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  • Halloween candy stops for trick or treating on Oct. 31

    The little zombies and goblins aren’t going to give up trick or treating on Halloween without a fight, no matter how scary the weather forecast sounds. Don’t worry if lurching door-to-door isn’t your thing. There are plenty of trick or treating options available. Some will be indoors and others are happening rain or shine. Here are 31 places to score Halloween candy around Indianapolis on Oct. 31: Indianapolis Trick or Treat with IMPD Downtown District When: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Address: 1 Monument Circle. Trick […]

  • Larry Bird requests tattoos be removed from mural of him in Fountain Square

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A splashy painting of Larry Bird with tattoos on his face, arms and neck is generating fresh controversy for an already controversial artist. After Bird spotted a mural of himself on a Fountain Square building, painted by graffiti and street artist Jules Muck, he wasn’t exactly thrilled. It was him, a massive him in a powder blue Indiana State uniform, tattooed up with bunnies mating on his right forearm, a spiderweb on his left shoulder and a red cardinal […]

  • Mystery illness potentially linked to vaping sickens 11 in Indiana, almost 100 nationally

    Nearly 100 people, 11 of them in Indiana, have developed severe respiratory illnesses after vaping, and state and federal health officials aren’t sure why. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked 94 cases of the lung sickness in 14 states since the end of June. Wisconsin has the largest cluster, with 30. The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed that six of the 11 cases it is investigating are linked to vaping, said agency spokeswoman Greta Sanderson in an email. Vaping […]

  • Closing notice puts fate of Scotty’s Brewhouse, Thr3e Wise Men restaurants in doubt

    The single sheet of paper taped inside an Indianapolis restaurant’s window said that, as of Saturday, all Scotty’s Brewhouse and Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. locations have ceased operations. But the status of the struggling restaurant chain, which entered Chapter II bankruptcy proceedings in December, remains unclear. The notice was posted inside the Butler University-area location at 4702 Sunset Ave., which is actually named Scotty’s Dawghouse in a nod to the school’s mascot. That’s where it was found Saturday morning by surprised employees and customers. IndyStar reached out to […]

  • Indianapolis agrees to $2 million settlement in lawsuit filed by man shot in back by IMPD officer

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–An unarmed man who was shot in the back by an Indianapolis police officer has received one of the largest settlements in the city’s history. The officer who shot him has been the subject of more than a half-dozen other citizen complaints and two other pending federal lawsuits. Nonetheless, he still works for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Indianapolis last month agreed to pay $2.15 million to Gerald Cole to settle a lawsuit stemming from an October 2016 incident. Officer […]

  • Bob Knight buys home a few miles away from Assembly Hall

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Legendary Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight — who left the university in controversy and for years didn’t return publicly — has bought a home just three miles from Assembly Hall, where he coached for 29 years. Robert M. Knight and his wife, Karen, signed property records last week for a 4,840-square-foot home in Bloomington in the Shadow Creek subdivision across from College Mall on Moore’s Pike, according to Monroe County Assessor’s records. Built by Brewer Fine Homes in 2018, […]

  • Vehicle crashes through Carmel home without anyone behind wheel

    CARMEL, Ind. — Carmel Police responded to an “odd accident” Saturday morning after a vehicle injured its owner and wrecked into a nearby home without, it appears, anyone behind the wheel of the car. Police Sgt. Chris Dunlap said officers and firefighters responded to the scene — a residential area near West 141st Street and Ditch Road — around 1 p.m. Upon arrival, police found tire tracks and a silver Toyota Highlander wrecked through a home. The house sustained “some pretty significant damage,” Dunlap said, and […]

  • Former foster dad who fought gay adoption admits to molesting four more children

    PENDLETON, Ind. — An Indiana man who crusaded against gay adoptions and later was convicted of molesting his adoptive daughter told state parole officials on Tuesday that he molested four other children. Earl “Butch” Kimmerling, 71, made the admission during a hearing before the Indiana Parole Board, which later revoked his parole and sent him back to prison Tuesday. He appeared before the board in Indianapolis via video uplink from the Pendleton Correctional Facility. “How many victims over your lifetime […]

  • Bees swarm bike in downtown Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Hundreds of bees caused a buzz when they swarmed a bicycle at the intersection of Meridian and Washington streets in downtown Indianapolis on Thursday, prompting passersby to stop and marvel at the sight. A video posted to Twitter at 4:30 p.m. Thursday by Jennifer Harris shows the bees swarming on the handlebar of a bicycle at the busy intersection. Many people stopped to watch, shoot video or photograph the swarm. When an IndyStar reporter went to the […]

  • Mike Pence’s remarks at Taylor University’s commencement ceremony

    Vice President Mike Pence delivered a commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. The former Indiana governor’s invitation to speak at the Christian liberal arts school stirred controversy and led to some graduates and faculty walking out before the speech. Here’s a full transcript of Pence’s speech, which has been lightly edited for readability. Thank you so much. To President Haines, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, family, distinguished guests: It is an honor for us to be here at the Kesler […]

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