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Jerry Davich

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Jerry Davich: Remembering the sweet young souls this Halloween

Tony Rhein bent over his daughter’s gravesite to adjust a small pumpkin next to her headstone. It covered her nickname, “Peanut.” “That’s what I always called her,” he told me at Calvary Cemetery in Portage. Rhein and his wife, Valerie, visit here often, but especially …

Davich: Hobart teen pays it forward for West Side football team

Joey Sparks didn’t expect the weak-side blitz that hit him near the 40-yard line. Everyone else saw it coming, including his parents, head coach and teammates. Heck, even casual onlookers who know nothing about football understood this audible. Still, this wasn’t part of the game …

Jerry Davich: Serial killer is surely not what Gary needed

Just what Hammond and Gary needed was a deranged serial killer linked to both cities, at least seven dead bodies, and the national spotlight shining again in the mayors’ faces. “This news has been devastating to our city,” Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. “But we …

Davich: 20-year crash anniversary stirs mixed emotions

Do you recall the tragic fate of American Eagle Flight 4184? On the cold, rainy afternoon of Oct. 31, 1994, the doomed flight encountered severe icing conditions while traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago. The ATR-72 turboprop airplane crashed into a field near Roselawn, a small …

Davich: Honored innovators define the word with awards, successes

What does the word “innovation” mean to you? Creating new ways to do something better for society? Using high-tech experimentation to push open outdated envelopes in the business world? Thinking not only outside the box but outside the concept of a box? Regardless, the word …

Jerry Davich: Billiards lover keeps competition in his pocket

Cecil Messer ran his hands across the familiar green felt, something he’s probably done on thousands of pool tables. This time, though, wasn’t to set up a shot. He wanted to make a point about the sport of pocket billiards, which goes back centuries in …

Davich: Region woman champions new state law for unborn babies

In 2006, Jill McNamara first became aware of Indiana’s law stating that fetal remains of babies miscarried at 20 weeks gestation or less were discarded as “surgical waste.” It has bothered her ever since, so much so that she made a personal commitment to change …

Davich: Offbeat questions for candidates reveal insights

With Election Day now on our radar, I have endless questions for candidates running for public offices across the region. Most of my questions, though, have nothing to do with their policies, promises and campaigning, and everything to do with their flaws, values and personal …

Jerry Davich: Blaming war for actions at home elicits different kind of anger

There’s a telling line that jumps off the page in the probable cause affidavit against Felix Duron, regarding how he allegedly shook to death 2-year-old Bentley Mihal. “Duron admitted he was in a state of extreme anger and resentment and shook B.M. (Bentley Mihal) like …

Jerry Davich: Questions remain about explosive Hammond traffic stop

Did Hammond police officers use excessive force against Jamal Jones during a seemingly routine traffic stop last month? Or did Jones provoke the officers’ aggressive actions by not following their repeated orders to simply get out of his vehicle? Were the police realistically threatened by …

Jerry Davich: Dying husband’s last words not intended for first responders

Stephen Levenson was known as “Big Steve,” a 65-year-old mountain of a man who suffered from several health issues – diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems. So when his blood-sugar level dropped dangerously in the early morning hours of Sept. 9, his wife of …

Jerry Davich: Centenarians implore citizens to register to vote today

When Betty Lockett turned 105 last month, she had an idea born from youthful idealism and ageless patriotism. “I don’t want any birthday gifts or nothin’ like that,” the Valparaiso woman told me. Instead, she’s been on a mission to recruit 105 region residents to …

Jerry Davich: ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ polarizes preachers, public

Should a church pastor preach about politics and policy from the pulpit, especially with Election Day around the corner? If so, should that church lose its nonprofit status and related tax exemptions? This is the polarizing issue being reexamined today on “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” an …

Davich: ‘Toxic Tour’ unearths eye-opening glimpse of region

Toxic Tour. It’s an apt name for an eye-opening presentation created by Thomas Frank, whose startling figures, graphic images and keen insights confirmed my beliefs about Northwest Indiana and its industrial legacy. For more than a century, we’ve worn that legacy as a badge of …

Davich: Annual Halloween event haunts neighbors in Portage

How much is too much when it comes to Halloween decorations and revelry in a residential neighborhood? For a few neighbors near the “Haunted Hills Hospital” attraction in Portage, it depends on how close you live to it. The popular attraction at a house on …

Davich: Digitally preserving images, movies and memories of NWI

Remember Kiddieland? Me, too. But this column isn’t specifically about that wonderful amusement park on U.S. 41 in Schererville. It’s about the warm memories of it from our youth, as well as from countless other sites, destinations and happenings across Northwest Indiana. From the Blizzard …

Davich: Kids always lose in custody cases

Child custody issues. Over the past nearly 20 years, no other topic has been brought to my attention for potential columns as repeatedly as this one. And no other topic has been repeatedly avoided by me, mostly because I am never privy to both sides …