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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

May 2, 2019

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of May 4-5. 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.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ When exactly Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, received his class ring isn’t clear. “But it was after his Apollo 11 mission,” said Michael Riley, director of space exploration for Heritage Auctions, a Dallas-based house in the midst of the second of three auctions featuring the personal effects of Purdue University’s most famous graduate. “Beautiful ring. To be able to wear that ring and say, ‘Yeah, this was Neil Armstrong’s,’ how cool is that?” By Dave Bangert. Journal & Courier. SENT: 1,020 words, photos requested.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. _ Russell Rock crafted the new sculpture honoring the work of Terre Haute-born novelist Theodore Dreiser. Shadows serve a significant purpose in the Dreiser sculpture. The varying positions of the sun overhead will cast shadows of the sculpture’s etched passages onto its surrounding concrete surfaces. On some days, a viewer might see all or portions of one phrase. Sunlight will illuminate parts of other Dreiser quotes on other days. Curious visitors will have to study the sculpture to read it in full. That’s a fitting aspect of the sculpture that recognizes the writer who lived from 1871 to 1945. By Howard Greninger. Tribune-Star. SENT: 840 words, photos requested.



LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Over the course of his 11-year-career at the Lafayette Fire Department, Sgt. Travis Oliver has pulled cats, dogs, hamsters and even fish tanks out of burning homes. Oftentimes family pets are beyond saving which can be heart-wrenching to an animal lover like Oliver, he said. His wife, Deanna, had been asking for a second dog, a sibling for their purebred chocolate lab named Odin, but he hedged on the decision. That was until he saw Lexi featured on the Minnesota-based Instagram account Ruff Start Rescue. Lexi was trapped in a plastic crate with her puppies during a house fire. The crate melted to her skin causing burns on the left side of her body. She was able to escape but the puppies were lost in the fire. Oliver knew immediately she would be his closure. By Lindsay Moore. Journal & Courier. SENT: 600 words, photos requested.


CROWN POINT, Ind. _ Since the late 1980s, hot dog carts in downtown Crown Point have served up Chicago dogs, Maxwell Street Polishes, chili cheese dogs, chips and other favorites. Madalyn Beasley started grilling up “the best beef dog in town” in 1988. Nearly a decade ago, “The Hot Dog Guy” Mike Adams took over the downtown hot dog carts, including at the Old Lake County Courthouse square. It looked like 31 years of tradition would come to an end last week when Adams announced he was closing the longtime business. He accepted a position as driver trainer with the Crown Point Community School Corp., training the school district’s bus drivers. His son, who’s helped him out, is graduating from Ivy Tech Community College and looking to find work in the utility industry. By Joseph S. Pete. The Times. SENT: 560 words, photos requested.