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Good Day to you at the start of a holiday week that’s getting underway with political snark in a story below but first, it’s also beginning with flames and tragedy.
Four children are dead after an early morning fire in a small town in Central Indiana. Firefighters say the four girls and a woman were in the house that caught fire in Flora, about an hour north of Indy. The woman was also injured in that blaze. Fire investigators say a medical helicopter took her and two police officers to a hospital for treatment. There’s no word on how badly the woman or officers are injured or on what caused the fire.
Here in the city, Indianapolis Fire Fighters have been busy this Monday morning fighting a blaze in the area of 11th Street and Pershing Avenue. It’s a double residence on that street that went up in flames. IFD said on Twitter that the home sustained about $60,000 in damage. The force put their #DefensiveOps team to work fighting that blaze.
A fire that damaged six apartments on the city’s northwest side is believed to be deliberately set. Firefighters were called to The Woods Apartments early Sunday morning after a fire broke out in the hallway of one of the buildings. Three people rescued from a third-floor balcony were taken to the hospital to be checked out. An arson investigation continues.
The Watkins Family Center needs donations so it can provide Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. Organizers say they need items like turkeys, green beans and corn. They told WRTV-6, they’re hoping to hand deliver meals to at least 9,000 people for Thanksgiving.
The man police say is responsible for a drunk driving wreck that killed three people in Greene County is finally in police custody. Officers say Mason Hartke turned himself in over the weekend. The 19-year-old is facing OWI and reckless homicide charges. Police say he smashed into a car carrying a family who were heading home from a Band of America competition in downtown Indianapolis earlier this month.
Investigations are ongoing today after four police officers were shot in separate attacks across the country Sunday. The worst case was in San Antonio. That’s where Detective Benjamin Marconi was shot to death execution-style while writing a traffic ticket not far from police headquarters. In St. Louis, a police sergeant was wounded when he too was ambushed. In Gladstone, Missouri, a traffic stop led to an officer there being shot along with the suspected gunman. Finally, in Sanibel, Florida an officer also came under fire.
Vice-President-elect and Indiana Governor Mike Pence says he wasn’t offended by a comment made as he and his family paused their exit from the audience by request at the Broadway hit “Hamilton” Friday night. It was more of an appeal, actually, made by the cast of “Hamilton the Musical” when cast member Brandon Victor Dixon (who currently plays Aaron Burr) expressed concern that Donald Trump won’t defend the rights of all Americans. He thanked Pence for attending the show, noted the fear that now exists and asked Pence to make sure the Trump administration “works on behalf of all of us.” Pence says he’ll leave it to others to decide if the stage was the proper place for the comment.
After the video of “Hamilton” cast member Dixon, appealing to Pence’s humanity and ‘to his face’ went viral on social media, President-elect Trump took to Twitter in response to defend his Veep. He has doubled down since his initial Tweets—the latest one on the matter blasting the multi-Tony Award-winning show with passive aggressive snark, “The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior.” Trump supporters have also responded with a hashtag and movement #BoycottHamilton. The hashtag and its sentiments have been met with mockery. The fact is, the show is sold out for at least a year with more people than they can imagine waiting to purchase the pricey tickets. Also, the national ACLU has weighed-in on the matter with a Tweet of its own, “Americans don’t need to apologize-not even to presidents or vice presidents-for the lawful & proper exercise of their constitutional rights.” Some observers on Twitter can’t wait to see what happens when Pence next visits Broadway to see multiple Tony-winning musical, “Kinky Boots.” (See actor Jerry O’Connell’s Tweet below.)
Donald Trump is scheduled to meet today with former Texas Governor Rick Perry, as the president-elect’s transition meetings move back to Manhattan to the Trump Tower after a weekend at a Trump resort in New Jersey. The two men had been rivals for the GOP presidential nomination. Now, it’s believed Trump may offer Perry a cabinet position. There are reports Perry is being considered for defense secretary, along with retired Marine Corps general James N. Mattis. Trump had a busy weekend of talking with potential cabinet and administration members. He took meetings with Rudy Giuliani, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Senator Mitt Romney who lost the presidential election to President Barack Obama in 2012, Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross and the former chancellor of the Washington D.C. schools, Michelle Rhee. Rhee may be in consideration for education secretary.
Sabra is recalling some hummus products because of fears of Listeria contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the Sabra products in question were made at a manufacturing plant in Virginia where Listeria bacteria was found. If you have Sabra hummus in your fridge, customers are advised to throw it away if it has a “Best Before” date through January 23 of next year on the lid. Sabra’s line of Organic Hummus, Salsa, Guacamole and Greek Yogurt Dips are not included in the recall. Listeria can cause deadly infections in young children and elders. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and diarrhea.
Several people are facing charges stemming from a ‘White Lives Matter’ protest in Austin, Texas. The protest took place outside the State Capitol building on Saturday. Members of the White Lives Matter group say they were there to protest for the equal application of hate crime laws. Hundreds of people showed up to protest against them. Police in riot gear also showed up to keep the two sides separate. The Department of Public Safety says eight people were arrested, four of them for assault.
Walmart is starting its after-Black Friday online sales on Black Friday. The world’s biggest retailer plans to roll out its “Cyber Week” deals at a minute after midnight Eastern Time this Friday. Walmart is starting earlier in what the company hopes will be a hedge against losing online shoppers to Amazon. Last year, Walmart didn’t begin Cyber Week deals until the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
For just a brief time, Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne took the field once again here in Indianapolis. On Sunday, the Colts honored the 2006 Super Bowl championship team on its tenth anniversary. Manning says the memories of the game are still fresh, and he told the crowd the Super Bowl victory is something that no one can ever take away from them. The Colts then went on to beat the Tennessee Titans with a final score of 24-to-17. They are now 5 and 5 on the season. Up next, the Colts host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving.
After a cold start to the morning, expect mainly sunny skies today with a High of 44 degrees.
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