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    GARY | The Gary Air Show is Saturday and Sunday, but the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were putting on an early show Thursday high above the region as they went though practice runs with their F-16s in preparation for the weekend event.

    He gets most of the PR, at least nationally, but Punxsutawney Phil isn't the only groundhog to purport to predict the weather. Not hardly. From Staten Island Chuck in New York City to Jimmy the Groundhog in Wisconsin, there are a lot of them. And their predictions, which of course is a generous term, can be all over the map just as they are. And please do remember Charlotte, a groundhog who died in 2014 a week after the New York City mayor dropped her during festivities.

    NFL prospects are facing the standard barrage of questions designed to probe their personality and attitude. They're less likely to get the outlier questions that players might find demeaning or embarrassing. It's a nod to the greater attention being paid to mental health concerns among athletes. The NFL warned teams in a memo last January that they could be forced to forfeit a draft pick between the first and fourth round and be fined a minimum of $150,000 for out-of-bounds questions, and individual club employees could also face fines or suspensions.

    The family of a suburban Chicago boy who was 12 when an officer shot him in the knee during a 2019 police raid will receive $12 million under a settlement of the family’s lawsuit. The settlement will be paid by the village of Richton Park’s insurance company. Family attorney Al Hofeld Jr. said Wednesday the Richton Park officer apologized last weekend privately to Amir Worship and his mother, Crystal Worship. The village also issued a public apology to the boy and his family, as the settlement required. Amir was shot in May 2019 as police were raiding his family’s Markham home, searching for Crystal Worship’s boyfriend on drug possession charges. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the officer later said the weapon was defective and had accidentally fired.

    Two men who began their careers on factory floors are competing to lead the 373,000 members of the United Auto Workers, a union that helps set standards for wages across the nation’s manufacturing sector. It will be the first-ever direct election of a UAW president in the union’s 88-year history. The race pits the 57-year-old incumbent, Ray Curry, who started his career on the assembly line at a Freightliner truck plant in North Carolina, against Shawn Fain, 54, who began as an electrician at a Chrysler metal casting plant in Kokomo, Indiana. Curry and Fain were the top two finishers in a five-candidate race held in December for a four-year term as UAW president.

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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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