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Jerry Davich

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Davich: School bus driver hits 45-year mark today

Betty Smith told her husband she only wanted to earn enough money for a down payment on a new car. “So I need to get a job,” she told him. A friend told her about a job opening for the Gary Community School Corp. as …

Davich: Merrillville officer’s funeral recalls his bravery, sacrifice

The electronic marquee sign outside the Star Plaza Theatre paid its respects — “In Memory of Merrillville Police Officer Nick Schultz.” Just underneath that flashing tribute, two words jumped off the towering sign facing Interstate 65, words I’ve never noticed after all these years — …

Jerry Davich: Why the uproar was different after a baby’s murder

Have you ever heard of Antonio (West) Santiago? I’m guessing you haven’t, and there is a heated debate as to why. The 13-month-old toddler was shot and killed last year during an attempted armed robbery of the boy’s mother. Two teens approached the mother, who …

Jerry Davich: Boy Scouts’ stolen cash teaches many lessons

You don’t need to be a Boy Scout to learn a lesson regarding the stolen money from last weekend’s Popcorn Fest in Valparaiso. If you recall, someone stole $3,500 from Boy Scout Troop 920, whose young members sold corn-on-the-cob at their booth. Lesson No. 1: …

Jerry Davich: Gary plant owner comes clean when talking about city

Jim McGlothen has been cleaning up other people’s messes for decades. Spilled gas, leaked oil, escaped poisons, odorous sludge, hazardous chemicals, you name it and McGlothen has cleaned it up along with colleagues David Woodworth and Joe Brakley. Together, they own and operate Great Lakes …

Davich: Mosquitoes are Public Enemy No. 1

My neighbor sprayed his lawn with a thick fog of chemicals in a desperate attempt to kill the infestation of mosquitoes on his property. “The city should be doing this!” he yelled angrily when I drove past him. I nodded my head, knowing he’s right. …

Davich: Know-it-alls seem to know best how to hijack a conversation

It doesn’t take much to set off some people, sending them reeling into what I call their default obsession. You know, those hot-button issues that immediately polarize us and preoccupy them — illegal immigration, abortion, gun rights/control, same-sex marriage, race relations and anything about President …

Jerry Davich: Grandparents raising grandchildren — a graying trend

At age 60, Bob McGuire didn’t think he would be raising a preteen grandson, but he and his wife, Kathy, are doing so. Their 11-year-old grandson, Riley, came to live with them 10 years ago this month. “We both believed it would be temporary,” said …

Davich: No simple answers to heroin scourge

“Heroin, be the death of me.” — The Velvet Underground Heroin. Are you tired of hearing about it? So are the county coroners in Northwest Indiana who have to deal with its addiction aftermath each week. Another overdose. Another death scene. Another soiled syringe found …

Jerry Davich: Don’t let ‘empty nest syndrome’ clip your kids’ wings

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about the blissful return of football. Or pumpkin-flavored everything. Or the end of summer, which I mourn like the death of an old friend. For millions of parents, it’s the sad season of “empty nest …

Jerry Davich: Cold case from decades ago finally solved?

Dick Wylie had a hearty chuckle when he read my column about the three women who disappeared from Indiana Dunes State Park in July 1966. The former Post-Tribune photojournalist has been dogging this mysterious cold case since Day 1, and he believes it’s finally warming …

Jerry Davich: Working man’s reality embraces time on the job

On this Labor Day, are you enjoying a bonus day off from work, or are you getting paid to be somewhere you’d rather not be? If it’s the latter, you’re among the rising ranks of U.S. workers earning a paycheck on a holiday that we …

Davich: Do sobriety checks trample on our rights?

Are police-conducted sobriety checkpoints a necessary law enforcement tool to remove drunken drivers from our roads? Or are they an unreasonable search of our property and an unconstitutional invasion of our rights and privacy? Hammond Police Department Lt. Patrick Vicari insists that sobriety checkpoints are a valuable, and measurable, public safety tool that curbs the number of impaired motorists from traffic.

Jerry Davich: Ice bucket challenge dumps cold memories on one ALS survivor

Have you watched enough of the impossible-to-miss ALS ice bucket challenges? It seems everyone and their grandmother has done the once-novel and now-trendy fundraising challenge for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. I wonder if Lou Gehrig himself would have done it, too. Somehow, I don’t …

Davich: Explosion rocked Whiting 59 years ago today

John Hmurovic remembers. Do you, too? On Aug. 27, 1955, at precisely 6:12 a.m., he remembers being held tightly by his mother as she watched in horror the massive explosion near their Whiting home. Without a flicker of warning, a series of explosions ripped apart …

Davich: Local author’s book prompts national union’s resolution for gays

Anne Balay has never worked in a steel mill, though she completely understands what it’s like to do so as a gay steelworker. The 50-year-old former English professor from Miller, a lesbian who came out years ago, wrote a book about such experiences, especially in …

Davich: GHA resident has heard too many empty promises

Billie Morris sighed. Not out of pity. Not for theatrics. Not because her 10th-floor apartment felt like an oven. No, the 72-year-old Gary woman sighed out of sheer frustration for the lack of routine maintenance at her public housing complex. “Promises, promises, promises, that’s all …