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Where can you get The News-Sentinel's HS Football Preview?

The News-Sentinel's 72-page High School Football Preview tab will be available for purchase in dozens of locations in northeast Indiana over the next few weeks. Cost is $1.50. Locations to purchase the section include: AUBURNKroger, 1005 W. 7th St.Lassus, 1114 W. 7th St.Speedway, 1004 W. 7th St. Speedway, 1117 W. 7th St. CHURUBUSCOLassus, 556 S. Main St. COLUMBIA CITYKroger, 621 Countryside Dr. Lassus, 516 N. Main St. Speedway, 102 E. Chicago St. Walgreens, 535 N. Line St. FORT WAYNEBarnes & Noble, 4140 W. Jefferson Blvd. Barnes & Noble, 4201 Coldwater Rd. Circle K, 2304 Sherman Blvd. Kroger, 4120 N. Clinton St. Kroger, 7008 Bluffton Rd. Kroger, 1124 W. State Blvd. Kroger, 10230 Chestnut Plaza Dr. Kroger, 6310 E. State Blvd. Kroger, 218 E. Pettit Ave. Kroger, 601 E. Dupont Rd. Kroger, 6002 Saint Joe Center Rd. Kroger, 5725 Coventry Ln. Lassus, 411 E. Paulding Rd. Lassus, 1630 Spy Run Ave. Lassus, 5545 Stellhorn Rd. Lassus, 5917 Lima Rd. Lassus, 901 W. Coliseum Blvd. Lassus, 120

Komets sign two more to training camp roster

The Fort Wayne Komets signed forward Tyson Fawcett and defenseman Blake Thompson to their training camp roster Wednesday afternoon. Fawcett, 24, is a fourth-year pro who scored five goals and 19 points in 49 games last year with Elmira and Tulsa after scoring 22 goals and 42 points with Evansville two seasons ago when he was named to the ECHL All-Star Team. Thompson, 24, finished is college career at St. Norbert last year before playing two ECHL games with Orlando.  The Komets' preseason roster has 11 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Hump Day odds & ends

I have't given much thought to the anarchic chaos in Charlottesville, so I haven't felt compelled to write a lot about it, either. Apparently, we're not allowed to just consider the violent incident itself, without context. We must choose a side. If we're a member of the left, we're supposed to denounce the evil President Trump for merely condemning all hate-induced mayhem without singling out neo-Nazi and KKK nuts in particular, and required to hold the Republican party and all conservatives liable for violence committed by anybody that can remotely be tied to the right. And if we're a member of the right, we must point out how unconcerned liberals (and members of the media) have seemed when the hate and violence came from the extreme left, and remind everybody how laid back and inappropriate Barack Obama's responses often were (like inviting BLM members to the White House). Oh, sure, there's a 20-year-old loser here who seems enthralled by Adolph Hitler, and a 32-year-old woman who d

Komets trade Kyle Thomas to add high-scoring forward

The Fort Wayne Komets completed a trade Monday that sent the ECHL rights to forward Kyle Thomas to the Utah Grizzlies for forward Ralph Cuddemi. Thomas signed an American Hockey League contract earlier this summer with the San Diego Gulls who have the Grizzlies as an ECHL affiliate. Thomas, 27, scored 27 goals and 69 points in 58 games for the Komets last season, completing a third season in a row where his numbers improved dramatically. He first joined the Komets out of the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2014-15, scoring three goals and seven points in 23 games, and followed that up with 15 goals and 40 points in 61 games two years ago. "I think it was time for him," Komets General Manager David Franke said. "He got this offer early in the summer, and there's nothing we could do about it, but at least we're going to get a good player in return. We developed him and gave him a chance here, and he really responded. Kyle is a very good player, and we wanted equal value in return.

AP Preseason Top 10 Indiana HS Football Poll

The preseason Associated Press Top 10 Indiana High School Football Poll was released on Tuesday. CLASS 6A1. Carmel (13)            3742. Ben Davis (6)          3563. Warren Central        2944. Center Grove          2765. Penn                      2386. Lawrence Central (1) 1547. Avon                      1248. Snider                    1189. Hamilton SE            11610. Fishers                  66Others receiving votes: Westfield 52, Columbus North 8, Northrop 6, Lawrence North 6, Homestead 4, Brownsburg 4, Portage 2, Warsaw 2. CLASS 5A1. Cathedral (15)        3782. Columbus East (3)   3603. Bloom. South (1)    3024. Roncalli                  2185. New Palestine         1886. Zionsville                1527. LaPorte                  1488. Decatur Central      1469. Kokomo                 6210. McCutcheon          54Others receiving votes: Concord 50, Castle (1) 48, Lafayette Harrison 38, Whiteland 22, Michigan City 14, Bloomington North 6, Elkhart Central 4, New Albany 4, Plainfield 2

And your point is?

Usually it takes me 15 or 20 minutes into CBS' "Sunday Morning" to get really irritated, sometimes even a half hour. But yesterday, they got to me with the very first story. It was a lengthy -- OK, probably less than 10 minutes, but this is television -- exposé called "Unequal justice under the law." I say exposé because I suspect that's the word they would use, like they were revealing a shocking secret no one else had ever thought of. They established the premise right off the bat: Unless something changes, we're going to have to someday sandblast 'equal justice under law' off the Supreme Court building, because for the 80% of people who are poor, we don't have anything that comes anywhere close to being equal justice under law." I'd quibble with that "80 percent who are poor" throwaway line, but never mind that. It's hard to take issue with the argument that if you can't afford a good lawyer, you're liable to have a very rough ride through the criminal justice system. We've known th

Sylare Starks now enrolled at Homestead

Junior Sylare Starks is enrolled to attend Homestead High School this fall, moving from Concordia Lutheran. Starks was a News-Sentinel All-Area basketball player last season. As a sophomore, she averaged 15.9 points per game in helping lead the Cadets to a Sectional title. She was also an Associated Press All-State Underclassman recipient.  Her addition to the Spartans will help fill a void both at guard and scoring left by Miss Basketball Karissa McLaughlin and teammate Madisen Parker. Starks plays during the summer with now-fellow Spartan juniors Haley Swing and Kara Gealy as part of the 'Always 100 Wright' team.

Hump Day odds & ends

I generally agree with the right's complaints about the Great Google Manifesto Debacle. If you actually read the document, you should see that it is not sexist in any way -- it's not even close. Now-fired software engineer James Damore does not disparage inclusiveness or diversity. In fact, he goes out of his way to praise them and merely says that Google should try doing them a better way. Neither does he say that women are "psychologically unfit" for tech jobs. He does make the obvious point that there are biological differences between men and women that we need to start taking into account instead of ignoring. All the critics who are freaking out are pretty clueless, agenda-driven, and/or flat-out lying. And Google, which claims to welcome diverse viewpoints, comes off looking like a bunch of hypocritical corporate weasels. But having said all that, I completely get why he was fired. There is such a thing as biting the hand that feeds you. It is generally not acceptable to go aroun

Trivia contest!

These come from long-time Komets fan Bill Griggs. The first person to get them all correct will receive a copy of my next hockey book — about Fort Wayne's ties to the NHL, WHA and Olympics — which I hope to publish this fall, maybe even in time for the season opener. The only condition is that you have to actually enter  your answers on the blog, and you can't just reply to them on Facebook or Twitter. Shouldn't be that big of a deal. First person to get them all correct wins, and I get to break all ties/decisions/arguments. What we'll do is give a book to the person who first correctly answers all the questions and then we may have a drawing of the rest with all the correct answers.  The trivia questions will be on a separate posting ON THE BLOG which you can find by please clicking here. And no, Bill Griggs, you are disqualified from participating! As you'll be able to tell from the questions, he's a sneaky sort who might try to... well, sneak in. So far, we've have only

Trivia contest questions

1. How many cities were represented during the first year of the IHL (1945-46)? 2. What was the first Indiana city to have an IHL team? 3. What other two teams made their IHL debut with the Komets in 1952? 4. Who was the Komets' first captain? 5. Why did he lose his job as captain? 6. What former Komet won 5 Stanley Cups as a player? 7. Who was the first Komet player to be both White and black? 8. Which former Komets hold the NHL record for the lowest lifetime goaltending goals per game average? 9. Which former Komet played another professional sport in Fort Wayne? 10. What former Komet scored the first regular season goal for the Washington Capitals? 11. Who was only member of both the 71-72 and 72-73 Komets to win back to back Turner Cups? 12. Who was the back-up goaltender for the final eight playoff games of the Turner Cup winning 72-73 Komets. 13. Marc Boileau played for the Detroit Red Wings before playing for the Komets. Who was the only man to play for the Detroit Tigers before

It's just my stuff, OK?

People are funny about the things they collect. The point seems to be just to have them, not get any practical use out of them. My Uncle Victor had a collection of dozens of baseball caps, each advertising a different company or ball team or region of the country. As far as I knew, he only ever wore one or two of them. The rest were either on a hat tree or stacked on the shelf of his closet. My sister Judy has about as many cookie jars as my uncle had baseball caps, and guess what? She doesn't have cookies in a single one of them. And I know of someone with a slightly larger budget who has an extensive collection of Waterford crystal. Certainly she would never actually drink out of them. That would be -- well, I don't know what it would be exactly, but she just wouldn't do it. When I was a kid, I remember my friends and I had collections of things you could actually get some use of. Marble collections could be employed in games. Comic book collections could be read on rainy weekend day

Former Komet Pokey Reddick thrilled with Las Vegas NHL team

You can read a story about Pokey from NHL.com by please clicking here.  

Finally, Szydlowski re-signs with Komets

The latest Fort Wayne Komets' signing seems to be the one that caused the most consternation for the team's fans. High-scoring right wing Shawn Szydlowski signed this morning to return for his fifth season in Fort Wayne, becoming the first player to play that long with the Komets since they joined the ECHL in 2012-13. Kaleigh Schrock played six seasons with the Komets as part of the International Hockey League, the Central Hockey League and the ECHL. Szydlowski, who turned 27 on Saturday, is a two-time team Most Valuable Player, and has scored 100 regular-season goals as a Komet along with 241 points over 232 games. Last season he had 25 goals and 66 points and a career-high 94 penalty minutes in 50 games. If he's able to have a normal season, Szydlowski will move into the franchise's top 50 career lists for games played and penalty minutes. He's already tied for 37th in career goals, 44th in assists and 43rd in career points. Along with playing for the Komets over the last four years,

A skeptic's checklist

Perhaps it is because I had a persuasive libertarian publisher who was also a friend early in my editorial page career. Or maybe it goes all the way back to my misspent youth as a member of the generation that mistrusted everyone, especially those in authority.  For whatever reason, my career in editorial writing has been marked by a serious skepticism of government efforts to solve problems, especially those emanating from Washington. I don't know that I'd go as far as Ronald Reagan and call government the problem rather that the solution, but I certainly believe federal power has gotten much too big and is far too involved in our daily lives. And when we ask the government to do too much, especially in areas where it has no business, it has no time, energy or money to do things it should be doing, and it ends up doing nothing at all very well. And, yes, of course, I realize I'm fighting a losing battle. Every year, the debt gets bigger, the intrusions become more outrageous, the publ

Shawn Szydlowski coming back to Komets for one reason

You can read about how star right wing wants to win a championship by please clicking here.  

You can't be serious!

Pastafarians are in the news today. Those adherents of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will not be allowed to advertise their “noodle masses” at the entrance of an eastern town in Germany after a court sided with local authorities. Last year, the organization requested a permit from the Infrastructure Ministry of Brandenburg, Germany, for a road sign just like those used by local Catholic and Protestant churches in announcing details about their worship services. The court said the group can't claim the rights of a religious or philosophical community. In its statement announcing the ruling, it was said that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster's foundation of mocking Christianity and other religions “is not a system of thought comprehensively related to the world in the sense of a particular philosophy or view of life.” I bring this up not because of this particular stunt -- the church is becoming famous for them -- but because of the way I hea

Hump Day odds & ends

For an amusing middle-of-the week break, check out the photo of Gene Simmons of Kiss and his bovine look-alike, born on Heather Leonard Tacetta's ranch in Kerrville, Texas. She works for some place called Cowboy Steak House, so that would seem to bode ill for the youngster's future. But Tacetta says he is not scheduled for the slaughterhouse -- why would he be, given how much publicity his owner will get from the separated-at-birth photos? Even Simmons, notorious for suing anybody and everybody for stepping on the Kiss trademark, has tweeted his approval. Exit question: If we're going to keep these two together, should we put the calf on the road or Simmons out to pasture? Just for yucks, I googled "animals that look like people" and got a whole page of them. There are a few hits and a lot of misses, but check out Larry King and his twin in the second row. Spooky. -0-0-0-0-0- Just what I've been waiting for all my life -- to be lectured on manliness by the likes of David Brooks. He see

Beyond parody

In 1989's "Stalking the Billion-Footed Beast:  A literary manifesto for the new social novel," author Tom Wolfe came up with something he called Muggeridge's Law: While Malcolm Muggeridge was the editor of Punch, it was announced that Khrushchev and Bulganin were coming to England. Muggeridge hit upon the idea of a mock itinerary, a lineup of the most ludicrous places the two paunchy pear-shaped little Soviet leaders could possibly be paraded through during the solemn process of a state visit. Shortly before press time, half the feature had to be scrapped. It coincided exactly with the official itinerary, just released, prompting Muggeridge to observe: We live in an age in which it is no longer possible to be funny. There is nothing you can imagine, no matter how ludicrous, that will not promptly be enacted before your very eyes, probably by someone well known. It was originally referenced in a blog post by Ed Driscoll in 2012 about a National Review parody of a Newsweek cover deifying

A mess o' licenses

I've written several editorials over the last few years about Indiana's (so far very disappointing) efforts to get rid of the stupid licensing laws that bedevil everybody from hairdressers to bartenders. It may be on a small scale, but it's still crony capitalism at its worst, representing an unholy alliance between power-mad petty bureaucrats and small-business owners trying to protect their turfs. It's like the old story about the push cart vendor who does so well he opens his own department store and then goes to City Hall to have those awful push cart vendors outlawed before they can destroy the American way of life. Multiply that vendor by thousands of companies, and you can see the scope of the problem. Good news for all those control freaks out there -- the competition for worst licensing law is open to cities as well as states. And the current winner (and it's an ongoing, hotly contested sweepstakes) for most asinine law is New York City, which would like to have a word with yo

Command decision

Washington reporting being what it is these days, I can't even begin to guess whether the story of how President Trump came to ban transgendered people from serving in the military is true or even close to it. But it so perfectly illustrates how Trump operates and how people react to him that it should be true: Numerous House conservatives and defense hawks this week had threatened to derail their own legislation if it did not include a prohibition on Pentagon funding for gender reassignment surgeries, which they deem a waste of taxpayer money. But GOP leaders were caught in a pinch between those demands and moderate Republicans who felt the proposal was blatantly discriminatory. [. . .] The president's directive, of course, took the House issue a step beyond paying for gender reassignment surgery and other medical treatment. House Republicans were never debating expelling all transgender troops from the military. “This is like someone told the White House to light a candle on th

Hump Day odds & ends

Question of the day: Do I let my company microchip me? My immediate and unequivocal answer is, "Hell no." Those facing that dilemma are the 85 employees of Three Square Market, a Wisconsin company that makes vending-machine software. So far, about 50 of them have reportedly agreed to have an implant the size of a grain of rice slipped under the skin between forefinger and thumb. Someone with the chip could unlock doors at the company or log onto computer and do anything else needing electronic triggering with a wave of the hand. The chip could also do non-company-related things, like let people buy snacks out of vending machines with compatible technology. The company insists that it will not use the implants as a GPS tracker to keep an eye on where and when employees go somewhere. To which I say, Riiight. . . Once the chips are in place, anything that can be done with them will be done with them. That's just the way technology works. I hasten to add that I don't think resistance by pe

Thank you, Harry

Want to hear some good news about Congress, about how it can get something done, even act in an overwhelmingly bipartisan manner? Granted, it doesn't happen very often, but it is possible. The House just passed-- unanimously! -- the Forever GI Bill, the first major update to that World War II-era legislation in over a decade. The Senate is expected to follow suit and put the bill on President Trump's desk. The bill does several things, but a couple stand out. Gone is the 15-year time limit a veteran has to take advantage of his or her educational benefits -- they'd be good for life. And the minimum three-years-of-service requirement would be waived for any Purple Heart recipient. In today's climate, it would be very easy to be cynical about the legislation. Tom Temin of Federal News Radio says the bill shows the basic characteristic of Congress: "It's relatively efficient when dealing with discrete problems in a single agency. But the greater the scope the less effective it becomes. Th

Irish add two verbal commitments in Class of 2018

After losing two players from its current roster last week, Notre Dame has added two to its Class of 2018 recruiting haul in recent days. Last weekend, three-star running back Jahmir Smith committed to the Fighting Irish, joining longtime commitment Markese Stepp of Cathedral in the offensive backfield. Smith is a tough runner that plays bigger than his 6-foot, 200-pound frame. With a 4.0 GPA, the prospect out of North Carolina held offers from the entire Ivy League, as well as Georgia Tech, Cal, Louisville and USC. Smith was once considered a heavy lean to the native Tar Heels. A key defensive target for Coach Brian Kelly joined Notre Dame's class on Tuesday in four-star linebacker Shayne Simon. Rated the No. 6 outside linebacker in the country by 247sports.com, Simon is projected to play the Rover position in defensive coordinator Mike Elko's 4-2-5 scheme, the same position currently manned by Carroll product Drue Tranquill. At 6-3, 215 pounds, Simon is a rangy linebacker with tremen

Essence

My sister is a book lover and a cat lover. Imagine the emotional turmoil she suffered when one of her favorite cats peed on one of her favorite books. "Sadie! How could you do something that nasty, and on 'Presumed Innocent' no less!!? Shame on you! Awww, good girl." That's borderline cognitive dissonance, that's what that is. I a little less of a cat person than my sister, but at least as much a book person. A story I always tell is of the time I got to chapter five of a cheesy novel -- I believe it was a murder mystery set on an ocean liner -- and decided it was the worst book I'd ever read and took it outside and threw it in the trash can. It was just a used paperback that I'd picked up at a garage sale for 50 cents, but at 2 in the morning, I was out at that trash can trying to retrieve the stupid thing, coffee grounds, orange peel and all. Because the worst book you've ever read in your life is, still, you know, a book.

Happiness is a warm glow

Go ahead, do something nice for somebody. Nothing big, just the smallest gesture of generosity will do. Open a door for them. Offer to carry a package. Just say hello and say good morning. It will make you happy. No, really. There's science: It has long been acknowledged that acts of generosity raise levels of happiness and emotional well-being, giving charitable people a pleasant feeling known, in behavioral economics, as a "warm glow." But so far, no studies have investigated the mechanics behind the correlation between altruism and happiness. Recently, Profs. Phillipe Tobler and Ernst Fehr, both from the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland - in collaboration with other international researchers - conducted a study aiming to gain a better understanding of what goes on inside a person's brain when they decide whether or not to perform a generous act. In the study, 48 people were divided into two groups, each given a small sum of money. One group, t