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Good day to you on a chilly Monday that happens to be National K9 Veterans Day and National Napping Day (in which a nap sounds great after losing an hour due the weekend’s time change). Today is also National Jewel Day, National Earmuff Day, and National Good Samaritan Day–those last two might come in handy as a blast of Winter returns. It’s not done with us yet and what’s on tap for today may require you to use earmuffs.
The National Weather Service has declared a Winter Weather Advisory to the north of Indianapolis starting in Hamilton County and heading further north. Two to four-inches of snow is expected today. Only about an inch of snow is expected here in Indy before it transitions to rain later. This isn’t the same story for the eastern part of our nation. As this storm moves to the east, it could dump a foot-and-a-half to two feet of snow on the New York City area alone. A blizzard warning is in effect for the region spanning Washington, DC to New England. Travel is likely to be impacted as they brace for a nor’easter (a cyclone with flooding) and power outages.
Indianapolis Metro Police are investigating another bomb threat made against the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center. It’s the second threat in less than two weeks at the JCC. The facility was temporarily closed Sunday afternoon while police investigated the threat. They reported no suspicious findings. Reports of threats against other centers also happened across the nation this weekend. To learn more about the growing religious hate since the change of administration in Washington DC, click HERE.
Metro Police are also looking for answers after a weekend brawl that ended-up damaging a few squad cars and leaving an officer injured. Police say they rushed to a massive fight on Saturday night near 16th Street and Rochester Avenue. Officers say at least one teen was arrested because he had a gun. IMPD officials reported the most dangerous part of the night was when someone starting throwing bricks through squad car windows. One of those bricks slightly injured an officer when it came through on that officer.
Police report they’ve ended a crime spree by arresting a man thought to be a serial robber. IMPD took Warren Bridges into custody Sunday after they found him with a stolen vehicle on the city’s south side. Detectives say Bridges was wanted in connection with a string of robberies earlier this month, including Family Dollar, CVS and Walgreens.
We learned over the weekend of the passing of an Indianapolis legend–poet, author, playwright and community activist Mari Evans. The Indianapolis Star reports Evans died this weekend. You may simply know her from a huge mural bearing this celebrated black artist’s image downtown on Massachusetts Avenue, but she also edited one of the first books dedicated to black women writers and was and educator teaching classes in African-American literature. Mari Evans was 93.
The Hoosier Lottery plans to introduce you to the winner of the estimated $435.3 million Powerball jackpot today. They have a news conference planned for Monday afternoon regarding that massive jackpot wielding ticket sold at the Super Test store in Lafayette. You may recall, one ticket matched all five numbers plus the Powerball number in the February 22 drawing. This was the seventh largest jackpot in the history of the game. The winner’s choices now are taking a 30-year annuity or a one-time lump sum estimated payment of $263.5 million pre-taxes.
It’s ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ Day for the White House…
The House Intelligence Committee is giving the ‘Trump’ Justice Department until day’s end to show any evidence it has that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. President Donald Trump made the allegation earlier this month on Twitter but provided zero evidence at the time, nor since. Two key members of the panel have sent a letter calling on the Justice Department to publicly denounce the assertion.
A man accused of making his way over a fence at the White House is due in federal court today. Jonathan Tran was held without bond since his arrest on the south lawn late Friday. The Secret Service said Tran claimed to be a friend of President Trump and was carrying a backpack, a computer and mace.
The Congressional Budget Office is taking a close look at the American Health Care Act, also known as ‘Trumpcare,’ and may release its findings as early as today. The nonpartisan analysis will include the plan’s expected effect on the federal budget deficit. It will also provide an estimate of how many people would lose coverage in the transition from Obamacare.
A film about the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown is leading to protests in Ferguson, Missouri. It includes surveillance video that raises questions about whether Brown actually committed a robbery at a convenience store before he was fatally shot by a cop. The existence of that video was not widely known until now.
RadioShack will start closing almost 200 stores this week following its second bankruptcy filing in two years. Another 365 stores will close later or will be transferred to Sprint. The companies had been operating co-branded stores in an unsuccessful attempt to revive the ailing consumer electronics chain.
Purdue, Butler, and Notre Dame have all made the NCAA Tournament field of 64 this year. Indiana University did not. (Sorry IU fans.) The three Indiana teams will play Thursday. That’s the local angle on this year’s tourney. However here’s the national picture for your brackets…
Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga are the number-one seeds for the NCAA Tournament. ‘Nova is the top-overall seed and will play in the East Region. Kansas holds down the Midwest, UNC will ‘represent’ in the South and Gonzaga is out West. Duke, Louisville, Kentucky and Arizona are the number-two seeds. The three-seeds are Baylor, Oregon, UCLA and Florida State.
A little bit of snow this morning in the city then snow showers this afternoon. More snow expected to the north of the city. Today’s High: 37 degrees. Tonight’s Low: 24 degrees.
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