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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest , IN

February 20, 2019

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of Feb. 23-24. 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.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. _ Live 96 years and you will see a lot of change in the world. Just ask Harold and Connie (Lundquist) Norlin, who are both celebrating their 96th birthdays this year and celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary Feb. 17. “We’ve been blessed to be able to be together all these years,” Connie said softly, smiling at her husband on Feb. 8, the day of her birthday. For Harold, who wouldn’t turn 96 himself for another nine days, his wife’s moment of sentimentality was no reason to skip the opportunity to rattle off his favorite one-liner. “I did always go for the older women.” By Michael Doyle. Evansville Courier & Press. SENT: 870 words, photos requested.


HIGHLAND, Ind. _ It’s been just more than a month since Louie, the dog who lived, was pulled from a ditch with a broken leg and electrical tape bound around his muzzle. Fast-forward after surgery and lots of TLC later, Louie’s story has traveled to international lengths. And he has no shortage of love coming his way. The little guy donned a red vest and his most festive, heart-speckled tie to get the celebrity treatment from a pack of about 20 dog-loving first-graders. Louie spent his Valentine’s Day at Southridge Elementary School in Highland surrounded by enthusiastic students, where his new owner, Mary Witting, shared the story of his discovery and road to recovery. By Anna Ortiz. The Times. SENT: 500 words, photos requested.



COLUMBUS, Ind. _ When you’re given three chances at life, how do you make the most of it? It’s a question Paulina Nieto has had to grapple with for years. After undergoing a heart transplant at age 2, her donor heart gradually began to fail. By the time she was 16, she again found herself waiting for a heart at Riley Hospital for Children. So Riley doctors introduced her to art therapy, a form of psychotherapy that encourages art-making as a form of self-expression. Now 19, Paulina is studying psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus with the hope of becoming an art therapist so she can use her experience to pay it forward. By Holly V. Hays. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 1,240 words, photos requested.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. _ Isabella Popoff is a freshman at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology majoring in biomedical engineering. A Terre Haute North graduate, she chose engineering “because I liked math and science in high school,” but she also wanted a job where she could help people. Her family was a big positive influence, as were some of her high school teachers. “My grandpa was a mechanical engineer and my great uncle went to Rose for grad school, so that also influenced me,” she said. But statistics show that women in engineering are still a minority. In the workforce, just 13 percent of engineers are women. By Sue Loughlin. Tribune-Star. SENT: 1,100 words, photos requested.