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Happy Friday to you on this day, where across the shores, the Olympic Games officially kick off tonight in Rio. Go Team USA! Hoosiers are sending well-wishes and blessings to Indiana athletes participating in various competitions. A little closer to home, the Indiana State Fair also gets underway today. Hot air balloons took flight this morning and “Sprint College ID Day” is underway where if college students show their ID, they get in for free. The midway at the Indiana State fairgrounds opens at noon with the fair running through August 21. Organizers say, for those playing the hugely popular Pokemon Go game, there will be 32 Poke stops and four gems on the fairgrounds for gamers to find this weekend. That’s perfect for the gamer crowd that is in town for the Gen Con convention.
The Indianapolis community will bid long-time Progressive Baptist Church pastor and AM-1310 “The Light” talk show host, Pastor Michael K. Jones, farewell this morning at 11 a.m. Homegoing services will be held at the northwest side location of Eastern Star Church in the 5800 block of Cooper Road. Jones died suddenly Tuesday, July 26, at age 52. The Jones Family asks in lieu of, or in addition to flowers, to remember the second generation community leader through a memorial contribution to any of the following organizations: The Michael Jones Scholarship Fund at Park Tudor High School, The Progressive Baptist Church, or The Sam Jones Scholars Program at the Indiana University (IU) Foundation. Jones served as the host of the “Community Connection” talk show—a post he assumed in March of this year.
The Indianapolis Metro Police officer accused of shooting a fellow officer told investigators he “lost it.” The formal charges against Adrian Aurs paint him as a jealous man who thought the IMPD detective at his estranged wife’s house last weekend, was a new boyfriend. Aurs allegedly shot detective Robert Pearsey in a jealous fit. Prosecutors filed attempted murder charges Thursday against Aurs.
No charges. That’s the result of a review by a Marion County special prosecutor relating to sexual assault charges filed against City-County Councilo, Zach Adamson. Adamson was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old man. That man filed a criminal complaint against Adamson in June for the alleged incident that was said to have happened in September of 2015. The special prosecutor announced Thursday that charges weren’t warranted.
The jury in Hannah Wilson’s murder trial saw pictures in court on Thursday of the Indiana University student after her death. Forensic evidence took center stage in the third day of Wilson’s murder trial, including some difficult images of Wilson’s heavily damaged skull and bloody face. Investigators say she was beaten to death. Prosecutors say while Wilson’s wounds don’t tie her to the suspect, Daniel Messel, they say her blood was inside his car and his cell phone was next to her dead body.
A woman who was seven-months pregnant when she was attacked by an IMPD K-9 is suing the police department. The lawsuit filed by Mara Mancini claims she had to undergo multiple surgeries because of her injuries in the July 2015 dog attack. It also says the pain medication she took, left her newborn son addicted to narcotics. Mancini’s lawyer told The Indianapolis Star Indiana has a law that grants immunity to police dogs. Mancini’s attack happened when the K-9 was chasing a suspect through her west side neighborhood.
A woman is still in the hospital after being rescued from inside her car after it plunged into an Indianapolis man’s pool. Metro Police say it happened just after 8 p.m. Thursday night in the 8500 block of East 16th Street. Police say the woman crashed through a fence and into the pool. It took rescuers and neighbors quite a bit of time to get the woman out of the submerged car.
Two people accused of stealing an unmarked IMPD car were arrested. The vehicle was stolen from the officer’s driveway Thursday morning, but found several hours later at an apartment complex near 42nd Street and Mitthoeffer Road on the city’s east side. IMPD says the officer’s car was one of three vehicles stolen in the incident. Several others were broken into or vandalized.
President Obama wants the American public to know that a large cash payment to Iran in January was no secret. In a news conference yesterday at the Pentagon, Obama said the payment was publicly outlined in January and he insisted the $400-million was not a ransom for the release of four Americans held by Iran. Obama said the money was part of a settlement in an old dispute over a failed arms deal.
Donald Trump is saying that he’s seen a video of the massive U.S. payment to Iran, mentioned above, even though multiple reports say no such video exists. The Republican presidential nominee talked about the alleged video at recent rallies in Florida and Maine. Trump went on to say, the video appeared to have been shot by Iranians for propaganda purposes. After making the comments, both CBS News and The Washington Post reported that a campaign spokesperson said Trump was mistaken. “Mistaken.”
New figures from the FBI show that there’s been a record amount of gun sale background checks for 15 consecutive months. The new report says there were over two-million background checks in July, an increase of nearly 600,000. The trend began in May of 2015, when there were more background checks than in any previous May.
Black, white, red or yellow—the overwhelming majority of Americans agree there is discrimination against Blacks in this country…91-percent, in fact. The magnitude of that admitted discrimination and what to do about it is the big divide between races of people. Get informed. Check out the new Radio One /Edison survey, “Black White and Blue: A Spotlight on Race in America.” Find it, here on our web and share your thoughts on our social media pages with the hashtag #BlackWhiteBlue.
The 2016 Summer Olympics begin tonight in Rio de Janeiro. Over 78,000 fans will pack Rio’s Maracana Stadium for the three-hour opening ceremony that begins at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. The show is expected to illustrate the history and culture of both Rio and Brazil. A tradition of the Opening Ceremony is the Parade of Athletes. Swimming star Michael Phelps will lead the U.S. contingent into the stadium as flag bearer.
The Colts will hold their final training camp session of the week this afternoon at Anderson University. Then they’re off to Canton, Ohio Saturday in prep for the Hall of Fame Game against Green Bay on Sunday. Congrats to former Colts’ head coach Tony Dungy-the winningest coach in the team’s history and former wide receiver Marvin Harrison. They’ll each receive their gold jacket Saturday afternoon when they’ll be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Their induction is a part of a packed weekend of events.
Cloudy with scattered thunderstorms expected. Today’s High: 89 degrees.
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