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Porter Memorial Hospital demolition

Porter Memorial Hospital demolition

The emergency room entrance of the former Porter Memorial Hospital crumbles during the 2013 demolition of the building on LaPorte Avenue in Valparaiso.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
9-1-1 Slugfest knockout

9-1-1 Slugfest knockout

A referee stops the fight after Munster police officer Erik Holloway is knocked out by Hammond firefighter Jeremy Patton during the inaugural 9-1-1 Slugfest at the Hammond Civic Center.

July 08, 2014 4:16 pm
9-1-1 Slugfest at Hammond Civic Center

9-1-1 Slugfest at Hammond Civic Center

Hammond firefighter and retired boxer Jack Callahan talks with fans at last April's 9-1-1 Slugfest at the Hammond Civic Center.

July 07, 2014 7:49 pm
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Some of the produce that is grown with the Portage Community Garden.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am
Garden plots available

Garden plots available

Community gardens like this one are a great way to promote healthy living while helping a great cause.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 1: The dunes

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 1: The dunes

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 1: The dunes

July 04, 2014 1:58 pm
Telling the tale of the South Shore in 100 objects

Telling the tale of the South Shore in 100 objects

Telling the tale of the South Shore in 100 objects.

July 04, 2014 2:02 pm
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 1: The dunes

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 1: The dunes

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 1: The dunes

July 04, 2014 1:57 pm
Pizza

Pizza

Rather than deep dish, true Chicago pizza has a thin crust and is cut into squares.

July 03, 2014 1:46 pm
Mt. Carmel's Bryce Brill celebrates his win.

Mt. Carmel's Bryce Brill celebrates his win.

Mount Carmel's Bryce Brill celebrates his win during the 2014 Class 3A, 152-pound championship match at the University of Illinois' State Farm Center.

July 02, 2014 9:22 pm
Community banks

Community banks

Munster-based Peoples Bank, whose headquarters are shown here, acquired Hammond's First Federal Savings and Loan Association, which was one-twentieth of its size and was looking for a buyer as long-time president and CEO John Freyek neared retirement. Peoples Bank has stayed in business for …

July 02, 2014 5:32 pm
Community banks

Community banks

At one time, Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties were home to 51 independent community banks. Today, just eight remain, including Merrillville-based Centier Bank.

July 02, 2014 5:26 pm
Crete-Monee's Omari Stringer

Crete-Monee's Omari Stringer

Crete-Monee's Omari Stringer returns an interception for a touchdown during the 2012 IHSA Class 6A playoffs. Stringer has committed to play at Indiana University.

July 01, 2014 6:52 pm
Lake County property tax sale

Lake County property tax sale

Bob Golding, of Munster bids on a propterty during the 2009 tax sale at the Lake County Government Center. Since then, tax-delinquent properties have been sold online.

June 30, 2014 12:00 am
Lake County Jail

Lake County Jail

Students are given a tour of the Lake County Jail. Securing voting rights for inmates is now under discussion.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
The South Shore in 100 Objects: Shoe Corner

The South Shore in 100 Objects: Shoe Corner

The South Shore in 100 Objects: Shoe Corner

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
Zerell Jackson, Bloom Trail

Zerell Jackson, Bloom Trail

Bloom Township's Zerell Jackson played football and basketball for Bloom Township. He was a Bloom Trail student. Football is at Bloom Trail and basketball was at Bloom.

June 28, 2014 8:40 pm
Thornton Fractional North and South high schools combine in several sports

Thornton Fractional North and South high schools combine in several sports

Thornton Fractional girls soccer players celebrate a  shootuot win over Eisenhower. Thornton Fractional North and South high schools combine in several sports, including boys and girls soccer.

June 28, 2014 7:41 pm
Illinos Lutheran baseball is state champs

Illinos Lutheran baseball is state champs

Illinois Lutheran won the Class 1A state baseball title June 7 in Peoria.

June 26, 2014 6:57 pm
Jerry Verde, Crete state football champs

Jerry Verde, Crete state football champs

Jerry Verde, right, and the 2012 Crete Monee football team won the Class 6A title. Verde, now the coach at Marian Catholic, is opposed to separating public and private schools in the state tournament.

June 26, 2014 6:49 pm
Niki Quasney, of Munster

Niki Quasney, of Munster

Munster resident Niki Quasney speaks about her experiences with BRCA1, her prophylactic mastectomy, and her ongoing battle with ovarian cancer in 2013 in the dining room of her home. She and her partner, Amy Sandler, want their Massachusetts marriage recognized on her death certificate.

June 25, 2014 3:41 pm
Court srikes down Indiana ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional

Court srikes down Indiana ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional

Munster resident Niki Quasney speaks last year about her ongoing battle with ovarian cancer as her partner, Amy Sandler, and daughter, Asher, stand nearby. Quasney and Sandler want their Massachusetts marriage recognized on Quasney's death certificate.

June 25, 2014 3:41 pm
Realtors use drone to show properties

Realtors use drone to show properties

Realtors Jeff and Grace Safrin demonstrate the quadcopter drone they used to photograph stills and video of certain properties to show to clients. They no longer use it after learning they'd need a pilot's license to operate it commercially. Fred Cate, a professor at Indiana University Schoo…

June 24, 2014 6:15 pm
Realtors use drone to show properties

Realtors use drone to show properties

Realtors Grace Safrin and her husband, Jeff, demonstrate the quadcopter drone they used to photograph stills and video of certain properties to show to clients. They no longer use the drone after learning they'd be fined unless they obtained a pilot's license.

June 24, 2014 6:15 pm
Realtors use drone to show properties

Realtors use drone to show properties

The quadcopter drone is used to photograph stills and video of certain properties to show to clients.

June 24, 2014 6:15 pm
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 7: Fireworks

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 7: Fireworks

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, consumer sales of fireworks surged to $662 million in 2013, up from $284 million in 1998.

June 24, 2014 1:50 pm
Beverly Shores named world's seventh Dark Sky Community

Beverly Shores named world's seventh Dark Sky Community

Beverly Shores has been named the seventh Dark Sky Community in the world by the International Dark-Sky Association. The designation recognizes the town for its efforts to curb light pollution.

June 24, 2014 12:00 am
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With the green power program, NIPSCO customers can designate 25, 50 or 100 percent of monthly electric usage to power generated by renewable energy sources including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric power. Commercial and industrial customers have the added flexibility to de…

June 22, 2014 7:00 am
Fronius building in Portage's AmeriPlex at the Port business park.

Fronius building in Portage's AmeriPlex at the Port business park.

A sign directs visitors to the Fronius building in Portage's AmeriPlex at the Port business park.

June 22, 2014 7:00 am
Disability access targeted at PUC conference

Disability access targeted at PUC conference

Al Piening, of Beverly Shores, is lifted by train personnel Thursday onto a South Shore train at Dune Park with a wheelchair-accessible lift.

June 20, 2014 2:49 pm
Matt Domer vs. Lake Zurich

Matt Domer vs. Lake Zurich

Mount Carmel's Matt Domer rushed for 1,467 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. The Illinois recruited was recently denied admission to the school.

June 19, 2014 6:43 pm
Matt Domer against Downers Grove North

Matt Domer against Downers Grove North

Mount Carmel's Matt Domer was denied admission to the University of Illinois and is now enrolled at Parkland College, a community college in Champaign.

June 19, 2014 6:37 pm
The South Shore in 100 Objects: Pierogi

The South Shore in 100 Objects: Pierogi

The South Shore in 100 Objects: Pierogi

June 19, 2014 1:44 pm
Picking strawberries

Picking strawberries

A youngster chooses the perfect strawberry during a past Strawberry Madness Festival at Johnson's Farm Produce and Strawberry Farm in Hobart.

June 19, 2014 1:00 am
Strawberries on vine

Strawberries on vine

Strawberries ripen on a vine.

June 19, 2014 1:00 am
Lake Central High School pool

Lake Central High School pool

A high dive and four low-diving boards are featured in the new 50-meter olympic-sized pool at Lake Central High School. Whether at school, a YMCA or elsewhere, swimming lessons can save lives.

June 18, 2014 12:00 am
Michael Harris, Indiana All-Star

Michael Harris, Indiana All-Star

E.C. Central's Michael Harris shoots in the 2010 Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game in Indianapolis.

June 17, 2014 9:13 pm
Jake Kitchell, Indiana All-Star

Jake Kitchell, Indiana All-Star

South Central's Jake Kitchell pulls down a rebound in the 2010 Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game in Indianapolis.

June 17, 2014 9:10 pm
Becca Bruszewski, Indiana All-Star

Becca Bruszewski, Indiana All-Star

Wheeler's Becca Bruszewski shoots during the 2007 Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game before heading off to play at Notre Dame.

June 17, 2014 9:08 pm
Tyrae Robinson, Indiana All-Star

Tyrae Robinson, Indiana All-Star

Bowman Academy's Tyrae Robinson, right, pulls in a rebound in the 2010 Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game in Indianapolis.

June 17, 2014 9:12 pm
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Storm sewer pipes await installation.

June 16, 2014 12:00 am
Strawberries

Strawberries

Head out to the fields to pick strawberries.

June 15, 2014 3:08 pm
Former L.C. football player overcomes tragedy with a smile on his face

Former L.C. football player overcomes tragedy with a smile on his face

With his mother, Pat, walking next to him, former Lake Central football player Matt Wesley is honored Aug. 15, 2008 after the scrimmage between Lake Central and Andrean at Lake Central High School. Wesley suffered paralysis during a practice drill in October 2007.

June 13, 2014 5:13 pm
Festival of the Lakes

Festival of the Lakes

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott shoots T-shirts to the crowd before the start of the LL Cool J concert at last year's Festival of the Lakes.

June 13, 2014 12:00 am
Bloom's Jazmin Aldape and Lincoln-Way North's Bianca Galassini

Bloom's Jazmin Aldape and Lincoln-Way North's Bianca Galassini

Bloom's Jazmin Aldape, right, and Lincoln-Way North's Bianca Galassini go up for a ball in the 3A Lincoln-Way North Regional championship.

June 12, 2014 9:25 pm
Gary EMS

Gary EMS

A Gary Fire Department ambulance responds to a call in Gary. 

June 12, 2014 12:00 am
U.S. flag

U.S. flag

The U.S. flag

June 10, 2014 2:40 pm
Bellaboos

Bellaboos

Kathryn Diaz of Lake Station enjoys the ball pit at Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center in Lake Station. Bellaboo's will host summer camps on Tuesdays and Thursdays for kids aged 3 to 7.

June 08, 2014 9:00 am
Groups pursue housing projects for veterans

Groups pursue housing projects for veterans

Officials attend a kickoff event for the Veterans Build project last March. Veterans Build, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity Northwest Indiana and the NWI Action Veterans Council, plans to build a home for a veteran this fall.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am
Distrust can derail workplace wellness efforts

Distrust can derail workplace wellness efforts

Nurses and a medical assistant take blood samples to run blood glucose checks in Hobart. Glucose screenings are among the biometric screening tests employers can offer.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am
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