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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

April 3, 2019

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of April 6-7. May be updated. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Indiana bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or indy@ap.org.

SATURDAY EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-INDIANA PRISON’S LEGION HALL

PENDLETON, Ind. _ Jim Robinson knows he’ll never repair the damage, never heal the pain he caused 18 years ago in the parking lot of a Frankfort apartment complex. But the U.S. Army veteran also believes a man is more than his worst deed. That’s one reason he joined American Legion Post 608. You won’t find beer or mixed drinks in 608′s Legion Hall, but there are bars — the black steel kind — on this campus compound guarded by towers and razor wire fences. Post 608 is inside the maximum-security Pendleton Correctional Center. This is one of seven posts operating inside Indiana prisons, said John Raughter, a spokesman for the American Legion’s national headquarters. By Vic Ryckaert. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 1,080 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-MOTHER’S QUEST-SON’S MURDER

PORTAGE, Ind. _ Latricia Adams has lost her mother, father, two brothers and a 7-month-old grandson, who died of sudden infant death syndrome. Yet nothing could have prepared her for the loss of her child, she said. “I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,” Adams said. “Knowing you will not see your son come through that door again — it’s like your heart has been ripped out.” Antonio Adams, 23, died from two gunshots to the back of his head in an alley in Gary. A man collecting scrap metal found Adams’ body July 16, two days after Adams’ girlfriend flagged down a passerby. By Sarah Reese. The Times. SENT: 1,120 words, photos requested.

SUNDAY EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-STUDEBAKER FOUNTAIN’S REVIVAL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ The restoration of the city’s Studebaker Electric Fountain is nearly complete, and planning is underway for a gala July 21 rededication of the historic structure after it’s placed at its new home in Leeper Park. The event will take place on the 113th anniversary of the fountain’s original dedication. The restored fountain will be lit with colored LED lights, similar to the incandescent lights that awed South Bend crowds when the fountain was originally dedicated in 1906 in a central spot in Howard Park. Electric lighting was relatively new then, and a lighted public fountain was a great novelty. By Margaret Fosmoe. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 1,100 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-FLEEING TO FREEDOM-HISTORY IN STONE

NEW ALBANY, Ind. _ Over the past few weeks, New Albany sculptor David Ruckman has begun to transform a towering slab of limestone into the image of Lucy Higgs Nichols fleeing slavery with her young daughter, Mona. As he captures part of her story in stone, he hopes that viewers will appreciate the courage and perseverance of Nichols, who later became a nurse for the Union Army and lived in New Albany until her death in 1915. “She’ll be coming out of the stone, basically — out of slavery into the light,” Ruckman said. “That’s what this is about.” By Brooke McAfee. News and Tribune. SENT: 830 words, photos requested.