TRUE CRIME: The ‘shell shocked’ father who drowned two of his sons in Indiana Harbor

TRUE CRIME: The 'shell shocked' father who drowned two of his sons in Indiana Harbor All day thousands of parents who lost their sons shuffled into the East Chicago morgue and looked at the drowned boys with matching blue-gray eyes, though none could identify them.The first boy was found Feb. 22, 1928, and the second March 1 — both within 100 yards of each other in the Lake Michigan-Calumet River canal, according to Times archives. They wore matching blue-grey woolen suits, red-lined black chinchilla coats and dark brown leather gloves. The boys' bodies were trussed with wire when pulled from Indiana Harbor in the winter of 1928.The second boy's discovery confirmed for police the near-identical looking youths – almost certainly brothers – were murdered, perhaps kidnapped and killed after a ransom went unpaid.The truth came from the forlorn figure who haunted the morgue every evening after the bodies' discovery.George Chisholm, a 35-year-old World War I veteran from Canada, was brought in for police questioning the day after the second boy's body was found March 1.He admitted the boys were his sons, George Jr., 9, and Edgar, 6. He said he bound wire around their waists, weighted each wire with a heavy steel rail and then pushed the boys into a ship canal at Indiana Harbor.In his first confession he said he persuaded the boys to jump into the water, but admitted after continued questioning they were pushed.The man was arrested and obtained pro-bono representation from two attorneys – Joseph Conroy of Hammond and Anthony A. Filipiak of Gary.The attorneys explained in a letter to the newspaper they chose to represent Chisholm “to prevent society from doing the same thing to Chisholm that Chisholm has done to his boys,”“We are not fighting for Chisholm's freedom,” they wrote. “We are fighting to make sure Chisholm is recognized in his right light, that he is looked upon as the sick man that he is, and that he Continue Reading

Oscars 2018: Gary Oldman wins Best Actor on a night of many firsts but few surprises

5 March 2018 • 7:50am Oscars 2018: full list of winners Gary Oldman wins Best Actor for his Churchill - "the only dull moment in a thrillingly unpredictable career" Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water wins Best Picture and Del Toro also gets Best Director Frances McDormand steals Oscars show with Best Actress speech - 'I've got some things to say' Oscars 2018: Harvey Weinstein's accusers and Me Too pins rule the red carpet ​ Master of the perfect shot: why cinematographer Roger Deakins is Blade Runner 2049’s secret weapon Gary Oldman has been named best actor at this year’s Oscars, writes Harriet Alexander, using his acceptance speech to praise Winston Churchill on a night of great victory for British talent. Oldman, 59, was the red-hot favourite to win the award for Darkest Hour, and, at the 90th Academy Awards, paid tribute to his mother back home in south London. "I would like to thank my mother, who is older than the Oscar,” he said. “She is 99 years young next birthday, and watching on her sofa. I say thank you for your love and support. Put your kettle on - I'm bringing Oscar home." On a night of few surprises – to the certain relief of the producers, after last year’s debacle with the wrong best picture - Frances McDormand was named best actress, and delivered the most memorable acceptance speech of the night. Placing her golden statuette on the ground, she made all the women nominated in any category stand up, rousing them with the words: “Meryl, if you do it, everybody else will, c'mon.” She concluded with two words: “inclusion rider” – an appeal for contracts to guarantee gender and racial diversity. Host Jimmy Kimmel dealt with Hollywood’s harassment scandals head on, immediately - using his opening monologue to poke fun at Harvey Weinstein and remark wryly that the Oscar was “the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood.” Continue Reading

The Ice Bowl, 50 years later: An oral history of the Packers-Cowboys 1967 NFL Championship Game

It would have been a great game if it had been played on a sweltering September afternoon or on a crisp autumn day in November or even indoors, if there were domed football stadiums in 1967.That year, the NFL Championship Game pitted Vince Lombardi’s proud but aging Green Bay Packers, seeking an unprecedented third consecutive title, against Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys, an ascending team out for revenge after losing narrowly to the Packers in the ’66 championship game.Eight Packers and four Cowboys who took the field that day would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Both coaches would be enshrined, too. The Packers had guile and experience and a field general named Bart Starr. The Cowboys had youth and superior team speed and their “Doomsday Defense.”Yes, it would have been a great game on any day, in any kind of weather.It would be played, though, on New Year’s Eve day in Green Bay, in the kind of weatherThe official low temperature at Austin Straubel Airport that day was 17 below zero. With Arctic winds whipping out of the northwest, the wind chill dipped to 50 below at Lambeau Field, its turf frozen solid and topped by a layer of ice, so that players slipped and slid and fell on what felt like jagged concrete.The game would be decided in the closing seconds, at the conclusion of a drive that bordered on the mystical, with Starr plunging into the end zone to put a symbolic exclamation mark on the Lombardi era.Fifty years ago Sunday, on Dec. 31, 1967, the Packers edged the Cowboys, 21-17, in a game for the ages.The Ice Bowl. RELATED STORIES » WWII pilot offered plane's-eye view of the Ice Bowl » The untold story of the Ice Bowl's first touchdown It was and remains the coldest game in NFL history. It is among the most memorable games in league annals because of the wretched conditions, what was at stake and the dramatic way it ended.“I think it’s the most talked-about Continue Reading

Nebraska’s last decade of quarterback signings includes record-breaking hits, but also a lot of misses

LINCOLN — No position on a football field is more important than quarterback. Over the last decade at Nebraska, the Huskers have had a few record-breaking hits — Taylor Martinez and Tommy Armstrong — and a lot of misses. Where might NU’s newest quarterback signee, Adrian Martinez, fit in? We’ll see. First, a recap of the quarterbacks NU has signed since 2008, along with notes on guys who either walked on or transferred to the program. 2008 » Kody Spano: When Oklahoma State wouldn’t let him enroll early, Spano, a coach’s son from Stephenville, Texas, flipped to NU for Bo Pelini’s first class. Spano suffered two ligament tears — one in each knee, just months apart — and didn’t play at NU before taking a medical redshirt. 2009 »  Cody Green: The first big quarterback recruit of the Bo Pelini era, Green was a four-star stud from Dayton, Texas, who had the size (6-4, 225 pounds), arm and personality to be the face of Nebraska football. And if Spano hadn’t torn both knees — which required Green to be the backup as a true freshman — maybe that happens. But Green had to play right away, losing a year of seasoning, and started the Baylor game, the first start by a true freshman since Tommie Frazier. Pelini then pulled Green early in the Oklahoma game. In 2010, Green lost the job to Taylor Martinez, but, after Martinez got hurt, started twice — at Iowa State and vs. Colorado — playing well in both games. But Green could never match the explosiveness of Martinez, and he transferred after the 2011 spring game to Tulsa. There, Green started for two seasons. » Taylor Martinez: He’ll never be forgotten in Husker history. Martinez was recruited by Carl Pelini as an athlete and could have been a terrific safety or receiver. But he wanted to be a quarterback, and he won the secretive, rumor-filled competition of 2010 over Green and Continue Reading

Aerosmith from the inside: Joe Perry’s autobiography, ‘Rocks,’ gives long history of feuding and friction with Steven Tyler

If you think it’s bliss being in Aerosmith, dream on. According to the frank new autobiography by guitarist Joe Perry, the band has endured controlling managers, thieving business associates and, worst of all, the moods and whims of band co-leader Steven Tyler. “Friction between Steven and me never stopped,” Perry writes in “Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith” (Simon & Schuster) to be published Oct. 7. “After every show, the dressing room became a battleground,” he recalls. “Listening to those arguments, outsiders might have thought we were on the verge of murdering each other.” Many factors figure into the ongoing tension between the band’s two key members, which Perry lays out in his excellent and well-reasoned book (co-written with David Ritz). “The things driving (Tyler) are very different from what drove the other guys in the band,” Perry, 64, tells The News. “It was not about songwriting for him. It was more the fame and the adoration of the fans he was after.” Tyler’s own 2011 autobiography, “Does the Music in My Head Bother You?” hasn’t eased the tension. He painted Perry as aloof. “Just because we’re in a band together doesn’t mean we have to be friends,” Tyler quotes Perry telling him. “A lot of what he wrote is bulls—,” Perry says. “Taking credit for everything — let’s start with that. He says that he carried the band for 40 years. Hey, pal, do you ever look in the mirror?” Perry recounts lots of stories of Tyler, the so-called “Demon of Screamin,’ ” putting himself ahead of the band. When Aerosmith received a windfall of funds to license their music to the Guitar Hero video game, he says the singer wanted more money than the others. “The Game was called ‘Guitar Hero,’ not ‘Vocal Hero,’ ” Continue Reading

Readers sound off on Israel, Obama and yuppies

They always blame Israel Mahattan: I thank you for the editorial concerning “academic lunacy” with respect to the “pinkwashing” conference to be held by the City University of New York’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies to condemn Israel for allegedly “using gay rights to cover up crimes against the Palestinians” (“Derangement syndrome,” June 18). Did these delegitimizers ever consider that maybe the Israelis, emerging from a history of persecution, see no need, out of common decency, to do what is routinely done to gays in most of the Arab states surrounding them? I will not be silent on this outrage, as I would not be expected to be silent over any other racism or hatred purveyed at taxpayers’ expense. I will bear this in mind in future actions involving the center and its board. They have no right to disenfranchise pro-Israel gays. Academic integrity is not just about a quality degree; it is also about intellectual honesty. Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, trustee, City University of New York Words of wisdom Bronx: Barbara Kay’s Op-Ed “Disrespecting dad” (June 17) was a great Father’s Day read. Fathers often don’t receive a fair shake, especially with the Family Court system overrun by feminists and chivalrous male advocates for women. It’s time for a change. Hats off to all of you good dads out there. Jonathan Solomon The value of dad Wantagh, L.I.: Barbara Kay brings a crucial issue forward: The important and valuable role of a loving father. As a single father for the past 12 years, I have been in the small minority of fathers who play a significant role in raising their family. I have a very supportive ex-wife, so our kids understand unconditional love, despite our divorce. There are no easy answers when divorce involves children, and the legal system needs to be open-minded, with a fair and balanced approach when it comes to deciding where the kids Continue Reading

Phoenix concert news: Tony Bennett postponed, Goldrush Festival, Shakira, Lorde, AZ Music Hall of Fame

Tony Bennett's Celebrity Theatre date has been rescheduled from July 11 to Thursday, Dec. 7, due to "unforeseen scheduling conflicts."Bennett's management regrets any inconvenience this may cause fans of the 19-time Grammy winner who looks forward to performing in Phoenix in December.All tickets purchased for the July 11 show will be honored at the 7:30 p.m. show on Dec. 7. Refunds are available at point of purchase. Tickets ($72 and $132) are on sale for the show now slated for Dec. 7 at the Celebrity Theatre Box office or online at  All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.Relentless Beats’ Goldrush Music Festival will bring a mix of EDM and hip-hop acts, including Dillon Francis, Lil Uzi Vert, Snow tha Product, Marshmello, Ugly God, Rich Chigga and the Underachievers, to Rawhide the weekend of Nov.18-19.Also playing: Injury Reserve Shiba San, Mija, Keys N Krates, GG Magree, Rezz, Malaa, Drezo, Al Grime, Smokepurpp, Hippie Sabotage, Oona Dahl, Walker & Royce, Sonny Fodera and San Holo.Goldrush will feature four stages with more than 50 national acts with Rawhide Western Town as a backdrop.Presales are available now for $99 general admission and $219 VIP at brings her El Dorado World Tour to Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday, Feb. 3.Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30, but there are plenty of presales you can take advantage of.There’s a Citi presale from 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 29, and a Viber presale beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28. Live Nation also has a presale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 29.The tour is in support of “El Dorado,” which topped the Billboard Latin charts in early June, topping the iTunes charts in 37 countries.The 12-time Grammy winner has issued a statement that says, “Thank you all so much for listening to my Continue Reading

A guide to Phoenix’s top fall concerts: Fall Out Boy, Bruno Mars, the Chainsmokers

Fall Out Boy, Bruno Mars and the Chainsmokers are among the bigger concerts playing Phoenix this fall. We also have the Goldrush Festival headed our way. DOWNLOAD: Things to Do app MORE AZCENTRAL ON SOCIAL: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | PinterestThe 4:44 Tour shares a name with Jay-Z's 11th consecutive chart-topping album, following such undisputed triumphs as the five-times-platinum "Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life" and 2013's double-platinum "Magna Carta... Holy Grail." The Telegraph responded to the album with a perfect score while raving, "With a rare display of vulnerability and contrition, grace and grown-up wisdom, Jay Z has delivered one of the most mature albums in hip hop history." Jay-Z's hits include "99 Problems," "Run This Town," "Empire State of Mind" and "Holy Grail." MORE:  Jay-Z plays Phoenix in support of '4:44,' whose title may refer to Solange elevator brawl Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson Streets, Phoenix. $34-$1,226. 800-745-3000, often than not, their symphonic guitars sound like Brian May jamming with Slayer while Alexi Laiho screams and howls his way through tracks whose titles tell you everything you need to know: “Roundtrip to Hell and Back,” “I Hurt,” etc. Their latest album is “I Worship Chaos,” which PopMatters says “isn’t necessarily the best Children Of Bodom album but it’s as good as the best of what the band has done to date and nine albums in that’s remarkable.”Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $25-$45. 480-829-0607, South Carolina Christian rockers, led by brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, topped the Christian and rock album charts their last three times at bat, with "The Reckoning," "Rivers in the Wasteland" and last year's "Hard Love." Continue Reading

Teen queen of cabaret: Annie Yokom makes NYC debut after beating cancer

What a difference a year makes for Annie Yokom. Last June, the blue-eyed girl from Naperville, Ill., was a guest at the Tony Awards at Radio City, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as she battled lymphoma. Yokom, 17, returned to the Big Apple two weeks ago, having beaten cancer as well as 100 other singers to win the Michael Feinstein Foundation Great American Songbook high school competition. Her health scare behind her, the teen made her New York nightclub debut at Feinstein’s at the Regency on Park Ave. She performed two Broadway standards that won her first prize in the competition, and brought down the house. "This is the most magical night of my life," Yokom beamed after belting a heartfelt "Bill" from "Show Boat" and "What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?" from "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." The Songbook competition was created as part of Feinstein’s efforts to preserve and celebrate the music written for Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley from 1920-60 — by composers such as Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Rodgers & Hammerstein. "There are kids all over the country that have nothing in common with ‘American Idol’ and want to have a musical outlet," says Feinstein. "Through this competition, we are reaching a new generation to teach this wonderful and uniquely American music and the American history that inspired and influenced these composers." Feinstein says the judges — who also included jazz singer Catherine Russell, opera star Sylvia McNair and former Miss America Susan Powell — were blown away by Yokom at last month’s master-class workshops in Indianapolis. "Annie impressed all of us with her poise, showmanship and the distinctive sound of her voice," Feinstein tells the Daily News. "She also has great natural instincts, and that cannot be learned." Pretty heady stuff for a girl who likes to go to Dairy Queen and hang out in her friend’s Continue Reading

‘American Idol’ gets the boot next year after quite an impressive run

Yo! Yo! Yo! OK, so check it out, dawg. “American Idol” is being eliminated next year, and the fans didn’t even get to text in their votes to determine whether it should be sent home either. Clearly, “Idol” ain’t what it was in its prime with Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul pulling in 36 million viewers. Now, it’s one-third of that. But that’s still huge compared with other shows that stay on way past their prime. Take “Saturday Night Live,” which just had its 40th anniversary but hasn’t been funny for at least half of that time, except for the breakout performers that go on to movies and other shows. The only thing longer than the show’s run are the tedious sketches which drag on like a best man’s speech. TOP 10 WORST 'AMERICAN IDOL' AUDITIONS EVER Still, “SNL” lives like a monster from the sewer that won’t die. It’s still considered a must-do for hot actors, while the media slavishly covers the show all as though it’s relevant. Yes, 23.1 million people tuned in for the 40th anniversary special, but only about 5 million to 6 million tune in most other weeks for the regular broadcast. That’s less than half the average audience for “Idol.” 'AMERICAN IDOL', PANTS ON THE GROUND GUY Worse, “SNL’s” writers have been accused of plagiarism twice recently. Last week’s “Draw the Prophet Muhammad” skit was almost identical to a skit done in January on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s “22 Minutes.” In October, “SNL” seemingly ripped off a “Proud Mary” sketch from California’s Groundlings improv. They’re not even clever enough to not get caught stealing, let alone to write anything original and funny. So, if “Idol” often gets double the viewers of “SNL,” why is it getting the boot? Maybe Fox Continue Reading