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MARC CHASE: Giving spirit survives senseless, preventable tragedy

MARC CHASE: Giving spirit survives senseless, preventable tragedy

God might give us only what we can handle, but that doesn't mean the Lake County justice system should up the ante.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bill Marvel

Bill Marvel

Bill Marvel, 70, of St. John, holds a photo of his wife, Sandra, who was killed in 2012 when a vehicle driven by Michael Knezevich, then 26, of Chesterton, slammed into the Marvels' vehicle on U.S. 41 in St. John. Police said Knezevich's blood-alcohol content tested at .271, more than three …

July 25, 2014 12:22 pm
MARC CHASE: Historic bridge a symbol of troubled infrastructure waters

MARC CHASE: Historic bridge a symbol of troubled infrastructure waters

Lake County's Range Line Road bridge is a throwback in every sense of the word.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Dillinger exhibit move helps region embrace history

MARC CHASE: Dillinger exhibit move helps region embrace history

On its face, it's certainly not a period of history to be celebrated.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am

Lake County waste officials trash district's spending practices

Questionable expenses using taxpayer money are creeping back into Lake County Solid Waste Management District financial reports, and some officials are trashing the practice.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Powell, bad government swing taxpayers over barrel

MARC CHASE: Powell, bad government swing taxpayers over barrel

How does it feel to be swinging over a barrel, Lake County? Is the redness in our faces from the blood-rush of hanging upside down over the barrel, or is it the hot facial plume of embarrassment?

July 16, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Disgraced officials should 'scare straight' region leaders

MARC CHASE: Disgraced officials should 'scare straight' region leaders

Most of us know of the "scared straight" programs. You know, where troubled youths visit with locked-up convicts, witness morgue autopsies or experience the fallout of any number of tragedies induced by lives of crime.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Lessons of community rise from fallen Gary officer

MARC CHASE: Lessons of community rise from fallen Gary officer

Tragedy is immense when the strong and brave fall within our communities.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
Firetruck in ditch closes Mississippi Street in M'ville

Firetruck in ditch closes Mississippi Street in M'ville

A tow truck tries to bring upright a BP firetruck stuck in a ditch Tuesday on Mississippi Street near St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville.

July 08, 2014 1:02 pm
Firetruck in ditch closes Mississippi Street in M'ville

Firetruck in ditch closes Mississippi Street in M'ville

Crews watch as a tow truck attempts to remove a BP firetruck from a ditch Tuesday afternoon on Mississippi Street near St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.

July 08, 2014 1:01 pm
MARC CHASE: Stuff of legends in a Crown Point sandlot

MARC CHASE: Stuff of legends in a Crown Point sandlot

Storybook endings aren't always the things of, well, storybooks. Sometimes they're real and right in our neighborhood sandlots.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Coach helps team, player's mom hit life's curveballs

MARC CHASE: Coach helps team, player's mom hit life's curveballs

Coaching youth baseball isn't exactly rocket science. It won't cure cancer either.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Gabe Rottier gets the first hit

Gabe Rottier gets the first hit

Gabe Rottier, 8, of Crown Point, begins his run to first base after cracking his team's first hit of the Cal Ripken League championship game Monday.

July 01, 2014 11:04 am
Gabe Rottier gets the first hit

Gabe Rottier gets the first hit

Gabe Rottier, 8, of Crown Point, blasts his team's first hit Monday -- a single into right field -- during the Cal Ripken League championship game.

July 01, 2014 11:01 am
Coach Joe Cimarolli

Coach Joe Cimarolli

Crown Point's Cal Ripken League Coach Joe Cimarolli gives his youth team, the Nationals, a pep talk Monday ahead of the team's championship game.

July 01, 2014 10:55 am
Gabe Rottier playing catcher

Gabe Rottier playing catcher

Gabe Rottier, 8, of Crown Point, lunges to catch a pitch Monday during his Cal Ripken League team's championship game in Crown Point.

July 01, 2014 10:57 am
Coach Joe Cimarolli

Coach Joe Cimarolli

Crown Point's Cal Ripken League Coach Joe Cimarolli helps his pitchers warm up Monday in preparation for the league's championship game.

July 01, 2014 10:53 am
Lauri Rottier

Lauri Rottier

Laurie Rottier, 40, of Crown Point, displays the pink breast-cancer awareness ribbon on the back of her 8-year-old son Gabe's Cal Ripken League baseball cap. Rottier is being treated for breast cancer, and her son's coach, Joe Cimarolli, had the ribbons embroidered on his team's caps in supp…

June 30, 2014 3:06 pm
MARC CHASE: Lessons of a bullet, a photo and human terror

MARC CHASE: Lessons of a bullet, a photo and human terror

They're important physical connections reaching across time and reminding us of our own potential impact on history.

June 28, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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John Hayes artifacts

John Hayes artifacts

A 1911 letter inviting Valparaiso Civil War Pvt. John Hayes to a 50th anniversary reunion of the 4th Indiana Light Artillery.

June 28, 2014 11:58 am
Jack Houser

Jack Houser

Jack Houser, 81, of Valparaiso, holds up a photo of his great-grandfather, Civil War Pvt. William Houser.

June 28, 2014 12:00 pm
John Hayes artifacts

John Hayes artifacts

A bullet found in a metal canister belonging to Valparaiso Civil War veteran John Hayes.

June 28, 2014 11:56 am
John Hayes artifacts

John Hayes artifacts

Photos, letters, spectacles and a Civil War-era bullet found in an old metal canister belonging to Valparaiso Civil War veteran John Hayes, of the 4th Indiana Light Artillery.

June 28, 2014 11:52 am
Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

A cannon keeps ceremonial watch over Union soldiers' graves at Stones River National Cemetery in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

June 24, 2014 2:45 pm
Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Sgt. William Holland, a freed slave who served in the 111th U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War, is buried near Civil War graves he helped maintain during his military service and later as a laborer at the Stones River National Cemetery.

June 24, 2014 2:39 pm
Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

A ceremonial sign pays homage to the Union dead at Stones River National Cemetery, established on the site of the Battle of Stones River — the eighth bloodiest of the Civil War.

June 24, 2014 2:35 pm
Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Thousands of graves of Union soldiers who died in various Tennessee battles during the Civil War fill the Stones River National Cemetery in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The cemetery was established on the site of the war's eighth bloodiest battle.

June 24, 2014 2:30 pm
Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

The first light of day hits headstones of Union Army volunteer soldiers buried near Hazen's Monument at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Hundreds of Northwest Indiana men fought in this location of the battlefield, nicknamed Hell's Half Acre. Black soldiers, most of w…

June 24, 2014 2:27 pm
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

With a bullet in his rib cage, another in his arm and men dying all around him, Valparaiso's Col. Isaac Suman was in the virtual depths of hell.

June 21, 2014 6:19 pm Video Photos

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Broader disability access targeted at PUC conference

Broader disability access targeted at PUC conference

HAMMOND | Going beyond the letter of federal disability laws and striving for universal access at schools and other public facilities will be front and center Tuesday at a free Purdue University Calumet conference.

June 20, 2014 6:50 pm
Stones River National Battlefield

Stones River National Battlefield

Hazen's Monument, the large square structure on the left, is named for Col. William B. Hazen's Brigade, which was the only portion of the Union line to hold its ground on Dec. 31, 1862, never retreating during the first day of the Battle of Stones River. Northwest Indiana men of the 9th Indi…

June 20, 2014 11:58 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

The sun rises last week over the graves of Union soldiers buried near Hazen's Monument at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

June 20, 2014 12:02 pm
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

Graves of Hoosier volunteer soldiers of the "Bloody 9th" Indiana Infantry rest near Hazen's Monument at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

June 20, 2014 11:56 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

A photo of Valparaiso Col. Isaac Suman sits on the stone wall outside of Hazen's Monument, the oldest standing Civil War monument in the country. Suman, who commanded the "Bloody 9th" Indiana Infantry near this Murfreesboro, Tenn., location in 1862 and 1863, helped conceive of the monument w…

June 20, 2014 11:38 am
Stones River National Battlefield

Stones River National Battlefield

This cannon marks the position where hundreds of Northwest Indiana men helped repel four brutal waves of Confederate attacks on New Year's Eve 1862 during the Battle of Stones River. This area of the battlefield became known as Hell's Half Acre because of the brutal fighting that occurred there.

June 20, 2014 11:33 am
Stones River National Battlefield

Stones River National Battlefield

The first light of day hits a farm field at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn., last week. Though a peaceful part of the National Park Service today, this field was the site of some of the Civil War's most brutal fighting on New Year's Eve 1862. The Battle of Stones Riv…

June 20, 2014 11:29 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

A cannon serves as a ceremonial sentry at Stones River National Cemetery, which is connected to the national battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn. More than 3,000 men from both sides of the Civil War died at the Battle of Stones River in early 1862 and late 1863. This area later became one of t…

June 20, 2014 11:25 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

During the Civil War Battle of Stones River, an artillery unit at this position helped repel brutal attacks by the Confederate Army on New Year's Eve 1862 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The unit was known as the Chicago Board of Trade Battery as it was funded by its namesake.

June 20, 2014 11:20 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

A misty fog descends on Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn., last week. This field was among the battlegrounds where Union soldiers from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties helped repel attacks from the Confederate Army in some of the most brutal fighting of the Civil War.

June 20, 2014 11:15 am
MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

A predawn misty fog covered this farm field at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn., last weekend. On Dec. 31, 1862, Confederate soldiers attacked the Union Army across this field. Soldiers from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties were among the men who stood firm and repel…

June 20, 2014 11:09 am

Solid waste district hears new trash-to-energy pitches

CROWN POINT | Two garbage-to-energy firms worked to pique the interest of Lake County solid waste officials Wednesday, hoping a past failed contract with another firm hadn't polluted the political waters.

June 19, 2014 9:15 pm
MARC CHASE: A date with history and the 'Bloody 9th'

MARC CHASE: A date with history and the 'Bloody 9th'

Perhaps it will be like the summer day described in one of Hoosier author Ambrose Bierce's late 19th century short stories when I visit Stones River National Battlefield later this week in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

June 11, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Air show clears runway for disability access

MARC CHASE: Air show clears runway for disability access

Few things bother me more than watching region wheelchair users or other disabled folks struggling to overcome barriers created by bad planning of government officials or private businesses.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am
Defining poverty difficult, but essential to fighting region epidemic

Defining poverty difficult, but essential to fighting region epidemic

Tina, a 36-year-old mother of three in South Haven, defines it as the fight to find work when every broken-down car means another lost employment opportunity.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Endless struggle or revolving door?

Endless struggle or revolving door?

The 73,069 people who received $5.3 million in poor relief from township trustees in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in 2013 represent a heavy burden on local government resources, local government officials said.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Cost of not addressing poverty could surpass current cost

Millions of dollars in federal and township poor relief flood Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties every month, outpacing statewide rates, a Times computer-assisted analysis of state, federal and local data shows.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Related

Father, son agree to admit guilt in $1M fraud case

HAMMOND | A father-son team of Gary grocery store operators filed plea agreements in federal court Friday, admitting to stealing from the federally funded food stamp program, court records show.

June 06, 2014 7:30 pm
MARC CHASE: Bonds of heart in eyes of beholder

MARC CHASE: Bonds of heart in eyes of beholder

"She has my eyes, Dad."

June 04, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: A region epic of loneliness, war and remembrance

MARC CHASE: A region epic of loneliness, war and remembrance

Highland's Adolph Hufenhauser spent some of his last days alone and starving on a straw-covered bench inside a shack on Ridge Road.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am
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