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House panel endorses $1M to assist workers, schools

WASHINGTON | A House Appropriations Subcommittee has approved $1 million for four programs in Northwest Indiana that promote productivity and work force participation, U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Ind., said Wednesday.

July 16, 2009 12:00 am

Retired and rehired goes by the book

Eight teachers and two administrators in the School Town of Munster have expressed a desire to retire and take advantage of a provision in the law that allows them to return to work after 30 days, collecting both their salary and a pension check.

March 08, 2009 12:00 am
Science Olympiad an opportunity to explore projects outside class

Science Olympiad an opportunity to explore projects outside class

When Highland High School senior Leo Aldana entered his first Science Olympiad competition in eighth grade, he was hooked. Today, he has participated in the event five years, triggering a love for engineering, which he plans to study in college.

March 01, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Munster continues to push completion of levee

MUNSTER | Town leaders continue to push their agenda at the Statehouse to finish the levee project.

March 01, 2009 12:00 am
Munster: A 'hodgepodge' comes together in times of need

Munster: A 'hodgepodge' comes together in times of need

MUNSTER | Munster residents say what makes their community a great place to live is the people.

February 27, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Eastern Orthodox churches maintain link to 'old country'

Like the immigrants before them, scores of people came from European countries to work in the steel mills in Lake County, and they brought their cultures and religious customs with them.

February 27, 2009 12:00 am
West Side classmates coping with tragedy

West Side classmates coping with tragedy

GARY | Teary-eyed West Side High School students were left to figure out how to say goodbye to a pair of friends who died Wednesday following an accident less than a mile from school.

February 27, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Education is Hoosiers' No. 1 issue

Hoosiers ranked education as a top priority, according to results from the sixth annual Public Opinion Survey on K-12 education in Indiana, ranking it higher than the economy and health care.

February 27, 2009 12:00 am

There's lots to celebrate in education

If you want to know what's good in education, you don't have to look any further than Lake and Porter counties.

February 27, 2009 12:00 am

Ivy Tech College chief talks about school's role

MERRILLVILLE | About 200 Ivy Tech educators from across the state have convened at the Radisson Hotel to focus on its mission and the road from good to great.

February 26, 2009 12:00 am

Whiting no longer under the gun

WHITING | While the Whiting school district continues to debate its open enrollment policy, the district dodged a bullet when the Indiana Senate education committee declined to vote last week on Senate Bill 521 for lack of support.

February 24, 2009 12:00 am

Don Barden: A living legend

Don Barden is one of the wealthiest black businessmen in America, and is the first to own casinos in Indiana, Mississippi, Colorado and Las Vegas.

February 22, 2009 12:00 am

Two make history as first black councilmen

When Richard Hardaway ran for Merrillville Town Council in 2003, he didn't have an inkling that he and Terrell Taylor would be making local history as the first two black men elected to represent the town.

February 22, 2009 12:00 am

Gary schools moves forward with consolidation

GARY | Interim Gary schools Superintendent Myrtle Campbell has big plans if the district gets a share of federal stimulus dollars.

February 20, 2009 12:00 am

E.C. school superintendent's future in question

EAST CHICAGO | School Superintendent Juan Anaya's job could be in jeopardy.

February 19, 2009 12:00 am

Lincoln Center renovations at issue in Highland

HIGHLAND | When the Highland Park Board meets Thursday night, it is expected to acknowledge receipt of a certified petition opposing a $10 million renovation of the Lincoln Center.

February 18, 2009 12:00 am
Team Hammond set for robotics competition

Team Hammond set for robotics competition

HAMMOND | It may look like a collection of metal, plexiglass and wires, but "The BEAST" is ready for regional robotics competition Feb. 26 to 28.

February 17, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Does the election of Barack Obama affect how the media sees black people?

Although the wild and wacky comedic images of blacks on shows like "Martin" or "In Living Color" are no longer prominent on television, the stereotypical impression of black people as somewhat gullible and naive remains.

February 16, 2009 12:00 am

Green shirts wrap up flood assessment in the region

MUNSTER | A team of volunteers from across the country worked with a local agency to process hundreds of applications from Northwest Indiana residents who continue to struggle after the September floods.

February 15, 2009 12:00 am

Consolidation still on table in Hammond

HAMMOND | The Hammond School Board is looking at consolidation.

February 13, 2009 12:00 am
Gary students exercise knowledge of black history in annual competition

Gary students exercise knowledge of black history in annual competition

GARY | As each team faced a question in the "Jeopardy"-like contest, team members jumped to their feet holding their school name in front of them on a sheet of paper.

February 12, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Munster police jail one student following fight

MUNSTER | One student was taken to jail and another was taken to the hospital following a fight during lunch hour Monday at Munster High School.

February 12, 2009 12:00 am

New hope emerges for Siena

MERRILLVILLE | St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School parents emerged from a closed-door meeting with Gary Bishop Dale Melczek on Tuesday with more optimism and a greater sense of urgency.

February 11, 2009 12:00 am

Whiting debates adding students

WHITING | School leaders agree in order to survive, they will have to have open enrollment. The question remains whether they will open that enrollment to students across Indiana or selectively to those only in a certain area.

February 10, 2009 12:00 am
Eads to eliminate program at year's end

Eads to eliminate program at year's end

MUNSTER | A project that Eads Elementary School started 15 years ago with primary-age children will conclude when the academic year ends in June.

February 10, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Munster cops visiting residents at home

MUNSTER | Most people don't expect to see a team of police officers walking up and down the street, trudging through snow and between parked cars just to hear what they've got to say about the neighborhood.

February 08, 2009 12:00 am
Bullet grazes Lew Wallace principal

Bullet grazes Lew Wallace principal

GARY | The principal of Lew Wallace High School was grazed by a bullet Wednesday night while in her car on Burr Street.

February 06, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Gary schools' image, budget woe tied

The perception the Gary Community School Corp. is not providing a quality education has caused some parents to turn to charter schools, to the detriment of the district, School Board President Nellie Moore said.

February 06, 2009 12:00 am
Siena parents picket during school fair

Siena parents picket during school fair

HAMMOND | When school let out at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, Jenny Pearson grabbed her coat and ran out the door to join her mother on the picket line in front of St. Catherine of Siena School.

February 05, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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E.C. schools focus on improvement plan

EAST CHICAGO | School administrators contend they hope to see some success from the school improvement process under way at its three secondary schools.

February 05, 2009 12:00 am
Siena parents picket during school fair

Siena parents picket during school fair

HAMMOND | When school let out at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, Jenny Pearson grabbed her coat and ran out the door to join her mother on the picket line in front of St. Catherine of Siena School.

February 04, 2009 12:00 am

Ex-athlete discusses violence against women

HAMMOND | A College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former National Football League quarterback did not mince words when he talked about violence against women, and the need to talk openly about it and eliminate it.

February 03, 2009 12:00 am

Munster officials pushing to finish flood control project

MUNSTER | In an effort to lobby legislators for completion of the Little Calumet River levee, town officials are meeting with legislators and are planning to hire a powerhouse Indianapolis law firm to push their agenda.

February 01, 2009 12:00 am

Black history takes a new turn

The study of black leaders like Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Banneker and Malcolm X always will be critical to the study of black history, but that history has been energized by the election of Barack Obama. It will forever change how the nation views black people.

February 01, 2009 12:00 am
Visclosky visits Food Bank

Visclosky visits Food Bank

GARY | U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky got a chance to hear firsthand how the economic crisis is affecting the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and its member agencies.

January 31, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Chicago school offers pointers

WHITING | School leaders are eying a manufacturing program at a Chicago high school that could be good for students in Whiting.

January 29, 2009 12:00 am

School consolidation work continues

GARY | As part of the reconfiguration of the Gary public schools, the board approved terminating all high school administrators Tuesday night.

January 28, 2009 12:00 am

Open enrollment policies get review

WHITING | Discussion continues in the School City of Whiting about developing an open enrollment policy to help the school district grow its enrollment and avoid closing and consolidating with another district.

January 27, 2009 12:00 am

Parents make use of school choice options

Scores of parents in Northwest Indiana have flocked to the suburbs or to private or parochial schools to get what they consider a better quality education. Enrollment's on the upswing at charter schools.

January 25, 2009 12:00 am
Whiting schools close or closed?

Whiting schools close or closed?

WHITING | Survival could become a numbers game for the Whiting School City.

January 25, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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C.P. School Board to vote on redistricting plan

CROWN POINT | Administrators will recommend an elementary school redistricting plan when the Crown Point School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday.

January 24, 2009 12:00 am
Purdue chief applauds Calumet campus

Purdue chief applauds Calumet campus

HAMMOND | Despite the still sluggish economy, Purdue President France Cordova contends Purdue University is doing very well, and the Calumet campus, in particular, has made great strides.

January 23, 2009 12:00 am
Inauguration shown in classrooms throughout Northwest Indiana

Inauguration shown in classrooms throughout Northwest Indiana

MERRILLVILLE | There was an air of muted excitement as the Merrillville Intermediate School sixth-graders quietly waited for the first glimpse of Barack Obama during the inauguration ceremony Tuesday.

January 21, 2009 12:00 am

E.C. schools chief under review

EAST CHICAGO | School Board President Fernando Trevino contends rumors that Superintendent Juan Anaya has been fired or resigned are not true.

January 21, 2009 12:00 am
NWI students explore MLK's vision, reality of race relations

NWI students explore MLK's vision, reality of race relations

MERRILLVILLE | On the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th president, members of Merrillville High School's student diversity club, STAND, said Monday that Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama forever will be linked in history.

January 20, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Overall crime in Highland drops

HIGHLAND | Despite the dismal economy and budget constraints across Northwest Indiana, it was a good year for the Highland Police Department.

January 20, 2009 12:00 am

Obama represents future

Gary resident Dolly Millender remembers "running for her life" in Augusta, Ga., and having food "thrown at her" in Virginia as a young black woman riding a bus to South Carolina for her first job.

January 19, 2009 12:00 am

Highland woman exploring possibility of special-needs charter school

HIGHLAND | A Highland woman is looking at what it would take to establish a charter school for special-needs children.

January 19, 2009 12:00 am

Some C.P. parents argue against redistricting

CROWN POINT | A redistricting meeting at Solon Robinson Elementary School elicited plenty of comments and complaints from nearly 80 parents who showed up Tuesday night to discuss the issue.

January 14, 2009 12:00 am
Purdue Calumet hosts King celebration

Purdue Calumet hosts King celebration

HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet opened its Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration Monday featuring an exhibit and convocation, which will include a musical drama, dance performance and recitation of King's "I Have a Dream" speech during the week.

January 13, 2009 12:00 am
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