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Many Catholics will be allowed to feast on corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day today, even though it is a Friday in Lent, when eating meat is usually prohibited. A number of bishops have lifted the rule, usually with an instruction to perform some other act of penance instead. It is afterall, National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day as well on this St. Patty’s Day. If you’re in the mood for a parade, festivities get underway at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Indianapolis. The parade route winds down Pennsylvania Street to Ohio Street and heads northbound on Meridian Street with a festival on Vermont Street in the block between Meridian and Pennsylvania. For other celebrations, there’s also the annual Irish Fest at Rathskeller, a Blarney Bash on Georgia Street and our sister station Radio Now is hanging out at Kilroy’s in Broad Ripple. All of the celebration in downtown is against a beautiful backdrop of a bright green canal that was dyed on Thursday.

Because this is a holiday associated with drinking green beer and celebrating with a few other libations, police are reminding you of the basics, don’t drink and drive. Know that there are plenty of police DUI checkpoints out there this weekend checking for impaired drivers. Multiple agencies are involved and they have checkpoints all over central Indiana.

No one is spared and the message of not drinking and driving applies to everyone. An Indianapolis Metro Police Department supervisor stands accused of drinking and driving. Lieutenant Steve King was arrested Wednesday night. A spokesman for IMPD says King was driving a personal vehicle at the time and wasn’t on duty. An internal investigation will be done and it’s possible that King could be suspended for 30 days.

There’s an easy way to avoid drinking and driving. Taxis or car sharing services and the latter is growing here in Indy. Uber has a new hub in the city  The ride share company Thursday unveiled it’s new spot for riders and drivers along North Meridian Street, just south of Fall Creek Parkway. Uber managers say the hub will serve as a meeting place and a welcome center for new Uber drivers.


President Donald Trump is standing by his assertion that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping at Trump Tower last year. During a contentious news briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that when Trump referred to “wiretapping,” he meant surveillance in a broader sense. There has been no evidence to back up Trump’s claim, admitted also by two top members of  the Senate Intelligence Committee. Britain is objecting to a claim repeated by Spicer that its intelligence agency was asked to spy on Trump.

The White House insists there’s “no demonstrable evidence” that after-school programs help kids do better in school. But educators and academics say that’s just not true, and there’s plenty of research to back that up. The Washington Post reported President Trump’s budget blueprint would eliminate funding for programs attended by 1.6 million children here in the United States.

The music world is mourning the loss of blues harmonica legend James Cotton. Cotton died on Thursday after a bout of pneumonia. He opened for and played with Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, Keith Richards, Santana, Cream, Little Feat, and Steve Miller over the years. His most notable gig though may have been as a sideman for Muddy Waters. His last album was “Cotton Mouth Man” in 2013. The record featured guest appearances by Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes. Cotton was 81. Check him out below:

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