls on I-70

    04/12/2017 12:12:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Terre Haute Tribune-Star ^ | April 1, 2017 | Dave Taylor
    For some, the possibility of tolls on Interstate 70 across Indiana is going over like a flat tire. But Republican lawmakers who control the legislature say they could help fund new driving lanes and only those who use the road would pay for them. “I think it’s totally unfair,” said Judy Anderson, president of the Vigo County Board of Commissioners. “I don’t think we would be supportive at all.” Pending legislation would let the governor place toll lanes on interstates and bridges, subject to federal approval. Many Vigo County residents commute to jobs in Indianapolis and a large number of...
  • Indiana Toll Road asks drivers to 'Put the Phone Down'

    04/11/2017 11:02:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WNDU 16 ^ | February 27, 2017 | Travis Robinson
    When you're driving, there's a good chance you've seen someone on the phone, and maybe you've even been that person. Fifty-seven percent of American drivers admit to being on their phone while driving. Indiana Toll Road construction for the 80/90 Push project is just about halfway done. They expect to be finished July fourth, but in order to do that, they need workers to stay safe. So they're trying to cut down on those numbers. It really is difficult to put a dent in those numbers because we're all on-the-go. On top of that, you probably haven't met anyone who...
  • Notre Dame students ‘feel unsafe’ about Pence invite, start protest campaign

    04/11/2017 1:16:31 PM PDT · by kevcol · 72 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Vice President Mike Pence’s scheduled commencement speech at Notre Dame has prompted a protest campaign by seniors who feel “unsafe.” ... “For me personally, [Mr. Pence] represents the larger Trump administration,” Ms. Mondane told school’s newspaper, The Observer, on Monday. “His administration represents something, and for many people on our campus, it makes them feel unsafe to have someone who openly is offensive but also demeaning of their humanity and of their life and of their identity.”
  • Electronics retailer hhgregg is going out of business

    04/07/2017 10:23:08 PM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 57 replies
    MSN ^ | April 7, 2017 | Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS — Consumer electronics chain hhgregg Inc. is going out of business and shutting down all its stores. Founded in 1955, the retailer had 220 stores in 19 states selling major appliances like washers and TVs, as well as computers and home theater systems. As of May last year, it had about 5,000 employees. Just days before announcing its bankruptcy protection filing last month, hhgregg said it planned to trim down by closing three distribution centers and 88 stores. But the move was not enough to salvage the chain.
  • Anti-capitalist protesters disrupt work, traffic at IU

    04/07/2017 10:00:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    College Fix ^ | April 6, 2017 | Marissa Gentry
    A rally Wednesday afternoon resulted in a disrupted workplace and gridlocked traffic as student protesters marched to demand more diversity at the Indiana University-Bloomington campus. The rally and march was organized by the student group Students Against State Violence (SASV) in support of a Resolution on Diversity that was passed last April by the Faculty Council, because according to the SASV, the university “has been delaying and opposing its implementation.”
  • Undocumented husband of Indiana Trump supporter deported to Mexico

    04/06/2017 7:42:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | April 6, 2017 | By Mayra Cuevas
    Helen Beristain voted for Donald Trump even though she is married to an undocumented immigrant. In November, she thought Trump would deport only people with criminal records -- people he called "bad hombres" -- and that he would leave families intact. "I don't think ICE is out there to detain anyone and break families, no," Beristain told CNN affiliate WSBT in March, shortly after her husband, Roberto Beristain was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In a statement to CNN, ICE said, "On April 4, 2017, officers with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)...
  • Another Red State Democrat Hops Into Schumer’s Block Gorsuch Clown Car

    04/03/2017 6:36:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | April 3, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Jennifer covered how Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) will be joining fellow red state Democrats Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) in supporting Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination. Yet, as we took a step forward, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) decided to join Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) clown show filibuster. He says he can’t vote for a nominee who can’t answer important questions, which is a milquetoast answer given that Ruth Bader Ginsburg decided 70 questions during her confirmation process: Jon Tester announces he'll vote against Gorsuch, and against cloture. 2nd deep red-state Dems to do so, following McCaskill— Alex...
  • Third Senate Democrat Announces Support For Gorsuch

    04/02/2017 10:06:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 3, 2017 | By Chuck Ross
    Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly announced on Sunday that he will vote for Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, making him the third Democrat to back the Trump nominee. “After meeting with Judge Gorsuch, conducting a thorough review of his record, and closely following his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe that he is a qualified jurist who will base his decisions on his understanding of the law and is well-respected among his peers,” Donnelly said in a statement. The moderate Democrat joins West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp as the only members of...
  • Senator Donnelly announces he will support Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court nomination

    04/02/2017 11:40:47 AM PDT · by digger48 · 53 replies
    WISH ^ | April 2, 2017 | Staff Reports
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced he will support the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for his Supreme Court seat. The announcement came Sunday afternoon in a decision that differed from many other Democrats who opposed the nominee. Donnelly said in a statement: I have said consistently that part of my job is to carefully review, debate, and vote on judicial nominations, including nominees to the Supreme Court. It is my obligation as Senator to consider the qualifications of each nominee that comes to the Senate floor to determine if he or she can faithfully serve on our...
  • Senate Preparing to Revive the Delta Queen

    04/01/2017 6:10:01 AM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Mar 31, 2017 | Niels Lesniewski
    Before the week’s headline Supreme Court debate, senators are poised to get the Delta Queen back cruising America’s waterways. The legendary riverboat has been barred from carrying overnight passengers since an exemption to the 1966 Safety of Life at Sea Act for the largely wooden vessel lapsed back in 2008. Lawmakers from Cincinnati to St. Louis have pushed for the Delta Queen to get a new lease on life since then, and the Senate has scheduled a Monday evening vote on passage of a bipartisan bill that would do just that... Sen. Rob Portman, who hails from Cincinnati, remembers the...
  • Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” says “I’m going to kill everyone in here,” tries to strangle clerk

    03/30/2017 12:56:34 PM PDT · by detective · 42 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | March 29, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    Shortened title. Full title: Indiana: Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” says “I’m going to kill everyone in here,” tries to strangle clerk, breaks cop’s hand “It is believed that Bilal had beaten a female worker at the store and grabbed her by the throat prior to officers’ arrival. Bilal reportedly had become upset while attempting to convert the employee to Islam.” Well, if she didn’t immediately see the light of Islam, you can see why he was upset. “According to reports, Bilal then went on to break an officer’s hand after an attempt to place Bilal into custody….He faces preliminary charges...
  • Muslim Student Association sponsors Islam Awareness Week

    03/29/2017 5:16:17 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 19 replies
    The Observer ^ | 3/28 | Courtney Becker
    The Muslim Student Association (MSA) kicked off Islam Awareness Week on Monday by handing out hijabs on Fieldhouse Mall and teaching people how to tie them. Sara Abdel Rahim, a senior and the president of MSA, said community members were more engaged in the event this year after experiencing it in years past. “I think people loved the event last year,” she said. “Everyone is coming up and saying, ‘Hey, I still have my scarf from last year, can I grab another one? Can you teach me how to tie it a different way?’ So kind of building a foundation...
  • Owner of Eddie's Steak Shed could be deported this week

    03/23/2017 1:26:33 PM PDT · by Coronal · 20 replies
    South Bend Tribune ^ | Mar 23, 2017 | Joseph Dits
    Federal immigration officials could begin deporting Roberto Beristain, owner of the popular Eddie's Steak Shed in Granger, as early as Friday, according to his family. But Beristain’s family is still hoping a federal immigration judge in New York will reopen the case, buying them some time. They’ve gathered more than 600 signatures of support, said his stepson, Phil Kolliopoulos.