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Murderer captured in LaPorte pleads guilty to Mich. prison escape

Murderer captured in LaPorte pleads guilty to Mich. prison escape

IONIA, Mich. | A convicted murderer captured in February near LaPorte after escaping from a western Michigan prison pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges related to the escape.

September 19, 2014 6:18 pm Photos

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Indiana University honors Ukraine crash victim

Indiana University honors Ukraine crash victim

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. | A posthumous doctoral degree has been given to the family of an Indiana University student who was among those killed when a jetliner was shot down over Ukraine.

September 18, 2014 6:25 pm

Communities plan 9/11 memorial services

Several ceremonies are scheduled today to commemorate the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

September 10, 2014 7:26 pm
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 63: Popcorn

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 63: Popcorn

Tens of thousands of people will pop over to Valparaiso today to see the annual Popcorn Festival that began in 1979 as a tribute to popcorn king Orville Redenbacher.

September 06, 2014 12:00 am

Federal court upholds Indiana right-to-work law

INDIANAPOLIS | A federal appeals court upheld Indiana's right-to-work law banning mandatory union fees Tuesday in a split decision delivered just days before another legal challenge is to be heard.

September 02, 2014 6:30 pm
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 57: Statue of Flick

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 57: Statue of Flick

The way the statue of Flick beckons fans of "A Christmas Story" to the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond all year, you'd think Christmas never ends there.

August 31, 2014 12:05 am Photos

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Ex-Gary man given 41-month prison term in marijuana case

HAMMOND | A former Gary resident who allegedly fled after pleading guilty four years ago to a charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana was sentenced Wednesday to three years and five months in prison.

August 28, 2014 9:11 pm
BP explosion causes sulfur dioxide release

BP explosion causes sulfur dioxide release

BP officials have notified the state of Indiana that more than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide were released into the air following an explosion at its Whiting Refinery.

August 28, 2014 3:55 pm Related
Quinn signs pregnancy discrimination measure

Quinn signs pregnancy discrimination measure

CHICAGO | New guidelines aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against pregnant women were signed into law by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn this week, a move backers say extends protections already in place for other workers.

August 26, 2014 8:00 pm

The Times Preseason Top 10

(Last year's record in parentheses)

August 22, 2014 12:00 am

Sports Digest:

Pro basketball

August 11, 2014 9:00 pm

NWI not likely to have toxic algae problem

With the threat from a toxic algae bloom that affected the tap water for about 400,000 residents of Michigan and Ohio apparently ended, a spokesman for Indiana American Water said the chances for a similar problem in Northwest Indiana were small.

August 04, 2014 7:00 pm

Sports Digest: Bulls announce 2 minor trades

Pro basketball

July 14, 2014 9:00 pm

Sports Digest: RailCats winning streak stops at six

Pro baseball

July 13, 2014 9:00 pm
Vet dished out food, 55-pound shells

Vet dished out food, 55-pound shells

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tom Donovan, of Portage, never set foot in Korea during the Korean War.

July 13, 2014 8:30 pm Video Photos

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Sports Digest: RailCats' winning streak reaches six

Pro baseball

July 12, 2014 9:00 pm

Valpo School Board meets

VALPARAISO | Attorney David Hollenbeck began Thursday night’s Valparaiso School Board meeting by swearing in Karl Cender as a member after he was reappointed by the Valparaiso City Council at the end of June.

July 10, 2014 5:58 pm
Region puts seven on IHSBCA All-Star team

Region puts seven on IHSBCA All-Star team

As the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association released it's North All-Star roster and its All-State team, many area names looked familiar on both lists.

July 07, 2014 8:30 pm
Portage man spent nearly entire Korean War in captivity

Portage man spent nearly entire Korean War in captivity

For Elliott Sortillo, 79, of Portage, fighting in the Korean War meant fighting for survival. He was a prisoner of war for 30 months, nearly the entire war.

June 29, 2014 7:00 pm Video Photos

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Fans mark 5th anniversary of Michael Jackson's death

Fans mark 5th anniversary of Michael Jackson's death

It's been five years since Michael Jackson died, yet his career is more alive than it has been in decades.

June 24, 2014 7:06 pm Photos

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Bears' long snapper Patrick Mannelly announces retirement after 16 seasons

Bears' long snapper Patrick Mannelly announces retirement after 16 seasons

LAKE FOREST | There comes the time when every pro athlete must walk away from the game he loves.

June 20, 2014 6:30 pm

Greater Works Ministries sets summer food program

HAMMOND | Greater Works Ministries is participating in the summer food service program, in which free meals are made available to those meeting qualifications.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am
IU Northwest names Kris Schnatz as new men's basketball coach

IU Northwest names Kris Schnatz as new men's basketball coach

GARY | After four months of searching for the right candidate to lead the men's basketball program at Indiana University Northwest, the RedHawks have found their man right on campus.

June 18, 2014 5:30 pm

Southbound Dan Ryan reopens after crash

CHICAGO | The southbound lanes of Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway were reopened Tuesday night after a bus carrying 38 special-needs adults was involved in a crash with a semitrailer.

June 03, 2014 6:41 pm

Sonar search to resume Monday for Chicago man missing in Lake Michigan

MICHIGAN CITY | Indiana conservation officers plan to resume an underwater sonar search Monday for a Chicago man who went missing Saturday night in Lake Michigan north of Mount Baldy.

June 01, 2014 5:15 pm

Ill. lawmaker to call gambling expansion plan in fall

SPRINGFIELD | Plans to expand gambling in Illinois were put on hold Friday when the backer of legislation proposing new casinos said he wouldn't call the measure for a vote until he resolved lingering issues and had key support.

May 30, 2014 11:25 am
Kostka's Korean War role was entertaining — literally

Kostka's Korean War role was entertaining — literally

Many Korean War veterans can say they saw Marilyn Monroe perform there in a slinky purple sequin dress.

May 25, 2014 7:00 pm Video Photos

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Ex-clerk pleads guilty to stealing more than $650K from Burnham

CHICAGO | A 70-year-old former village clerk has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $650,000 from Burnham, spending much of it at Indiana casinos.

May 22, 2014 2:34 pm

Second man expected to plead guilty in insurance fraud case

HAMMOND | A second man is expected to plead guilty in connection with an insurance fraud scheme that took place between December 2005 and July 2009.

May 19, 2014 8:34 pm
Illinois man contracts MERS virus after contact with Munster patient

Illinois man contracts MERS virus after contact with Munster patient

Federal health officials said an Illinois business associate of a man treated for MERS in Indiana earlier this month has tested positive for the disease but shows no signs of illness, NBC5 is reporting.

May 17, 2014 4:37 pm Video
Whiting High School Science Olympiad heading to national competition

Whiting High School Science Olympiad heading to national competition

WHITING | On March 19, Whiting Science Olympiad competed in the state tournament at Indiana University Bloomington. Competing against 30 other teams, Whiting has been close to going to nationals many times, only to receive third. Although that achievement alone deserves praise, the team has …

May 15, 2014 2:25 pm
Seton Volleyball League concludes fourth season

Seton Volleyball League concludes fourth season

SOUTH HOLLAND | This is why they call it "volley" ball.

May 12, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Lake County clerk takes big step toward re-election

Incumbent Lake County Clerk Mike Brown easily defeated challenger Josefina Magallenes in Tuesday's Democratic primary as he looks toward a second decade as a Lake County elected official.

May 07, 2014 9:46 pm

Cid's vote against tax paves way to primary victory

CROWN POINT | Christine Cid, who has sometimes gone against the tide during her time on the Lake County Council, may have ridden an anti-tax sentiment to victory Tuesday in the Democratic primary for District 5.

May 06, 2014 10:18 pm
ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: Beecher's Johnson commits to Loyola

ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: Beecher's Johnson commits to Loyola

Beecher's Taylor Johnson has been spectacular thus far in her freshman season, leading the Times No. 1 Ladycats in home runs (10), triples (3), doubles (10) and RBIs (46) while hitting an astounding .618.

May 01, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Plea expected in car crash scheme

HAMMOND | A Michigan City man is expected to plead guilty in connection with an insurance fraud scheme that occured between December 2005 and July 2009.

April 28, 2014 5:30 pm

The Times honored at Associated Press awards event

Times staffers brought home several awards in the Indiana Associated Press Media Editors Association News and Photo contest.

April 25, 2014 8:30 pm
ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: Inconstency, lack of effort hurting T.F. soccer team

ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: Inconstency, lack of effort hurting T.F. soccer team

After Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to Argo, the Thornton Fractional girls soccer team fell to 5-5 overall and 4-3 in South Suburban Blue play. As its record indicates, consistency has been a problem for the United.

April 24, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Study: Some biofuels less green than gasoline

Study: Some biofuels less green than gasoline

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a new study said.

April 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: Illinois Lutheran to host baseball tourney

ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: Illinois Lutheran to host baseball tourney

The T.F. North and T.F. South baseball teams play their annual game under the lights when the District 215 rivals square off at 7 p.m. today at the U.S. Steel yard in Gary.

April 17, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Indiana graduation rates unchanged from 2012

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Department of Education says the state's high school graduation rates from 2013 are virtually the same as from the year before.

April 16, 2014 10:55 am Related

Son of former Dolton mayor charged with tax crime

CHICAGO | Victor Shaw, the son of late Dolton Mayor William Shaw, was charged Friday with six misdemeanor counts of failing to file federal income tax returns between 2007 and 2012.

April 14, 2014 7:15 pm
ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: IFCA Halll induction has local flavor

ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: IFCA Halll induction has local flavor

They are two recognizable surnames that are well known in Illinois prep football circles.

April 10, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Body pulled from Porter lake identified as missing Michigan doctor

Body pulled from Porter lake identified as missing Michigan doctor

PORTER | The body recovered Sunday from Lake Charles in Porter has been identified as Teleka Patrick, 30, of Kalamazoo, Mich., who went missing Dec. 6.

April 09, 2014 6:38 pm Photos

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Body found at abandoned Gary home

GARY | A person found dead at a vacant home at 1833 Pennsylvania St. died of multiple gunshot wounds in an apparent homicide, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

April 02, 2014 6:00 pm

E.C. man accused of sex with 11-year-old girl accepts plea deal

HAMMOND | An East Chicago man has entered into a plea agreement on a federal charge of crossing state lines to engage in sex with an 11-year-old girl.

March 24, 2014 8:00 pm

Jury finds businessman guilty of killing wife, a T.F. North grad

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. | Jurors in suburban Chicago have found businessman Allan Kustok guilty of killing his wife, Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, in September 2010.

March 11, 2014 3:55 pm
Dozens of same-sex couples get marriage licenses in Illinois

Dozens of same-sex couples get marriage licenses in Illinois

CHICAGO | More than 80 same-sex couples  — including couples from Gary and DeMotte — have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including some from other Illinois counties who apparently didn't want to wait until gay marriage becomes legal statewide on June 1.

February 25, 2014 1:00 pm

Jail escapee gets 41-month sentence

CHICAGO | A bank robber's escape with a cellmate from a high-rise Chicago lockup got him an additional three and a half years in federal prison.

February 24, 2014 4:04 pm
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