Under Pence and Buttigieg, South Bend sees mixed economic results

By Lucas Masin-Moyer and Juan Jose Rodriguez

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A view of downtown South Bend above the St. Joseph River. (Photo/ Wikimedia Commons)

At the end of 2016, Mary Grace Sikorski was forced to close her restaurant, Spaghetti Joe’s on the west side of South Bend due to lack of business. A few months before Sikorski closed shop, Stephanie Mirza and her husband bought the Innisfree Bed and Breakfast just south of Spaghetti Joe’s and have seen massive success since taking over this past August.

Sikorski and Mirza’s business ventures reflect the mixed bag of economic development in South Bend under then-Governor, now Vice President Mike Pence, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg since the two were elected in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

The South Bend area, specifically, has been influenced by two major players outside of Pence and Buttigieg, whose roles in the economy weigh heavily into the region’s economic development.

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A Virtual Tour of Notre Dame Football Road Games in 2017

The 2017 season for Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame football program will be an important rebounding campaign after the team posted a 4-8 record a season ago. However, this season will feature an intriguing quirk: for the first time since 2008, Notre Dame will play seven games at home, forgoing the annual Shamrock Series game played at a neutral site.

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A New Era of IU Basketball

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Can Archie Miller translate his success at Dayton to doing the same at Indiana?

With Indiana firing head men’s basketball coach Tom Crean after nine seasons with the Hoosiers, it is clear that a new voice is needed to guide the team in a new direction. His 166-135 record at Indiana is not necessarily a bad tally, but a historic program accustomed to winning expects more than four NCAA Tournament appearances in that span.

As Archie Miller arrives from Dayton to take the reins, will he be able to lead Indiana back to its winning ways? His history at Dayton says he can, and fans in Bloomington will look forward to next season when a new face is leading the Hoosiers onto the court at Assembly Hall next winter.

A Review of Indiana’s 2016 Elections

The 2016 election cycle featured many unexpected, as well as some unprecedented, results. Among these was the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, but an especially surprising upshot of the election was the overwhelming success of Republicans elected to the national legislature and that of their home states, especially here in Indiana.

Check out the infographic for a closer look at this and other outcomes from the election in the Hoosier State, including voter turnout and more.

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The infographic features some interesting details about the state of Indiana’s politics after the 2016 elections.

CDC Report: America’s 10 Cities Dealing with a Drinking Problem


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CDC report highlights America’s 10 “drunkest” cities (Map by Juan Jose Rodriguez)

In 2014, Men’s Health magazine published a story using a study from the Centers for Disease Control which ranked U.S. cities on various results of excess alcohol consumption, including liver disease and DUI arrests. The top 10 cities are shown in an interactive map, which can be found here.

From Far and Wide: Mapping the hometowns of the semifinalist boxers in Notre Dame’s Bengal Bouts

The 87th Annual Bengal Bouts tournament, hosted by University of Notre Dame Club Boxing, has progressed into the semifinals, which will take place Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. inside the Joyce Center. The Finals are set for Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Purcell Pavilion.

Nearly 200 young men across nine different weight classes have come together for Bengal Bouts, the second half of a unique Notre Dame tradition. Every dollar of the proceeds from the tournament is sent to missions in Bangladesh run by the Congregation of Holy Cross, the order which runs the University. During the fall semester, the women’s boxing club competed in Baraka Bouts, a tournament of similar format, in which the proceeds went to Holy Cross missions in East Africa.

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MLB experiencing continued rise in 100 mph-plus pitches


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In the last six seasons, the number of pitches thrown 100 mph or faster has increased every year.

One of the most dangerous weapons for a pitcher is a power fastball that can simply overpower opposing hitters. The league average for fastball speed tends to sit between 95 and 96 mph, and any pitcher who even occasionally can reach 97 or 98 mph  is considered among the best of the group.

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Trending: Trudeau’s tweet to refugees; Tragedy still fresh in SC

By Juan Jose Rodriguez

Search traffic for Canada PM Trudeau rising after Trump’s Muslim ban

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Searches for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spiked as a result of President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive actions halting immigration into the United States from seven predominantly-Muslim nations, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been outspoken in his message welcoming refugees and others being turned away by the Trump administration.

The leader of the United States’ northern neighbor took to Twitter to offer hope to the men, women, and children whose religious beliefs stand in the way of their entrance into the United States. Continue reading