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REGION LIFE: There is no greater love

REGION LIFE: There is no greater love

I was sitting with a friend in a Merrillville restaurant Sunday morning when a hearse passed by the window. A line of squad cars followed.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
Football brings out the crazy: Region fans go to extremes for their teams

Football brings out the crazy: Region fans go to extremes for their teams

From man caves and tattoos to on-field weddings and pets named after players, football fandom in the region runs strong, whether you bleed blue and orange, blue and white or green and gold. We asked for some of the most die-hard football fanatics around, and you answered.

September 20, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 75: Apple orchards

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 75: Apple orchards

Autumn. How sweet it is. 

September 18, 2014 12:00 am
The art of meditation: Monks visit region, share their culture

The art of meditation: Monks visit region, share their culture

GARY | Eight Tibetan monks sat cross-legged on a floor around a cobalt blue square mat where cups of rainbow-colored sand sat on trays. 

September 17, 2014 9:15 pm Video Photos

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'Crazy' Munster family to 'Feud' on Friday

'Crazy' Munster family to 'Feud' on Friday

MUNSTER | In the tubs full of blue oval name tags with yellow lettering, there are Jens, Brandons, Steves and Carls. But, there are no Deletas.

September 17, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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REGION LIFE: Swatting at skeeters

REGION LIFE: Swatting at skeeters

An industrial whirring has unseated the jack-in-the-box ice cream truck jingle as the new favorite summer sound.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
Michael in the mirror: Gary native dances, sings as Jackson tribute entertainer

Michael in the mirror: Gary native dances, sings as Jackson tribute entertainer

Impersonating one of the most famous entertainers of all time is more than wearing a lookalike signature sequined glove and pairing white socks with black pants and shoes. 

September 13, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 68: World Trade Center Beam

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 68: World Trade Center Beam

Nearly 800 miles separate Schererville from New York City, but a piece of debris from a day that changed America connects the two communities.

September 11, 2014 12:00 am
Gary hospital celebrates trauma status

Gary hospital celebrates trauma status

GARY | Hospital officials and community leaders on Monday celebrated Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus' designation as an in-process Level III trauma center, with some calling for the hospital to pursue an even higher level of care.

September 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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This bites: Emerging breed of mosquito is more aggressive

This bites: Emerging breed of mosquito is more aggressive

Region residents bugged by mosquitoes won't see relief for a couple more weeks.

September 08, 2014 8:45 pm
REGION LIFE: A twisted tale

REGION LIFE: A twisted tale

I was on a mission for a hot pretzel and ended up in a hurricane.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am

Wagering on good health

HAMMOND | Employees at Horseshoe Casino now have access to health care without stepping foot off the boat.

September 03, 2014 12:00 pm
REGION RANTS: Lifting the gated life

REGION RANTS: Lifting the gated life

We had our theories.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
FORUM: Rethinking the ink

FORUM: Rethinking the ink

Some bad decisions can be erased.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
AGRICULTURE: Crop prices down; weather a factor in local fields

AGRICULTURE: Crop prices down; weather a factor in local fields

Corn, soybeans and wheat have dropped in price nationally, while rainfall in the Region has led to inconsistency among local crops. 

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
EDUCATION: Economic recovery leads to drop in higher ed enrollment

EDUCATION: Economic recovery leads to drop in higher ed enrollment

Signs of economic recovery could lead to a drop in higher education enrollment.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
CONSUMERS: Local consumers spending with caution

CONSUMERS: Local consumers spending with caution

Local consumers are spending with caution, and for good reason, said Connie Kann, area director of the Better Business Bureau.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
COMMERCE: NWI catching the eye of national retailers

COMMERCE: NWI catching the eye of national retailers

Business interest in Northwest Indiana is growing, a sign of good things to come, said Rex Richards, executive director of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
GOVERNMENT: Local governments still concerned about tax impact

GOVERNMENT: Local governments still concerned about tax impact

More capital expenditures and more hiring is anticipated in local government over the next six months, as municipal leaders face ongoing broader issues that have local impact.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: Higher meat prices not expected to drop anytime soon

TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: Higher meat prices not expected to drop anytime soon

Limited supply has driven up the cost of meat, with no expected drop in the near future.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
Paper being cut from blood donation process

Paper being cut from blood donation process

The likelihood of donors getting a paper cut as they prepare to give blood has dropped significantly, as donation centers rely more on electronic registration. 

August 27, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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REGION RANTS: Ice challenge holds water

REGION RANTS: Ice challenge holds water

When I was little and we played Duck, Duck, Goose, I would sit there, cross-legged and wincing, praying I wouldn't be tapped the next "goose" as a classmate walked around the circle.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Reinventing the reel: Hoosier Theatre goes digital

Reinventing the reel: Hoosier Theatre goes digital

WHITING | Once a movie palace known for silent films, the Hoosier Theatre is now fitted with equipment to make the sights and sounds of Hollywood pop.

August 23, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Gary hospital tapped to take on most critical patients

GARY | The sickest, most injured patients in Northwest Indiana no longer will be transported out of state or the area for immediate care.

August 22, 2014 5:00 pm Related

Cyber attack hits local hospital system

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Local patients affected by a recent cyber attack will be offered free identity theft protection, after their personal information was compromised.

August 18, 2014 6:10 pm
Bugged by head lice?

Bugged by head lice?

With school back in session, students will be sharing pencils and glue, but there's a chance they could share even more.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
REGION RANTS: Paradise found

REGION RANTS: Paradise found

When I typed "West Beach Recreation Area" into the iPhone map app on Tuesday, I was surprised to see the estimated travel time was 32 minutes.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
REGION RANTS: Around and around we go

REGION RANTS: Around and around we go

Most of last week, I started my commute with swear words.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
Foil packet meals and bug spray: 10 places to set up camp

Foil packet meals and bug spray: 10 places to set up camp

We can thank glaciers and their meltwaters for carving and sculpting some of the most beautiful state parks in the Midwest.

August 09, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Foil packet meals and bug spray: 10 places to set up camp

Foil packet meals and bug spray: 10 places to set up camp

We can thank glaciers and their meltwaters for carving and sculpting some of the most beautiful state parks in the Midwest.

August 09, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Jail bonding: Program pairs Lake County inmates with shelter animals

Jail bonding: Program pairs Lake County inmates with shelter animals

CROWN POINT | Dressed in head-to-toe khaki, Eugene Taylor leaned over and patted the white pit bull at his feet.

August 09, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 35: The Shrine of Christ's Passion

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 35: The Shrine of Christ's Passion

A plot of land near the southern edge of St. John is not far from cars and semis zipping past, kicking gravel and barreling down one of the nation's longest thoroughfares.

August 09, 2014 12:05 am
Woman's clients a wink away from lush lashes

Woman's clients a wink away from lush lashes

GRIFFITH | From her sparkly basement floor to the ornate gold Baroque-style decor, Kristine Johnson's passion for Led Zeppelin has crept into her style and her new business.

August 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 32: Meyer's Castle

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 32: Meyer's Castle

From U.S. 30, the castle at the top of the hill is shrouded in foliage.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Foreign exchange students not immune from health requirements

Foreign exchange students not immune from health requirements

International students spending time learning in the United States are not immune from immunization requirements.

July 27, 2014 7:00 pm
Local food blending company gains investors

Local food blending company gains investors

Necessity was the mother of invention for one local mother. When their feeding tube-fed son AJ could not keep down eight types of formula, Chesterton parents Julie and Tony Bombacino looked to the Internet for help.

July 27, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Report grades Indiana low for new parent workplace support

Indiana is nearly failing when it comes to policies supporting working mothers and fathers when a new child arrives, according to a report issued last month.

July 27, 2014 5:00 am
New law limits abortion doc's Gary practice

New law limits abortion doc's Gary practice

GARY | The Indiana State Department of Health has notified a local doctor he cannot perform abortions at a Gary clinic because he failed to submit documentation proving hospital admitting privileges, which is required by a new state law.

July 24, 2014 5:30 pm Related
Gift shop pickup site near Jackson home to open in August

Gift shop pickup site near Jackson home to open in August

GARY | A merchandise pickup site next to Michael Jackson's childhood home is set to open the weekend of what would have been the pop star's 56th birthday.

July 23, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Fair, festival food not often fair fare

Fair, festival food not often fair fare

From corn dogs and funnel cakes to less traditional fare like deep fried butter and doughnut sundaes, those salty and sweet treats draw crowds year after year to local festivals.

July 19, 2014 9:00 pm

Hoosiers warming to parts of health care law

Although not supported as a whole, elements of the Affordable Care Act are becoming more palatable to Indiana residents, a new study shows.

July 19, 2014 3:00 pm
Rainy days, sunny days help hospital rooftop garden flourish

Rainy days, sunny days help hospital rooftop garden flourish

HARVEY | A new innovation at Ingalls Memorial Hospital is not inside the hospital but on top.

July 17, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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More workers at mental health center unionize

MERRILLVILLE | Support staff at Regional Mental Health Center Southlake campus voted Tuesday night to unionize.

July 16, 2014 12:30 pm
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 11: Lemon rice soup

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 11: Lemon rice soup

Lemon juice and rice aren't an obvious pair like peanut butter and jelly or sausage and kraut.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am
Health care settings accommodate obese population

Health care settings accommodate obese population

From extended blood pressure cuffs to roomier dental exam chairs and wider terry cloth hospital slippers, the health care industry continues to adapt to larger patients as America's obesity rate climbs.

July 13, 2014 5:00 pm
Program puts participants in touch with cadavers

Program puts participants in touch with cadavers

GARY | Surrounding cadavers on stretchers, grouped around backlit X-ray boxes and gathered in front of computer screens, participants in this year's International Human Cadaver Prosection Program spent Friday imaging the deceased. 

July 11, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 4: Shoe Corner

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 4: Shoe Corner

When you're criss-crossing the back roads of south Lake County, it's easy to get lost in the maze of maize.

July 09, 2014 12:05 am Related
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 2: Pierogi

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 2: Pierogi

We eat them. We toss them. We argue over their pronunciation. 

July 07, 2014 12:00 am Related

Munster teen brings best friend's story to D.C.

The two Munster girls met as children, playing along the sidelines at their older siblings' soccer games.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am
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