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The South Bend Cubs announced yesterday plans for a new rooftop seating venue, restaurant and bar.
 

South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart says the new rooftop seating is the ballpark’s homage to Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
 

He says the still under-construction rooftop at the Ivy at Berlin Place apartment complex, is expected to be open at the end of June and will accommodate about 300 people.  
 

Child safety activist and author Elizabeth Smart will speak at the Century Center in South Bend on Wednesday, following the release of her new book.
 

Smart’s talk will focus on topics in her new book, Where There’s Hope, There’s Healing, which deals with her recovery since being kidnapped in 2002. Smart was held captive for nine months before being rescued.
 

 

 

A second baby was discovered Sunday evening in a Safe Haven Baby Box in Coolspring Township, just outside of Michigan City.

 

This is the second baby found in the same box within five months. The first one in November of last year.
 

The baby box was installed at the Coolspring fire station in April 2016. There are two boxes in the state, the other at Woodburn Fire Station, outside of Fort Wayne.
 

No babies have yet been left at the Woodburn box.
 

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St. Joseph County officials have released more details regarding yesterday’s officer-involved shooting on South Bend’s West Side, which they are calling a “justified homicide.”
 

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Ceremonies across the country yesterday celebrated the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., on the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination.

 

South Bend residents also gathered to pay their respects at Leighton Plaza.

 

Community members gathered around the statue of Dr. King holding hands with Former Notre Dame President Father Theodore Hesburgh, to celebrate the life of the 60s Civil Rights leader.

The statute of Hesburgh and King was revealed during the summer last year.

Various events around Michiana will take place tomorrow in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  assassination.
 

A series of events in South Bend will commemorate the life of Rev. King, including a candlelight vigil at Leighton Plaza by the King Statue at 7:30.
 

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Chesterton yesterday to unveil new details for the Local Trax Rail Overpass Program.
 

The new program stems from the Next Level Roads plan. It’s aimed at both decreasing traffic congestion and increasing safety around railroads.

Governor Holcomb said at least $125 million dollars will be available in matching state funds for local communities that apply for the grant.

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The University of Notre Dame Women’s basketball are back in the Hoosier State as the 2018 NCCA champions.

 

This is the first National Championship for Notre Dame Women’s Basketball since 2001.
 

It all came down to a single 3-point shot by Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale. Made with a tenth of a second to go, the shot gave the Irish a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State.
 

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Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese delivered his State of the City address yesterday at the Lerner Theater.

Among the topics covered in the address, Mayor Neese gave special recognition to city emergency first responders for their work during last month’s flooding.

Michigan City Area Schools

Michigan City Area Schools today celebrated the addition of new solar arrays to its facilities in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Krueger Middle School.

 

The recently installed ground-mount solar arrays feed into the NIPSCO power grid and the school corporation expects the new solar panels, which have been placed  at 7 of its 16 facilities, including the main administration building, to offset utility costs by at least 52 percent per year.  

 

That’s an annual savings of about $704,000 dollars.

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As students across the nation prepare to hold rallies Saturday calling for gun control legislation and safer schools, one man in Valparaiso is holding a rally the same day, calling for the protection of the second amendment.
 

Pro-gun advocate Jack Pupillo said he feels he doesn’t have a voice when it comes to the gun debate. So he’s organized a counter-rally.
 

“I think there needs to be a voice, and I think it starts small,” he said, “I really think it starts from the ground up.”
 

 

The South Bend School Corporation hosted a panel of students  and officials from throughout the district Thursday at John Adams High School to talk about school safety.

At the panel, held the day after nationwide student walkouts against gun violence, students from different high schools told school officials how they felt in their respective buildings.

 

 

The South Bend School Corporation hosted a panel of students  and officials from throughout the district Thursday at John Adams High School to talk about school safety.

At the panel, held the day after nationwide student walkouts against gun violence, students from different high schools told school officials how they felt in their respective buildings.

 

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A new grassroots movement based in Washington, DC hopes to encourage South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to run in the 2020 presidential election.  

The movement has no association with Buttigieg or his campaign. Mark Meier lives in Washington DC, and launched the effort, despite never meeting the South Bend mayor. But, he says Buttigieg has a lot of the qualities the Democratic Party needs in a candidate. He said it all began when he read an article about the mayor.

 

 

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The city of South Bend announced it will join dozens of other cities across the country and file a federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors alleging misinformation about the effects of opioids.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg said during a press conference that the lawsuit sends a simple message; someone needs to be held accountable for the damage opioids have caused to the city and residents of South Bend. He said the city is looking for financial restitution due to increased costs necessary to help deal with the opioid crisis.  

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