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The Indianapolis Urban League is asking citizens to “turn out for transit” at tonight’s Indianapolis City-County Council meeting. The IUL is encouraging everyone to pack the council chambers and show support for IndyGo. The Council will vote on the 2017 IndyGo budget during the full council meeting. This meeting comes ahead of citizens getting the opportunity to vote early in the general election. Early voting begins Wednesday and that general election ballot includes an IndyGo Funding Referendum regarding public transit support here in the city and county. Tonight’s City-County Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Public Assembly Room of the City-County Building, 200 E. Washington Street, downtown.
Three of the 17 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis are American and one of them is from right here in Indy. Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin is now Cardinal Tobin. He was promoted by Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic church on Sunday. Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich and the outgoing bishop of Dallas, Kevin Farrell, also became cardinals in the group. Thirteen of the new cardinals are under the age of 80 which makes them eligible to vote to elect Francis’ successor. The Pope chose the new cardinals from all over the world.
Supporters of the Native Americans and others who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline are gathering today in downtown Indianapolis at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. They are rallying against that pipeline which they say will threaten their lands and water supply. The rally runs from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Organizers ask that you bring your signs, peaceful spirits and action. The Eiteljorg is located at 500 W. Washington Street in White River State Park.
Indianapolis Metro Police commanders say a drug bust turned-up two guns, eleven grams of crack, and hundreds of dollars. Officers arrested Dominique King Friday. Prosecutors say charges could come this week. King already has a felony conviction on his record and police are now suggesting drug dealing and weapons charges should be added.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, has cancelled his trip to New Jersey today. The Indiana governor was due to appear at a campaign fundraiser in Toms River but NJ Advance Media says he’s pulled the plug on his visit. And we’ve checked…it’s not listed on the campaign’s website anymore though a second North Carolina stop has been added this morning. Pence, who professes that he’s a devout Christian, released a statement Saturday saying he can’t defend or condone Trump’s taped 2005 remarks in which Trump bragged that his celebrity status allowed him to grope women. It’s unclear why the trip was cancelled. There has been speculation about Pence leaving the ticket, however The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Pence will stay put for now. A Pence ‘insider’ told the state’s largest daily paper the governor is “Feeling low and concerned, but soldiering on.”
During Sunday night’s second debate between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton at Washington University, Moderator Anderson Cooper sought to get to the truth versus the reality of Trump’s actions of that 2005 video. Cooper asked Trump if he’s actually done the things he described in that video. Trump denied he had. Trump brushed off comments he made in that video about groping women. He told the audience gathered in St. Louis that he’s not proud of it and embarrassed by it. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said, “this is who Donald Trump is.” In addition, there was a split between Trump and his running mate revealed during the debate. Trump kind of threw Pence under the bus on an answer about foreign policy regarding Syria.
There is more fallout from that video. Billy Bush, who was with Trump in that “Access Hollywood” video and whose microphone was also on, has been suspended indefinitely from his brand new job as a host of NBC’s “The Today Show” because of his vulgar role in it.
People who watched the highly anticipated second presidential debate say Hillary Clinton is the winner, but Donald Trump far exceeded expectations. A CNN/ORC poll out on Monday morning shows 57-percent of people surveyed said the Democratic nominee won. Thirty-four percent said Republican nominee Trump was the winner. The startling thing is sixty-three percent say Trump did better than they thought he would. The third and final presidential debate is October 19 from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
“The Birth of a Nation,” the film about the life of Nat Turner and the slave revolt he led in Virginia in 1831, helmed by controversial actor/director Nate Parker had a tough weekend at the box office and did not crack the top five. The weekend winner was “The Girl on the Train” starring Emily Blunt. It sold nearly $25-million worth of tickets in its debut weekend. “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” which features Samuel L. Jackson, slipped from first place to second with $15-million. The Tim Burton film has earned $51-million since its release. Rounding out this week’s Top Five are “Deepwater Horizon,” “The Magnificent Seven” starring Denzel Washington and “Storks.” “The Birth Of A Nation” came in sixth, earning just $7-million in its first week in theaters.
The Indianapolis Colts are the victors in the ‘battle of the state line.’ They beat the Chicago Bears Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium 29-to-23. The Colts are now 2-and-3 for the season and will be playing for first place in the AFC South next Sunday night taking on the Texans in Houston
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