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Good Morning on this ‘Blue Friday’.  Are you rockin’ your Colts’ blue???

An IMPD officer is recovering  on this Friday morning after being injured in a shootout with a suspect who was killed on Indy’s east side. This urban shoot out happened Thursday night at the Amber Woods Apartments near 38th Street and Mitthoeffer Road just before 7 p.m. Metro police officials say this incident escalated from a traffic stop at a gas station when the passenger jumped out and fled towards the complex, shooting at the pursuing officer.  The officer shot back along with a nearby security guard who joined in to assist police after watching it unfold. The officer was shot in the foot and was taken to IU-Methodist Hospital in good condition. The suspect was shot multiple times, was taken to Eskenazi where he was later pronounced dead. The officer is on administrative leave.

Colts reserve linebacker Josh McNary is now scheduled for trial on March 19 after being arrested on a rape charge. He’s accused of assaulting a woman at his downtown Indianapolis loft after a night at the South Meridian Street bars on December 1.  McNary is out on bond, fitted with a GPS device and is ordered to not contact the woman. The 26-year-old is ineligible to participate in Sunday’s AFC championship game on the road against the New England Patriots. He’s on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list.

Muncie police are searching around the Ball State campus for suspects in a home invasion.  An alert was texted to students around midnight last night after three men raided an apartment above a bar. The robbers demanded that the occupants turn over their phones and wallets. The three are described as black males, medium height and build, dressed in black, and fled the scene in a Dodge Neon.

No injuries are reported from a large fight that spilled out of a Marion County courtroom Thursday night.  Dispatchers say it started with an argument after court let out and sheriff’s deputies were drawn in. IMPD officers were called-in for back up. Police say officers were able to calm the crowd.

IMPD is partnering with Light of the World Christian Church to give teens something productive and fun to do this holiday weekend. It’s a three-day weekend due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Officials say 1,500 kids are expected at Sunday’s MLK Holiday Lock-In.  Pre-registration is required. Check out the details and register HERE.

The head of the IRS is telling taxpayers not to call his agency looking for help this year. He’s director,  John Koskinen, who told reporters on Thursday that budget cuts have forced the agency to reduce the number of people who can answer taxpayer questions over the phone.

New travel rules with Cuba will go into effect today.  The White House says the new measures will allow travel to Cuba without the need for a license for certain reasons like family visits, education and religion. General tourism will still be banned for now. The move follows last month’s announcement the U.S. would start the long process to normalize relations with the island nation.

In Sports…

The pro-sports weekend for Indy starts off tonight. The Indiana Pacers host the Detroit Pistons at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Indiana comes into tonight’s matchup off a 110-101 loss to the Timberwolves on Tuesday. That setback has them at 15-and-25. Detroit is 14-and-25.  This is the second game of a two-game homestand for the Blue ‘n Gold.

It’s an AFC Championship weekend as our Indianapolis Colts take on the New England Patriots on Sunday in Foxboro. The Colts enter this clash at 13 and 5  and the Pats at 13 and 4 on the season. Game time is at 6:40 p.m. and can be seen on CBS4.  (It’s a great time to do a Super Bowl party dry-run—call it a pre-Blue-out practice lap.)

And Finally…

Some film fans are calling this year’s Oscar nominations a ‘whitewash’.  Following big wins for black filmmakers from last year’s Best Picture winner “12 Years A Slave,” the categories for this year’s Academy Awards look pale in comparison.  A fresh debate about the lack of diversity in Hollywood took over social media all day Thursday with some harsh critiques from ‘Black Twitter’ that took no prisoners. The “OscarsSoWhite” hashtag remained a trending topic. Although the civil rights-era drama “Selma” snagged nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song, all 20 actors nominated in Oscar’s four acting categories are white and there are no women nominated for either Best Director or Screenwriter.

Indianapolis weather…

Partly cloudy at the end of the workweek. Today’s expected high is 35 degrees. A little snow may move in on Sunday for the Colts game.


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