Thursday, November 20, 2014

 President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. One day after sweeping Republican election gains, President Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to try and turn divided government into a force for good rather than gridlock on Wednesday, yet warned of veto showdowns as well. Trade legislation loomed as one possibility for quick compromise, and immigration as an early irritant.

The president announced a series of measures to reform the immigration system.

Tim Vandenack

Posted 1 hour ago
 Francisco Esparza-Hernandez, 42, was arrested in Elkhart on Nov. 16, 2014. He has been charged with child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor, both felonies.

Francisco Esparza-Hernandez, formerly of Elkhart, faces charges of child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor after a teenager reported multiple assaults spanning several years.

Sarah Duis

Posted 2 hours ago
 The Elkhart County Criminal Justice Complex administration building is shown in this Elkhart Truth file photo.

The man, who applied for a job with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, says he can still fire a gun, although it's not part of a jail guard's duties.

Jeff Parrott

Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.
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 Gonzalo Esparza, right, works with an aluminum frame with Roberto Cuevas, left, on the production floor at Challenger Designs in Nappanee on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The company, which builds counters, outdoor kitchens and carts for use in garages, is expanding with a new building that the company hopes will be operational in early spring.
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 A Telemundo television crew records outside the White House as dusk falls in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, hours before President Barack Obama is expected to announce steps he will take to shield millions of immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Defying Republicans, Obama pressing ahead on immigration action. 

 President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Nov. 8, 2014, in Washington. President Barack Obama's impending unilateral order awarding legal status to millions of immigrants is not unprecedented. Two of the last three Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members not covered by the last major overhaul of  immigration law in 1986. There was no political explosion then comparable to the one Republicans are threatening now.
Posted at 6:16 p.m.

Major networks aren’t airing the address, but there are still plenty of places to hear Obama’s announcement. 

 Northridge senior Sven Johnson, left, keeps an eye on the quarterback as he defends senior David Welker during a drill Nov. 19, 2014, to prepare the Raiders for their Friday semistate football game against New Prairie at Northridge in Middlebury. The Class 4A semistate game will be played at Raider Field.
Posted at 5:33 p.m.

Northridge (11-2) and New Prairie (12-1) have their games dialed in for a semistate battle in Middlebury on Friday, Nov. 21.

 Fairfield senior Joe Line dribbles during the Falcons' photo day on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2014.
Posted at 5:22 p.m.

The Falcons have standout Joe Line and several others back from a 12-9 club.

 Molly Hill (from left) plays Penny Sycamore, Josh Garcia plays Mr. DePinna and Ben Reimer plays Boris Kolenkhov in
Posted at 5:10 p.m.

A night of side-splitting laughter promises explosives, pickled pigs feet and, of course, kittens. 

Posted at 4:48 p.m.

As the weather gets colder and the holidays get closer, several organizations and businesses in northern Indiana are holding coat and food drives to collect donations for people in need.

 Carol Rounds helps clean out the old offices of Family Services of Elkhart County on Feb. 26, 2014, as the organization consolidated its offices with the women's shelter in Elkhart. The organization announced Wednesday, Nov. 19, that it's ceasing operations and the future of the shelter is uncertain.
Posted at 4:10 p.m.

After Family Services of Elkhart County announced its closure Wednesday, Nov. 19, the YWCA North Central Indiana is scrambling to find enough money to maintain family services’ women’s shelter and transitional housing program.


 The annual Youth Honors Orchestra Fall Concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Goshen College Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Posted at 3:53 p.m.

The performance Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Goshen College Music Center will also feature the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

 Notre Dame's Matthias Farley (41) looks on in the quarter during a game against North Carolina on Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.
Posted at 2:16 p.m.

Notre Dame says goodbye to at least seven players Saturday on Senior Day. Which of the remaining 14 eligible seniors are most likely to return for a fifth year?

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