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Principal Dies Shoving Kids Away From Runaway Bus

Bus driver saw Susan Jordan push kids out of harm's way

(Newser) - After more than two decades as the principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School in Indiana, Susan Jordan knew she was appreciated. In an 11-minute video posted to YouTube last May, staff and students at the school describe Jordan as a kind, dedicated educator. "She is everything I want to... More »

School Bus Crash Kills Principal, Injures 2 Children

The bus lurched forward, striking the victims in front of the school

(Newser) - Authorities say an Indianapolis elementary school principal was killed and two of her students were seriously injured when a bus suddenly lurched forward and struck them in front of the school on Tuesday, the AP reports. Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith says buses were lined up outside the school... More »

Headmaster's Suicide Shocks Private School

Park Tudor says Matthew Miller's death not related to coach's resignation last month

(Newser) - An Indianapolis private school still reeling from the abrupt resignation of its boys basketball coach last month is now facing a new shock: the suicide of its headmaster. The body of 46-year-old Matthew D. Miller was found by his wife, Mia, Saturday in the garage of their school-owned home located... More »

4 Teens Dead in Car Crash

None were wearing seat belts, while 5 survivors were

(Newser) - Four teenagers from a central Indiana town died Wednesday evening when their vehicle crossed a median on a state road near Indianapolis and struck a minivan, Indiana State Police said. Five others, including a fifth passenger in the teens' vehicle and a family of four, were taken to a hospital... More »

5 Siblings Search for Long-Lost Brother via Facebook

And it looks like they may have found him

(Newser) - Five siblings may have found their long-lost older brother thanks to a Facebook post. Their mother, 72-year-old Geraldine "Jerri" Kramer, gave birth to a baby in 1963, when she was 19 and unwed, but the Indiana woman's parents and priest made her give the boy up for adoption.... More »

Canada: No Single Syrian Men, Unless They're Gay

Nation puts emphasis on taking women, kids, and families

(Newser) - Canada is expected to roll out a new policy on accepting Syrian refugees Tuesday, and it's got an unusual twist—lone, single males need not apply, unless they happen to be gay. The idea behind the policy is to reduce the risk of extremists slipping into the country by... More »

Cops Release Pics of Suspect in Murder of Pastor's Wife

Husband of Amanda Blackburn says she 'didn't have an enemy in the world'

(Newser) - Indianapolis police trying to find out who murdered Amanda Blackburn on Nov. 10 have ruled out her husband, Davey, and on Friday they announced a breakthrough: a picture of the suspect . The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released two photos Monday night, captured by a neighboring home's security camera, the... More »

Cops: We Know Who Killed Pastor's Wife

They have photos but they need a name

(Newser) - Police in Indianapolis say they have made a breakthrough in the murder of a pastor's pregnant wife and they are closing in on a suspect. "We know who killed her; at least we have a picture of him," a police spokesman told a Friday press conference, per... More »

Notre Dame Tutor Made Students Have Sex With Daughter: Suit

Black plaintiff says sex trysts were 'racially motivated,' 'demeaning'

(Newser) - A black University of Notre Dame student says he was the victim of a "manipulative and predatory scheme" in which a white school employee coerced him into a sexual relationship with her daughter, the South Bend Tribune reports. A lawsuit filed against the school and the employee also alleges... More »

Indiana Lawmaker Resigns in Sex Video Scandal

Rep. Jud McMillin says he wants to 'spend more time with his family'

(Newser) - A formerly ambitious Indiana lawmaker resigned to "spend more time with his family" Tuesday, one week after a sexually explicit video was texted from his cellphone, the Indianapolis Star reports. Republican Rep. Jud McMillin sent the following text to his contacts last week after claiming his phone was stolen... More »

Indiana Driver's Traffic-Stop Selfie Resonates

'Neither of us are the enemy,' Greg Barnes writes on Facebook

(Newser) - Greg Barnes was in a hurry to get home on Friday, so when he saw police lights behind him on State Road 332 in Muncie, Indiana, "immediately I knew I was in the wrong," he tells WISH . What followed was "a simple interaction" that has touched hundreds... More »

Millions May Still Be Out There From '70s Murder

FBI agent investigating heiress's murder may have lifted cash: reporter

(Newser) - During the last few months of her life, Marjorie Jackson became wary of keeping her inherited fortune in the bank, so she withdrew $8.6 million and stashed it in garbage bags, drawers, and toolboxes all over her Indianapolis home, the Indianapolis Star reports. And she may have had even... More »

Indiana Mayor Declares Walmart a Public Nuisance

Police have been called to Beech Grove store more than 1.2K times since 2014

(Newser) - An Indiana mayor has finally reached his breaking point after a third serious incident in as many months led police to a local Walmart store on Thursday—so he's declared it a public nuisance. Police say Gillace Samples, 42, waved a gun at employees of the Beech Grove location... More »

Pity This US Police Force

In Gary, Indiana, the troubles are mounting

(Newser) - Times are tough for at least one American police force. With five recent resignations, the force in Gary, Indiana, has seen 20 cops quit this year. Now the city budgeted for 235 officers has fewer than 200, the Chicago Tribune reports. Seems it's about money: In the city of... More »

Mummified Remains Found in Indiana

The head and torso could be 2K years old

(Newser) - Workers exploring the site of an intended quarry in rural Indiana stumbled upon a mummified body that experts say could be anywhere from 500 to 2,000 years old, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. "They could distinguish a head and a torso," says a local sheriff. "... More »

Midwest Mayor's Op-Ed Makes Waves

Pete Buttigieg of South Bend: Being gay is 'part of who I am'

(Newser) - The Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is speaking out about his support for gay marriage—though not for the first time—and offering up a very personal reason: "I was well into adulthood before I was prepared to acknowledge the simple fact that I am gay," Pete... More »

Rural School Suspends 5th-Graders for Role in 'Gang'

At least 4 could be expelled for rest of school year

(Newser) - A rural school in the small Indiana town of Bunker Hill, home to just 888 people, is down four students after they were suspended for suspected gang activity. The kicker: They're believed to be between 10 and 11 years old. Though Maconaquah Elementary School is still investigating the incident,... More »

Cops: Fake Social Worker Killed Mom, Took Newborn

Baby found safe; suspect traced to hospital

(Newser) - The only known witness is just weeks old, and the only suspect is in a Texas hospital being treated for depression, but police know something horrible happened to a young mother in Gary, Ind. Police believe a woman claiming to be from the Department of Child Services lured 23-year-old Samantha... More »

Indiana County Struggles With 100-Plus HIV Cases

Outbreak in rural Scott County tied to sharing of needles

(Newser) - More than 100 people in southeastern Indiana have tested positive for HIV in an outbreak linked to the sharing of intravenous needles. The state's Joint Information Center said there had been 95 confirmed HIV cases and 11 preliminary positive cases tied to the outbreak as of Thursday. All of... More »

Indiana's Memories Pizza Reopens—$842K Richer

Owner Kevin O'Connor says his views on gay marriage haven't changed

(Newser) - Memories Pizza is open and ready to serve once again, assuming you're not a gay couple looking for a wedding caterer. The Indiana pizzeria gained either fame or infamy , depending on your views, after the owner backed the state's controversial religious freedom law and said he would happily... More »

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