Slideshow: Famous Hoosiers throughout the years

Alex Karras Alex Karras became the best known member of a football-playing family, with a career as a dominant defensive lineman in the National Football League, followed by an acting career that included notable roles in "Blazing Saddles" and "Webster."Karras was born in Gary on July 15, 1935. His father was a Greek immigrant and doctor; his mother a nurse. Karras' brothers Lou, Ted and Paul all played football, Lou and Ted in the NFL.Karras graduated from Emerson High School and attended the University of Iowa, where he earned the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. He was drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 1958 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.Karras played for the Lions from 1958-62 and 64-70. He was suspended for the 1963 season after admitting to gambling on NFL games. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and was named to the 1960s All-Decade NFL team.His wider fame had its start in the major role he played in George Plimpton's book "Paper Lion," chronicling the writer's experience as an amateur quarterback for the Lions. When the book was adapted as a movie, Karras played himself opposite Alan Alda's Plimpton.Karras appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, including "Blazing Saddles" as the outlaw Mongo, who memorably knocked out a horse with a single punch; "Porky's"; the TV miniseries "Centennial," and his starring role in the sitcom "Webster," which he produced with his co-star and wife, Susan Clark.Karras also worked as a commentator on Monday Night Football broadcasts from 1974-76, alongside Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford.Karras had six children with his two wives. He died at age 77 on Oct. 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, suffering from kidney failure, cancer and dementia. Becca Bruszewski Whether it was basketball or volleyball, Becca Bruszewski found a way to stand out.The 6-foot-1 Wheeler graduate was The Times Player of the Year and an Indiana All-Star in 2007, finishing second runner-up for Miss Basketball. In Continue Reading

Mother’s Day 2018 gifts and presents to spoil your mum

LET'S face it, you probably don't spoil your Mum enough. So when Mothering Sunday rolls around on the 11th March, it's essential that you give credit where credit's due. But that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune either. It's the simple things that matter, so why not switch things around and serve your Mum for once? Have her put her feet up while you cook her dinner, or do the hoovering. But if time is of the essence, make sure you still show your appreciation with a little gift. And will it may be the thought that counts, don't bore her with the same presents you get her every year. Surprise your Mum with something that she actually wants or needs - like a cosy bath robe, a chic wallet or something to brighten up the living room. We've rounded up the most interesting and thoughtful gifts for Mothers (no matter what their age) on the high street - and the best thing is, they start from as little as £3.29.Personalised card - £3.29 A card is an essential part of Mother's Day, so make it extra special with a personalised card from Moonpig.  Standard cards cost £3.29 and can be customised with your own images. First class postage is available from 65p - get yours here. Personalised make up bag - £3.49 You can buy a make-up bag in a range of colours with your mum's name printed on the front for a personal touch. Buy it here. Mary Berry - My Kitchen Table: 100 Cakes and Bakes - £4.99 Mary Berry is the queen of cakes. Together with these eternally popular recipes, Mary also shows you how to make the best children's birthday cake, Wimbledon cake, banana muffin, French patisserie and Christmas cake. Buy it here. Luxury Heart Shaped Bath Fizzers BOMBS Gift Set - £5.99 An assortment of bath bombs which fizz in the water, leaving you freshly scented and relaxed. You get four of each: Lavender, Rose & White Musk. Handmade in the UK and presented in a delightful gift set. Burt's Bees Balm Jar Gift Set - £7.99 Help Continue Reading

Organ donor’s family meet recipients a year after death

Ann Arbor – Laurie Anderson wrote her first letter a month after her son died hoping to meet the recipients of his organ donations. Almost a year after his death, she found closure hearing his heart beat through another chest.Ryan Anderson, of Cedar, was 33 when he died of a drug overdose on Feb. 1. Through anonymous letters sent by Gift of Life, his family was able to meet the recipients who received his heart and lungs on Saturday, nearly on the anniversary of his death.Ryan wasn’t on the organ donor registry but his family believes he would have wanted to save others, which he did. Five people received six of his organs and his bone and bone marrow was also donated.“His heart was huge, he’d do anything for anyone ... he was generous to a fault,” said Laurie Anderson.The Anderson family: his mother and her husband Rick Wilkins, brother Eric Anderson and his girlfriend Lyndsay Arbuckle, and his cousin Chris Burns were overcome with emotion after meeting Peter Archangel of Plymouth and Joel Renauer of Temperance at the Gift of Life Michigan center.Archangel received Ryan’s heart and Renauer now breaths through Anderson’s lungs. His kidneys also went to a 33-year-old woman and a 27-year-old male and a 48-year-old woman received his liver.“I thought all week, what am I going to say to them? Thank you is just not enough,” said Archangel.Archangel, 64, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in June 2005 and spent two weeks in the intensive care unit with his wife Priscilla praying for a miracle.“They came in the room and started clapping around 1 a.m. after I had left and when I got that call, I knew... It would be another 10-hour surgery we’d have to make it through,” said Priscilla Archangel, 56.Renauer, 66, was a factory worker for 40 years and spent his free time as a certified scuba diver before doctors found scarring on his lungs. He spent five months on the waiting list with an oxygen Continue Reading

The most outrageous, expensive gifts celebrities have given each other

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli Published 6:14 pm, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-38', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 38', target_type: Continue Reading

Slideshow: Your Celebrations: Happy 60th anniversary, Ronald G. and Jacqueline R. Frey!

Happy 60th anniversary, mom and dad Ronald G. and Jacqueline R. Frey will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 14.Ron and Jackie met at Janc's Drug Store in Hammond, and have made their loving home in the Hessville section of Hammond for the last 60 years.They are proud parents of four children, Ronald (Debra) Frey, Daniel (Diane) Frey, Marsha Frey and Janice Frey. They have two grandchildren, Adam (Jenny) Buchta and Michael Frey, and one great-grandson, Logan Buchta.Ronald served as Maintenance Superintendent at U.S. Steel Supply and Jacqueline was a devoted homemaker.Both enjoy spending time with family. Ronald is a member of Garfield Masonic Lodge and American Legion.Congratulations on your diamond anniversary!Love,Your family Happy birthday to Louise Butler Mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother Louise Butler is turning 80 years young!What can I say? We’re all blessed to have a person like you who always brings out the best. I will always be grateful to have you in my life. You’ve done nothing but teach us all wrong from right. I miss the good ole days when we all got together at your place. The joy in my heart when I seen the look on your face. Without you and grandpa this family wouldn’t know what to do. I can honestly say its all cause of you. What kind of woman defines strength and heart? I’ll give you an example: My grandma always has more than enough she can handle. But day in and day out the struggle is tougher. But I will always admire my grandmother for never letting the devil win in any battle and always making sure we all all in gear with her paddle. I love you Louise Weyant Butler. Enjoy this birthday and many more to come, because there only one person who shines as bright as the sun: It is you, no doubt in my mind. And you will always be there for all of us every single time. I wanna thank you for granting us the ability to live this life. And always know that we will always be by your Continue Reading

Music rolls on at Folsom Prison 50 years after Johnny Cash made history

By Randy Lewis | Los Angeles Times Published 9:22 pm, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-4', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 4', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Genaro Molina, MBR Image 1of/4 CaptionClose Image 1 of 4 Inmates participate in an auto shop class at Folsom State Prison in Folsom, Calif., where the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's celebrated performance that resulted in the "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" live album is being marked. less Inmates participate in an auto shop class at Folsom State Prison in Folsom, Calif., where the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's celebrated performance that resulted in the "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" live ... more Photo: Genaro Molina, MBR Image 2 of 4 Inmates exit the East Gate as a buck wanders past the area where Johnny Cash once stood for an iconic portrait by Jim Marshall before his performance at Folsom State Prison almost 50 years ago. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/TNS) less Inmates exit the East Gate as a buck wanders past the area where Johnny Cash once stood for an iconic portrait by Jim Marshall before his performance at Folsom State Prison almost 50 years ago. (Genaro ... more Photo: Genaro Molina, MBR Image 3 of 4 Image 4 of 4 Music rolls on at Folsom Prison 50 years after Johnny Cash made history 1 / 4 Back to Gallery Irony isn't something the residents of Folsom State Prison spend much time contemplating. But it's not lost on Roy McNeese Jr. exactly where he spends every Tuesday. That's when he leads music theory classes for fellow inmates looking to turn their lives around. Continue Reading

Maple Leafs’ anniversary gift: 8-1 romp vs. Hurricanes

TORONTO – James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak enjoy playing on the same line as Mitch Marner.It’s easy to see why.Marner and Bozak each had a goal and three assists, and the Toronto Maple Leafs stopped a three-game slide by routing the Carolina Hurricanes 8-1 on Tuesday.Toronto scored four in the first and four more in the third on a special anniversary for the NHL. The first NHL games were played on Dec. 19, 1917, including a 10-9 win by the Montreal Wanderers over Toronto.The Maple Leafs celebrated with a pile of goals, powered by a strong performance by Marner, 20.“He’s a guy that wants to be successful and produce, takes pride in that,” said van Riemsdyk, who had a goal and two assists. “He’s always making good plays and passes and me and Bozak are on the end of those.”Leo Komarov, Patrick Marleau, Kasperi Kapanen, William Nylander and Connor Carrick also scored for Toronto, and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves.Jeff Skinner scored for Carolina, and Scott Darling stopped 27 shots. The Hurricanes had won three in a row. More: Golden Knights scoring like no one expected More: NHL at 100: Biggest changes from then to now “They were better in every area, their special teams set the tone early,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said. “Some of the plays and decisions we made with the puck were less than perfect … they were quicker than us and it showed.“We looked like a mentally fatigued team.”Toronto played without star center Auston Matthews, who missed his fifth consecutive game because of an upper-body injury. The Maple Leafs had scored just four times in their previous four games before breaking out against the Hurricanes.Komarov put Toronto ahead to stay with the team’s first short-handed goal of the season just 2:52 into the first. Komarov kept the puck in transition on a 2-on-1 and beat Darling for his first point since he scored at Calgary on Nov. 28.The Leafs Continue Reading

SEE IT: A look at the craziest twist endings as we celebrate the anniversary of ‘The Sixth Sense’ — WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

“Every story can be broken down into three parts: the beginning, the middle and the twist.” R.L. Stine’s infamous line in “Goosebumps” is so very true as there’s nothing better than a flick that takes a sudden, sharp turn and leaves an audience with their jaws on the floor. M. Night Shyamalan’s horror classic “The Sixth Sense,” which premiered 17 years ago this week, had one of the greatest surprise endings of all-time. Bruce Willis isn’t dead... he’s right there... um, ohh! Here’s a look at some of the best twist endings in cinema history. Be warned, massive spoilers follow. “The Sixth Sense” Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) may have been able to "see dead people," but he couldn't see the shocking ending to "The Sixth Sense" coming. Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) helped Cole with his gift for the basically the entire movie after motivating him to get over his fear and help the lost spirits that visited him. Ironically, it turned out that Cole was the one helped Malcolm the whole time. Malcolm was dead throughout the movie after being shot and killed in the first scene. However, you never actually see him die on screen, which is why the big revelation stunned us all. “The Usual Suspects” "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, he's gone." Who is Keyser Söze? This question lingered throughout "The Usual Suspects" and it was revealed in a very shocking way. Customs agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) is questioning the lone survivor of a boat gun fight named Verbal (Kevin Spacey), a criminal with cerebral palsy, about what happened. After he hears the story and doesn't get the answers he's looking for, Kujan dismisses Verbal. Little does Kujan know, but he just made one of the biggest mistakes of his life. When Verbal leaves, Kujan looks at the wall behind him and realizes Continue Reading

Thrill of the kill: 90th anniversary of Leopold and Loeb’s horrific murder of boy

Ninety years ago this week, Bobby Franks, 14, left school and headed for his parents’ mansion in the Kenwood section of Chicago. His walk didn’t take him home. Instead, it landed him in the history books, in the most hideous way. Franks became the victim in a “crime of the century” case, a murder that shocked the public, even in the anything-goes Jazz Age. The unfortunate child crossed paths with two brainy-but-bad teenagers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, at the moment they decided it would be fun to break the commandment “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” For them, murdering a young boy meant nothing. They did it to see what it would feel like, just for the thrill. “The killing was an experiment,” Leopold would later tell his lawyer, Clarence Darrow. “It is just as easy to justify such a death as it is to justify an entomologist killing a beetle on a pin.” Such bloated ego seemed almost inevitable, given the boys’ backgrounds. Born into wealth and privilege, both also had the gift of extraordinary intelligence. Leopold, born in 1904, the son of a man who made a fortune manufacturing boxes, had a genius-level IQ. Lecturing on botany, writing scholarly tracts on ornithology (he was the nation’s expert on the Kirtland warbler), learning new languages (he had already mastered 10), and translating classics filled his spare time. Loeb, born in 1905, the son of a millionaire Sears, Roebuck executive, was way above average. He had a passion for reading, mostly crime fiction. By age 15, both boys were in college. Leopold had become obsessed with the writings of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, particularly the notion of a superman, who was not limited by little things like laws or morality. The pair began to dabble in petty crimes like tossing bricks through windows. Over time, their criminal activities escalated and their bond deepened into a sexual Continue Reading

A tribute to 9/11 victims before the 6th anniversary

Anniversary by anniversary, the calendar has carried us ever further from 9/11, but now the time line becomes a circle. The future aligns with the past. Sept. 11 will again fall on a Tuesday. And, in the rejoining of date and day, moment and memory, today is Sept. 9, a Sunday just like the 9/9 that was for so many a last time of family and friends and doing what they loved. Every hour, every minute, every second of today will be precisely in sync with the hours, minutes and seconds of that happy 9/9 as it tick, tick, ticked unknowingly toward 9/11 six years ago. On Tuesday, James Waring's name will be read as one of those of Cantor Fitzgerald who perished on 9/11, but a truer measure of the loss comes with the thought of this doting dad at Long Beach with his wife and four daughters on 9/9, strolling along the water's edge and dashing into the waves. Or think of Laurence Curia, who found himself with his two kids on an unexpectedly hot Sunday at Jones Beach without bathing suits. They all splashed in the surf in their clothes. Or think of Brian McAleese of the FDNY at Field 5, Robert Moses State Park, building sand castles with his 4-year-old son. Or of Thomas Sinton of Cantor Fitzgerald and his wife zipping around on "his-and-hers Jet Skis" on the Hudson River. Or of Paul Rizza of Fiduciary Trust and his wife picking homegrown summer tomatoes and making sauce the way it should be made. "It was good sauce," his widow, Elaine Rizza, said yesterday. "I've never made homemade sauce since then." Or think of Thomas Brennan of Sandler O'Neill playing Grateful Dead CDs in the car as his 19-month-old daughter boogied and laughed in her car seat. Or of Christopher Wodenshek celebrating another kind of anniversary, his 12th wedding anniversary, which one of his five young children would commemorate with a post-9/11 drawing of roses "for when my dad gave my mom all these roses for [her] anniversary." Or of newly promoted FDNY Captain Timmy Stackpole Continue Reading