Archive for April, 2010
The calls for Republican Prosecutor Carl Brizzi to resign are increasing. Former Prosecutor Scott Newman, who currently serves as chairman of the Mark Massa for Prosecutor campaign, joined the chorus earlier this week.
Then during the Friday taping of Indiana Insiders to air this Sunday at 9:30 am on Channel 13, Republican analyst Peter Rusthoven chimed in.
“Should Carl Brizzi resign?” Eyewitness News asked.
“Yes, he should,” Rusthoven replied. “I don’t think this is where Brizzi did something related to Republican philosophy. I think he made a terrible mistake of judgement. The kind of thing that makes people question the integrity of people in public office.”
“We need a Democratic prosecutor. This is crazy. You’ve got the former prosecutor saying he should resign. You’ve got the guy who is running saying he should resign and you’ve got the Prosecutor saying I won’t resign,” said Robin Winston, Democratic analyst.
In the US Senate race for the Republican nomination, Don Bates Jr. has fought to get his voice heard.
“I am not a politician. I believe I have the greatest grasp of the fiscal disaster that’s facing our nation and how we have to fix it if our nation is to be preserved,” he said during a debate with other candidates this week.
So when the campaign sent out a news release saying Bates would reveal a major campaign announcement at a statewide news conference at the Indiana Statehouse at 10:30 Friday morning, Eyewitness News showed up – which is more than the candidate did. Our camera waited until 10:56 and Bates was a no show and there was no explanation.
After a phone call to the campaign, a second news release was received at 11:30 am saying the candidate was sick with the flu and couldn’t make it.
I’m sitting here at the Colts complex just in case team president Bill Polian decides to move up in the NFL draft, which he won’t. I think there’s a good chance I’ll go home late tonight without the Colts making any picks. If Polian has his way, he’ll move down from 31 into the second round.
Polian likes to move down in the draft and get more picks. He hates paying first round rookies big money when they haven’t played a down of NFL football. He always stresses the importance of the whole draft and signing rookie free agents. He says the hard work comes in the later rounds.
At his pre-draft news conference, Polian pointed out how many Colts starters on this year’s Super Bowl team were later round picks or undrafted players: Jeff Saturday (undrafted), Gary Brackett (undrafted), Melvin Bullitt (undrafted), Antoine Bethea (6th round), Pierre Garcon (6th round) and Robert Mathis (5th round) among the most notable. Of course, without first rounder Peyton Manning (number one overall in 1998), the Colts would not be the consistent winner they are. But the meat of the team comes from solid scouting and wise picks that come long after even the most rabid NFL fans have turned off the TV.
There’s not much excitement in the draft for a Super Bowl team. Not like when I traveled to New York City in 1998 to see if Polian take Peyton Manning instead of Ryan Leaf, the best decision in franchise history. A year later I was at Madison Square Garden when Polian made another smart choice, Edgerrin James over Ricky Williams with the 4th overall pick. Since then, the Colts have not picked in the top 10.
I picked USC offensive tackle Charles Brown for the Colts at #31 in one of those radio mock drafts today. But I think the Colts greatest need is actually a defensive tackle. The Colts are adequate at best at that position. That first pick will be important. Last year’s first rounder Donald Brown made a nice contribution as a rookie. But just as important was the signing of Jacob Lacey after the draft ended. The free agent cornerback nobody picked through 7 rounds became a solid starter.
-Rich Nye, WTHR Sports Reporter
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It has been a busy month overseeing some of our station community campaigns. I also took off time for Spring Break and nearly three weeks later, I am still behind:). How does that happen? You go on vacation and feel punished on your return, with all of the catching up you have to do… (smiles).
Channel 13 just finished promoting one of the biggest campaigns that we help sponsor – the “Race for the Cure”. It was a wonderful success, once again. The race against breast cancer, for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is one of the biggest Komen races in the country. This year more than 41,000 people registered and raised more than two million dollars for breast cancer treatment, education and research right here in Central Indiana. Hoosiers are some of the best volunteers in the country! Thank you to all of you who walked, ran, or just showed up downtown for the race on Saturday, April 17th, to support breast cancer survivors or pay tribute to those who have died. The atmosphere at the “Race for the Cure” is always so emotional and compassionate. I love watching tens of thousands of people reaching out to others – some holding hands, many crying, most wearing banners with the names of loved ones fighting this disease. Channel 13 had a team of employees and viewers, so thank you to all who joined our team. Many of us at Channel 13 were walking in honor of our News Director Carolyn Williams who has been courageously fighting breast cancer. She is a great lady and an inspiration to us all.
If you were a part of the Race this year, feel free to share some of your insights about it with us. Tell us why you joined the race, what it means to you and what you think of the event.
This is a busy season for Channel 13 campaigns. My Community Affairs staff and I have also been helping to promote several other community events in April on our Noon Focus segment and Community Calendars. Among them? Community Shred Day, to help protect you from identity theft, taking place in Channel 13′s parking lot and some area police departments, on Saturday, April 24th; the Coburn Place “Blue Breakfast” – a successful fundraiser earlier this month at the Indianapolis Colts complex for Coburn, which provides transitional housing for abuse victims; “Talk, Walk, Run“, a fundraising event on May 1st, for Hear Indiana which serves children who have hearing problems; and “Dining Out for Life“, a fundraiser on Thursday, April 29th, for the Damien Center, which helps prevent the spread of HIV/Aids and serves patients with he disease. For this one-day fundraiser, all that you have to do is go out to dinner at participating area restaurants that will give a portion of your bill to the Damien Center.
We have several things we will help promote in May and June as well, such as the Broad Ripple Art Fair, the 500 Festival Kids Day and Rookie Run, the Indianapolis Air Show, and the Miracle Ride motorcycle fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children.
You can hear more about all of these events on our daily WTHR Cares Community Calendar announcements on Channel 13 or on our Noon Focus community interview segment, Monday through Friday.
And, don’t forget. If you have any community issues, events or organizations that you would like for us to consider as a profile on our Noon segments or on our Community Calendars, let me know. Blog with me or e-mail me at email@example.com.
We would love to hear from you!
WTHR Community Affairs Director
Amazing images from NASA – satellite photos of the Iceland volcano that’s giving everyone a headache this week.
What a marvelous day in Indiana. After seeing frost in some rural areas this morning, we will warm up to 64, the average high for this time of April, later today. For those of you sneezing and coughing from the pollen, rain on Thursday will help settle down the high pollen count. We will, by the way, stay dry until Thursday.
- Chuck Lofton
I don’t know how or why we went from snow shoveling season almost immediately into lawn mowing season, but I’m not really complaining.
Or at least I wasn’t complaining, until the dandelions took over. Which got me thinking: How do others in central Indiana take on the weeds in your yard? Our house (a very, very, very fine house, I might add) has done a pretty solid, wife-driven job of becoming more “green,” recycling everything from cardboard to glass, reusing milk jugs at the local seed store and, this season, even taking a stab at composting. (It’s not pretty, but I hope it’s working.)
Yet I still reach for the weed killer and fertilizer when the dandelions creep in, then start to move in. Seriously, I think one of them had a suitcase.
For the last two years, I’ve limited the spraying and spreading to the front yard, staying away from where the dogs roam in the back, but this year, I had enough. The sea of yellow took over the matted down brown parts of the lawn, per usual, but when they started to march into soft, thick, fluffy green grass and flower beds, it was time to throw out the rulebook.
But not without some research. I found tons of references to using boiling water, vinegar and other kitchen-type items to attack weeds, but are they really effective? And especially over a solid two-thirds of the yard?
So I gave in and am waiting to see how good of a job the chemical stuff did, but I’m curious – how do you kill the weeds in your yard? Or are you a dandelion fan?
Once I got the dandelion problem (hopefully) under control, I realized there are tons of other things around the house I could probably use input on. And I bet I’m not alone. I hope I can get some of my questions answered here, but also let others get their own questions answered.
I’ll try to make this a semi-regular thing. With any luck, I can get it to grow…like a weed.
It looks like we have seen an end to the 80-degree weather in Indiana. The cold front moving into Indiana will trigger off rain and a thunderstorm. Tomorrow a much chillier day with highs only topping out around 60. When the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure begins Saturday, temperatures will be near 40 degrees.
- Chuck Lofton