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Good day to you on this Cyber Monday & National French Toast Day. More on each below…
The homicide rate here in Indianapolis continues to climb. IMPD is investigating three deadly shootings to close out the holiday weekend –all of them happening in less than 12-hours. Police say a man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon while sitting in a car on Dearborn Street. Earlier in the day, a man was killed in a shooting on the city’s east side and less than two-hours later, a 15-year-old boy was killed on the southeast side. We’ve learned that teen Roshun Johnson was a rising football star at Franklin Central High. Counselors will be on standby at the school as students return to class. In the case of Johnson’s death, Police are still looking for a motive in his shooting. Indianapolis Metro Police investigators say a suspect in the shooting turned himself in.
Charges could be filed against a man who drove his van into an east side furniture store. Officials say five people were in that van Sunday morning when it plowed through a wall at Deco Furniture and into a pole. Everyone took off on foot after the crash, including the driver, who grabbed a six-year-old boy out of the van with him. The man was quickly caught and arrested. The child wasn’t hurt.
A fire that destroyed a vacant house and damaged two neighboring homes is under investigation. Firefighters were called to 21st Street and North College Avenue on Sunday morning. There, they found a vacant home that was fully engulfed and threatening the two other houses. It took more than 100 firefighters several hours to get the blaze completely under control. No one was injured and two dogs were safely rescued from the fire.
The Amazon distribution center in Whitestown is up and running for Cyber Monday following a fire. Crews were called Sunday morning after a fire broke out in a cardboard compactor. The cause was determined to be an equipment malfunction. Officials say no damage was done to the building, but the size of the building made it difficult for the smoke to be cleared.
The Humane Society of Indianapolis is calling their “Home for the Pawlidayz” a success. The shelter posted on Facebook Sunday all adoptable animals have been adopted, have an application in place from someone who wants to adopt them or have a hold placed on them. The Humane Society waived all adoption fees for cats and dogs starting on Black Friday. The free event continues today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They say they will have more animals available to adopt.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is telling the president and other prominent Democrats to stay away from the funeral for Fidel Castro. The longtime Cuban leader died Friday at the age of 90. The former Republican presidential candidate tells ABC’s “This Week” that President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats would be wrong to “lionize a murderous tyrant and thug.” At last check, the President of this nation does not take directives from a senator.
Meanwhile, Cuba is beginning a series of memorials for longtime leader Fidel Castro. Cubans have been invited to come to Revolution Square in Havana today for a ceremony, where the urn of Castro’s cremated remains may be put on display. The communist leader often addressed massive crowds at Revolution Square. Castro throughout the years stood in solidarity with many Black and Black American Liberation struggles showing support publicly for Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and others.
Donald Trump is alleging “serious voter fraud” in several states that Hillary Clinton won in the presidential election. The comments were in response to efforts by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to get recounts in three states that Trump won. Election managers in Wisconsin will meet today to finalize a timeline for the recount there. Stein has raised money quickly to pay for that Wisconsin recount.
By the way, Trump has returned to New York City after his busy Thanksgiving holiday away–a lot of it spent on Twitter after word came that recounts were moving forward. In one of those now infamous Tweets, he said that he would’ve won the popular vote if the votes of “millions” of people who voted illegally were deducted. On tap for Trump today is a series of meetings that are on his schedule with candidates who are vying to become part of his new administration. Kellyanne Conway, who ran Trump’s campaign in the final months, warned on Sunday that many of Trump’s supporters would be upset if he were to appoint Mitt Romney as U.S. secretary of state.
Protesters fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline are being ordered to leave an area near the Cannonball River in North Dakota by December 5. The Army Corps of Engineers says there are no plans to forcibly remove anyone but after that day, no fire, medical or law enforcement services will be provided in the area.
Jury selection resumes today in the Dylann Roof trial. Roof is accused of gunning down nine black church members during bible study at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina back in June 2015. Last Friday, a judge found the 22-year-old self-avowed white supremacist competent to stand trial.
The actor who played Detective Ron Harris in the popular sitcom “Barney Miller” is dead at the age of 71. Ron Glass’ rep confirmed that the veteran entertainer passed away Friday. Glass’s resume included appearances the 1970s shows “All InThe Family,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sanford And Son.” More recently, the Emmy-nominated actor starred as Shepherd Derrial Book in the show “Firefly” and its big-screen sequel “Serenity.” Ron Glass was a native Hoosier, hailing from Evansville, Indiana.
Major retailers are rolling out big bargains online as Cyber Monday gets underway today. Cyber Monday takes place annually on the Monday after Thanksgiving. It’s a day when people shop for deals online for the upcoming holiday season. The day, created by the National Retail Federation in 2005, is now the largest online shopping day of the year here in the United States. Amazon, Target, Walmart, and several airlines are getting-in on the action this year. Mobile shopping will be a key to millions today. Last year, mobile users accounted for half of all product browsing on Cyber Monday, and almost one of three products was purchased on a phone or tablet. Individual devices keep workers off the company’s at the job–which is good because most companies have computer usage rules.
Myles Turner led the way with a double-double as the Pacers rolled past the Clippers 91-70 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Turner finished with 17 points and 12 boards for his third double-double of the season. Glenn Robinson the Third also dropped 17 points as the Pacers improved to a record of 9-and-9. Al Jefferson added 16 points and eight rebounds in the win. The Pacers hit the road this week opening a five-game road trip on Wednesday.
The Colts will pay a visit to the New York Jets next Monday as they attempt to gain ground in the AFC South. Indy is 5-and-6 after falling to the Steelers on Thanksgiving. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to play against the Jets after sitting out Thursday’s game against the Steelers with a concussion. Multiple reports state Luck would have been able to play if the Pittsburgh game was a few days later, on Sunday instead of Thanksgiving. In the division…The Texans lead the division at 6-and-5, while the Titans moved to 6-and-6 with a win yesterday. The Jaguars are in the cellar at 2-and-9.
Colin Kaepernick says he does not support “the oppressive things” former Cuban leader Fidel Castro did — only positive moves, like investing in education and offering free universal healthcare. The 49ers quarterback was booed as he took the field in Miami Sunday, a week after a reporter questioned him about wearing a shirt with Castro’s picture on it. San Francisco lost to the Dolphins Sunday 31-24.
Hold onto your umbrellas on this Cyber Monday that happens to fall also on National French Toast Day. Recognize the day by folding up your umbrella for a while on this rainy Monday and enjoying the breakfast favorite as you figure out what you’re buying, or not, on this Cyber Monday. French Toast also makes a sweet brunch/lunch. Today: Rain with a high of 53. Tonight: Cloudy and damp with rain early. Becoming partly cloudy later with thunder possible and a low of 47 degrees.
This holiday weekend proved to be strong at the box office. “Moana” is the top draw at the box office. The new animated feature from Disney sold just over $97-million worth of tickets worldwide and $81-million in North America in its first weekend in theaters. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” took second place by taking in nearly $66-million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday period. The latest film in the Harry Potter franchise is on track to earn 325-million-dollars in worldwide ticket sales. Rounding out the Top Five are “Doctor Strange,” the World War Two drama “Allied,” and “Arrival.”
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