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Indy's 'Quiet Pioneer' Is Dead at 83

Mari Hulman George has died at age 83

(Newser) - Mari Hulman George, the "quiet pioneer" of auto racing who ordered drivers to start their engines and was instrumental in the expansion of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died Saturday. She was 83, the AP reports. Hulman George, the speedway's chairman of the board emeritus, died in Indianapolis with her... More »

Burglar Thwarted by Family's 'Perfect' Pig

Good boy, Dumplin

(Newser) - Beware of pig: Authorities in Indianapolis are crediting a family's full-grown pig with scaring off a burglar or burglars who broke into a home just weeks after the property was purchased. Per Fox 59 , the intruder smashed through the back door but left without taking anything, apparently after encountering... More »

The Dad Couldn't Swim, Gave His Life to Save Daughter's

Anthony Burgess' 3-year-old knocked the car into neutral

(Newser) - "This dad did everything he could"—and gave everything he could. Anthony Burgess, 24, died Sunday while attempting to rescue his 3-year-old daughter from a Pontiac G6 that hold rolled backward into an Indianapolis pond. Police say the child accidentally hit the gear shift, putting the car into... More »

Cops: Suspect in Fatal Colts Crash Gave Us Fake Name

Manuel Orrego-Savala had been deported in 2007 and 2009

(Newser) - Police say a man being held in a suspected drunk-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson has twice been deported from the US. Indiana State Police said Monday that 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala is a citizen of Guatemala and gave officers a fake name of Alex Cabrera Gonsales following... More »

Woman Who Tried to Combat Co-Worker's Odor Gets Fired

Indianapolis courts employee installed air fresheners and got canned; now she's suing

(Newser) - A bizarre lawsuit out of Indianapolis revolves around life at the office and body odor. As IndyStar reports, the mess began when workers in the city's magistrate court complained about a co-worker's chronic body odor. That prompted Amber Bridges, as part of her role as lead staff, to... More »

Cop Checks on Car After Accident, Gets Murdered

He was shot after approaching flipped car

(Newser) - A police officer was killed in Indianapolis Thursday by a crash victim he was trying to help, police say. Authorities say Lt. Aaron Allen was shot multiple times after approaching a car that had flipped in an accident on the city's south side Thursday afternoon, the Indianapolis Star reports.... More »

Police Release Sketch of Suspect in Girls' Murders

He is the main suspect in double-homicide of teens in Indiana

(Newser) - State police have released an artist's composite sketch of a man considered the main suspect in the killings of two northern Indiana girls . Police said the suspect is a white man who has reddish-brown hair, stands between 5-6 and 5-10, and weighs between 180 and 220 pounds, per the... More »

Kobe Bryant Tweet Gets High-Schoolers Out of Final

'Great lesson in the power of social media'

(Newser) - Truly, tweets and US government are hopelessly intertwined these days. WRTV reports a high school senior in Indianapolis got his entire US Government class out of their final—thanks to a retweet from Kobe Bryant. William Pate was told by his teacher, Mr. Belser, the final would be canceled if... More »

Man Uses Plastic Bat to Defend Son From Goose, Gets Ticket

James McDaniel says he was just trying to protect his 4-year-old son

(Newser) - An Indianapolis man says he shouldn't have been ticketed for using a plastic bat to protect his 4-year-old son from an aggressive Canada goose, the AP reports. James McDaniel tells WXIN the goose came across a field and chased his son, so he struck it with the bat. McDaniel... More »

Top 10 Cities for Dog Attacks on Postal Workers

Los Angeles takes the top spot

(Newser) - An eye-popping 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016, according to statistics released Thursday by the United States Postal Service . That's an increase of more than 200 since 2015. The numbers were released along with advice for pet owners—keep dogs shut in a different room... More »

Mushrooms, Pot, Making Out Don't Mix for Brothers

It all happened in front of an Indianapolis dumpster, say police

(Newser) - Sorry, Philly—Indianapolis gets to be the City of Brotherly Love this week. That's thanks to Timothy Batz, 21, and his 24-year-old sibling, Noah Batz, both accused of involvement in a chaotic story featuring drugs, nudity, assault, and an intense makeout session in front of a dumpster, WISH and... More »

NFL Punter Makes Unusual Career Change

Indianapolis Colts' Pat McAfee will produce content for satirical Barstool Sports site

(Newser) - One of the best punters the Indianapolis Colts ever had just kicked his NFL career to the curb. At just 29, Pat McAfee has decided to walk away from the game and onto the comedy scene, a surprise he announced on live TV Wednesday night, the Indianapolis Star reports. His... More »

The 10 Best Cities for Football Fans

Green Bay is No. 1: WalletHub

(Newser) - Come Sunday, the best US city for football fans will undoubtedly be Houston. But that's not the case during the rest of the year, according to WalletHub . The site checked out 244 cities with at least one college or professional team to determine the best places for football fans... More »

2-Year-Old Fatally Finds a Gun in Mom's Purse

Boy died from a single gunshot wound: police

(Newser) - A 2-year-old boy is dead after climbing onto a kitchen counter, pulling a handgun from his mom's purse, and shooting himself while she "had momentarily stepped away." Police say they arrived at the Indianapolis home around 9pm Wednesday and found the boy with a single gunshot wound.... More »

Cops: Driver of Runaway Bus Didn't Use Parking Brake

Crash report says Christine Beeler left her seat 'distracted'

(Newser) - Police are finally revealing why a bus lurched forward in Indianapolis last month, killing a school principal and injuring two 10-year-olds. A crash report notes bus driver Christine Beeler left the driver's seat without engaging the parking brake, allowing the bus to roll forward, reports the Indianapolis Star . The... More »

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 »

Bar's Response to Crazy NYE Complaint Goes Viral

Patron ranted about delays after someone had a heart attack

(Newser) - If you keep running across online references to an Indianapolis bar named Kilroy's, there's a New Year's Eve story—and a gone-viral social media exchange—behind it. It seems a 70-year-old woman suffered a heart attack in the bar that night, and the resulting delay in service... More »

Guy Who Sold Stolen Brains on eBay Sentenced

He took remains of mental patients from old hospital

(Newser) - A man who stole the preserved brains of mental patients from a former hospital for the insane and sold them on eBay has been sentenced by a judge who wants him to find a less macabre way to make a living. David Charles, 23, was ordered to obtain a high... More »

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