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Good day to you on cool and slick Monday where protest is in the air to start this work week here in Indy…

The man who’s already serving life without parole for his role as the mastermind of the deadly Richmond Hill subdivision explosion on Indy’s southside in 2012, now heads to court this week for a conspiracy to commit murder trial. Mark Leonard allegedly conspired to hire a hit man to kill a key witness in the case from behind bars after his arrest. The hit man was an undercover federal agent. If convicted on these murder for hire charges, sentencing could add  20 to 50 more years onto his time.

Sen Joe Donnelly

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Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)

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Immigration Protest

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Hoosiers are speaking out about President Trump’s executive order that limits entry into this nation from seven Muslim-majority countries. Our airport here in Indy was busy with protest and protesters just like airports around the nation on Sunday. Protests that are likely to continue today. The protest at the Indianapolis International Airport included speakers Senator Joe Donnelly, multiple faith leaders and a representative from the American Civil Liberties Union. Seventh District Congressman Andre Carson was also on the scene supporting protesters. Carson is one of two Muslims serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mitch Daniels

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Meanwhile, former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says there are better ways for President Trump to protect the U.S. from terrorism than a travel ban. Daniels released a statement Sunday about the new president’s executive order. In it he says the President’s order is “a bad idea” and calls it “poorly implemented.” Trump continues to say his order is not a Muslim ban–though no one else is included and, ironically the ban excludes the Muslim countries with whom Trump’s organization does business, according to various media reports.

Indianapolis Metro Police are investigating a shooting death near downtown’s Monument Circle. Officials say early Sunday morning there was a confrontation involving a large number of people outside the Bu Da Lounge.  A 31-year-old man was shot in the chest and died later at the hospital.  The shooting remains under investigation. Several videos of the bloody melee moved around social media.


5 dead in Canadian mosque shooting

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Half a dozen people are dead and eight others are injured following an attack on a mosque in Quebec. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling the incident a “terrorist attack on Muslims.” Officials say two gunmen stormed the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center on Sunday night while dozens of worshipers were attending prayer service. Two people were arrested in the deadly assault. Their identities have so far not been released.

Trump Meets With Small Business Leaders At White House

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Meanwhile Trump, in response to those who spoke out against his move to ban those from Muslim nations from entering the U.S., laser focused his sights on two senators from his own GOP party.  He took to Twitter again. Trump said a joint statement from South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Arizona’s John McCain is “wrong.” He said they should “focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War Three.” Graham and McCain say Trump’s order sends a message that Americans don’t want Muslims in our country, whether it is intended or not.

Donald Trump Is Sworn In As 45th President Of The United States

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The president is putting his controversial chief strategist on the National Security Council. Donald Trump appointed Steve Bannon to the council with a permanent seat—a move by executive memo on Saturday. Trump’s order also changes the status to invitation-only for the joint chiefs chairman and director of national intelligence. For clarity, President Trump essentially kicked out the military and the CIA, then added the head of the known ‘racist’ alt-right movement. Former security council advisor Ambassador Susan Rice responded to this move. “This is stone cold crazy. After a week of crazy.” Rice later dropped us a nugget on Twitter saying Vice-President Mike Pence may chair those NSC meetings in lieu of the President. She said, “…never happened under Obama.”

We Stand United NYC Rally

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A half dozen members of the NAACP, including president and CEO Cornell William Brooks are expected to be in court on this busy Monday following their arrests at a sit-in at Senator Jeff Sessions’ district office earlier this month. The NAACP opposes the nomination of Sessions as Attorney General. Brooks and the others are charged with misdemeanors. They are not done with their opposition to Sessions who has what many consider to be a long racist history. They’re expected to attend another rally near Sessions’ office following their court appearance this morning. Senators on the Committee of Judiciary are set to discuss Sessions’ nomination on Tuesday.

In Entertainment…

Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards celebrated diversity and inclusion as many who took the stage took their opportunity to directly or indirectly address the divisive moves of a new administration. Keep reading to see or relive some “that winning moment” of the night’s big winners.

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show

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“Hidden Figures” won the big award of the night, best ensemble cast and actress Taraji P. Henson accepted on their behalf. Watch her acceptance along with the cast…

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Roaming Show

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Netflix’s “Stranger Things” may have pulled off the biggest upset of the SAG Awards beating out popular competitors to take home the award for best TV drama ensemble. David Harbour accepted for the cast, and went political directly. Watch him and the reactions in the crowd and there on the stage…

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Trophy Room

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Mahershala Ali won for best Supporting Actor in a motion picture for the film “Moonlight” where he told the crowd among other things that he’d converted to Islam 17 years ago. Watch below…

23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room

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Viola Davis won in the best supporting actress in a motion picture category for her role in “Fences.” A history-making move… she’s the first woman of color to nab five SAG awards. Check her out…

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Roaming Show

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And… in a surprise, even to himself, Denzel Washington took the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for the film he also directed, “Fences.” Here’s Mr. Washington…

Congrats to the competitors and the winners.

In Sports…

Kansas City Chiefs v Pittsburgh Steelers

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Chris Ballard…that’s a name Indy sports fans will get to know. Why? The Colts have hired him as the team’s new general manager. Ballard is the former director of football operations of the Kansas City Chiefs. He replaces Ryan Grigson, who was fired last month. Coach Chuck Pagano said after the news broke, Ballard “brings a wealth of knowledge and ton of experience” to the organization.

The AFC whooped the NFC in Sunday’s Pro-Bowl in Orlando where Colts’ receiver T.Y. Hilton took the field and led the AFC with five catches for 58 yards. The AFC never trailed their competition. Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce were named MVP’s. The final was 20-13. Now that that’s out of the way…Super Bowl week begins in Houston today with the NFC’s Atlanta Falcons already in town. They arrived Sunday and the AFC’s New England Patriots are due today. Super Bowl 51 is Sunday.

The Pacers removed all options for the Rockets in the second half of Sunday night’s game, pounding them through the buzzer at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to a 120-101 victory. Paul George provided shut down defense on James Harden, finishing with 33 points and nine rebounds. Myles Turner added 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots as they stopped Houston’s hot-shooters cold—holding them to just 28-percent from beyond the arc. This marks three straight victories for the ‘Blue ‘n Gold’ who hit the road to take on Orlando on Wednesday.

Indianapolis Weather…

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A few slick spots out there impacted the morning commute from Sunday night’s snow and the overnight rain. Continue to use caution. It will be sunny on Monday with a few afternoon clouds rolling across the metro. Tonight, a few flurries or snow showers are possible. Monday’s High: 34 degrees. Low: 30 degrees.


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