Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Confusion, anger as sunken ferry’s relatives wait ]]> Lead story image

The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are hampered by poor visibility and can venture only so deep. Less than an hour later, Saturday’s meeting had unraveled. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:46:01 -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[ Daniels joins 2016 presidential debate commission ]]> Lead story image

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Mitch Daniels spurned calls to run for the White House in 2012, but the Purdue University president will have a hand in the 2016 race. Daniels has been tapped for the board of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates. The Purdue Exponent reports the panel selects locations and moderators for the debates. Other members are former ABC World news anchor Charles Gibson, former CIA Director Leon Panetta, former Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman and Jane Harman of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. The panel is chaired by Frank … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche ]]> Lead story image

Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Egypt’s el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter ]]> Lead story image

Egypt’s former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man who hit building later struck by train ]]>

MICHIGAN CITY — Police say a man who drove into a building in the morning was hit by a train later that night. The News-Dispatch reports that 26-year-old Carlos Cooper Jr. of Michigan City was seriously injured by an Amtrak train while walking along the track Thursday night. Less than 15 hours earlier, Cooper’s truck ran into a restaurant. He told police he lost control of the vehicle while avoiding a pothole. Witnesses later told police Cooper appeared to be talking on a cellphone when he was struck from behind by a train and thrown off the tracks. Cooper’s condition … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:13:54 -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[ Lack of psychiatrists hits mental health patients ]]>

LAFAYETTE (AP) — A nationwide shortage of psychiatrists is forcing many mentally ill Indiana patients to wait months for an appointment. The Health Resources and Services Administration reports more than half the state’s counties have a shortage of mental health professionals. The Journal & Courier has found there is just one psychiatrist for every 57,585 residents in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. The shortage stems in part from low reimbursement rates by insurance companies. A private psychiatrist will make more money by refusing to accept insurance. But even that pool is shrinking. More than 25 percent of psychiatrists are poised to … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Exotic animal shelter suffers setback ]]> Lead story image

For two decades, Aircolina “Pinky” Janota has been rescuing exotic animals from the dumb, naïve, heartless things that humans do. They see a camel in a TV commercial and order one over the Internet, only to learn right away that raising a camel is like raising a bull. They see a movie about kangaroos and immediately have to have one. It arrives and immediately they no longer want it. Or they simply get tired of taking care of their dog/horse/alpaca/fill in the blank. And some of the animals end up at Janota’s Settlers Pond in Beecher. As tough as it … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:22:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shipping season opens with arrivals at Portage ]]>

PORTAGE — Oceangoing ships are once again cruising into Indiana’s main Lake Michigan port after overcoming the worst Great Lakes ice conditions in decades to start the port’s overseas shipping season. The first two ships from abroad docked Thursday at the Port of Indiana in Portage, bringing shipments of steel from Holland for use by Midwest manufacturers. The Federal Nakagawa and the Isolda had made tedious journeys through the Great Lakes’ lingering ice as the port’s international shipping season started weeks later than in 2013. This year’s frigid winter left the lakes more than 90 percent frozen over at one … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Little 500 cyclist critically injured in practice ]]>

BLOOMINGTON — An Indiana University nursing student has been hospitalized after her bicycle crashed during practice for the Little 500. University spokesman Mark Land says 23-year-old senior Lauren Gill was about three laps into Thursday’s 25-lap race when a cyclist in front of her slowed down. The two bicycles’ tires touched and Gill was hurled over the handlebars of her bike. Gill was wearing a helmet but was still injured when she landed on her head and shoulders. The Granger resident was taken to IU Health Bloomington and later flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she was listed in … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:02:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Bend boy’s shooting death blamed on gunfight ]]>

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Authorities are blaming a gunfight between two rival gangs that was occurring blocks away for the shooting death of a 2-year-old South Bend boy who was playing outside. Court documents filed Thursday said a bullet from one of the guns used in the gunfight traveled three blocks April 9 before it struck John Swoveland Jr. in the chest while he played in the front yard of a relative’s home. Two men, Robert L. Griffin and Tarez Buchanon, both 19, are charged with murder in the boy’s death. Griffin remained at large Thursday night. Online court records … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 Indianapolis officers dead in murder-suicide ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis police chief says a sergeant on administrative leave used someone else’s car to break through police surveillance and fatally shoot his ex-wife and himself. Chief Rick Hite says Sgt. Ryan Anders broke in a back door of Officer Kimberlee Carmack’s far west side home Thursday evening before shooting both Carmack and himself. Both officers were on administrative leave during an internal police investigation of what Hite on Friday called mutual issues between them. Carmack was a 20-year veteran of the department. Anders had been on the police force for nine years and was promoted to sergeant … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:11:15 -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[ 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes near Acapulco ]]> Lead story image

A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:41:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now ]]> Lead story image

GENEVA — In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Russia’s pledge to refrain from further provocative actions drew support but also a measure of skepticism from President Barack Obama, who said at a news conference at the White House that the United States and its allies were prepared to ratchet up sanctions if Moscow doesn’t fulfill its commitments. “I don’t think we can be sure of anything at this … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:54:00 -0500