Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Jerry Davich: Power of prayer in the digital age ]]> Lead story image

“Please say a prayer for my stepfather. We can all use a little help on occasion.” — Jennifer Fontaine, of St. John Although Carla Berry has been using Facebook for four years, the church bookkeeper from Portage didn’t realize that she’s part of an emerging trend in this country. Berry is one of millions of Americans who use social media to request specific prayers from friends, followers and perfect strangers, even if they’re not believers. “Using Facebook for prayers is brilliant. You can reach a lot of people in a short time,” said Berry, a youth ministry leader at Crossroads … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:04:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gap between Hoosier wages, cost of living grows ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — Rising inflation has left many Indiana residents with a widening gap between their salaries and living costs, and economic experts say the state needs to focus more on the quality of jobs instead of the quantity to close the distance. Hoosier workers saw a mere 0.8 percent increase in pay last year, bringing the median wage to $31,990. But inflation grew 1.4 percent in the Midwest, according to federal data released this month. Business leaders say a high number of job seekers has allowed many employers to hold down wages. Others say a lack of skilled workers is … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:06:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Doctor killed on I-65 loved dancing, tennis ]]> Lead story image

A Rensselaer doctor who died in a Monday crash with two of his children wasn’t just known for his medical work in the community. Mallik Chaganti was also known for his generosity to St. Joseph’s College — and for being light on his feet. “During (a local dancing competition), I remember him as having cool moves, better than others,” Gary Sanders, an assistant professor of physical education at St. Joseph’s in Rensselaer, said. Members of the college spoke fondly of Chaganti, a family practitioner who had a long history of giving to the college. Chaganti and his children Anusha, 14, … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:05:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man faces life in prison in sex trafficking case ]]> Lead story image

Federal attorneys have dropped two charges but added a new one against a South Bend man who they say beat a prostitute to death on the side of Interstate 65 in Jasper County. According to a superseding indictment filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Nathan Demar Huey-Dingle, 32, is now charged with one count each of sex trafficking by force or coercion; violating the Mann Act, which involves transporting someone across state lines for prostitution, and violating the Travel Act, which involves transporting someone across state lines with the intent to break Indiana law by committing aggravated … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:13:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police hold pit bull that bit 9-year-old ]]>

EAST CHICAGO — Police are keeping a pit bull that attacked a 9-year-old East Chicago boy on Tuesday, but a second pit bull did not attack and does not appear to be aggressive and can be returned to its owner, Police Chief Mark Becker said. The boy was walking in the 3500 block of Pennsylvania Street when he was attacked by the dog that police are not releasing. The dog caused severe lacerations to a knee and lower leg of the child, police said. They said the second dog did not attack the boy. The dogs had escaped from a … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:05:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Education board member urges   return to old school standards ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — A State Board of Education member formally requested Friday that an education panel abandon a proposed overhaul of Indiana’s education standards and instead recommend that the state’s previous benchmarks be reinstated in classrooms this fall. Board member Andrea Neal said state education leaders working to replace the contentious Common Core standards are considering an inadequate replacement. She instead wants to restore the benchmarks used before Indiana adopted the national standards in 2010. The Education Roundtable, which includes many business and education leaders, is expected to vote Monday on the proposed new standards. A law signed by Republican Gov. … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:06:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Technology upgrades, scanning key in Dem clerk’s primary ]]> Lead story image

Lake County Clerk Mike Brown is seeking re-election, but he is being challenged in the May 6 Democratic primary by Josefina Magallanes. There are no Republicans running for clerk, but it’s possible they could slate a candidate before the November general election. Brown has served as clerk since he won a Democratic special precinct election in January 2010. It was held after then-clerk Thomas Philpot resigned after being elected coroner. Previously, Brown was the Lake County recorder from 2005-2010, chief deputy for Lake County Coroner’s Office from 1997-2005, and a Lake County Court security officer for two years. Magallanes, who … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:11:03 -0500