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Students gather outside the venue to get a glimpse and possible photo of Gabrielle Douglas as the Olympic gold medalist visits the Indiana University Northwest campus on Monday.
Peter Smith of Foundations of East Chicago and Natalie Hawkins, mother of gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas, look on as she shows off one of her gold medals as the Olympian visits the Indiana University Northwest campus.
Gabrielle Douglas and her mother Natalie Hawkins listen to speakers at a luncheon as the Olympic gold medalist visits the Indiana University Northwest campus on Monday.
Gabrielle Douglas has a laugh as Robert Brown, a Calumet High School senior and event MC, straightens his tie for a photo with the Olympic gold medalist.
GARY | Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas greeted Gary high schoolers Monday with words of advice.
Entertaining Life of Accomplishments: IU and Gary grad using message of music for positive influence of others
Crystal Taliefero-Pratt thanks God, family and music for making the world a better place.
VALPARAISO | About 100 people turned out on a chilly day to give a warm welcome home to Vietnam veterans at the second observance of the state's "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" at American Legion Post 94 on Wednesday.
A popular term on sports talk radio these days and often applied to your Cubs and White Sox is "hot garbage."
JOHN J. WATKINS | THE TIMES Former RailCats and Kansas City player Tony Cogan offers words of comfort Tuesday before the start of a funeral service for Joe Gates, RailCats bench coach, former White Sox player and 28-year Wirt High School baseball coach.
JOHN J. WATKINS | THE TIMES Joe Gates' brothers, James, Darius, Calvin, Glenn and Dennis Gates share memories Tuesday during a funeral services for the RailCats bench coach, who died at age 55.
JOHN J. WATKINS | THE TIMES Ashley Gates-Ferber sits Tuesday at the grave site of her father, Joe Gates, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Gary.
JOHN J. WATKINS | THE TIMES RailCats President and general manager Roger Wexelberg addresses mourners Tuesday during services for Joe Gates, the team's bench coach.
GARY | Everyone from mourners and family members to former players and the deputy mayor of Gary remembered Joe Gates for many things.
HEATHER EIDSON | THE TIMES Bowman Academy assistant coach Ronney Robinson, left, and scorekeeper Donnie King landed with the Eagles after lengthy tenures at the now-closed Wirt High School.
GARY | On March 10, 2007, Ronney "Perk" Robinson sat on the bench and Donnie King at the scorer's table inside a packed Plymouth gym.
GARY | An opening reception for a student art exhibit by senior visual art students of the Wirt/Emerson School of Visual and Performing Arts will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today at the Barbara Leek Wesson Art Gallery, located in the DuBois Branch of the Gary Public Library, 1835 Broadway.
GARY | A group of Gary high school seniors won cash prizes and awards Thursday at Marquette Park Pavilion for their participation in the Barden Gary Foundation's "Making a Difference in the Community" Black History Month contest.
Photo by Kyle Telechan | The Times Kelvin Robinson, one of the grand prize winners of the "Making a Difference in the Community" contest, receives his award from Gary Mayor Rudy Clay on Thursday at Marquette Park Pavilion.
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