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GRAPHIC: View a map and timeline of the Marcus Schrenker case

GRAPHIC: View a map and timeline of the Marcus Schrenker case

View a map and timeline of the Marcus Schrenker case.

August 13, 2010 10:10 am
GRAPHIC: Trends with casino complaints

GRAPHIC: Trends with casino complaints

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.

August 04, 2010 1:10 pm
DATA: Half of complaints go unanswered

DATA: Half of complaints go unanswered

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…

August 04, 2010 1:12 pm
MAP: Pipelines in Northwest Indiana

MAP: Pipelines in Northwest Indiana

These pipeline locations were gleaned from the collaborative GIS project IndianaMap.org.

July 29, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic: How does sunscreen work?

Graphic: How does sunscreen work?

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.

July 22, 2010 5:24 pm
GRAPHIC: Region temperatures

GRAPHIC: Region temperatures

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.

July 22, 2010 5:21 pm
Fan Cost Index

Fan Cost Index

July 20, 2010 7:49 pm
GRAPHIC: How do windmill generators work?

GRAPHIC: How do windmill generators work?

What's inside a windmill?

July 16, 2010 5:33 pm
GRAPHIC: What is wind?

GRAPHIC: What is wind?

Wind is air put in motion by the uneven heating of the Earth's surface by the sun.

July 16, 2010 5:29 pm
GRAPHIC: Wind energy production

GRAPHIC: Wind energy production

The United States is among the world leaders in generating electricity from win.

July 16, 2010 5:31 pm
GRAPHIC: Where is the best seat?

GRAPHIC: Where is the best seat?

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…

July 13, 2010 10:12 pm
GRAPHIC: Danica Patrick and Nascar

GRAPHIC: Danica Patrick and Nascar

July 08, 2010 6:39 pm

Levee legalese: What do the easements actually say?

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…

July 03, 2010 1:54 pm
GRAPHIC: The Bulls without Jordan

GRAPHIC: The Bulls without Jordan

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.

July 01, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic - Worth the hype?

Graphic - Worth the hype?

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):

June 18, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic - Meet the Stanley Cup

Graphic - Meet the Stanley Cup

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.

June 04, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic: The Jackson Family Center

Graphic: The Jackson Family Center

The proposed Jackson Family Center to be located in Gary.

June 03, 2010 10:15 am
Graphic: Jackson Family Center site

Graphic: Jackson Family Center site

The proposed Jackson Family Center to be located in Gary.

June 03, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic - Foster care snapshot

Graphic - Foster care snapshot

May 19, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic – Graduation rates

Graphic – Graduation rates

May 19, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic - Jeff Samardzija's career

Graphic - Jeff Samardzija's career

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.

May 14, 2010 6:32 pm
Graphic - Airport-based aircraft

Graphic - Airport-based aircraft

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…

May 07, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic - Low-frequency air traffic in Gary

Graphic - Low-frequency air traffic in Gary

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…

May 06, 2010 12:00 pm
PDF - The state's plan for Cline

PDF - The state's plan for Cline

April 16, 2010 10:35 am

Map - E85 sales in Indiana

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.

April 16, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic - Revenue streams

Graphic - Revenue streams

A MATTER OF MONEY: Earl H. Powers cites several different methods his Schneider plant will make money.

April 16, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic - The trash-to-ethanol process

Graphic - The trash-to-ethanol process

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 …

April 15, 2010 7:49 am
Graphic - Comparing the trash bids

Graphic - Comparing the trash bids

In 2007, the Lake County Solid Waste Management District put the call out for bids to consolidate the county’s waste collection.

April 14, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic - Where are their vacation homes?

Graphic - Where are their vacation homes?

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.

April 12, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic – The tangled web of connections

Graphic – The tangled web of connections

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…

April 12, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic - Other trash-to-ethanol plants

Graphic - Other trash-to-ethanol plants

A look at other trash-to-ethanol plants in the United States.

April 11, 2010 12:00 am
Graphic - The Schneider plant

Graphic - The Schneider plant

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.

April 11, 2010 12:00 am

Child deaths in Indiana

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…

April 01, 2010 12:00 am Related
Graphic - 2000 Census early response rates

Graphic - 2000 Census early response rates

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…

March 31, 2010 9:11 pm
Graphic - A closer look at child deaths

Graphic - A closer look at child deaths

Take a closer look into the abuse- and neglect-related deaths of children in Indiana.

March 31, 2010 9:05 pm
GRAPHIC - How e911 works

GRAPHIC - How e911 works

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 …

March 17, 2010 11:59 pm
Subprime loans 2007-08

Subprime loans 2007-08

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…

March 09, 2010 12:00 am

Census - Inmate populations by town

March 06, 2010 12:05 am
GRAPHIC - Body scan technology

GRAPHIC - Body scan technology

A peek inside the workings of Diffraction-Enhanced X-ray Imaging (DEXI).

March 05, 2010 6:01 pm
Graphic - Luke Harangody shoots for best ever

Graphic - Luke Harangody shoots for best ever

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.

March 04, 2010 6:26 pm
Year-by-year: 100 state champions

Year-by-year: 100 state champions

February 26, 2010 5:04 pm

Database - School loan interest statewide

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…

January 16, 2010 6:40 pm

Indiana Graduation Rates 2008-09

The Indiana Department of Education has announced the graduation rates for the 2008-09 school year.

January 08, 2010 11:35 am
GRAPHIC - Where's the Toll Road cash?

GRAPHIC - Where's the Toll Road cash?

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…

January 06, 2010 2:55 pm

Interactive - Alternative measures

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics uses 6 different methods to measure unemployment in this country.

December 19, 2009 7:15 pm

Interactive - Indiana unemployment

Current unemployment rates in Indiana, listed county-by-county.

December 19, 2009 7:15 pm
Diagram - Cline Avenue bridge troubles

Diagram - Cline Avenue bridge troubles

A look at what ails the Cline Avenue bridge.

December 09, 2009 7:25 pm
Interactive: What does accessibility look like?

Interactive: What does accessibility look like?

"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…

December 04, 2009 5:00 pm
Graphic - Weis rates in the middle

Graphic - Weis rates in the middle

Charlie Weis' winning percentage rates him smack in the middle of the last 100 years of Notre Dame football coaches.

December 01, 2009 5:50 pm
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