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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

October 10, 2018

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of Oct. 13-14. 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.




INDIANAPOLIS — When Ezekiel Walker packed up his 2004 Dodge Stratus and set off on a 600-mile journey from Durham, North Carolina, to central Indiana two years ago, he was keyed up, excited for an adventure that was taking him to a new city, a new job and a new life. The journey would prove more difficult than he anticipated, and it didn’t end when he arrived in Indiana. Walker writes about it all in a book borne out of desperation, he said. “Seventy Moons” documents the 70 days and nights he spent homeless after arriving in Indiana. By Maureen C. Gilmer. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 1,100 words, photos requested.


NEW ALBANY — When Stephen Price agreed to let one of his tenants bring home a gaggle of pigeons, he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. To be fair, the tenant, Robert “Painter Bob” Maskalick, warned him. Maskalick built coops for the 40-or-so pigeons, kept them fed and periodically let them fly free. The birds, a mixture of roller and homing pigeons equipped with a natural GPS and survival sense, always came back. By Elizabeth Depompei. News and Tribune. SENT: 650 words, photos requested.



JASPER — The U.S. Department of Labor puts the multiple jobholding rate — the percentage of all workers holding down more than one job at the same time — at 4.9 percent. Quadruple that rate for cops, paramedics and others in emergency services. “The way our schedule is, we always have days off in the middle of the week,” explains Dubois County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brad Kendall, who moonlights delivering ice for Jasper’s Celebration Ice. “When you have days off like that, it’s better than just sitting around not doing anything.” By Bill Powell. The (Jasper) Herald. SENT: 1,700 words, photos requested.


INDIANAPOLIS — The dragon-headed boat emerged out of the docks and cut through the calm effortlessly. Women lined both sides of the watercraft, paddles in hand, ready to slice through the waters of Geist Reservoir. Over the next hour or so, they would stroke rhythmically as one, following the beat of a drummer at the front of their boat and pouring their effort into gaining more and more speed. The Indy SurviveOars is a community of women with a history of breast cancer who have used the growing sport of dragon boat racing as a source of camaraderie and wellness. By Ryan Trares. (Franklin) Daily Journal. SENT: 1,000 words, photos requested.

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