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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:00 am


Fort Wayne/Allen County

Free shredding offered Friday

3Rivers Credit Union has partnered with Federal Records Management and Shredding and AARP of Northeast Indiana for a free Shred Day on Friday.

A mobile shredder will be provided from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the 3Rivers Northland Campus, off Lima Road across from Crazy Pinz. There will be a five-box limit.

85 veterans taking next Honor Fight

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana will celebrate its 26th flight to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25.

The flight's passenger list currently includes 85 war veterans: 16 World War II; 65 Korea; and four Vietnam. This includes four female veterans and husband-and-wife Navy Korea veterans Paul and Betty Wiseheart.

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana President Dennis Covert said that when the flight is completed, 1,877 veterans will have been transported from Fort Wayne to Washington to view war memorials.

An estimated 3,800 friends and family members helped welcome the veterans home at Fort Wayne International Airport on Sept. 27.

'Stand Down' set for homeless vets

The annual “Stand Down” to offer help for homeless veterans is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and will include a free meal and flu shots.

The event, at the Richard Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans, 2424 Fairfield Ave., will also provide food resources, clothing supplies, employment help and VA services.

A “Stand Down” was known as a time away from the battlefield to rest from combat.

For more information, call David Wilson, regional program director, Veterans Programs, Richard Lugar VOA Safe Haven for Veterans, 260-387-5295.

VFW hosts forum on video gambling

A meeting on video gambling is scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the VFW Post 857, 2202 W. Main St.

The meeting is being organized by the Video Gaming Coalition, which is composed of the Indiana Amusement Music Operators Association, the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association, the Indiana Bowling Centers Association, and truck stop, tavern and coin-operated vending company owners.

Video gaming terminals are electronic video gaming machines that can be paid to play or simulate a gambling game such as poker, line up and black jack.

The meeting will provide information on a measure to legalize video gaming in Indiana that will be presented in the upcoming legislative session.

Tax preparers target of scam

The IRS is warning e-Services users of a new phishing scam targeting professional tax preparers.

The scam tries to trick people into signing a new e-Services user agreement as a way to steal passwords and data, according to a statement from federal officials. It includes the subject line: “Important update about your e-Services account.” The link takes the recipient to a fake website.

This month, e-Services will begin changing to Secure Access authentication, which uses two-factor protection.


Safe drug doses topic of study

Trine University and Innovation One, the university's business and idea incubator, received a $36,000 grant from AWS Foundation to research options for prescription drug disbursement in group home and assisted-living facilities.

The research will seek to identify devices that can assist residents with receiving the proper prescription medication and dosage when they are not being closely monitored by a medical professional.

If none exist, a news release said, the findings will be used to produce a proposal for a prototype fulfilling this function.

If needed, future phases of the research would involve faculty and students developing a prototype and investigating the commercialization of that device, the release said.


Hoosier named to Foreign Service

President Donald Trump has nominated Stephen Akard of Indiana as director general of the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service. The nomination requires Senate confirmation.

Akard, an Indianapolis native, has been a State Department senior adviser since January. He formerly was chief of staff, vice president/general counsel and international development director for the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

Before joining the IEDC in 2005, Akard was an officer in the State Department's Foreign Service, with assignments in India and Belgium.

– Journal Gazette