Good day to you. It’s a busy end of week, so I’ll keep you in the loop of things going on, including celebrating one of Indy’s own who captured the Bronze in Rio, below in sports.
Things are getting back to normal on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington on this busy Friday. There was a report of a person with a handgun on the campus early Friday morning that had the campus community on high alert. IU’s Emergency management initially Tweeted “Subject with handgun reported near campus at 12th St & Indiana Ave. Take safe shelter immediately, close and lock doors.” Later they Tweeted an update saying, “the investigation is on-going. Threat is no longer imminent. Resume normal routine but remain vigilant.”
A former volleyball coach at Circle City Athletics is facing child pornography charges. Officials say Jerry Boucher had more than 100 files on his computer depicting children younger than 18 engaging in sex acts or poses. A search warrant was served at Boucher’s home in Avon on Wednesday and he was charged on Thursday. Investigators say Boucher claims he downloaded the files, “because he was curious.”
A former Noblesville High School health teacher accused of sexually assaulting two students is also accused of giving them alcohol. Court documents indicate Nicholas McKinney invited the girls over to his house during the summer of 2012 and showed them how to do tequila shots. Documents also claim McKinney inappropriately touched the girls while they were sleeping in his bed because they were unable to drive home. One of the girls told school officials about the incident earlier this month and they notified police.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett wants to upgrade the city’s parks and is considering a plan to put it on the credit card. Hogsett is looking to borrow as much as $5 million for upgrades at local parks. The borrowing wouldn’t add to Hogsett’s billion-dollar city budget just yet. The City-County Council will still have to sign off on the idea.
Indiana’s American Civil Liberties Union is using the state’s controversial religious freedom law to try to get a Muslim jail inmate a diet that fits his faith. The ACLU is suing the Boone County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of Gannon Thomas who wants a halal diet, which means no pork and other conditions to meet his faith. The sheriff’s office says it only provides medically necessary special diets. So instead of RFRA being used in same-sex marriage fights on behalf of religious business owners of who want to deny service to those in the LGBTQ community, legal scholars say Thomas’ case clearly qualifies as religious protection.
Today is the final day to catch the documentary that features the story of Indy’s famed historically all-black Crispus Attucks High School, Attucks: The School That Opened a City. (Click the link to view the promo.) It screens at 2 p.m. at the Madame Walker Theatre downtown on Indiana Avenue. It tells the tale of how a school built in the 1920’s during the time when the Ku Klux Klan ruled and designed to fail blacks, it achieved in all areas –academic to athletic– making history and having a top-notch collection of alumni who have impacted the world. It begins at 2 p.m. Check out the Heartland Film Roadshow at heartlandfilm.org for more.
In a revelation…The State Department now says the U.S. kept $400 million from Iran until a group of American prisoners were let go in January. That payment stemmed from an old legal dispute involving a failed arms deal. State Department spokesman John Kirby described it as two separate events coming together at the same time. He said the money was withheld as “leverage” until the prisoners were released. Kirby rejected claims—as President Barack Obama has done before–that the money delivery was a ransom.
Donald Trump says he regrets some of things he’s said. Speaking to supporters Thursday in North Carolina, the Republican presidential nominee admitted sometimes saying the wrong things in what he called the “heat of debate.” Trump said he regrets those words when they’ve caused personal pain. Both Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, are touring flood-affected areas of Louisiana today meeting with residents and relief officials. Floods there have killed a dozen people.
There are reports that Hillary Clinton told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell advised her to use a personal email account. The New York Times reports that’s what Clinton told agents during a three and-a-half hour interview in early July. The Times also reports a forthcoming book says Powell told Clinton to use her “own email” except for classified communications.
New research indicates the Zika virus could be a threat to adults as well as babies. Scientists have considered Zika to be primarily a threat to cause birth defects in newborns. Research reported in Science News suggests that Zika might also cause unknown and long-term damage to adults.
Twitter is cutting off thousands of accounts for promoting terrorism or violent extremism. The online social networking service said yesterday it has suspended at least $230,000 users for violating policy rules since February. Twitter said its daily suspension rate is up 80 percent since last year.
We now know reports of American swimmer Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro early Sunday by individuals posing as police was a lie of unsportsmanlike #OlympicProportions. The U.S. Olympic Committee is calling the behavior of the four American swimmers at the Summer Games unacceptable, and says it doesn’t represent the values of Team USA. Brazilian police who have been investigating the incident and now the USOC are now accusing Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James Feigen of lying about being victims of an armed robbery. Those investigators say the swimmers were not victims, instead they were the perpetrators when they vandalized a gas station’s restroom. The armed men were security guards who tried to hold their taxi there at the gas station until the police arrived. Various media reports indicate there was an interpreter on the scene at the time and that the drunken swimmers paid $50 for those damages and left. Feigen is donating $11,000 to charity in a bid to avoid prosecution. The money is a donation to a Brazilian sports and education foundation and in exchange Feigen will be given his passport and be free to leave the country. Fellow swimmers Lochte, Bentz and Conger have already left Rio. Lochte was first to leave and has been back in the states for days. Bentz and Conger arrived back in the states in Miami Friday morning. Officials in Rio are deciding on whether to press charges. Lochte issued a statement late Friday morning via Twitter issuing an apology for his behavior in Brazil. See his Twitter post linked below:
Medal accumulation continues in Brazil for Team USA, reaching the century mark. Americans have won an even 100 medals, including 35 gold, 33 silver and 32 bronze. That’s the most of any nation in all three categories. With a major gap, China trails behind at the two-spot with 58 medals and Great Britain posts third with 56.
Congratulations to Naptown’s own Lawrence North High School graduate Ashley Spencer, also hailing from the University of Texas. Spencer took the bronze in the 400-meter hurdles competition with a running time of 53.72 seconds, which was her personal best. This was a historic race. Fellow American Dalilah Muhammad took the gold medal with a running a time of 53.13 seconds claiming the first ever gold in the 400-meter hurdles event for the U.S.
In another historic achievement for Team USA…Ashton Eaton captured his second decathlon victory Thursday night. Eaton is the world’s greatest athlete once again. He successfully defended his Olympic title in the men’s decathlon and is the first man to win back-to-back, defending his Olympic gold, in the 10-event competition since 1984.
The Indiana Fever’s Tamika Catchings and the U.S. women’s basketball team are into the gold medal game following an 86-67 win over France. High scorers for Team USA women’s b-ball were Diana Taurasi who netted 18 points and Maya Moore who added 15 as the American team won its 48th straight in Olympic play. They will next take on Spain in the gold medal game Saturday.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is retaining his title as the world’s fastest man. He won gold Thursday night in the men’s 200-meters in 19.78 seconds. Bolt is the first Olympian to win gold in the 100 and 200-meter races in three straight Olympics. Team USA’s LaShawn Merritt finished sixth.
What’s Up Today in Rio?
The Pacers’ Paul George and Team USA take on Spain today in the basketball semifinals at the Olympics. The winner will advance to play either Australia or Serbia for the gold medal. George scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the quarterfinal victory against Argentina.
See today’s schedule and live streams, HERE.
From Rio to Indy Sports…
A memorial celebration will be held on Monday for former Butler basketball player Joel Cornette. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Cornette died on Tuesday morning from natural causes at the age of 35. He was a 2003 Butler graduate and a member of Butler’s first ever Sweet 16 team.
The Indianapolis Colts host the Baltimore Ravens in Week Two of preseason action Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to make his preseason debut. Luck hasn’t played in a game since lacerating his kidney last November. He sat out of the Colts’ preseason opening victory against the Bills last week. Gametime is 7 p.m. Eastern.
Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially Friday morning in some areas across the metro. Today’s High: 84 degrees.
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