October 31, 2007
On another front, tell me, could there possibly have been enough forests and creatures covering the earth to create all the oil we have found? Just how many trees and fish had to live and die over the eons in the Middle East to create the huge pools of oil there -- and why more there than other places. The Abiotic Theory is an alternate theory on how oil is produced within the earth. Is it true? It would explain why some oil wells, once played out, become productive again years later.
I read a story, long ago, about a future world where people wore belts that projected the image of themselves they preferred to the world and hid their actual body within the image. You could present yourself as any height, any weight, any race -- you could appear to be an animal or a mythical beast or anything you can think of. People walked around hidden, no one knew who they really were or what they really looked like.
But nobody was invisible.
DeSantis, on the other hand, named Fort Wayne, Ind., which he said is "a shining example of how to do more with less." However, DeSantis said his staff hates it when he holds up unglamorous Fort Wayne as an example.Cool.
The contrast between the two cities sparked a deadpan reaction from WPXI-TV anchor David Johnson, who moderated the United Jewish Federation-sponsored debate.
"Boston and ... Fort Wayne," he said.
Johnson's comment was met with laughter from the audience and both candidates, but across Pittsburgh, DeSantis is not a laughing matter.
On Sunday, he became the first Republican mayoral candidate since 1969 to win the endorsement of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"Why should a city dominated by Democrats consider a Republican for mayor?" the paper asked in its editorial. "Because one-party rule has failed Pittsburgh and failed it repeatedly."
The three-stage "Quest for the Ring" contest begins with the sale of $5 raffle tickets through Nov. 20 at the Dome box office and participating Ticketmaster locations. On Nov. 21, 25 winning numbers will be drawn and posted on the Colts Web site, www.colts.com.
The second stage is a two-day treasure hunt when the 25 winners and up to three helpers of their choosing will search for Colts-related items around the city. Ten finalists then will gather on the field at halftime of the Dec. 2 Colts-Jacksonville game. Each will open a locked box, with five finding rings — valued at $5,000 apiece — commemorating the Colts' victory in Super Bowl XLI.
October 30, 2007
The Indiana High School Swimming Coaches Association Top 20 girls teams: 1. Carmel; 2. Hamilton Southeastern; 3. Homestead; 4. Columbus North; 5. Indianapolis North Central; 6. Fort Wayne Snider; 7. Yorktown; 8. Center Grove; 9. Lafayette Harrison; 10. Western; 11. Penn; 12. Norwell; 13. Bremen; 14. Kokomo; 15. Southridge; 16. (tie) Fishers, Noblesville; 18. Crown Point; 19. (tie) Mishawaka Marian, Pendleton Heights.
By now, it should be quite apparent the Patriots have chosen to make a statement this regular season. And that statement is this: Bite me.Well, bite us.That's why it's incumbent upon the Indianapolis Colts -- those Beacons of Purity in heavenly conflict with the Forces of Pure Evil -- to not only beat the favored Patriots, but humble them, humiliate them and take their camcorder from them.What? You don't think Jets coach Eric Mangini and every other right-thinking NFL employee and fan isn't rooting for the demise of the Belichickeans? Believe me, the Colts will have a lot more fans beyond the 57,000-plus loonies who will populate the RCA Dome on Sunday.
October 29, 2007
Given our knowledge of the world through modern communications, it takes an extraordinary act of self-deception not to see that it is the developed countries that are slowly leading the world away from racism and male dominance. To demand an end to racism and sexism is not to reject Western society but, on the contrary, to ally oneself with Western values. "Enlightened" attitudes toward the relations between men and women; social justice; torture, rape, and other forms of physical brutality; tribalism; and even imperialism have slowly coalesced in Western societies. Only someone who reads history blindfold could think that the absence of these evils is a normal state of humankind from which the West deviates.
October 28, 2007
A judge has ordered a businessman to watch while police destroy video gambling machines seized from his former all-ages nightclub.
October 27, 2007
October 26, 2007
Coach Miller had to shake hands with 11 seniors who played their last game for the Knights. They were Rhett Goodmiller, Jimmy Reed, Hunter Harper, Zack Johnloz, Paul Frank, Grant Bucher, Nick Lazzell, Clarke Giltner, Jordan Foughty, Chase Weikel and Fillers.
Goodmiller finished his career with 1,090 yards rushing. Fillers had a 17-yard pass reception.
October 25, 2007
I think I'll start drinking juice.
Condi Rice is fourth in line to be President. What learned person, male or female, black or white, seeing that picture would want to go into public service. The encounter above was right in the Capitol, before a hearing. The woman with fake blood on her hands (I hope it was fake) was dragged out by security, but others of her Code Pink cohorts continued to interrupt and were taken out later.
Update: a sample of current college communication
Read the whole thing.
Did you see in the news that a woman has accused famous magician David Copperfield of sexual assault?If he’s innocent, I would like to be David Copperfield’s defense lawyer. I would argue that my client doesn’t need to assault women because he knows magic. When he wants some action, all he has to do is make a willing woman materialize. The judge would admonish me for not being serious, at which point I would do a theatrical turn toward my client and say, “BEHOLD!” In a prearranged move, Copperfield would pull a blanket from his sleeve, drape it over the defense table, wave his arms, and a pair of feet would appear under the table, high heels facing the judge.
October 24, 2007
But if you're interested in that other rumble... here's a depressing summary of the case.
By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they've all heard the story of the "Jena 6." White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests – the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics.
There's just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice.
I should know. I live in Jena. My wife has taught at Jena High School for many years. And most important, I am probably the only reporter who has covered these events from the very beginning.
Be sure to read it all. Nothing good, it seems, ever comes from brushes with the press.
Norwell senior Allee Donaghy was one of four Lady Knights named to the Northeast Hoosier Conference volleyball team. Donaghy was a first team selection. Senior Alex Baker and junior Haley Chaney were second team selections. Senior Alecia Gilbert was honorable mention.And also:
The Norwell Knights football parents will have a tailgate party prior to the Bellmont-Norwell sectional game Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share. Table service, meat and drinks will be provided. Bellmont fans also are welcome.
However, three of those students are back to school. Three other athletes and cheerleaders are being examined for potentially having MRSA, the acronym for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureras, an anti-biotic resistant staph infection which typically enters the body through a break in the skin.
October 23, 2007
An 18-year-old woman died of natural causes six days after her sister was murdered, a coroner said Tuesday.So according to the police, Erin Stanley, 19, was murdered by her boyfriend and six days later -- before the police had even charged the boyfriend -- her 18 year old sister, Kelly, died of natural causes.
Kelly Stanley of Centerville died as a result of a seizure, Wayne County Coroner Kevin Fouche said in a news release. The coroner released his ruling after a second set of toxicology tests on her body.
There were words in the paper to the effect that Kelly was helping the police in the investigation into her sister's death when she, herself, died. There were words in the paper and on TV about how embarrassing it would be to the police if they had not protected Kelly during the investigation. The discovery of a previously undiscussed seizure disorder certainly benefits the police. Let's hope the family doesn't have to further suffer from some sort of half-baked cover-up.
The trip marks the fifth visit to the area by the Dalai Lama, whose brother founded the Tibetan Cultural Center near Bloomington as a faculty member at Indiana University. It comes less than a week after he was given America's highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal.
The event, proclaimed on billboards around Bloomington, is expected to generate $1 million for the city's economy as Buddhists from across the state and beyond convene for a week of festivities. Those include performances by Mongolian dancers wearing giant head masks and throat singers whose guttural noises defy the lower reaches of the musical scale.
But the main draw during the Dalai Lama's five-day stay is the 12 hours of Buddhist teachings he is scheduled to deliver at IU and two lectures geared to the general public, one at IU and another at Purdue.
If the Pope would come and deliver 12 hours of Catholic teaching at State funded universities, would he be as welcome?
Follow this link http://www.chunky.com/clickforcansvote.aspx and vote for the Indianapolis Colts. At the end of the contest, Campbell's will donate to the winning city cans of soup totaling the entire team weight of the winning team. There are 53 players on an NFL roster... add up all of the player's weight and Campbell's will donate that many cans to the local food shelter. You can vote once a day, so bookmark the link or come back here often and vote. If you want to investigate clearing your cookies and voting more than once a day, well, who would do such a thing?
Right now, the Packers are ahead.
As of last Friday, Norwell High School had two confirmed cases of MRSA, along with two other suspected cases that had yet to be confirmed.
Last week, Norwell's interim superintendent Michael Sailsbery told the News-Banner, "We're taking a number of precautions." Sailsbery said that the high school had closed the weight training room and other athletic facilities, and they had been disinfected by a professional cleaning contractor.
Northern Wells Community Schools mailed a letter to all parents of high school students which listed precautions that the school was taking to address the situation. Sailsbery said the cases had been presenting as a persistent skin rash, and students had consulted with their family doctors.
Sailsbery had said the infected students were doing fine and were in no apparent danger. "All necessary precautions" are being undertaken to prevent any further infections," Sailsbery said.
October 22, 2007
Removal of the RCA Dome's exterior utility lines will begin in January, with demolition expected to start next spring on the home of the Indianapolis Colts, which are to begin playing in the new 63,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium next season.The timing and method for the demolition is based on not disrupting events at the adjoining convention center
Update: The Banner covers Kayla Sweet
“After the first mile, I was struggling a little because I had a rock in my foot,” said a glowing Sweet after her race. “I was in I think 12th at the time, and I didn’t think I would move up or anything, but I just kept with it, started passing some people and didn’t quit until the end.”
With about a half mile to go, Sweet was running in seventh place, but quickly turned on the jets down the final homestretch, and when DeKalb’s Autumn Beachy fell only 10 feet from the finish line and Sweet ran past her into the chute. You could hear her Norwell teammates and fans cheering and shouting all the way back in Ossian.
What made her accomplishment even more amazing is that from the first mile marker on, she was running with a sharp rock protruding through her cleat into her right foot, causing her excruciating pain.
What a great race for Ms. Sweet! And now she heads to the State.
Note: Kudo's to the Bluffton Banner for their continuing, wonderful sports coverage. It always surprises me that the Fort Wayne papers don't do more in-depth local sports coverage -- that would help their sales sooo much.
On Monday, there were 8.5 million attempts to connect with the computers in the first 90 minutes after sales started, he said, and only several hundred tickets had been sold before the system had to be shut down.
The Rockies put as many as 60,000 tickets up for sale online only, and team officials said their computers were ready to handle the expected crush. But two hours after tickets went on sale, many fans reported they could not get access to the ticket-sales Web site.
I wonder if it's because they think they can beat the Red Sox...
Several political analysts and observers say Bayh is likely to be considered as Clinton's running mate if she gets the nomination. It would give the ticket a centrist Democrat and a former, popular governor from a Republican-leaning state.
The Clinton campaign announced Oct. 15 that Bauer, former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, former Indiana first lady Judy O'Bannon and four other big-name Democrats in Indiana had signed up to become co-chairs of her campaign in the state.
Gregg said Friday that he did not want to comment on whether he spoke to Bayh about endorsing Clinton. But he said the possibility of Bayh becoming vice president under her was a major factor in his decision.
"I think if he is vice president it would help the state of Indiana from an economic development standpoint and every other standpoint," Gregg said.
October 21, 2007
October 20, 2007
Norwell’s performance, titled “Simply Surreal,” started with a flute duet accompanied by xylophones and marimbas before a pulsing bass drum and the rest of the band joined in.
Square black boards were placed in a semi-circle in the back of the field and by the end of the show were lit up in blue, gold and red lights with the word “surreal” illuminated in black.
October 19, 2007
The Banner: Deadly drug-resistant strain found at Norwell
21 Alive: MRSA at Norwell High School
Journal-Gazette: Superbug Staff Infection Hits Norwell
Lafayette AP report: Two Students at Two Schools
WTHR Indy: Staff Cases Show up in Indiana
The Indy Channel: Four Students Diagnosed with Superbug
See the comments section for this post for the Norwell Letter to Parents regarding fighting MRSA.
Darin Archbold has joined Fifth Third Bank as vice president and area sales manager for the Fort Wayne market. With more than 12 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Archbold is responsible for managing and building a team of mortgage loan originators in Fort Wayne and the surrounding counties. He is a graduate of Norwell High School and holds a bachelor of science degree in business from Butler University.Congrats, Darin!
October 18, 2007
October 17, 2007
October 15, 2007
Sweet won the Marion Cross Country Regional in a personal best and course record of 18:47, almost a full minute ahead of the next finisher.
“I feel really good right now,” said a breathless Sweet after a cool-down jog. “My goal today was just to PR (personal record), and that’s what I went for. Now my goal is just to place in the top 15 next week and make it to the state meet.”
IU trounced by Michigan State 27-52
Notre Dame loses (again) to Boston College 27-14
A bad, bad day for Indiana football teams, although Ball State won their Homecoming over Western Kentucky 35-12.
October 12, 2007
Illinois Senator Durbin: "It troubles me why month after month we have to worry about the governor of Indiana asking for another permit to pollute this lake," Durbin said at a news conference. "I wish Gov. (Mitch) Daniels would come up and take a look at this beautiful lake. It is not just the backyard and sewage dump for the heavy industries that happen to be in Indiana. It happens to be a great asset for his state, for our state and for many others in the Midwest."
Indiana Governor Daniels: "It's clear that the senator (Durbin) doesn't care if steelworkers lose their jobs or not, and it sounds like he prefers that northwest Indiana be a residential colony of Chicago," Jankowski said after speaking with the Republican governor. "It's our responsibility to keep Lake Michigan clean and people at work."If you've never seen Sim City in action, it is a computer game that simulates building a city from the pipes up. The better you build it, the more simulated people show up to live there... if you don't plan on enough schools, or security, or power, or parks, or universities... people start leaving until it dies... the trick is to try to supply the needs of the people, plan for their future, without running out of money. You control the tax rate, the type of power available, the type of roads or subways or rail, the type of neighborhoods -- everything.
Let's hope an influx of Sim-trained city planners can find a way through the politics of the future.
Two East Allen County Schools were put into lockdown for about an hour Thursday afternoon after a threat was found on a student’s parked car.
Also, Bullying at Elmhurst
A gun threat made against a local high school student has one mother questioning if the school is doing enough to keep students safe.
Mother Jackie Reyes is concerned for her son's safety. The 16 year old is a student at Elmhurst High School. A week ago, another student there threatened him and a close friend in an email sent via MySpace. The email is very explicit, and clearly outlines a gun threat. The student wrote that he knew where the other student lived and that he or a friend could shoot him.
And, sadly, even Ball State
MUNCIE -- Anger apparently drove 19-year-old Amanda Polson and four Ball State University students to beat and stomp another student at an off-campus party, according to police investigator Jami Brown. "It got so far out of proportion, they don't even know what they were fighting over," said Brown, who described the attack as vicious.
Brown said Polson and the other suspects showed no remorse for the alleged attack as police found evidence that some bragged about the incident on Facebook, along with witnesses and others at the party. More than 20 people were at the off-campus party.
The Norwell Lady Knights defeated the Bluffton Lady Tigers 25-17, 25-13, 25-18 on Thursday night at the Tiger Den. It was the final regular season matches for each team as each heads into Indiana state tournament sectional play next week. Norwell ended up its regular slate with a 22-8 record.
Plus, Norwell Girls Soccer loses a shootout in Sectional overtime.
October 10, 2007
The Norwell Lady Knights volleyball team defeated the Southern Wells Lady Raiders 25-20, 25-23, 25-14 on Tuesday. Alison Painter and Alex Baker led the Lady Knights with five kills apiece, while Alecia Gilbert and Kelsey Kline each had four. Andrea Vogel chipped in three, while Amanda Meyer and Lindsey Dahn each had two. Lindsey Stronczek had 11 set assists and Mallory Bushee had 10. Bushee also had two service aces and three digs. Baker added 11 digs.
Also, Norwell wins Bellmont Cross Country Sectional and Norwell draws West Noble in the 3A Football Sectional.
October 9, 2007
Norwell drew Peru in the Class 3A Sectional:
Class 3A Sectional 22
At Fort Wayne Elmhurst
Match 1 – Fort Wayne Elmhurst vs. Bellmont.
Match 2 – Maconaquah vs. Fort Wayne Wayne.
Match 3 – Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2.
Match 4 – Norwell vs. Peru.
Championship – Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4.
This is the first article I've read that mentioned that the older sister, Erin, had a baby by the boyfriend.
October 8, 2007
October 6, 2007
October 5, 2007
Focus Hospitality put up $25 million for an indoor water park and resort called Splash Universe. Officials hope the water park will draw a younger crowd to that northern Indiana area.
The park features water slides, a lazy river and an adventure area. The resort includes more than 150 themed guest rooms.
Purdue, unranked in the preseason, has blitzed through its first five opponents. The Boilermakers see a win over the fourth-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday night as a major step toward their goals of winning the Big Ten title and earning national recognition.
"It's time to go out there and prove we can play with the best teams out there," Purdue defensive end Cliff Avril said. "It can put Purdue on the map for this season."
Alex Baker and Haley Chaney led the Norwell Lady Knights volleyball team to victory over the Homestead Lady Spartans in four games 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18 on Thursday at Fort Wayne.
The JV won as well.
INDOT found that in 2003, 2,814 cars went through that intersection in a 12-hour-period. This year, that number rose to 3,396. INDOT now plans to add a 4-way-stop. Improvements also include "stop ahead" signs about a thousand feet before the stop signs, along both State Roads One and 218, to let drivers know they'll now have to stop in either direction.
October 4, 2007
Northeast Hoosier Conference leader Homestead will be at Norwell for a senior night 7 p.m. kickoff, while the Raiders will entertain the Heritage Patriots.
Norwell is 4-3 and 2-3 in the NHC, while Homestead is 6-1 and 5-0 in league play. The Spartans lead the series 24-11, but the Knights have won the last three games, including last year’s 56-18 victory at Fort Wayne. Homestead has not won since 2003 — a 38-2 romp at the Knights’ Courtyard.
Update: Homestead has the game well in hand in the third quarter.
Update: Spartans spoil Senior Night, Knights lose 41-7
October 3, 2007
The Norwell Lady Knights battled back to force a fifth and deciding game against the East Noble Lady Knights but ended up losing the Northeast Hoosier Conference match 3-2
Make sure to read the sports roundup for information on Norwell Football tailgating for Senior night against Homestead.
October 2, 2007
Uncertainty hovers over the other four prominent players injured in the game: eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Marvin Harrison (bruised left knee), former Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders (bruised ribs), running back Joseph Addai (bruised shoulder) and tight end Ben Utecht (concussion).Until doctors clear the ailing players, Dungy will follow instincts engrained in him since he first became an NFL assistant coach with Pittsburgh in 1981. "If as coaches we were planning, we'll plan for all of them to be out,'' he said.
October 1, 2007
The Indianapolis Colts might not discover the cost of their latest victory -- 38-20 over the Denver Broncos -- until today. That's when coach Tony Dungy will meet with his medical staff and receive an update on injuries that sidelined five front-line players during the course of the game: wide receiver Marvin Harrison (left knee), running back Joseph Addai (shoulder), linebacker Rob Morris (left knee), safety Bob Sanders (ribs) and tight end Ben Utecht (unspecified injury).
I'd almost rather some key colts get some rest early in the season that later.
The 6-foot-9 Williams, a first-round draft pick last year out of Memphis, was arrested Sept. 11 after a traffic stop in which marijuana was found in his car. One passenger was charged with possession of the drug and another was charged with handgun violations.
Williams showed Judge Linda E. Brown a new driver's license at the hearing, which was rescheduled after he failed to show up in court Friday. He told the judge he had overslept. She had threatened to issue a warrant for his arrest if he didn't show up Monday.
His penalty... oh, 40 days of community service.
I'm sure that will scare him straight.
The Feds are currently arguing with the President over the SCHIP program, which covers a similar group of people nation wide and raises the cigarette tax by 61 cents.
So if you really care about health care in Indiana, in America, smoke more.
Update: Indiana would be a SCHIP donor state, generating $300 million by out smokers and using $50 million by our poor uninsured... the $250 million difference goes to other states.