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indiana nonprofit wins national award for campfires program


indianapolis (ap) — a nonprofit that supports arts and culture in indiana has won a national award for its program that combines treks into nature with literature and campfire discussions.indiana humanities won the federation of state humanities councils’ schwartz prize for its next indiana campfires program.that program takes indiana residents on hikes, bike rides and other trips across indiana landscapes during which humanities scholars and naturalists periodically read aloud from environmental-themed literature.the groups later gather around a campfire for a meal and conversations, particularly about environmental stewardship.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksthe judges who reviewed this year’s schwartz prize nominees called the indiana program a “groundbreaking”






akshay kumar gets emotional about his national award


akshay kumar gets emotional about his national awardakshay kumar has drawn in a lot of flak ever since he was awarded the national award for rustom. asked about criticism he faced after receiving the award, this is what the actor told the media gathered at an event held under the aegis of movie stunt artistes association:  “i have been working in the film industry for the last 25 years and i have noticed that every time whoever wins a national award, the debate starts on who is deserving to win the award. i got it after 25 years. if you think i don't deserve it, you can take it away.”those words came straight from the heart, alright!






failing voucher schools would get reprieve under indiana house bill


indiana's appetite for its extensive school voucher program isn't waning.a leap in state funding for indiana's choice scholarship program led to a surge in enrollment increases statewide and in northwest indiana private schools last year.spending for the voucher program, which began in 2011,...






archie miller arrives at indiana ready to win on, off court


archie miller is getting back to basics at indiana.he wants the hoosiers to be aggressive on offense, nasty on defense and, of course, win the in-state recruiting battles. he is all for playing kentucky and maybe arizona, too.in his first public appearance as indiana coach, miller hit all the right notes for fans disillusioned with the program's direction."i don't think you come to indiana if you don't want to live in the neighborhood," he said when asked of high expectations. "if you don't want to move into that neighborhood then you shouldn't be here."after going 139-63 in six seasons at dayton and leading the flyers to four ncaa tournaments, miller has a plan for indiana, which gave him a seven-year deal worth roughly $3.5 million per year."we have to start inside this state of indiana,






campfires banned in okefenokee refuge as wildfire burns


folkston, ga. (ap) — federal officials are banning campfires and charcoal grilling in the okefenokee national wildlife refuge, where a wildfire has burned 13 square miles (34 square km) near the georgia-florida line.refuge supervisory ranger susan heisey said thursday that the ban comes before a busy holiday weekend amid dry conditions and “we don’t want any new fires.”the fire was estimated thursday to have burned 8,400 acres (34 square km) within the refuge and in neighboring osceola national forest and john m. bethea state forest in florida. officials say lightning sparked the blaze a week ago.florida state highway 2 south of the refuge partially reopened thursday after being closed three days because of smoke. the florida highway patrol still planned to close the route between 10 p.m.






archie miller arrives at indiana ready to win on, off court


archie miller is getting back to basics at indiana.he wants the hoosiers to be aggressive on offense, nasty on defense and, of course, win the in-state recruiting battles. he is all for playing kentucky and maybe arizona, too.in his first public appearance as indiana coach, miller hit all the right notes for fans disillusioned with the program's direction."i don't think you come to indiana if you don't want to live in the neighborhood," he said when asked of high expectations. "if you don't want to move into that neighborhood then you shouldn't be here."after going 139-63 in six seasons at dayton and leading the flyers to four ncaa tournaments, miller has a plan for indiana, which gave him a seven-year deal worth roughly $3.5 million per year."we have to start inside this state of indiana,






indiana wic program unveils mobile app


indianapolis (ap) — a nutrition program for low-income women and children has a new mobile app.the indiana state department of health says the app will make it easier for participants in the indiana women, infants and children program to manage benefits and track appointments.participants in the program, commonly known as wic, can access appointment info and view food benefit balances.they can scan upc codes while shopping to see if the cost is covered by the program. and the app can also locate grocery stores and pharmacies where wic benefits are accepted.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the federally funded wic program covers low-income pregnant women and new mothers. it also covers infants and children up to age 5 who face health and nutrition challenges.___find






gophers' pitino named big ten coach of the year


after orchestrating the biggest one-year turnaround of any division i men’s basketball program this year, the gophers’ richard pitino was named big ten coach of the year by both the media and coaches.pitino, 34, is the youngest to win conference coach of the year honors since the award’s inaugural season in 1974.“i always did feel like we would turn the corner,” pitino said on big ten network, where the awards were announced monday. “for me to get this award is humbling, and i’m very appreciative of it. my staff and my team, they all have been really easy to coach and to be around. they made me a better coach.”helping pitino go from 8-23 last year to 23-8 this season and likely his first ncaa tournament were several gophers earning individual honors monday, headed by juniors nate mason and






‘veep’ wins the emmy award for best comedy series


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presslos angeles (ap) — ‘veep’ wins the emmy award for best comedy series.the associated press






food network chef tanya holland “breaks bread” with west oakland schoolkids – th


oakland — if you’ve ever watched her food network cooking show, “soul food,” or visited her beloved west oakland eatery, brown sugar kitchen, you are probably familiar with chef tanya holland’s modern soul food dishes that redefined the idea of “comfort food.”but that very concept of “comfort food” took on a new meaning in a classroom of sixth graders at west oakland middle school on thursday morning. with restaurateur and chef holland visiting them in their classrooms, many of them gobbled down a hearty breakfast that consisted of sausage biscuit, apple and a carton of milk. a local and national culinary celebrity, holland was there to award the school principal, neha ummat, with a breakfast champion award from the national anti-hunger nonprofit no kid hungry for her leadership in impleme






podcast on jacob wetterling case wins peabody award


american public media has been awarded the prestigious peabody award for its examination of the jacob wetterling case. "in the dark," which jurors called a "tour de force of investigative reporting," was selected tuesday along with 10 other works from respected outlets, including cnn, "the cbs evening news with scott pelley" and npr. apm is based in st. paul.kare's continuing coverage of the wetterling case was recognized tuesday with a regional edward r. murrow award. it was one of 10 wins for the local nbc affiliate. only kusa in denver and wvue in new orleans racked up more.regional winners automaticaly advance to the national round, which will be judged in may.other peabody winners were announced earlier. those awards will be handed out may 20 in new york in a cermony hosted by rashida






indiana lakeshore closer to becoming national park


munster, ind. (ap) — a u.s. house committee has advanced a plan to make indiana’s dunes national lakeshore a national park. the (northwest indiana) times reports the house natural resources committee unanimously approved the plan wednesday. the full house will next vote on whether to send it to the senate.the plan is sponsored by all nine of indiana’s u.s. house members. democratic u.s. rep. pete visclosky of merrillville says turning the dunes into a national park will boost the region’s tourism industry.the dunes were initially recommended to become a national park in 1916, because of their biological diversity and geological features. the effort was set aside because of world war i.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the dunes became a state park in 1925, and then






indystar wins ire’s tom renner award


usa today network’s indystar received the award for criminal justice reporting for their series, “out of balance.       






award-winning sports writer frank deford dies at 78


award-winning sports writer and commentator frank deford has died. he was 78.his family says he died sunday in key west, florida.deford was a six-time sports writer of the year and a member of the national association of sportscasters and sportswriters hall of fame. he wrote with a lyrical elegance and was best known for his work at sports illustrated and on national public radio. he retired this month from npr's "morning edition" after 37 years as a contributor.he was the first sports writer awarded the national humanities medal. in 2013, president barack obama honored him for "transforming how we think about sports." deford called the award the one he is most proud of.deford was a prolific book author and contributed commentaries to hbo's "real sports" program.






award-winning sports writer frank deford dies at 78


award-winning sports writer and commentator frank deford has died. he was 78.his family says he died sunday in key west, florida.deford was a six-time sports writer of the year and a member of the national association of sportscasters and sportswriters hall of fame. he wrote with a lyrical elegance and was best known for his work at sports illustrated and on national public radio. he retired this month from npr's "morning edition" after 37 years as a contributor.he was the first sports writer awarded the national humanities medal. in 2013, president barack obama honored him for "transforming how we think about sports." deford called the award the one he is most proud of.deford was a prolific book author and contributed commentaries to hbo's "real sports" program.






mahershala ali wins for ‘moonlight’


mahershala ali’s turn as a miami drug dealer who takes a fatherless young boy under his wing won him the supporting actor oscar. ali also won numerous prizes for his role in the film, including a sag award and national society of film critics award. this is his first oscar nomination and win. other nominees were: jeff bridges , “hell or high water” lucas hedges , “manchester by the sea” dev patel , “lion” michael shannon , “nocturnal animals”






nonprofit seeks state license for south bend abortion clinic


south bend, ind. (ap) — an austin, texas-based nonprofit has applied for a state license to open a non-surgical abortion clinic in south bend, but abortion opponents already are fighting it.the clinic operated by the whole woman’s health alliance would offer abortion medication that women would take in the presence of a physician, then take medication at home one or two days later and return to the clinic to confirm their pregnancy had been terminated, the south bend tribune reported friday. it cited a copy of the clinic’s license application, which it obtained via a public records request.the nonprofit has asked the indiana state health department to waive certain abortion-licensing requirements because surgical abortions would not be provided, the report said.the department is reviewing






indiana fires tom crean after 9 seasons


bloomington, ind. — tom crean put indiana basketball back in the national conversation.as it turned out, there was too much talk and not enough wins. not for the hoosiers.nine years after taking over a team mired in turmoil following an ncaa scandal, crean was fired thursday after missing the ncaa tournament for the fifth time in his tenure. the 50-year-old coach had three years remaining on his contract, and the move comes a little more than three months before his buyout would have dropped from $4 million to $1 million.but with so much angst among the general public, athletic director fred glass couldn't afford to give crean another chance."the expectations for iu basketball are to perennially contend and win multiple big ten championships, regularly go deep into the ncaa tournament and






columnist, publisher among those honored for promoting colorado’s nonprofits – t


bruce deboskey is the sunday business section’s on philanthropy columnist.denver post columnist bruce deboskey of the deboskey group received an excellence in media award this month from the colorado nonprofit association.the honor was presented march 6 at a luncheon attended by about 700 people — community members, leaders of for-profit and nonprofit businesses and organizations and government representatives.deboskey’s monthly column for the denver post, which appears the second sunday of each month in the business section, focuses on philanthropy. keith cerny, publisher of the valley courier also was honored for his work supporting nonprofits.the annual awards ceremony recognized five other people and one organization for work with colorado nonprofits.“colorado communities thrive when i






indiana fires tom crean after nine seasons as coach


tom crean put indiana basketball back in the national conversation.as it turned out, there was too much talk and not enough wins. not for the hoosiers.nine years after taking over a team mired in turmoil following an ncaa scandal, crean was fired thursday after missing the ncaa tournament for the fifth time in his tenure. the 50-year-old coach had three years remaining on his contract, and the move comes a little more than three months before his buyout would have dropped from $4 million to $1 million.but with so much angst among the general public, hoosiers athletic director fred glass couldn't afford to give crean another chance."the expectations for iu basketball are to perennially contend and win multiple big ten championships, regularly go deep into the ncaa tournament and win our nex






elisabeth moss wins emmy for lead actress in a drama


elisabeth moss of “the handmaid’s tale” wins the emmy award for lead actress in a drama.the other nominees were:viola davis, “how to get away with murder”claire foy, “the crown”keri russell, “the americans”evan rachel wood, “westworld”robin wright, “house of cards”list: emmy award winners and nominees






sterling k. brown wins emmy for lead actor in a drama


sterling k. brown of nbc's “this is us” wins the emmy award for lead actor in a drama series.the other nominees were:anthony hopkins, “westworld”bob odenkirk, “better call saul”matthew rhys, “the americans”liev schreiber, “ray donovan”kevin spacey, “house of cards”milo ventimiglia, “this is us”list: emmy award winners and nominees






indiana fires tom crean, men’s basketball coach, after 9 seasons – the denver po


bloomington, ind. — tom crean put indiana basketball back in the national conversation.as it turned out, there was too much talk and not enough wins. not for the hoosiers.nine years after taking over a team mired in turmoil following an ncaa scandal, crean was fired thursday after missing the ncaa tournament for the fifth time in his tenure. the 50-year-old coach had three years remaining on his contract, and the move comes a little more than three months before his buyout would have dropped from $4 million to $1 million.but with so much angst among the general public, athletic director fred glass couldn’t afford to give crean another chance.“the expectations for iu basketball are to perennially contend and win multiple big ten championships, regularly go deep into the ncaa tournament and






college basketball: coach tom crean fired by indiana after nine seasons


tom crean put indiana basketball back in the national conversation. as it turned out, there was too much talk and not enough wins. not for the hoosiers. nine years after taking over a team mired in turmoil following an ncaa scandal, crean was fired thursday after missing the ncaa tournament for the fifth time in his tenure. the 50-year-old coach had three years remaining on his contract, and the move comes a little more than three months before his buyout would have dropped from $4 million to $1 million. but with so much angst among the general public, athletic director fred glass couldn't afford to give crean another chance. “the expectations for iu basketball are to perennially contend and win multiple big ten championships, regularly go deep into the ncaa tournament and win our next nat






indiana student in running to become national ffa officer


indianapolis (ap) — an indiana college student is in the running to be a national officer with the group future farmers of america.purdue university sophomore annalee witte is competing against students from across the u.s. for one of six positions open this year. her candidacy was announced by the indiana state department of agriculture in a news release on tuesday.witte grew up in wilkinson on a grain and livestock farm and is a graduate of eastern hancock high school. she previously served as indiana’s ffa secretary between 2015 and 2016.candidates in the running to become national ffa officers participate in a week-long selection process that includes written and verbal exams.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the top six candidates are selected for positions by






jim shepard wins $30,000 short story prize


new york — jim shepard, an author acclaimed for his distinctive, fact-based fiction, has won a $30,000 prize for short story writers.shepard is this year's recipient of the rea award, prize officials told the associated press on monday. established in 1986, the rea award is given to writers who have made a "significant contribution" to short stories. prize judges cited shepard's "prodigious research" into history and science and "x-ray vision of the soul."the 60-year-old shepard is known for such collections as "love and hydrogen" and "like you'd understand, anyway," a national book award finalist in 2007. his latest book, "the world to come," was published in march.






indiana energy bill assistance program taking applications


indianapolis (ap) — low-income indiana residents can apply for a program that helps cover winter heating costs.the federally funded low income home energy assistance program routes money to community groups across the state that can help pay bills.it pays a portion — but not all — of a participant’s energy bill.those who are accepted into the program may also qualify for a moratorium that would prohibit electric and gas utilities from shutting off service between december and mid-march.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the program is open to many whose household income is below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.applications are accepted in person and by mail. a complete listing of groups that are accepting applications can be found online.___online: http://ww






wenatchee writer wins national award for women playwrights


clare barron has won the susan smith blackburn prize of $25,000 and a signed print by willem de kooning. the play she’s being honored for is “dance nation.”clare barron, an emerging american playwright whose work off-broadway has garnered acclaim, was named the winner monday of the susan smith blackburn prize for women playwrights.the prize — $25,000 and a signed print by willem de kooning — is given annually in recognition of a work written by a woman for the english-language theater. barron, 31, who is from wenatchee, is being honored for “dance nation,” a new play about a preteen dance competition, which is to be given its first production at playwrights horizons, an off-broadway nonprofit, next year. the play was previously honored with the relentless award, given in memory of the acto






nationals' max scherzer wins the nl cy young award


max scherzer beat clayton kershaw for the national leaguecy young award on wednesday, with corey kluber winning the american league award.scherzer and kluber also won the respective awards last year. no pitcher had won a cy young in consecutive years since kershaw in 2013 and ’14.scherzer got 27 of the 30 first-place votes; kershaw got the other three.kershaw, the dodgers’ ace, went 18-4 with a 2.31 earned-run average, leading the league in wins, winning percentage and earned-run average. he was limited to 175 innings because of a back injury; no pitcher ever has won the award with so few innings in a non-strike season.scherzer, the ace of the washington nationals, pitched 200 2/3 innings, with a 16-6 record and 2.51 era. he led the league in strikeouts and whip (walks and hits per inning






will butcher wins hobey baker award as ncaa player of the year


chicago — university of denver captain will butcher was named the 37th winner of the hobey baker award on friday in an nhl network televised show at the navy pier.butcher, a senior defenseman and 2013 avalanche draft pick, became the second from du to be named the national player of the year, and first since defenseman matt carle in 2006. senior forwards mike vecchione of union and zach aston-reese of northeastern were the other finalists.“i’m honored to be chosen for such a prestigious award,” butcher said from the podium. “there are a lot of people who have helped me along the way that have made it possible for me to be here today. first, i thank my teammates because without them this honor would not have been possible. as i’ve said before i believe this award to be a team award. tonight






no joke: indiana town elects village idiot


this is one award you don't want to win.       






presidential scholar nominees sought from indiana schools


indianapolis (ap) — indiana’s state schools superintendent wants high schools to nominate their best students for the u.s. presidential scholars program.superintendent jennifer mccormick’s office is asking each high school in the state to nominate three students. mccormick’s office wants one boy, one girl and third student who would be a good candidate.all high school seniors who will graduate between january and june 2018 are eligible, so long as they are a u.s. citizen. the program is also open to private, parochial and home school students.a committee will select a group of 10 boys, 10 girls and five general candidates to submit to the national commission that will choose the winners. the nomination deadline for schools is oct. 13.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 week






patty wetterling wins national award


patty wetterling, the mother of jacob wetterling, has been honored with the 2017 gail-burns smith award, given by the national sexual violence resource center and the association for the treatment of sexual abusers.wetterling, the mother of 11-year-old jacob wetterling, became a tireless advocate for missing and exploited children and sexual assault victims after jacob was taken by a masked abductor near st. joseph, minn., in october 1989. it wasn't until last september when danny heinrich confessed to killing and burying jacob that the wetterling family and the nation knew what had happened to the boy.wetterling was a co-founder of the jacob wetterling resource center and team hope, a volunteer group that provides support and resources for families of missing or exploited children. she ha






patty wetterling wins national award


patty wetterling, the mother of jacob wetterling, has been honored with the 2017 gail-burns smith award, given by the national sexual violence resource center and the association for the treatment of sexual abusers.wetterling, the mother of 11-year-old jacob wetterling, became a tireless advocate for missing and exploited children and sexual assault victims after jacob was taken by a masked abductor near st. joseph, minn., in october 1989. it wasn’t until last september when danny heinrich confessed to killing and burying jacob that the wetterling family and the nation knew what had happened to the boy.wetterling was a co-founder of the jacob wetterling resource center and team hope, a volunteer group that provides support and resources for families of missing or exploited children. she ha






nw indiana group seeks $24m grant for planned 3-state trail


portage, ind. (ap) — a northwestern indiana group is hoping to close gaps in a long-planned regional trail if it lands a $24 million federal grant.the northwestern indiana regional planning commission is expected to apply this month for the u.s. department of transportation grant. if it lands the funding, it would pay for work along the planned marquette greenway.that trail is expected to eventually run 58 miles from chicago’s south side, through northern indiana to new buffalo, michigan, but some stretches are already in use. the (northwest indiana) times reports the grant would cover a big part of the estimated $33 million cost of building segments of the trail in indiana.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the longest gap is an 8-mile stretch that would link the we






saif ali khan says people shouldn’t make jokes about the national awards


saif ali khan says people shouldn’t make jokes about the national awardsakshay kumar and saif ali khan had given many hits together in the past so it doesn’t come as a shock to us when saif spoke in favour of akshay when probed about the controversy surrounding akki’s national award. in an interview to a leading daily, he had this to say: “there has been uproar about akshay's win at the national awards. someone joked if i can get national award for hum tum, it's okay for akshay kumar to win. a lot of people actually think i won for omkara, not hum tum. i take a little offence when people joke about my national award win.” point noted.






victim did her own detective work to find her ailants


in the not-so-dark recesses of the internet exists evidence of a company known as efficient pickup, which purports to teach men how to seduce women. the idea, apparently, isn’t to find the one, or even a special one among many conquests. this is a numbers game, with the word “game” and all its...