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Disgraced Los Angeles celebrity lawyer Tom Girardi has been indicted in Los Angeles and Chicago on charges of stealing more than $18 million from clients. The charges mark the latest in a string of legal disasters for a once powerful player who rubbed elbows with politicians and celebrities as one of the nation’s most prominent plaintiff’s lawyers, known for winning settlements such as the one portrayed in the movie “Erin Brockovich.” Federal prosecutors say the schemes included stealing funds from clients injured in car and boat crashes and some who lost family members in a 2018 Lion Air crash that killed 189 people.

Some Amtrak commuter service between Detroit and Chicago has been disrupted after freight cars derailed along tracks on Detroit’s southwest side. The Detroit Free Press reports Wednesday that an Amtrak spokesman said several routes were canceled through Friday. Nine empty railcars derailed about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. One car teetered over the side of a rail bridge. That forced about two dozen Amtrak passengers traveling from Chicago to disembark their train and complete their trip by bus. The tracks were cleared by Wednesday morning. The cause of the derailment was under investigation. No injuries were reported.

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Porter County Board of Commissioners President Jim Biggs, R-North, promised to take another look at the previously rejected plan to extend Ind. 149 south to U.S. 30. 

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