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For many alumni and those with ties to Indy’s famed historically all-Black Crispus Attucks High School, today is a very special day. The documentary Attucks: The School That Opened a City premieres this evening at the Madame Walker Theatre downtown on Indiana Avenue. The school was built in the 1920’s during a time that the Ku Klux Klan (and its minions) ran this state, the statehouse, the city of Indianapolis, down to the school board. Crispus Attucks High opened—with a wink and a nod designed to fail those it was supposed to serve and educate. Well, it didn’t fail. In fact, the storied school overcame the ‘set up’ and excelled, delivering teachers, scientists, politicians, community activists, world-class musicians and athletes to the world. Attucks’ story is not an easy story to tell, but it is one that’s integral to the history of this state and Indiana’s Bicentennial Commemoration. Ted Green Films and his creative collaborators will screen the film tonight with a red carpet reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. If one doesn’t already have a ticket for tonight’s sold out event in hand, a second screening will be held on Friday afternoon at the Walker at 2 p.m. Click here for more details of this historic film that chronicles life, particularly Black life, in Indy. View the trailer below:
A 12-year-old boy accused of pointing a gun at people is facing charges. Indianapolis Metro Police say the child also threatened to shoot officers in the head. He was arrested early Wednesday morning and is now facing intimidation charges.
The Marion County Prosecutor is moving ahead with felony neglect charges against a Speedway day care operator after a baby’s death in April.
Prosecutor Terry Curry said multiple children should have never been left in the care of one person. New documents allege day care worker Karen Tharpe strapped the baby into a car seat, and left the room. She later found the baby wasn’t breathing. Investigators say the baby was strangled in the car seat straps. The owner of Miracles and Blessings Daycare Ministry is also facing charges.
Child seduction charges are being filed against a former Noblesville High School teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Nicholas McKinney taught health and wellness classes until he resigned earlier this month. He was charged on Wednesday. School officials say the inappropriate relationship took place in 2012, but administrators weren’t notified until earlier this month.
A new poll shows Indiana’s governor’s race is a single-digit affair. The poll from Monmouth University gives Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb a one-point lead over Democrat John Gregg, 42-percent to 41-percent. Thirteen-percent of voters are undecided in that race. The same poll shows a larger gap in the state’s Senate race. Evan Bayh leads Republican Todd Young by seven-points, 48-percent to 41-percent. That leaves just seven-percent of voters undecided there.
A local couple is traveling to Louisiana to help with flood relief. Jesse and Deb McDaniel are scheduled to leave this morning in a Red Cross emergency response vehicle. Once they’re in Louisiana, they’ll distribute food and cleaning supplies around the Baton Rouge area. Torrential rains there left more than a dozen people dead and forced tens of thousands from their homes.
The death toll from flooding in Louisiana right now has risen to 13. Several parishes have been declared federal disaster areas. FEMA is sending thousands of people to Louisiana to assist with recovery efforts. President Barack Obama has signed a major disaster declaration.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is being sued by the promoter of the Indy 500 Maxim Party. Karma International claims IMS breached its contract by failing to market the event on social media and advertise to its database of ticket buyers. They expected to sell 1,500 tickets at $500 each, but only managed to sell 418–many of those at a discounted price. They want IMS to pay them more than $817,000. That’s the amount they’re seeking in this suit.
Brazilian authorities are preventing at least two U.S. Olympic swimmers from leaving Rio while police investigate their claim of being robbed. The U.S. Olympic Committee confirms that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight home and had their passports seized. The pair, along with swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen claimed they were assaulted and robbed at gunpoint early Sunday there in the city by fake police officers. Lochte’s attorney says he’s already back in the states. It’s unclear right now, if Feigen has also left Brazil.
Paul George and Team USA men’s basketball rolled Argentina, 105-78, in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament in Rio. Kevin Durant knocked down 9-of-13 shots and seven threes for 27 points in the victory. Team USA moves on to face Spain in the semifinals on Friday.
Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms, especially during Thursday’s afternoon hours– great if you’re heading out to the Indiana State Fairgrounds this evening to see Anthony Hamilton perform live. Today’s High: 86 degrees.