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Abandoned buildings like this one in Flint, Mich., in June 2011 can be havens for crime. Flint led the nation in 2012 with the highest homicide rate for a city over 100,000 residents.
Hank Adams speaks at a Republican election night party at Buddy & Pals Bar and Grill in Crown Point in 2010.
Lowell wide receiver, Cole Midgett, left, was a standout before graduating. The St. Xavier standout was almost killed this summer in a car accident. He was at the Lowell-Crown Point game on Friday night and spoke about the experience for the first time.
Solar panels can boost a home's energy rating and make it more attractive for resale.
Chesterton's Margaret Shinn played No. 1 doubles in the regular season and No. 3 singles in the postseason as a junior.
Marian Catholic pours gatorade on head coach Phil Wail following its Class 3A state championship in June.
Schererville officials participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking last August for the new community center at Scherwood Park. The new building could open as soon as this spring.
The Northwest Indiana Symphony orchestra performs a free concert at the park grounds in Cedar Lake July 21.
Conductor Kirk Muspratt leads the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra in a free concert at the park grounds in Cedar Lake in July.
Beatrice Herrera looks for family and friends Sunday during the East Chicago Central High School commencement.
Highland's Abigail Madrigal, pictured, and twin sister Vani have advanced to today's IHSAA quarterfinal round of the state doubles finals.
Libby Brown, 2, of Crown Point, enjoys corn during the 2011 Crown Point Corn Roast in downtown Crown Point.
Joel Palascha, coordinator for community affairs for U.S. Steel-Gary Works and partner Beth Coberg compete in the Dancing with the Local Stars event at the Merrillville Radisson in this Feb 24, 2011, file photo.
Randy Maksimik didn't score until Lake Central got to state last season. However, the defender does have a background as an offensive-minded player. He manned the forward position up until his freshman year, when coach Jereme Rainwater switched him to defense.
Because of the NFL lockout, Antwaan Randle El, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has returned home to Chicago often during the offseason, including in April for Coca-Cola McLegends game at Thornton High School.
Erik Sprenne with the Northwest Indiana Paddlers Association speaks to people on a canoe after leading a May 21 paddling tour down the Little Calumet River to raise awareness of local paddling spots. The new Lake Michigan National Recreation Trail, dedicated last weekend, adds to their options.
Willy Love, of South Bend, cools off on June 7 at Deep River Water Park.
Gavit graduate and Marine Corps. Captain Anthony Doukas is welcomed home by Indiana Patriot Guard member Darrel "Slick" Sills outside of Petros Restaurant in Hammond in this Feb 17, 2011, file photo. Doukas had just returned from a 7-month tour in Afghanistan.
Lake County sheriff's officers escort Riley Choate, a former tenant of a mobile home park in Gary's Black Oak neighborhood, into a police car after finding human remains under a shed behind Choate's former home in 2011.
Kankakee Valley's second baseman Mike Tilley, trying to cut off Andrean's Tyler Ochi during a conference game this season, has played all four of his seasons of Kougars baseball on the varsity squad.
Lake County sheriff's officers escort Riley Choate, a former tenant of a mobile home park in Gary's Black Oak neighborhood, into a police car Wednesday after finding human remains under a shed behind Choate's former home in 2011. The remains were those of his son Christian.
Bert Pass distributes the ultra special barrel aged varieties of Dark Lord to winning customers in April during the annual Dark Lord Day at the Three Floyds Brewery in Munster.
Land was being cleared in March in north Hammond in hopes of landing a deal with Canadian fertilizer giant PotashCorp. The city continues to negotiate with PotashCorp to locate a $100 million transfer facility at Gibson Yard, according to Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.
Pharmacist V.J. Damasius prepares to administer flu shots to the needy in March at the First Baptist Church homeless shelter in Hammond.
A train carrying molten iron passes in front of Blast Furnace No. 7 at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago.
A train carrying molten iron passes in front of Blast Furnace No. 7 at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago. The world's largest steelmaker still is recovering from the recession and a collapse in demand for its steel used in buildings, bridges and cars. (Tim Hunt, file | The Times)
Lake County Highway Department driver Roger Ohlenkamp walks through deep snow to prepare a chain to tow his snowplow out of a ditch in Crown Point on Feb. 2. The truck ended up in a ditch due to another driver who would not move.
The roof of a future Special Olympics training center in Crown Point lies in a mangled heap Thursday. Snow from this week's blizzard did the damage.
Princess German, Bowman Academy, poses for a photograph for The Times girls basketball preseason all-area photo shoot.
Tracy Hall explains his photovoltaic system, which converts DC power from his roof mounted solar panels into usable AC power, at his Munster home on Oct. 2, 2010. Hall's home was part of a region wide tour to display solar energy homes.
Jets guard Brandon Moore puts on a hat on the sidelines of Soldier Field during a game against the Bears on Dec 26, 2010, at Soldier Field.
Morton wide receiver Jerry Watson, right, and Hobart linebacker Julian Collazo scramble for the ball after Watson fumbled a pass on Oct 8.
A train carrying molten iron passes in front of Blast Furnace No. 7 at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago. The blast furnace will be used for an energy efficient-project that involves installing a new 550-ton boiler.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews enters the United Center on a red carpet before the first home game of the 2010-11 season.
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