Ind. bishops issue letter on proposed amendment
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Bishops representing Indiana's five Roman Catholic dioceses have issued a pastoral letter in response to a proposal to add a ban on gay marriage to the state constitution, but didn't take a side.
The letter says the church upholds the dignity and sanctity of marriage, an institution established by God as a permanent partnership between one man and one woman. But it also says the church upholds the dignity of every human, including people with same-sex attraction, who must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.
Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin says the letter will help Catholics avoid the extremes of either seeing the public debate about the proposed amendment as a battle or as an issue in which they should simply be guided by polls.
GOLD COIN DONATIONS
Gold coin found in C. Ind. Salvation Army kettle
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Someone has again anonymously dropped a gold Krugerrand coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in a central Indiana city.
Salvation Army Captain Dale Brandenburg says the South African coin was found in one of its Kokomo kettles last week and it was sold it for $1,220. The Kokomo Tribune reports this marks the fifth straight year that a Krugerrand donation has been made in the city.
Brandenburg says the coin sold for about $400 less than last year when the price of gold was higher.
He says the donation of the coin is a big boost since the group is about $50,000 short of its $82,500 fundraising goal for Kokomo.
Brandenburg says it's always exciting to find one of the gold coins inside a kettle.
Man sentenced to 10.5 years in fatal bank robbery
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis man who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in which an accomplice was fatally shot by the FBI has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson sentenced 24-year-old Demetrius Worley on Thursday in the May robbery of the State Bank of Lizton in Plainfield, 15 miles west of Indianapolis. FBI agents fatally shot 43-year-old William McKnight of Indianapolis after he refused to comply with an order to drop his weapon.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says FBI agents were following their vehicle before the bank robbery because the men were suspects in an Indianapolis bank robbery. Hogsett says $6,900 taken from the bank was found in a nearby neighborhood.
Worley was also ordered to serve five years of federally-supervised release after he is released.
2-year-old, Navy sailor killed in crash in S. Ind.
CORYDON, Ind. (AP) - Police say a 2-year-old and a 23-year-old Navy sailor from Missouri were killed in a crash on Interstate 64 in southern Indiana near Corydon (KOHR'-eh-duhn).
Police say a car traveling west on I-64 near mile marker 106 struck a sport utility vehicle traveling east. They say the driver of the car and a passenger in the SUV were killed.
Harrison County Coroner Rusty Sizemore identified the 2-year-old girl killed as Merissa Summers of Laconia, about 15 miles south of Corydon. Sizemore said he wasn't releasing the name of the sailor, who is based in Virginia, because his family had not been notified.
Sizemore said an infant was in Kosair Children's Hospital with critical injuries.
Study: Food supplies drop in Lakes Huron, Michigan
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A newly published scientific paper says crucial nutrients for fish and other organisms are declining in Lakes Huron and Michigan.
The study was conducted by researchers from government agencies and universities.
It says much of the drop-off results from loss of phosphorus, which feeds phytoplankton. They are the tiny plants that form crucial links in food chains.
Invasive mussels have consumed heavy loads of phosphorus since the late 1990s by filtering organic material from the water.
In some places, larger fish have caused downward pressure on food chains by gorging on prey species such as alewives and round gobies.
Study leader David Bunnell of the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday that the biggest problem seems to be with nutrient supplies at the lower end of food chains.
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