Super Bowl 46 teams arriving
(Indianapolis) — The AFC champion New England Patriots arrived Sunday afternoon, while the NFC champion New York Giants are due in Indianapolis today. The two teams faced each other in 2008 Super Bowl outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Super Bowl 46 will be held on Sunday Feb 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium. In a related story, officials with the NFL did not want to take any chances and evacuated the NFL Experience tent for about two hours Sunday. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph were felt. Some fans were upset, but others understood the official’s decision, remembering the Indiana State Fairgrounds stage collapse last August in which seven people were killed.
Manning-Irsay saga continues
(Indianapolis) — More action in the public conflict between Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and team owner Jim Irsay. Irsay took to Twitter Sunday morning to refute a story by the NFL Network that a decision on Manning’s future had been made weeks ago. Irsay said Manning has not been released and no decision has been made about his future with the franchise. Irsay continued to say that there were no hard feelings between him and Manning. The NFL Network report indicates Manning will be relased in late February before the Colts owe Manning $28 million dollars.
Right to work opponents map strategy for Super Bowl protests
(Indianapolis) — Union protesters marched outside of the Indiana Statehouse last Saturday over the controversial right-to-work legislation. The protesters said they were upset about a recent House vote to make Indiana a right-to-work state and believe passing the bill will lead to lowered state’s wages and a worsening of labor conditions. Supporters of the measure say the legislation will bring new businesses and jobs to Indiana. After the rally in front of the Statehouse, the protesters went to the Super Bowl Village and say plans are in place to protest during the entire week of the Super Bowl festivities leading up to the February 5 game. Said one demonstrator, “We’re prepared to occupy the Super Bowl if we need to send a message to the legislators that we will not stand for this.” Organizers of the march said the protests will likely continue if Gov. Mitch Daniels signs the bill into law which is expected next week.
Secretary of State trial begins today
(Noblesville) — Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White’s trial on seven felony charges including voter fraud starts today in a Hamilton County courtroom. At issue is whether be broke the law when he listed his ex-wife’s address on voter registration documents in the 2010 election in order for him to continue collecting his salary as a Fishers town council member. Earlier this month, a Marion County judge ruled in a civil case against White that he can remain in office while he appeals an order removing him from the post. White defeated Democrat Vop Osili in the Secretary of State race. If found guilty, White will be removed from office.
Another workout facility closes
(Indianapolis) — Over the weekend, an eighth Cardinal Fitness location closed its doors. This site is located in the 6900 block of Eagle Highlands Way in Eagle Creek. Members who showed up over the weekend at the location on the city’s westside found a note posted on the door directing members to the Chapel Hill Cardinal Fitness location on West 10th Street. Only four Cardinal Fitness locations remain open in Indianapolis. Eight other locations have closed in the central Indiana area within the last six months.