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    After the Kankakee Marsh was drained and channelized in 1918, it soon became undeniable the ecological disaster man had caused on Northwest Indiana. What once was known as the “Everglades of the North” was now a 90-mile long drainage ditch. As time passed fewer people were around who remembe…

      Five years ago, former Gov. Mitch Daniels announced the creation of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Although it seems like yesterday that the bicentennial journey began, these last few years were filled with countless meetings and conversations, solid accomplishments and a deeper apprec…

        NIPSCO announced last year that it will shut down its Bailly Generating Station near Burns Harbor next year. It's a coal-fired plant, but there could have been a nuclear plant there.

        The image of gunmen in a row firing in unison at a condemned prisoner may conjure up a bygone, less enlightened era. But the idea of using firing squads is making a comeback. Idaho lawmakers passed a bill this week seeking to add the state to the list of those authorizing firing squads. Currently, the list includes Mississippi, Utah, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Renewed interest comes in part as states scramble for alternatives to lethal injection after pharmaceutical companies barred the use of their drugs. Some say firing squads are less cruel and painful than lethal injection, and less likely to be botched. Others say it's not so cut-and-dry and there are other factors to consider.

        Authorities say a suspected tornado touched down in north Texas as a storm system moving eastward threatens to spawn tornadoes in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell of Wise County says the tornado struck in county's southwest near the Parker County line Friday morning. Powell said homes, trees and power lines were damaged, but that he had no reports of injuries. National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Stalley said damage was also reported in northern Parker County and investigators will determine whether a tornado is confirmed. The weather service's Storm Prediction Center has forecast possible tornadoes in eastern Arkansas, northern Louisiana, western Mississippi and western Tennessee.

        The National Hockey League's Pride nights are in the spotlight after some high-profile incidents. The events have been held annually for several years by NHL teams to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. A handful of players have objected to participating in recent months, most recently Florida's Eric and Marc Staal on Thursday night. That came on the heels of the Chicago Blackhawks deciding against having players wear Pride-themed warmup jerseys because the team thought an anti-gay law in Russia could endanger Russian players when they return home. Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and others in recent weeks have worn Pride-themed jerseys since Ivan Provorov refused.

        A National Hockey League team with a Russian player has decided against wearing special warmup jerseys to commemorate Pride Night, citing an anti-gay Kremlin law that could imperil Russian athletes when they return home. The Chicago Blackhawks will not wear Pride-themed warmup jerseys before Sunday’s game against Vancouver. That's according to a person with knowledge of the matter who spoke to The Associated Press. The decision was made by the Blackhawks following discussions with security officials within and outside the franchise, a person familiar with the situation told the AP on Wednesday. Two Canadian players on the Florida Panthers decided not to wear Pride-themed jerseys on Thursday night, while Russian star Sergei Bobrovsky took part in warmups in one.


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