BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN
AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of Aug. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDIANAPOLIS — Bill Fine isn’t a big fan of Monopoly, the board game where players develop real estate and try to drive opponents into bankruptcy. The game can last for hours and leave some players feeling crushed. But when Fine started his job last year as Indiana utility consumer counselor, one of the first things he did was hang a framed, cross-stitch version of a Monopoly board on his office wall. His wife had stitched it years ago when he was a real estate lawyer in northwestern Indiana, and at the time it was a natural office decoration for someone who spent all day helping clients buy and sell properties. These days, his job is to stand up to Indiana’s powerful utilities — many of them regulated monopolies — and advocate for consumers in cases before state and federal utility regulatory commissions. The goal: Make sure millions of Hoosier households and business aren’t overcharged for electricity, natural gas, water or wastewater. By John Russell. Indianapolis Business Journal. SENT: 1,400 words, photos requested.
WALTON — If you’ve been a third grader at Lewis Cass Elementary School — formerly Thompson Elementary School — sometime in the past 35 years, chances are pretty good that you might have had Karen McDonald as a teacher. And if you will be a third grader at Lewis Cass Elementary School sometime in the next 25-30 years, chances are pretty good that you might be taught by Bryce McDonald, her son. That’s because, while the former retired last year, the latter is now taking over her old position — even moving into the same classroom. By Kim Dunlap. Pharos-Tribune. SENT: 550 words, photos requested.
LAFAYETTE — While not his official job title, Tom Easterday has become quite the tour guide. The Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. executive has been known to do as many as a handful a month around the company’s Lafayette manufacturing facility. Whether leading top industry officials or a group of young students, he has a favorite opening line. “I always like to say that if someone stops for a cup of coffee on their way into the plant,” Easterday said, “then they have put more trash into the landfill than we have for the entire year.” Actually, that coffee cup would be more than the entire plant — with 5,600 employees producing 350,000 cars annually — has put in a landfill in nearly the last 15 years. By Sarah Bowman. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 1,100 words, photos requested.
GREENWOOD — The tiny blade was no bigger than a piece of grass. But when Ron Brown used a scroll saw, small cuts on thin pieces of wood became works of art. Elaborate scrollwork accented replicas of Gothic cathedrals. Intricate details brought carousels and Ferris wheels to life. The girders and arches of the famed Eiffel Tower add a small touch of Paris to the models he created. Brown was a dedicated woodworker for much of his life, relying primarily on the scroll saw to create beautiful models, working clocks and other decorations. Macular degeneration has taken his eyesight, and with it the ability to use the small blades. By Ryan Trares. Daily Journal. SENT: 900 words, photos requested.