Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Jerry Davich: Working man’s reality embraces time on the job ]]> Lead story image

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 celebrate the social and economic achievements of the 156 million Americans in the labor force. Here’s a snapshot list of professions working today as if it’s just another Monday on their calendar: Casino personnel. Retail employees. Healthcare professionals. Railroad workers. Construction crews. Entertainers. Self-employed business owners. Jail and prison guards. College educators. Global-minded computer system … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:01:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Davich: Do sobriety checks trample on our rights? ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:00:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jerry Davich: Ice bucket challenge dumps cold memories on one ALS survivor ]]> Lead story image

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 think so. As you know, millions of good-hearted Americans have dumped a bucket of icy water over their heads while being video recorded. Beforehand, each one “nominates” three other people to do the same thing within 24 hours or donate $100 (or both) to the ALS fund. They then post that video on social media … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:03:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Davich: Explosion rocked Whiting 59 years ago today ]]> Lead story image

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 the Standard Oil Refinery’s 250-foot tall fluid hydroformer unit 700. On that warm, quiet and otherwise typical Saturday morning, something went terribly wrong when the hydroformer was restarted and, as witnesses recall, all hell broke loose. Deadly debris showered down in a quarter-mile radius from the blast site. One 10-foot steel pipe sliced through a … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:03:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Davich: Local author’s book prompts national union’s resolution for gays ]]> Lead story image

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 Northwest Indiana mills. It’s titled, “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers,” released in April by University of North Carolina Press. “It explains how and why basic steel mills are inhospitable, even dangerous to queers, and demonstrate that we can’t understand what it means to be GLBT without including working-class, blue-collar voices and … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:53:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Davich: GHA resident has heard too many empty promises ]]> Lead story image

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 we ever get,” she told me Wednesday while giving me a tour of her Genesis Towers senior citizen building in Gary. I purposely met with her that day, just hours after U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro made a stop in her city for a press conference and photo op. Morris lives … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:06:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jerry Davich: Another racial incident reopens our deepest wound ]]> Lead story image

It doesn’t take much to reignite the centuries-old powder keg of racial tension in this country. But when a white cop shoots and kills an unarmed black teenager under questionable circumstances, it’s like dropping a live grenade into the mix. The ongoing riots and violence in Ferguson, Missouri, is another somber reminder of our nation’s deepest cut. It has reopened an ever-fresh wound that most of us would like to pretend doesn’t exist, let alone one that hurts us collectively as a people. What’s happening in that St. Louis suburb has bled into every city, town and hamlet across this … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:02:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jerry Davich: Years change, but Gary’s hope for a better city remains ]]> Lead story image

The city of Gary is littered with gangster thugs, drunkards, gamblers, prostitutes and foul-mouthed ruffians. Do you agree? You would if you lived in the city nearly a century ago, when those complaints were voiced in the Gary Post-Tribune. In the early 20th century, this newspaper launched, “If I Were Mayor,” asking readers for ideas on improving city government. Responses included those grievances against a city still in the works, back when it was considered an “urban experiment” by national planners, as well as crowned the Miracle City, Magic City and City of the Century. “Gary, whatever else, is a … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jerry Davich: Did Mount Baldy ‘holes’ swallow up cold case from 1966? ]]> Lead story image

On July 2, 1966, three Illinois women visited what then was called Indiana Dunes State Park to cool off from a hot, humid Saturday on a holiday weekend. Patricia Blough, 19, of Westchester, Illinois, Renee Bruhl, 19, of Chicago, and Ann Miller, 21, of Lombard, Illinois, arrived about 10 a.m. and made fast footprints to a spot about 100 yards from the Lake Michigan shoreline. There, they spread out their blanket on the side of a dune. That beach, which now is Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore property, was jammed that day, with a crowd estimated at nearly 9,000 visitors over … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:02:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jerry Davich: ‘We don’t turn any student away’ ]]> Lead story image

Erik Thompson looked like a pint-sized paratrooper as he hauled his new oversized backpack full of school supplies. The 11-year-old Gary boy didn’t mind one bit. “My auntie didn’t have enough money for school supplies this year,” he told me with the wide-eyed candor of a child. “All she could get me were some new clothes and shoes. I’m not allowed to wear them until school starts.” I caught up with Erik after he left the 13th annual School Supply Give Away of Gary on Saturday. He was walking home with his aunt, Lakosha Jennings, who’s raising him for her … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:01:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jerry Davich: Comic actor’s suicide leaves lingering questions ]]> Lead story image

Where were you when you heard the news of Robin Williams’ death? Did it stop you in your tracks? Did you immediately experience a flashback of his most memorable roles? Were you shocked by his suicide or, like me, were you simply saddened? ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:02:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jerry Davich: Hacked?! Let’s change our passwords... tomorrow ]]> Lead story image

Did you change all your passwords yet? It’s been almost a week since we learned that a Russian cyber gang injected a malicious code into at least 420,000 websites to steal as many as 1.2 billion username and password combinations. That’s 1.2 billion, with a B. Scary stuff, huh? “Initially, the gang acquired databases of stolen credentials from fellow hackers on the black market,” states a press release from Hold Security, LLC, a Milwaukee-based information security, assessment and incident response company. “These databases were used to attack email providers, social media and other websites to distribute spam to victims and … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 02:01:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jerry Davich: Gary church looks to save souls, community ]]> Lead story image

Jerry Davich: Gary church looks to save souls, community ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:01:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Davich: Past, present converge at county fair ]]> Lead story image

Monique, the “Psychic Reading Tarot Cards” woman at the Lake County Fair, made it a point to tell me that she does not predict the future for customers. “I help you obtain your future,” she told me when I visited her booth. Her sign claims, “Answers All Questions,” but I doubt even she could have guessed how much the fair has changed since its earliest days. The Lake County Agricultural Society started the annual fair in 1852 to showcase the achievements of agriculture in the county. Back then, it was a way for the people of the county to gather … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:27:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Davich: ‘Disney experience’ offers memorable insights ]]> Lead story image

The Disney World photographer did her best to conceal her frustration with the family of a toddler who refused to smile for the camera. She tried everything to get the fussy tyke to say “cheese” or “Disney” or “Mickey Mouse.” The kid wouldn’t budge, burying his face into his mother’s embrace. The ever-upbeat Disney “cast member” didn’t flinch. She didn’t show her frustration. She didn’t once lose her smile. It was only after the family walked away that she wiped sweat from her brow and quietly quipped, “This is Disney. We’re good at pretending.” Good at pretending, indeed, I thought … ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:02:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Davich: Horn blowing has no effect on train delay issues ]]> Lead story image

When does a public works project become a public safety concern? This question is at the heart  of an ongoing bridge replacement project in the Miller section of Gary, which is infamous for having limited access routes. Many residents and commuters already feel they’re at the mercy of the street-level railroads that zigzag their community, dictating when motorists can enter or exit. “Waiting on Another Train” could be Miller’s theme song, long-time residents agree. The railway construction project on U.S. 12, just east of Lake Street, has closed one of Miller’s busy access routes, Old Hobart Road, which connects to … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:09:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Davich: ‘History-makers’ pass the torch ]]> Lead story image

Gladys Johnson ambled gently through the parking lot of St. John Lutheran Church, appropriately enough the oldest surviving place of worship in the city of Gary. “All this fuss over me today?” Johnson asked rhetorically while entering a back door. Yes, Ms. Johnson, it’s not every day that the oldest Gary resident born in the city turns 100 years old. On Thursday, the city celebrated this rare honor by introducing Johnson to dozens of city youth at the historic church. “Which of you will be history-makers in the world like Ms. Johnson?” said Naomi Millender, Johnson’s niece, who served as … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:10:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Davich: Use regret as personal motivator ]]> Lead story image

Regrets. You’ve had a few? Me too. A new national survey shows that people age 60 and older are drowning in regrets about their life. Regrets over not saving money. Regrets over ruined relationships. Regrets over taking better care of their health. These seem like no-brainers but, as we know, they’re easier planned than performed. How many times have we told ourselves to start saving more money for the future or retirement? How many times have we resolved to eat better and be more active? Or promised to be kinder to others, especially our loved ones? Instead, we put these … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:09:10 -0500