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T.F. South's Ashtyn Kapovich, left, has moved from shortstop to second base this season. She is the Rebels' leading hitter.
A 2011 water main break at Columbus Drive and Alder Street in East Chicago left the entire city without water service.
Workers from Hasse Construction repair a broken East Chicago water main in December 2011. The break was at Columbus Drive and Alder Street, but it affected a much larger area.
Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic yells orders during Saturday's Class 4A Lafayette Jeff Semistate win over Homestead. His father, Mickey Milausnic, was on the bench in 1977 when E.C. Washington played in the state championship game. Tonight, the son will follow in his father's footsteps.
Marquette coach Donovan Garletts talks to his team after the Blazers defeated Liberty Christian for the Class A Northern Semistate. Marquette won the state title the next week. Assistant coach Fred Mooney, right in white shirt, gave several pregame speeches on the way to Indianapolis to insp…
Meat cutter Dennis Kazmierczak restocks the ground beef cooler at the new Ultra location in Merrillville.
Janny Kleine checks on dairy cows at the Kleine Dairy Farm near Cedar Lake.
Corn emerges last spring on Martin Kroll's land in Lowell in southwest Lake County.
Tyler Weidenbach, 8, of Valparaiso, checks out a large John Deere farm tractor at the Touch a Truck event last December in Valparaiso.
Residents examine a large map of the proposed Illiana Expressway last April at an open public meeting in Lowell.
Marian Catholic's Ashton Millender goes to the basket against Oak Lawn in the Class 4A Bloom Township Sectional final. Millender had 12 overtime points to lead the Spartans to the win.
Marian Catholic's Ashton Millender is the Times Player of the Year. She goes up for a basket against Oak Lawn.
Marian Catholic's Dajhae Mullins is averaging 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Mullins missed most of last season with a micro fracture and torn meniscus in his left knee.
Marian Catholic's Teniya Page is averaging 14.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. She is a three-year starter at point guard.
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Bowman Academy's Davon Dillard tries to drive on E.C. Central's Jalen Blackmon during a regular-season game. Dillard will lead the Eagles into Saturday's Class 3A state championship game on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Dillard was a star in last year's win in the Class 2A state final…
LaPorte's Jaclyn Heath averaged 13.1 points, 7.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals for the Slicers this season.
LaPorte's Jaclyn Heath, right, averaged 13.1 points, 7.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals for the Slicers this season.
Ashton Millender gets a hug from her father Coby after last year's Class 4A Mother McAuely sectional final. She hit a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Spartans the win over Marist.
This winter’s unusually disruptive weather forced people to not only stay close to home but also indoors – impeding progress on building sites that weren’t already under roof and delaying homebuyers from looking at homes or making offers.
Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley speaks on Sept. 25, 2013 at the One Region annual luncheon in Merrillville. Daley was taken to the ICU at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, officials said Saturday.
Former East Chicago Police K-9 Officer Darrell Shaffer and bomb dog Eddy search for explosives in 2011 during training at the old Oak Hill Elementary School in Lowell. Eddy, 11, is scheduled to be euthanized today.
South Central's Riley Popplewell scores over Westville's Stephanie Popp during Tuesday's PCC tourney
South Central's Riley Popplewell, left, and the Satellites face a tall task with Class A No. 1 Oregon-Davis in their sectional field.
Bowman Academy's Darrion Riddle has a career-high of 12 points in a single game. On a team of superstars, he is easily overlooked. But his coach, Marvin Rea, calls Riddle "The Glue" of the program. His defense and floor leadership from the point guard position has the Eagles flying high into…
LaPorte's Josh Fleming, right, defends Lake Central's Tye Wilburn during the teams' regular-season meeting, won by the Indians. Fleming ranks first in steals, third in assists and sixth in points all-time at LaPorte.
Bowman Academy junior Davon Dillard was part of a fight that took place during a practice on Nov. 21. He hit teammate Anthony Cole during the dispute, according to a police report.
Workers check and adjust cars for final fit at the Ford assembly plant in Chicago.
Valparaiso's Alec Peters tries to drive on Illinois-Chicago's Ahman Fells earlier this season. Teams have keyed on the freshman, putting him into a scoring slump.
Whiting senior Bri Blackwell scored 75 points in three games at the Hanover Central Shootout. She is now 31 points from breaking the 1,000-point mark for her career.
21st Century's Dantrell Hurt arrived in Gary from Memphis as an eighth-grader. He did not play basketball his freshman and sophomore years at West Side. This year he is leading the Cougars in scoring at 19.8 point a game.
Linda Woloshansky, President and CEO of the Center of Workforce Innovations, addresses the Workforce Summit 2013 in Hobart.
Dr. Vince Bertram speaks to local secondary school educators and leaders at the College and Career Acceleration Summer Institute at Hobart High School presented by READY NWI, the Center of Workforce Innovations and the College Acceleration Network.
NIPSCO employee Eddie Melton conducts a training session in May 2011. NIPSCO has launched a partnership with a few nonprofit groups to train its employees to serve as mentors to high school students. File photo.
Russ Taylor, center, executive director of the Foundations of East Chicago, talks about the partnership between UPS and the Holistic Community Coalition. UPS representative Gregg Glotzbach, left, presented $10,000 earlier this summer to Pastor Darnell Johnson, right, from the Holistic Commun…
Volunteers pass out food at the Hope for the Holidays food giveaway last year sponsored by the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
Merrillville's Riana Todd shoots in a game this season against LaPorte. The senior forward is a few percentage points away from passing the school record for the best field-goal percentage.
LaPorte's Jaclyn Heath averaged 13.1 points, 7.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals this season.
Chesterton's Caroline Puntillo, right, is seventh in the school record books in scoring, and will end her basketball career with the Trojans, opting not to play sports in college.
The new owner of the shuttered State Line Energy plant in Hammond says he is not planning an industrial use for the lakefront site and is instead picturing boats, homes and bike paths.
Lake County Surveyor George Van Til takes a call from Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist as he watches the election returns come in during the 2012 general election. Van Til agreed to plead guilty Monday to federal charges of using his office's employees and resourced for political purposes.
After playing sparingly his first three years on Broadway, Andrean's Donovan Chandler has stepped up big time as a senior. Heading into today's Class 3A state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium against Indianapolis Brebeuf, Chandler 41 receptions for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Andrean quarterback Matt DeSomer has brought a lot of memories of 2004 state champion QB Tommy Finn. He wears the same number and will lead the 59ers to Friday's state championship game against Indianapolis Brebeuf. Finn led Andrean to a win over Heritage Hills in the '04 3A final.
Traffic is shown on the Borman Expressway in Gary. Northwest Indiana is second only to the Indianapolis area for the amount of INDOT money spent on road projects since 2006 – $450 million.
Tyler WidemanSchool Lake CentralGrade:Sr.Height:6-7Stats: 15.1 ppg., 8.5 rpg., 2.1 bspg., 2.1 apg.Position: F/CNickname: Big CatColleges recruiting me: Committed to ButlerMy favorite basketball player, why: Kevin Durant, he's so smoothMy favorite pro/college team: Butler/OKCMy dream job: NBA…
Drew HackettSchool: MunsterGrade: Sr.Height: 6-2Stats: 12.5 ppg., 3.5 rpg., 2 apg., 2 spg.Position: GNickname: LennyColleges recruiting me: Committed to UICMy favorite basketball player, why: Stephen Curry because I like his style of playMy favorite pro/college team: Golden State Warriors/Du…
Larry CrislerSchool Bishop NollGrade:12Height:6'3Stats: 19.1 ppg., 8.7 rpg., 3.1 spg.Position:GNickname: Lar BearColleges recruiting me: Committed to Indiana for baseballMy favorite basketball player, why: Dirk Nowitzki: He did not have to join forces with another superstar to win a champion…
Arnold WilsonSchool: West SideGrade: Sr.Height: 6-2Stats: 18 ppg., 10 rpg.Position: GNickname: ManColleges recruiting me: IPFW, Wright StateMy favorite basketball player, why: LeBron James because he's an animalMy favorite pro/college team: SyracuseMy dream job: NBAMy No. 1 goal this season:…
Workers change the sign back to Southlake Mall outside the Hobart retail center. Private investment firm Starwood Capital Group closed in November on a $1.64 billion deal to buy a majority interest in seven Westfield malls, including the nearly 1.4 million-square-foot, two-story super-region…
A $17 million RDA matching grant for the Waterfront Revitalization Initiative in East Chicago will help fund the first phase of the work, which includes improvements at Jeorse Park Beach and the East Chicago Marina, shown here, as well as street and overpass work and demolition of vacant properties.
Bowman Academy coach Marvin Rea cheers his team on to victory in the 2010 IHSAA Class A State Championship.
Bowman Academy coach Marvin Rea has led his program to the state championship game four of the last five seasons. His Eagles will take on Greensburg in Saturday's Class 3A state final at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Rea has bumped heads with junior star Davon Dillard all season. Will the two fin…
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