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Indiana Landmark’s Fate Rests On Engineer’s Report

By Thomas B. Langhorne EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – The fate of the Owen Block, a dilapidated but historically significant 19th century row house in Downtown Evansville, hinges on a private engineering study expected any day now. The report by Fishers, Indiana-based Arsee Engineers is being paid for by Indiana Landmarks, a nonprofit organization that holds [...]

Fiery Risk? Air Shipments Of Batteries Questioned

By Joan Lowy WASHINGTON (AP) – Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners. Yet U.S. and international officials have been slow to adopt safety restrictions that might affect the powerful [...]

89-Year-Old Gary Church Turns Into Ruin Gardens

By Joseph S. Pete GARY, Ind. (AP) – When they learned much of the sanctuary roof caved in, local photographers rushed to the majestic ruins of the City Methodist Church, a long-abandoned downtown cathedral that skilled craftsmen carved out of Bedford limestone to glorify God in a hardscrabble mill town nearly a century ago. They [...]

Planner Wants To Change East Chicago’s Image

By Lauri Harvey Keagle EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) – Marino Solorio believes washing away the sins of East Chicago’s industrial past can make his native city born again. Solorio, East Chicago’s 29-year-old city planner and native son, aims to change the region’s perceptions of the city starting with the Grand Calumet River and the Indiana [...]

Cardboard Shelters For Disaster Areas

By Jakob Rodgers COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Darla Skolnekovich’s business ambitions are made of cardboard. Reinforced, waterproof, fire-resistant cardboard – the type that, Skolnekovich says, could make a difference in disaster-ridden areas around the world. The married Colorado Springs mother of two recently created the SadieShelter, a Lego-like hut named for her daughter that [...]