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View a map and timeline of the Marcus Schrenker case.
The Times examined all written complaints filed with the Indiana Gaming Commission by Northwest Indiana gamblers in 2009 – 37 in total. Presented here is a breakdown of the data.
The Indiana Gaming Commission received 37 written complaints from gamblers at Northwest Indiana casinos in 2009, about half of which went unanswered. The graph below shows how many days it took the gaming commission to respond to complaints where it provided an answer. It also shows complain…
These pipeline locations were gleaned from the collaborative GIS project IndianaMap.org.
Sunscreen and sunblock are not the same, though many sun protection lotions use elements of both. By suspending tiny particles of organic and inorganic compounds in a lotion, the sun’s ultraviolet rays are absorbed and reflected.
Though the rest of the world felt the hottest June on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency’s data show the metropolitan Chicago region, which includes Northwest Indiana, has experienced a less than record summer.
What's inside a windmill?
Wind is air put in motion by the uneven heating of the Earth's surface by the sun.
The United States is among the world leaders in generating electricity from win.
The Times watched six RailCats games, against the Joliet JackHammers and Kansas City T-Bones, charting each pitch to pinpoint the optimum spots for a fan to snag a ball. There are few general seating areas in fair/home-run territory, so those hits largely were ignored. Over the course of the…
To control flooding along the Little Calumet River, the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needed access to the property of hundreds of Lake County landowners. Each property owner was presented with a detailed review that included an assess…
No team was better than the Bulls when No. 23 was on the court, but success has proven elusive since he left. Adding a top-tier talent like LeBron James might be just what the team needs. Wins and losses are charted here.
WORTH THE HYPE? It’s no secret that a pitchers’ first trip through the league is easier than his second. Here are eight other pitchers who entered the league with loads of fanfare and their first half/second half stats from their first significant year in the majors (minimum 100 innings pitched):
The Stanley Cup is arguably the most recognized trophy in professional sports. With more traditions, superstitions and tales of misadventure linked to it, this special trophy represents more than 100 years of hockey history. Here is a small slice of it.
The proposed Jackson Family Center to be located in Gary.
The proposed Jackson Family Center to be located in Gary.
Each of the dots represent a game in witch Samardzija has pitched. Though he was a starter for most of his minor league career, he has been used almost exclusively as a reliever by the Cubs as has seen minimal success in that role.
The Gary airport strategic plan released Thursday highlights charter flight and other low-frequency air traffic as important to economic survival. A key measure of success in these areas, the report states, is the number of aircraft based at an airport. The totals below do not reflect the to…
REPORT POINTS TO CORPORATE JETS: The strategic business plan released Thursday suggests the Gary airport focus on corporate and charter flights as a core business. It describes this level of such traffic as “respectable,” as shown in the data below, but says growing this business is essentia…
E85 fuel, vehicle fuel which is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, can be found all over Indiana, including at more than a dozen sites in the region.
A MATTER OF MONEY: Earl H. Powers cites several different methods his Schneider plant will make money.
Earl H. Powers says he can take all the garbage in Lake County and make it mostly disappear. Under his plan, some of it will be recycled and the rest will be turned into ethanol, but how is this possible? The technology he intends to use in his Schneider plant was developed by scientists at …
In 2007, the Lake County Solid Waste Management District put the call out for bids to consolidate the county’s waste collection.
Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub said Earl Powers and lawyer Mike Pannos visited his Culver, Ind., farmhouse in mid-2009. Scheub’s home is about one mile from Pannos’ lake house.
Three years ago, the Lake County Solid Waste Management District sought bids from private companies to consolidate processing of the county’s trash. Consolidation proponents claimed it would save taxpayer dollars by sending all trash to one vendor. Powers Energy One of Indiana LLC won the co…
A look at other trash-to-ethanol plants in the United States.
The land was annexed by Schneider on Thursday when the town approved a fiscal plan. Prior to that action, the town’s northern border was near 236th Avenue.
Forty-six children died from abuse or neglect in 2008 in Indiana, according to the state's Department of Child Services annual report. Presented here are the death totals since 2003. Click on a year to highlight counties where deaths occurred. Run your mouse over each one to learn more infor…
For the 2000 Census, just as the current one, the U.S. Census Bureau mailed forms to all U.S. households. The initial response rates then, depicted here, are used as a guide to areas that now should receive priority attention in awareness and promotion activities. NOTE: The data does not t…
Take a closer look into the abuse- and neglect-related deaths of children in Indiana.
HOW E911 WORKS: In 1996, the FCC ordered all wireless carriers and manufacturers to provide 911 responders a caller’s location information. The first phase - completed in 1998 - required 911 dispatchers to know the location of cell towers carrying emergency calls. Phase II required carriers …
The Times culled records for more than 25,670 approved home mortgage loans for 2007 and 2008 from a federal database of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data. NOTE: Hispanics are counted as an ethnic group, not a race group, in the lending data. Therefore Hispanics also are counted among some of…
A peek inside the workings of Diffraction-Enhanced X-ray Imaging (DEXI).
A knee injury might have slowed his quest for Notre Dame’s all-time scoring record, but he still will close his career as one of the program’s best. Here is how the Andrean grad stacks up among the university's top career scorers.
Late property tax bills and slow to arrive property tax revenue have forced many Northwest Indiana school corporations to borrow money to pay the bills. Like any other loan, school corporations pay interest on the money they borrow. The chart/map/whatever shows how much money school corporat…
The Indiana Department of Education has announced the graduation rates for the 2008-09 school year.
Mayors and local union leaders are asking why some of the $3.8 billion the state received for the Indiana Toll Road lease in 2006 can't be put toward building a new Cline Avenue bridge. That remains a possibility. There still are funds left from the blockbuster lease payment from a Spanish-A…
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics uses 6 different methods to measure unemployment in this country.
Current unemployment rates in Indiana, listed county-by-county.
A look at what ails the Cline Avenue bridge.
"Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires public accommodations to provide goods and services to people with disabilities on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. The goal is to afford every individual the opportunity to benefit from our country's businesses an…
Charlie Weis' winning percentage rates him smack in the middle of the last 100 years of Notre Dame football coaches.
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