Three Michigan City firefighters charged following November incident

first_img Previous articleTips on celebrating Valentine’s Day safely during the pandemicNext articleMan facing arson charge after allegedly setting fire to mother’s home Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – February 11, 2021 0 345 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Google+ (“My Trusty Gavel” by Brian Turner, CC BY 2.0) Three Michigan City firefighters have been charged in an incident that happened while they were off duty.Indiana State Police report the charges stem from a gathering at a Michigan City residence back in November 2020. The charges were filed against the firefighters on February 5.Scott Kaletha has been charged with Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Strangulation, Brad Kreighbaum has been charged with Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and Austin Swistek has been charged with Obscene Performance and Battery. Google+center_img IndianaLocalNews Facebook Twitter Pinterest Three Michigan City firefighters charged following November incident Facebook TAGS20/20Austin SwistekBrad KreighbaumchargedfirefightersIndianaMichigan CitynovemberScott Kaletha last_img read more

Rebrand for Esquires coffee house

first_imgFranchise chain Esquires Coffee is to reopen its first new-look shop in Durham as part of its plans to rebrand.The new coffee house, situated on Silver Street, is the first of the brand’s 24 UK stores, which will incorporate the new corporate branding, to be rolled out in the next 12-18 months.The new design concept was introduced with the aim of capturing the local environment and positioning the brand s an “international premium branded coffee house”.The company said: “Our aim is to create a vibrant, friendly environment for our customers to enjoy our 100% organic and Fairtrade coffee.”The Durham site is set to open in October by new franchisees Dale Smith and Clare Footes, who said they wished to create “a friendly, warm welcoming atmosphere where all are welcome to enjoy great coffee and delicious food”.Esquires also has shops in in China, the Middle East, Canada and New Zealand.last_img read more

Six fresh books worth perusing

first_imgYou can soothe your intellectual itch with these recent Harvard faculty-authored titles.Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in AmericaPrinceton University Press, Feb. 2012By Jennifer L. Hochschild, Vesla M. Weaver, Traci R. BurchHenry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies Jennifer L. Hochschild collaborates with Vesla M. Weaver and Traci R. Burch on this new consideration of race in contemporary America. Not since the 1960s has there been a racial transformation as great as the one the country is currently experiencing. Spurred by forces like immigration and policy changes that promote integration and equality, America’s racial order has above all been altered by youths, whose collective memory includes Hurricane Katrina and Barack Obama’s election. “If transformative forces persist and prevail,” the authors write, “the United States can finally move toward becoming the society that James Madison envisioned in Federalist #10, one in which “no majority faction, not even native-born European Americans, dominates the political, economic, or social arena.”Dignity: Its History and MeaningHarvard University Press, March 2012By Michael RosenIn under 200 pages, Professor of Government Michael Rosen parses the contested interpretations of dignity over time, tracing its nebulous definition from the era of aristocrats, who were once thought to be the only ones worthy of “dignified” status, to our contemporary society, in which dignity is viewed as a basic human right. By highlighting Kant, who believed that our worthiness is intrinsic, Rosen walks philosophy’s tightrope, but dubs his book, ultimately, a work of political theory because philosophy and politics are inextricable, he believes. Rosen dedicates the final chapter to exploring why even the dead must be treated with dignity.Witness: The Selected Poems of Mario BenedettiWhite Pine Press, March 2012By Mario Benedetti, translated by Louise PopkinLargely unknown in the English-speaking world, Uruguayan poet Mario Benedetti is regarded as one of Latin America’s most important voices. Extension School instructor and translator Louise Popkin met Benedetti in Buenos Aires in the ’70s, where the poet was exiled for opposing the Uruguayan dictatorship. “I started translating him at his request,” recalled Popkin. “He was very accessible and enormously respectful of my role as translator, though occasionally he’d get irritated over the number of questions I asked. But those conversations typically ended in laughter: I’d remind him that as a living author, he deserved to be consulted. I really miss being able to ask him for help.” Benedetti died in 2009, and “Witness” features Popkin’s translations, as well as the original versions in Spanish.The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a StartupPrinceton University Press, March 2012By Noam WassermanStartups are just as stressful as they can be promising. Noam Wasserman, associate professor and Tukman Faculty Fellow at Harvard Business School, offers this road map for entrepreneurs, presenting dilemmas — from financing to firing … yourself! — that often have lasting consequences for personnel and companies alike. Offering gems of advice that come from more than 10 years of research, Wasserman also presents case studies from well-known entrepreneurs like Tim Westergren of Pandora Radio and Evan Williams of Twitter and Blogger.From Kant to Husserl: Selected EssaysHarvard University Press, March 2012By Charles ParsonsIn the first of two volumes collecting his work, Charles Parsons, Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, presents these previously published essays on pre-20th-century philosophers, namely Kant, Frege, and Brentano. A philosopher himself, Parsons studied mathematics first, and this interest defined his lifelong work in logic and the philosophy of mathematics. In these pages, Parsons delves into Kant’s philosophy of arithmetic and then Frege’s ideas of logic. The two Germans, writes Parsons in the introduction, reflect “a wider interest in German culture and history first simulated by my father.”Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy?Harvard Health Publications, May 2012By Ronald Schouten and James SilverThere’s rapists and murderers and then there’s the almost psychopaths — friends, co-workers, spouses, perhaps even ourselves — people whose behaviors sometimes walk the line. Associate Professor of Psychiatry Ronald Schouten and co-author and former federal prosecutor James Silver, a Harvard Law School graduate, wrote this guide “to shed light on certain complexities of human behavior to encourage situational awareness.” The authors clarify that psychopaths and almost psychopaths differ in the frequency and intensity of their behaviors and reactions to others, and they present strategies for dealing with their machinations, manipulations, and lies.last_img read more

‘Where the Roads All End’ is where story begins

first_imgStriking in their beauty and their intimacy, the photographs the Marshall family made during their eight expeditions into the Kalahari from 1950 to 1961 have pure visual appeal. Landscapes of flowering fields or towering baobab trees and dominated by a majestic sky alternate with portraits of a family’s growth and change.It is that change — beyond the stunning aesthetics — that mark these photos as special, forming the impetus behind “Where the Roads All End: The Marshall Family’s Kalahari Photography,” a talk and slide show this past Wednesday by Ilisa Barbash, curator of visual anthropology at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Drawing from Barbash’s book “Where the Roads All End: Photography and Anthropology in the Kalahari,” the presentation included rare 3-D stereoscopic images.Drawing from Ilisa Barbash’s book, Peabody presentation included rare 3-D stereoscopic images. Courtesy of Harvard Museums of Science & CultureThe Marshall family, who made these trips between 1950 and 1961 under the sponsorship of the Peabody, which is celebrating its 150th year, were educated amateurs when they set out for Namibia (then South West Africa) and Botswana (then Bechuanaland). The Ju/’hoansi, the people the Marshalls sought to meet, and whose lives they ended up chronicling, were at that point living in a manner that was beginning to change. As captured in the photos, father ≠Toma, mother !U, and their extended family were on the brink of leaving behind the traditional, nomadic life of their people as farmers, ranchers, and the forces of Westernized national governments expanded into their territory.One half of a rare 3-D stereoscopic image. © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & EthnologyThe Marshalls, explained Barbash, who is the museum’s first curator of visual anthropology, were “salvage anthropologists,” intent on documenting a disappearing culture. Barbash, herself a documentary filmmaker, described her own introduction to their work, largely through the documentary films of John Marshall, who was a budding 18-year-old filmmaker during the first expedition. She then went on to explain how John joined his parents, Laurence and Lorna, and sister, Elizabeth (the author of such books as “The Hidden Life of Dogs” and “The Harmless People”), who had just started at Smith College, as well as various drivers, translators, and other staffers in what was an arduous, weeks-long journey of no certain outcome.Advised to search for “the wild bushmen,” Barbash explained, the Marshalls would come to drop the phrase, which is seen as pejorative, for the indigenous people’s own term for themselves, the Ju/’hoansi (they also visited the G/wi people). As they lived with and studied these people, they documented their changing lives in 40,000 photos in both color and black and white, as well as the 3-D stereoscopic images. These photos are the basis for Barbash’s book and for the evening’s presentation, which was highlighted by slides of those stereoscopic images, for which the audience was given special viewing glasses.As these images glowed on screen, Barbash read excerpts from her book, often quoting the family’s eight diaries, as well as numerous notebooks and letters. Slides of the veldt, with its stunning open space, gave way to photos of families preparing food and caring for children. Hunting and gathering, which actually provided a larger part of their diet, are documented. Throughout the individuals are named, a dignity often overlooked by previous anthropologists, and even in the hourlong presentation, a sense of individuals and personality came through.Ilisa Barbash holds a photo by Daniel Blitz from the Kalahari collection. The subject shows a hunting hand signal indicating a wildebeest. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Marshalls themselves also emerge as characters in the drama. As Barbash read, it became clear that Lorna, in particular, came to question the expedition’s role in the Ju/’hoansi’s changing life. At one point, they gave the indigenous people Western-style clothes, Barbash said, before reading what she described as a “very poignant, extremely sad and meaningful observation.”“We started to leave,” Lorna wrote. “The bushmen, their eyes shining, began struggling into the clothes. In an instant it happened, their beauty and dignity vanished. They became ridiculous.”“What have we done, making a track into this country?” Lorna would later ask herself. “If we could go back, I would not come here.”Such changes could be seen, notably in a series of photos of N!ai, ≠Toma’s niece. First pictured as a toddler, she squats with her half-brother /Gaishay, utterly unfazed by the photographer as she drinks water from an ostrich eggshell. When we next see her, as a teenager, she wears traditional beads, a Western-style headscarf, and a decidedly suspicious expression. In the final photo, from 1961, she is dressed entirely in Western fashion, and although she smiles at the camera, it is slightly unnerving how her consciousness of — and, perhaps, investment in — the modern world had changed.“Where the Roads All End: Photography and Anthropology in the Kalahari” may be purchased at the front desk of the Peabody Museum or through Harvard University Press.last_img read more

Still Dusty.

first_imgU.S. Drought Monitor Most of Georgia has had a dry late summer. Hydrologic conditions across the state have not improved. Across much of the northern two-thirds of Georgia, agricultural drought has returned.Late summer’s dryness prevented recharge of the hydrologic systems across the state. Groundwater levels are near last year’s lows, with some places near record low levels. This is especially important in south and coastal Georgia, where groundwater is the major source of fresh water.Stream flows in the mountains, the piedmont, the northern coastal plain, and the southwest corner of the state are extremely low.Georgia rivers with very low levels include the Little River near Washington at 6 percent of normal flow, the Flint near Griffin at 16 percent, the Ohoopee near Reidsville at 18 percent, the Broad near Bell at 25 percent and the Oconee near Athens at 38 percent.Only southeast and south central Georgia have above normal stream flows. Above-normal flows are reported in the St. Marys-Satilla and the Suwanee-Ochlockonee River Basins. These basins had generous tropically induced rainfall during the past few weeks.Major reservoirs across north and central Georgia remain well below summer full pool. Reservoirs at least 5 feet low include Allatoona at 5 feet, Clarks Hill and Hartwell 7 feet and Lanier 10 feet.Agricultural Drought BackBecause of the dry conditions since Aug. 1, the northeastern coastal plain and the central and eastern piedmont have returned to agricultural drought conditions.Crops, pastures, lawns and landscapes are showing drought stress. Cities in the region include Athens, with 21 percent of normal rainfall, Atlanta (31 percent), Augusta (64 percent), Dublin (50 percent), Statesboro (25 percent) and Vidalia (50 percent).Most of north Georgia had below-normal rainfall during the past seven weeks. From Aug. 1 through Sept. 18, the percentage of normal rainfall received included 47 percent at Watkinsville, 59 percent at Rome, 61 percent at Calhoun, 62 percent at Dunwoody and 66 percent at Gainesville.Across middle Georgia, the percentage of normal rainfall over the past seven weeks include Griffin at 41 percent, Dearing at 44 percent and Eatonton at 55 percent.Soil Moisture LowMore important than the rainfall deficits is the actual loss of moisture from the soils. Soils lose moisture through evaporation and transpiration (plant water use).Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 18, soil-moisture losses in north Georgia include Watkinsville at 5.85 inches, Calhoun 4.13, Dunwoody 3.62, Duluth 3.52, Gainesville 3.40, Rome 3.31 and Dallas 2.60.In middle Georgia, soil-moisture losses include Midville at 6.61 inches, Griffin 5.85, Eatonton 4.73, Dearing 4.43 and Cordele 4.11.And in south Georgia soil-moisture losses include Statesboro at 6.39 inches, Tifton 4.72, and Vidalia 4.71, Savannah 2.68 and Plains 2.16.Peanut Farmers Need It DryWhile many Georgians would like some rain, many peanut farmers would prefer a few more weeks of dry weather. The peanut harvest is in high gear and will benefit from a dry period. The state’s wineries, too, will benefit from a dry August and September.There is little hope for long-term relief during the next three months. September through November is historically Georgia’s driest period.Without rainfall from tropical weather, there is little chance that the state will receive enough widespread beneficial rain to end both the hydrological drought and the agricultural drought.A wetter-than-normal winter is the best hope for Georgia to emerge from the long-term drought.last_img read more

Governor Douglas Proclaims January “Vermont Mentoring Month”

first_imgOn the afternoon of January 15, 2004 at his weekly press conference Governor Jim Douglas declared January “Vermont Mentoring Month.” Vermont mentors and their youth matches looked on.The Vermont Mentoring Partnership (VMP), a project of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, is spearheading Vermont’s celebration of National Mentoring Month, as designated by President George Bush in early January. The VMP connects youth and adults in mentoring programs throughout Vermont, supporting mentor programs statewide and serving over 2,000 youth.The theme for National Mentoring Month is “Who mentored you? Thank them … and pass it on! Mentor a child.” The philosophy behind “Who mentored you?” is to encourage individuals to recognize the importance of mentoring by inspiring them to think about people in their own lives who provided support, and helped them learn and become who they are today.At Thursday’s press conference, Governor Douglas stated: “The State of Vermont is working to expand mentoring and other volunteer activities… Mentoring reflects the great strength of the human connection. This sense of belonging is the heart and soul of the people of Vermont… Mentors are friends, teachers, coaches, and role models. They open doors of opportunity, convey values, and help provide the stability and compassion that youth of today need to succeed… They provide experiences for our youth to explore new careers, and opportunities that help prepare the future workforce of Vermont, helping to build a strong economy.”Research shows that youth-adult mentor matches improve student grades, school attendance, career options, family relationships, and prevent drug and alcohol initiation. One of several dozen state partnerships created by the National Mentoring Partnership, the VMP provides training, certification, workshops, conferences, and technical assistance to the Vermont mentoring community.A media campaign accompanies VMP’s community outreach and educational activities during this month. For more information about mentoring in Vermont, log on to the Vermont Mentoring Partnership website ( is external)).last_img read more

Vermont Ski Museum welcomes Beck, Broomhall, Chaffee and Sheehan into Hall of Fame

first_imgThe Vermont Ski Museum is pleased to announce the 2009 Inductees into the Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame: Bill Beck, Erlon “Bucky” Broomhall, Suzy Chaffee, and Bobo Sheehan. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor athletes, special contributors, and pioneers of Vermont skiing who promoted and/or contributed to the sport of skiing in Vermont; to document the histories of Inductees in the Museum’s collection; and to recognize their accomplishments through the Induction ceremony and the Hall of Fame exhibit. This year’s Induction ceremony will be on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Old Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont. Bill Beck, of Middlebury, Vermont, was a member of the National Ski Team from 1951-1957. He had the best downhill finish by an American male with his fifth place in the downhill at the 1952 Olympic Games. His record stood for 32 years until Bill Johnson won the gold medal in 1984. Beck also finished 5th, in 1952, in the prestigious Alberg-Kandahar Downhill, again a best ever by an American skier. He was a member of the 1954 World Championship Team, the 1956 Olympic Team Captain, and coach of the 1960 Olympic team. He remained active in the ski industry after retiring as a coach, industry representative, sport shop owner.  Robert “Bobo” Sheehan was a legendary coach from 1945-1968. He skied on the Newport Vermont High School team in 1939, 1940 before joining the Middlebury class of’44. Sheehan coached the Middlebury women’s team in 1946 and led the Middlebury men in 1948 to their first of two consecutive national championship titles. In the same year Becky Fraser ’46, captain of the 1944 and 1945 women’s teams, became the first Middlebury skier to compete for the U.S. Olympic Team. He coached the 1956 US Olympic Team. He was president of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Association and member of the Olympic Ski Games Committee. In 1984, Middlebury College dedicates the Robert “Bobo” Sheehan chairlift in celebration of 50 years of skiing at the College. Sheehan died in 1999. Erlon “Bucky” Broomhall, originally from Rumford, Maine, dedicated his career to giving opportunities to young skiers in Southern Vermont. Broomhall had a successful college career racing for the Western State College Cross Country Ski Team. He came to Bennington in 1966 “to head a total ski program for the kids of all ages from kindergarten through high school.” He coached cross country, jumping and downhill, winning 5 Vermont State High School championships and helping at least 25 skiers to the Junior Olympics. He was one of the first in the nation to coach a girl’s team and brought the first girl’s team to Junior Olympics in 1968. In 1969, he left his coaching position to start the Torger Tokel League, now known as the Bill Koch League to develop skiers not yet in high school. center_img Suzy Chaffee, from Rutland, VT, had a successful career on the US Women’s Ski Team competing in the downhill. Due to a miscalculation in wax, she did not fulfill her Olympic potential in the 1968 Games, but she received press for her silver racing suit. She used this press to launch many ventures including a modeling/endorsement/film career, a designer clothing line, and ski equipment made for women. She has been a strong advocate for women’s equality in sports. She joined the freestyle ski team as professional in 1971 and competed with the men since there was no women’s division; she won titles in 1971-73. She was one of the first two women to serve on the USOC’s Board of Directors; she assisted in the passage of the “Amateur Sport Act of 1978”; she served on president’s council on physical fitness under four administrations. Most recently she founded the Native Voices Foundation with the mission “to create joyful unity through sports and education to heal mother earth for all our children.”last_img read more

August 2014 Letter from the Editor: A Wild Summer Reading List

first_imgThe best outdoor writing, I believe, is about people. Nature writing can be pretty, and environmental books can be convincing, but I ultimately crave the raw emotion of fellow human beings struggling to find and protect their place in the world.People are both the problem and the solution. Good outdoor writing reconnects people to nature—not through lectures, but through living, flesh-and-blood examples of courage and commitment. We feel the landscape through them.Here are a few of my favorite classic outdoor voices and books that should be on every environmentalist’s must-read list. Instead of preachy diatribes or flowery descriptions, they inspire me with gritty, gutsy characters—some legendary, some overlooked—who stand their ground and speak for the wild.The Last American Man by Elizabeth GilbertA 21st century pioneer living nearly self-sufficiently on a wild reserve in Appalachia, Eustace Conway embodies the ideals of American masculinity—ruggedness, courage, and independence. However, those hard-fought ideals have a price. Gilbert shows us the tired, lonely man behind the bravado. A tough, buckskin-clad maverick hunts for the one thing missing from his mountain refuge: love.Into the Wild by Jon KrakauerChris McCandless is either a stupid kid or self-reliant hero. He gives away all of his savings and wanders the wild, seeking adventure and an authentic relationship with the land—until he finds himself starving to death alone in the Alaskan wilderness. Barely able to lift a pen, he scribbles this final message, which continues to haunt and shape my own life: “Happiness only real when shared.”Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPheeMcPhee masterfully captures the nuances of one of the most influential modern environmentalists, David Brower. But don’t expect classic confrontations with battle lines clearly drawn; both McPhee and Brower are far more kaleidoscopic.Zoro’s Field by Thomas Rain CroweLiving alone and off-grid in an Appalachian cabin for four years (twice as long as Thoreau) and growing nearly all of his own food, Crowe’s memoir is a modern-day Walden, filled with wisdom gleaned only through a consciously simple, self-reliant life in the wild.Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse RayRay’s hardscrabble upbringing in a south Georgia junkyard is an unlikely start for an environmental luminary, but the rusted scrap heaps of her childhood are chock full of raw, resourceful characters—including an authoritarian father who locks his family in a closet and a snuff-dipping coon hunter who introduces her to the wild woods.The Lost Grizzlies by Rick BassGrizzly bears had not been seen for 15 years in southern Colorado until a small group sets out to find them. Bass seeks more than bears, though; he is tracking wildness and the longings of the human heart, which only are revealed in the presence of something larger.Desert Solitaire by Edward AbbeyIt’s definitely the most sermonizing selection of the bunch, but Abbey’s coarse, thunderous voice crying out for the wilderness still echoes across the desert he called home. Amid his nerve-tingling adventures as a park ranger, the monkey-wrenching anarchist unleashes forceful, full-blooded pleas for the last scraps of wildlands.last_img read more

Military denies claims Army hospital denied care, caused death of unborn baby

first_imgThe military command in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, assured that Wira Bhakti Army Hospital staffers are following proper procedures in treating patients amid reports that COVID-19 rapid test requirements had delayed treatment for a woman in labor. The unborn baby of resident Gusti Ayu Arianti reportedly died in the womb on Tuesday after the hospital allegedly turned her away and told her to go to a community health center (Puskesmas) first to take a COVID-19 rapid test, even though her water had broken and she had lost a lot of blood.Maj. Dahlan, the spokesperson of the 162 Military Region Command Wirabhakti Mataram, said the medical staff in the army hospital had handled the patient according to standard procedure. “Upon arriving at the hospital, staggers questioned the patient, who said [she wasn’t] experience any pain, thus giving the impression that she was in good condition. She could also communicate well,” Dahlan wrote in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Saturday.Read also: Doubts loom over widespread use of rapid tests in virus-stricken IndonesiaHe added that Gusti had been told to go to Mataram General Hospital, where here obstetrician was practicing. Wira Bhakti Army Hospital also recommended that she take a COVID-19 rapid test at a nearby Puskesmas, as the test was free of charge there and would ease the referral process.“Upon leaving the army hospital, the patient asked whether it was better for her to go to the obstetrician or take the rapid test first. The staffer answered that she should go to the obstetrician first,” Dahlan went on to say.It was previously reported that Gusti had gone to the Puskesmas to take a rapid test first. She later had a C-section at Permata Hati Hospital, where the doctor claimed the baby had died in the womb a few days earlier, which the family denied.Topics :last_img read more

Goff supports dying with dignity

first_imgNZ Herald 11 Nov 2011Labour leader Phil Goff is personally in favour of euthanasia, and believes it is an issue Parliament will have to tackle again. Mr Goff told an audience of about 30 people at a Grey Power meeting in Papatoetoe yesterday he supported dying with dignity. “For myself, I always want to have the choice of dying with dignity. That’s my individual decision.” Mr Goff was answering a question about doctors who sometimes choose not to resuscitate.In conscience votes Mr Goff has twice voted in favour of bills allowing euthanasia – once in 1995 and again for the Death with Dignity Bill in 2003. Both bills were eventually voted down. He said he would support another bill on euthanasia at least as far as a select committee. read more