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HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS

first_imgStatehouse Virtual Tour Many Carnegie libraries proudly display this portrait of their benefactorDid You Know?     During the early decades of the 20th century, many Indiana communities responded to Industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s offer to provide funds for the building of libraries.  Indiana led the nation with 164 applications granted. The first Indiana Carnegie Library opened in 1902 in Crawfordsville. The last one, in Lowell, opened in 1920.  The buildings have stood the test of time.  Of the original 164, 145 are still standing.  Nearly 100 of them are still libraries.  The others are serving as city halls, museums, community centers, small businesses, and a few are even private residences. “I shall not lead you down the easy road . . . I shall lead you down the road of sacrifice and service to your country.”– – – Wendell L. Willkie HOOSIER QUOTE OF THE WEEK Wayne County1873     Wayne County officially moved its county seat from Centerville to Richmond, ending a 50-year rivalry between the two cities for the designation.  Historians noted that “men, women, and children wept bitter tears as the last wagon left the town of Centerville on that eventful evening.” Seal Willie button Baseball1927     Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig came to town as the New York Yankees played an exhibition gamewith the Indianapolis Indians inWashington Park.  The sports page said the Babe hit one over the right field fence which flew south past the railroad tracks and landed “just this side of Brown County.”  However, the Indians still beat the Yankees, 8 to 5, in a game that was fun for fans and players, alike. Quote FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Riley1881     The Indianapolis Leaderprinted “The Land of Used-To-Be,” one of the first poems published by James Whitcomb Riley.  Known as “The Hoosier Poet,” he became world famous.  Scores of his books were issued in many editions and included such classics as “Little Orphant Annie,” “The Raggedy Man,” and “Out to Old Aunt Mary’s.”  A star on the lecture circuit, Riley vied in popularity with Mark Twain.  (Pictured:  The poet is honored by a large mural on the side of a building on East Michigan Street, near his home in the Lockerbie neighborhood.  The mural is the work of artists Christopher Blice and Jon Edwards.) 1912     Dedication ceremonies were held for the new library in Boswell, Indiana, in Benton County. Andrew Carnegie had donated $8,000 for construction of the building, provided the community would pledge $800 per year for maintenance and operation. He insisted that library cards should be free and that books would be placed on open shelves so that readers could browse on their own.  The Boswell Carnegie Library continues to serve the community today.  It was doubled in size by an addition in 2003.center_img Library 1940     Elwood, Indiana, made national news as Wendell L. Willkie accepted the Republican nomination for President. Over 250,000 people crowded into Willkie’s hometown on a day that saw the temperature rise to 102. The Pennsylvania Railroad ran 29 extra trains that day. Willkie waged an energetic campaign but failed to prevent President Franklin D. Roosevelt from winning a third term in November. Indiana Statehouse Tour OfficeIndiana Department of AdministrationGuided tours of the Indiana Statehouse are offered Monday through Saturday.  For more information, check our website listed at the bottom of this page.(317) [email protected] Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Indiana StatehouseArrow August 11 – August 17The Week in Indiana History Flag1945     Indiana Governor Ralph Gates declared a two-day state holiday to celebrate the end of World War II.  He urged citizens to “pay homage to those living and dead who have given so much towards victory.”  Over 400,000 Hoosier men and women served in the war.  Over 12,000 were killed and over 17,000 were wounded. Carnegie Indiana Quick Quiz     Fill in the blank to complete each passage by an Indiana poet:1.  Sarah Bolton:  “Paddle Your Own ________”2.  James Whitcomb Riley:  “When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the ________”3.  Arthur Franklin Mapes:  “Lovely are the fields and meadows that reach out to rise where the dreamy ________River wanders through paradise”Answers Below ANSWERS:  1.  Canoe  2.  Shock  3.  Wabash Follow us on Instagram: @instatehousetourofficelast_img read more

Why the Giants can’t afford to trade Odell Beckham Jr., literally and figuratively

first_img With that said, New York does have a potential work-around if it has decided Beckham needs to be traded. (Presumably for locker-room reasons, or whatever, because there are no football or financial reasons to trade Beckham.)The Giants could use a post-June 1 trade designation, which would increase their cap savings to $17 million for 2019. The dead cap charge of $16,000 would remain, but it would be split over two years, with a dead cap charge of $4 million in 2019 and a dead cap charge of $12 million pushed back to 2020.That would provide New York some cap relief this season, in which 38-year-old quarterback Eli Manning carries a cap hit of $23.2 million. Manning — assuming he is not re-signed — would be off the Giants’ books in 2020 when that $12 million dead cap charge arrived.SN’s MOCK DRAFT: Giants get Eli Manning successor at No. 6Even under this scenario, though, the Giants essentially will have paid Beckham $21.459 million for 12 games in 2018, with the salary-cap impact being felt for an additional two years.Money management aside, Gettleman has one more reason to stand by what seems to be his word and keep Beckham. This is the GM who has been ripped by New York media and fans for, among other questionable roster moves, letting safety Landon Collins hit 2019 free agency. Gettleman, who was hired at the end of the 2017 season, needs to show some clarity in his approach to rebuilding a team that has a combined eight wins in two years after making the playoffs in 2016. His plan to replace Manning is not yet apparent. And evidently, his strategy in improving a defense that ranked 23rd in the NFL in points allowed per game last season does not feature three of the unit’s best players in Collins, Damon Harrison (traded to the Lions at the 2018 deadline) and Olivier Vernon, who was traded to the Browns.Yet if Gettleman were to trade Beckham a year after signing the receiver to a five-year contract — keep in mind that deal did not exactly come drama-free — it would be the biggest sign of discombobulation.Do you want the car or not? Would you sell?Of course not. Now, add three zeros to each of the above figures, and you can understand why an Odell Beckham Jr. trade in 2019 makes little to no sense for the Giants.MORE: Latest Odell Beckham trade rumorsThe Mercedes sale is not a perfect analogy. But in principle, it is part of the reason New York general manager Dave Gettleman, when asked about trade rumors surrounding the star wide receiver, told media assembled at the NFL Combine that the Giants “didn’t sign Odell Beckham to trade him.”Yet the speculation was fueled last week when CBS’s Jason LaCanfora reported “that for the right price, Odell Beckham can be had” and “Cleveland, Oakland and San Francisco are the teams I’ve heard most connected to Odell Beckham Jr.”The problems for the Giants when it comes to any scenario in which they trade Beckham in 2019 are, going back to the car analogy, the wasted cash spent to buy the Mercedes and the burden of money still owed to the bank.The $21,000 represents the $21 million the Giants have paid Beckham (signing bonus and 2018 salary) as part of the $41 million they guaranteed him at signing last summer on his five-year contract. That guarantee included a $20 million signing bonus, his 2018 salary of $1.46 million, his 2019 salary of $16.75 million and a small portion ($2.75 million) of his 2020 salary. The first $21 million is already in Beckham’s pocket.NFL FREE AGENCY: Best players available by positionThe $16,000 represents the $16 million in 2019 dead cap with which the Giants would be stuck should they trade Beckham this spring. The $5,000 gift card represents the $5 million in 2019 cap savings the Giants would get in trading Beckham, but those savings don’t impact the sunken cost that is the $16 million in dead cap.The rental car vouchers represent the draft picks the Giants presumably would receive in a Beckham trade. (Again, not a perfect analogy.)The point is, for a struggling franchise that has roughly $24 million in cap space with which to work in 2019, the dead cap charge that would come with a Beckham trade is too great. There is nothing the Browns, Raiders, 49ers or any potential trade partner can offer to relieve the Giants of that sunken cost.center_img You just purchased a $37,000 Mercedes. (Congrats!) You paid $21,000 in cash, because you have the financial means to flex that hard, but you still owe the bank $16,000.After driving your Mercedes for months, dealing with some mechanical glitches but still appreciating the car’s splendor, somebody asks whether you’re willing to sell it. As a return in the sale, that person offers you a couple rental car vouchers and a $5,000 Visa gift card, which your bank won’t accept as payment on the $16,000 you still owe.last_img read more