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Good day to you on this National Puppy Day where jobs are coming and going in Indy.
A new recreation hot spot is opening here in Indy and with it comes new jobs. Main Event Entertainment will take over what used to be known as Latitude 360–the troubled Latitude 360–which closed in January because of financial trouble. Main Event Entertainment calls itself the fastest-growing bowling-anchored entertainment organization in the nation. If you’re looking for an opportunity, walk-in interviews will be held today (Thursday, March 23, 2017) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3826 East 82nd Street in the Clearwater Crossing neighborhood on the city’s north side.
A layoff list may go up at Rexnord as early as next week. Union representatives expect the first round of layoffs to involve at least ten employees and as many as 25. More than 300 jobs stand to be lost when the ball bearing company moves production from Indy to across the border in Mexico. Mayor Joe Hogsett has said the city will help the Rexnord workers find new jobs.
Mayor Hogsett is encouraging Hoosiers to take care of this city. On Wednesday, he announced the “It’s My City” initiative.” We reported this story to you before the press conference he held then. Here’s what he and the community partners (Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., Eli Lilly, and Eskenazi Hospital) unveiled. They have a three-year beautification campaign which is designed to make Indianapolis a cleaner, greener and more beautiful place. Each year, they’ll focus on a set of priorities. This year will focus on neighborhood cleanups and anti-littering messages. See the public service ad regarding 2017, HERE. Next year will be about planting more green spaces in the city and in 2019, they will focus on marrying art with nature.
Over the next four-years, 100 learning gardens will be built at schools around the city. One not-for-profit organization chief is rolling up the sleeves to get ‘er done. Kimbal Musk is launching the project through his organization named, The Kitchen Community. Musk told FOX 59 television news, it’s part of his greater mission to educate Americans about “real food.” Students at four schools have already started planting seeds in their gardens and there’s hope that 20 will be completed by the end of June.
On the crime beat…
Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana is looking for more than two-dozen convicted child molesters and other sex offenders. The men are wanted for failing to comply with sex offender registry laws. The list can be found on the Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana website. Detective Tim Conley told FOX 59, the men on the list are more of a danger to the community because they’re non-complaint.
A former Fishers guitar instructor accused of child molestation is not going to spend time behind bars. John Olivera pleaded guilty on Wednesday to battery on a person less than 14-years-old and received a two-year sentence, but that sentence was suspended. Instead, he’ll serve his time on probation. In August 2015, Olivera was accused of inappropriately touching a former student.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is back in Parliament today, one day after a deadly attack in London outside of the Parliament. Lawmakers there are paying tribute to the three innocent people killed in the attack, including a police officer. Originally, police said four people were killed, however upon further investigation, they downsized the victim count. At least 40 others were also injured when police said the attacker drove into people walking on Westminster Bridge–a bridge that leads to Parliament. The male attacker in this incident was later shot and killed by police. May, on Thursday morning, described him as a British-born man who security services had been aware of. because he had been investigated for violent extremism. Various media outlets at our press time are now reporting that eight people were arrested in connection with this attack.
House Republican leaders’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is expected to come up for a vote before the end of the day today. This ‘Trumpcare’ measure strongly supported by President Donald Trump might not have the votes needed to clear the House. A number of conservative and moderate Republicans oppose the bill. Holding the vote today is also symbolic. Today is also the seven-year anniversary of the day former President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.
It’s ‘Boiler Up’ today for Purdue as they clash with top-seeded Kansas in the Sweet 16 of the Men’s NCAA Tournament. The teams meet tonight in Kansas City. The fourth-seeded Boilermakers knocked off Vermont and Iowa State in the first two rounds to advance. Purdue is 27-and-7 this season. Tip is at 9:39 p.m. Eastern, or whenever the game ahead of it ends.
Butler is also off to the Sweet 16, where they’ll face the top-seeded Tar-Heels of North Carolina on Friday night in the Memph’–Memphis. The Bulldogs are there already and scheduled to practice today. They have not trailed yet in the NCAA Tourney, recording wire-to-wire wins over both Winthrop and Middle Tennessee. Butler is a fourth-seed at 25-and-8 on the year. Tip is at 7:09 p.m. Go Dawgs!
The Celtic’s Isaiah Thomas led the way with 25 points as Boston cut down the Pacers Wednesday night on the road 109-100. Paul George poured in 37 points for the Pacers in this latest loss. The Pacers open up a three-game home stand Friday against Denver.
Speaking of Dawgs…
I told you it’s National Puppy Day. Feel free, on this day, to celebrate all the cuddly, cute things you love about puppies or to adopt one if you or your family are in the market. Today also happens to be National Chip And Dip Day and National Melba Toast Day. Combine them all…cute, cuddly and crunchy stuff day.
Sunshine and clouds mixed today with a High of 54 degrees.