DeMOTTE — The organizers of the annual Rotary Ramble held out for as long as possible before deciding to cancel this year’s race, but ultimately they ran out of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RENSSELAER — Calls to the Rensselaer Police Department of possible drug activity at a home on the 400 block of N. Weston Street in Rensselaer led to the arrest of two Rensselaer men on Tuesday.

GAS CITY, Ind. — Derek Losh of Rensselaer had to pass Zeke McKenzie twice and then hold off Josh Morton at the checkered to win the 25-lap modified feature at Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday night.

WEST LAFAYETTE — Morgan J. Burke, who served as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at Purdue University from 1993 to 2016, died Monday (June 15) at his home in West Lafay…

DeMOTTE — Despite losing her senior season to the virus shutdown, Covenant Christian softball standout Tori McDaniel recently signed her letter of intent to play softball in college.

Last week, the Trump administration announced the suspension of visas for seven different categories of specialized workers and their family members.

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INDIANAPOLIS, July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Simon, a real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, announced today that its majority-owned operating partnership subsidiary, Simon Property Group, L.P. (the "Operating Partnership"), has agreed to sell:

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INDIANAPOLIS, July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. ("Calumet" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CLMT) and Calumet Finance Corp. ("Finance Corp." and, together with the Company, the "Issuers") today announced that, with the support of the holders of a majority of their 7.625% Senior Notes due 2022 (the "2022 Notes") and 2025 Notes (as defined below), they have commenced a private exchange offer (the "Exchange Offer") to each Eligible Holder (as defined below) of their 2022 Notes to exchange up to $200 million aggregate principal amount of 2022 Notes for up to $200 million aggregate principal amount (the "Maximum Exchange Amount") of newly issued 9.25% Senior Secured First Lien Notes due 2024 (the "New Notes"), upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the confidential offering memorandum, dated July 6, 2020 (the "Offering Memorandum").

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Most people say they plan for retirement, but they are really planning for financial independence. The day you achieve financial independence is a great day – you have accumulated enough wealth to not have to work again, and will be able to retire whenever you choose. (We use the word "day" symbolically; as a practical matter, your financial independence is likely to arrive more gradually.)

How do you plan for financial independence? Here are seven simple steps to follow.

Set A Target Date and Plan Accordingly – Decide when you want to achieve financial independence, and use online calculators to help you run different scenarios based on that date. This will help you plan your savings and investment needs.

Spend Wisely – Being frugal is not being a cheapskate. Cheapskates will not pay for anything. Frugal people will pay for value. If it doesn't bring you value – and that could be emotional enjoyment as well as financi...

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June 28 is National Insurance Awareness Day. Is it a coincidence that less than a week later, we celebrate Independence Day with lots of explosives in untrained hands? Americans spent a record $945 million on fireworks in 2018, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA).

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many professional fireworks displays to be cancelled, resulting in even more potentially dangerous at-home fireworks shows. Perhaps it's time to brush up on your knowledge of fireworks safety and how potential damage or injury could be covered by your insurance policies.

For many Americans, the Fourth of July holiday means cookouts, family get-togethers, and a nighttime fireworks show. If you are putting on your own fireworks display for your family, friends and neighbors, your first thought should be about safety. Your second thought might well be about insurance.

In general, fireworks affect two different policies – your Five Fun Financial Facts: 4th of July - #1 of 5

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Few things are more effective at fighting identity theft than credit freezes. When you freeze your credit, potential lenders can't access your credit file to assess the risk of lending money to you. No risk assessment means no credit – so identity thieves can't use your stolen information to create fake accounts in your name.

You can't open new credit accounts in your name, either. When you're ready to shop for a new home or refinance your existing one, you must temporarily remove (thaw) the freeze so lenders can assess your credit.

Fortunately, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act of 2018 removed credit freeze barriers by making them free and simple to apply and remove. If you request a credit freeze with any of the three major credit reporting agencies (TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax) over the phone or via a secu...

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If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That's sound advice for almost all aspects of life, including the search for mortgage relief services.

Distressed homeowners don't have to resort to third-party mortgage services. Free counseling is available at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD programs such as the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) can allow qualified homeowners to refinance their home at more favorable terms.

If you don't qualify for any HUD programs, you can work directly with your lender or consult with third-party mortgage counseling services. However, you must be careful to distinguish legitimate mortgage services from scammers. Scammers are adept at taking advantage of desperate homeowners for their own gain without providing any assistan...

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Summer is back, and while the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the cancellation of festivals, concerts and other large gatherings, people who enjoy being among nature are enjoying the outdoors. Given social distancing and other public health safety measures that are still in place across much of the country —particularly large, urban areas — hiking, camping and fishing can be great ways to pass the time and still be safe.

The question of how much liquid to consume daily basis has no simple answer. Several studies have shown differing recommendations. However, specific fluid needs depend on several factors, which include overall health, location and even level of activeness. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, but knowing more about the body’s need for liquids can help in estimating how much ought to be sipped up.

Independence Day is around the corner. Families are likely prepping to watch or set off fireworks and sparklers. However, the Fourth of July celebration might turn a fun-filled day into a painful memory if caution isn’t properly exercised. Even the most innocent-looking fire displays can lead to injuries or an actual fire. Consider these safety tips to enjoy the holiday without going to the emergency room.

ATLANTA - The Atlanta City Council approved several police reform measures Monday, including a ban on chokeholds and expansion of the citizen review board's powers. These changes and recommendations come after weeks of criticism and protests over race-based police brutality nationwide and here in Atlanta. Fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe is charged with felony murder along with 10 ...

LOS ANGELES - As COVID-19 infections rapidly spread through California's prisons, authorities on Monday announced the replacement of the state correction system's top medical officer. The move came as Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized a previous decision to transfer hundreds of inmates from a Chino facility that had been battling an outbreak. The leadership shakeup occurred as corrections officials ...

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's gun violence epidemic reached alarming heights Sunday, as 23 people were shot across the city - the most in a single day since at least 2013 - and six of the victims died, including a 6-year-old boy shot inside an Upper Holmesburg rowhouse. The violent surge capped a July Fourth holiday weekend in which 35 people were shot between Friday morning and Sunday night, ...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Gavin Newsom, facing criticism he opened up the state economy too soon, said Monday that California will expand monitoring of counties hard-hit by the virus after cracking down on restaurants and bars ignoring restrictions over the Fourth of July weekend. As coronavirus hospitalizations continue to rise, Newsom said that state agents from the Department of Alcoholic ...