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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

January 9, 2019

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of Jan. 12-13. 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.

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Saturday:

EXCHANGE-SMARTPHONES-REPAIR BUSINESSES

SCHERERVILLE _ As consumer goods prices have come down over time, you don’t see many television repair shops, tailors and cobblers anymore. In fact, there are just a fraction of the 100,000 shoe repair shops that operated in the United States back in the 1930s. People now simply replace whatever’s broken. Except for their smartphones. The phones people obsessively use throughout the day and have grown dependent on in the ever-elusive quest for likes and shares can run over $1,000, and can run into all sorts of problems, such as cracked screens, broken buttons and water damage. Phone repair businesses have been opening left and right in the Region, a bright spot in the local retail sector. By Joseph S. Pete. The Times. SENT: 530 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-RED’S PLEDGE-50 YEARS LATER

VINCENNES _ In September of 1967, Red Skelton wrote a letter to his then wife, Georgia _ as he so often did _ expressing some thoughts he had about patriotism. On Jan. 14, 1969 _ 50 years ago _ he shared those thoughts with the world. The country was in the midst of turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War when Skelton recited his rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance on his popular TV show. “He was upset about all the flag burning during the Vietnam War protests,” said Mark Kratzner, the museum’s curator and archivist. “Just before he did the Pledge, there had been a flag burning in Central Park. By Jenny McNeece. Vincennes Sun-Commercial. SENT: 600 words, photos requested.

Sunday:

EXCHANGE-PARENTS-TRACKING SCHOOL BUSES

INDIANAPOLIS _ The launch of Synovia Solutions’ new app in 2015 was a bit like running a bus route on the first day of school. There was a lot of uncertainty about the course it would travel, and no one would have been surprised if things started out rolling slowly or the ride had been a bit bumpy. But it was a quick acceleration to wide acceptance for Indianapolis-based Synovia’s Here Comes the Bus, an app designed to notify parents and students where their bus is at all times and send alarms to their cellphones or tablets when the bus is close to their home or arriving at school. By Anthony Schoettle. Indianapolis Business Journal. SENT: 1,450 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-LOVE OF DOLPHINS

LOGANSPORT _ Alexis Miller was born near the ocean but grew up 1,000 miles inland in Logansport. And while bottlenose dolphins don’t swim through the Eel or Wabash rivers, it didn’t stop her from achieving her dream of working with the nautical neighbors of her birthplace. Miller was born in Daytona Beach, Florida. She went on to recall visiting Marineland in St. Augustine, Florida and SeaWorld Orlando “and being totally mesmerized by the dolphins and their trainers.” By Mitchell Kirk. Pharos-Tribune. SENT: 700 words, photos requested.

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