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Stuff I get sent from agencies and pr groups.


  • Uganda’s “Anti-Homosexuality Bill,” which would establish life in prison and possible death sentences for gay people in Uganda, is moving toward passage in nation’s Parliament;
  • petition started by Notre Dame alum who studied abroad in Uganda while in college;
  • Notre Dame has significant presence in Uganda, sending students and faculty to the country and sharing significant Catholic connections via the Congregation of the Holy Cross

SOUTH BEND, IN – Thousands of students and graduates from the University of Notre Dame have joined an urgent new petition on calling on the renowned university to publicly condemn legislation in Uganda that would criminalize homosexuality with life in prison and possible death sentences. Known as the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill,” the legislation could be passed by Uganda’s Parliament any day now, and would institute some of the harshest criminal penalties in the world for gay people in the country.

The petition on was started by Katie Dunn, a 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame who studied abroad in Uganda during her time as a student. It’s been signed by hundreds of current students and alums of Notre Dame, who note that the university has strong ties to the country through the Ugandan Catholic church.

Dunn said she started the campaign on because her college education instilled in her a passion for human rights.

“Notre Dame is highly respected and involved in Uganda. A statement from Notre Dame condemning the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would be very powerful in persuading the Ugandan Catholic church and wider Uganda to stand against this bill,” said Dunn. “Notre Dame sends students and faculty to Uganda.  It is responsible for their safety.  To stand by silently now is to be complicit in endangering them in the future.”

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda could allow gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Ugandans to be killed or sentenced to life in prison solely because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. In recent weeks, there has been a renewed push by Ugandan politicians to pass the bill, with the speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, saying that passing the violent bill would be a “Christmas gift” from Uganda to the world.

Many other religious leaders with connections to Uganda have condemned efforts to criminalize homosexuality with these harsh penalties. Pastor Rick Warren, the head of Saddleback Church and a best-selling author, has urged Uganda not to pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and Rev. Joyce Meyer, a major U.S. televangelist with operations in Uganda, has condemned the measure as well.

Dunn is hoping her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, will join their ranks.

“Notre Dame is involved in Uganda. Its inaction is loud right now,” said Dunn. “Notre Dame has used a lot of rhetoric about how it respects LGBTQ people. We want to believe it. That’s why we think this is a great opportunity for Notre Dame to show the world that it truly does want to fulfill its Catholic mission.”

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Dillinger Museum participates in free museum day

Explore the history of John Dillinger and advancements in crime fighting Sept. 29

    Hammond, IN (September 21, 2012) – The John Dillinger Museum, located in the Indiana Welcome Center, will be offering free admission on September 29 in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! event.

   The museum, which explores the life and times of John Dillinger and other gangsters during the 1930s depression era, as well as the advancements in crime fighting technology, will allow all visitors entrance with a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inside the museum, visitors will follow the life of John Dillinger from his birth until his demise. Visitors will also see era-related toys, trinkets and clothing as well as a car Dillinger preferred for escapes. Numerous televisions feature videos typical to the time period. Museum attendees can also experience both sides of the law from inside the jail cell or inside the booking station in the crime lab.

Tickets are available at While the website states only two people will be admitted per ticket, the Indiana Welcome Center will not limit the amount of entrants per ticket. Additionally, those unable to print the ticket will still be able to enter the museum free of charge.

Also located inside the Indiana Welcome Center, the photography exhibit, Horizons, will be on display for its last day on Sept. 29. Horizons explores images from northwest Indiana taken by local photographers.

The John Dillinger Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, IN 46323. For more information, call 219-989-7979.

South Shore CVA to host 2nd annual Tech Summit

Sessions to help small businesses with the latest technology 

   Hammond, IN (September 18, 2012) – The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will be holding its 2nd annual Tourism Tech Summit on Monday, October 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Indiana Welcome Center.

The summit will feature guest speakers, giveaways, a Tech Toys Tradeshow and lunch. Guest speakers and topics include Frankie Lemer of Simpleview, Inc. discussing search engine optimization, LANAIR group covering securing a network and Kathy Sipple discussing maximizing the benefits of LinkedIn.

During lunch, speakers from partner businesses will discuss their experiences utilizing online tools for small businesses. Topics include QR codes, Living Social and Groupon deals, mobile sites and social media.

Cost to attend the summit is $15 if registered and paid before October 15th, or $20 for onsite registration. For more information or to register to attend, visit or call Luke Weinman, Director of IT at South Shore CVA at 219-989-7770.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2012— The law firm of Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP announces that litigation lawyer; Karen Conti joins the firm as a partner in the areas of business litigation and family law.

Karen Conti, formerly a partner of Adamski & Conti LLC, has been an experienced litigator for over 26 years. Karen has handled a full array of litigation ranging from the last set of death row appeals for the serial killer, John Wayne Gacy to a wrongful arrest and injury action against the Chicago Cubs and LA Dodgers arising from the infamous May 2000 brawl at Wrigley Field.

Karen has been named one of the 40 Under 40 Lawyers to Watch, 100 Women Making a Difference by Today’s Chicago Woman, has hosted award-winning legal radio shows for over 10 years, most recently on WGN, and is a television legal analyst for Chicago Fox affiliate, CNN Newsroom, and Nancy Grace.

She is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and DePaul University College of Law.

Karen is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and received her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP is a law firm with one of the largest family law practices in the state of Illinois with offices in Chicago and Highland Park. Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP represents individuals and businesses in Family Law, Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Probate, Business Counseling and Commercial Transactions, Appeals, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Insurance Coverage, Real Estate, and Personal Injury.

‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘NCIS,’ Stan Lee, Jon Bernthal, ‘Star Trek’ Captains Q&A’s, Evening Parties To Highlight Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Programming

Full Four-Day Schedule Includes Sessions With James Marsters, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Hayden Panettiere, “Buffyfest” Reunion, Costume Contests, Kids’ Activities, Sci-Fi Speed Dating, Jedi Master Classes and More, August 9-12 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 23, 2012 – Movies, TV, comics, art, sci-fi and the rest of the pop culture world are covered with the diverse, full four day programming schedule at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  From interactive Q&A sessions with stars likeStan Lee, William Shatner, Jon Bernthal and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® to themed panels highlighting “Vampire Diaries,” “Star Trek,” “NCIS” and more, to a movie screening, evening parties, kids activities, costume contests and Jedi Master Classes, there’s something for everyone in the expanded offerings.

Highlight programming at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con includes:

  • Celebrity Q&A’s featuring Lee, Bernthal, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Hayden Panettiere, Bruce Campbell, James Marsters and more
  • Three “Star Trek” captains reunite as Shatner (“Captain Kirk”) Scott Bakula (“Captain Archer”) and Avery Brooks (“Captain Sisko”) compare stories of their respective times at the command of the Enterprise
  • “Vampire Diaries” Q&A with Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto
  • Discussion of the hit “NCIS” franchise with lovely ladies Lauren Holly and Scottie Thompson
  • The Boondock Saints trio of Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and David Della Rocco rekindle memories of the popular 1999 cult movie and sequel 10 years later
  • Screening of the new film Contamination – A Convention Story, an in-depth look at the fans and celebrities who attend Horror, Sci-Fi, and Pop Culture Conventions
  • Party with fellow Wizard World revelers at the Artist Party on Thursday and VIP Launch Party on Friday (sites and times TBD)
  • Love is in the air with Sci-Fi Speed Dating, for those looking to “Terminate” their single lives
  • Kids Day on Sunday, with a full slate of activities specially designed for the youngsters
  • It wouldn’t be Wizard World Comic Con without cosplay and costume contests – adults on Saturday night, kids on Sunday

Unless noted, programming events take place in designated rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Many are included as part of standard Wizard World Chicago Comic Con admission; VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities.  Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels.  Programming subject to change; attendees should check the schedule board on site for updates.

Programming at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is available in detail at, and scheduled as follows:

Thursday, August 9
1 – 1:45 p.m. Spotlight On CAFU And Daniel Acuna (Room 11)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Wizard School With Paul Jenkins (Room 11)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Portfolio Reviews With Shon C. Bury (Room 11)
4 – 4:45 p.m. Inside The Shadow Show: Legacy Of Ray Bradbury (Room 11)
5 – 5:45 p.m. Portfolio Reviews With David Macho (Room 11)
7 – 8:30 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
evening TBD Artist Party

Friday, August 10
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Storytelling With Michael Golden: Taking It To The Next Level (Room 14)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Rob Lean And R.B. Silva (Room 11)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Spartacus Q&A (Room 14)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Portfolio Reviews With David Macho (Room 11)
2 – 4 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Sam Trammell Q&A (Room 14)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Super Secrets: Lifting The Curtain On The Man Of Steel (Room 11)
3 – 5 p.m. Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 21)
4 – 4:45 p.m. Art Of Brom (Room 14)
4 – 4:45 p.m. Razor The Mysteriouz–Magic Show (Room 11)
5 – 5:45 p.m. Star Trek Captains Reunion (Room 14)
5 – 5:45 p.m. Comic Con Costuming With The 501st (Room 11)
6 – 6:45 p.m. Five Year Mission Band (Room 14)
6 – 6:45 p.m. Vic Mignogna Q&A (Room 11)
6 – 6:45 p.m. Stan Lee Meet & Greet – Paid Event (TBD)
7 – 7:45 p.m. Rodolfo Migliari Q&A (Room 14)
8 – 9:30 p.m. Film: “Contamination: A Convention Story” (Room 14)
7 – 8:00 p.m. James Marsters 50th Birthday Celebration Concert – Paid Event (Muvico Theater)
evening TBD VIP Launch Party

Saturday, August 11
11 – 11:45 a.m. James Marsters Q&A (Room 14)
Noon – 12:45 p.m. Vampire Diaries Q&A (Room 14)
Noon – 12:45 p.m. NCIS Q&A (Room 11)
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
1 – 1:45 p.m. James Hong Q&A (Room 14)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Charmed Q&A (Room 11)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Troma Entertainment (Room 9)
1 – 3 p.m. Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 21)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Hayden Panettiere Q&A (Room 14)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Dean Cain Q&A (Room 11)
2 – 4 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Tom Felton Q&A (Room 14)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Star Wars Q&A (Room 11)
4 – 4:45 p.m. Bruce Campbell Q&A (Room 14)
4 – 4:45 p.m. Sean Young Q&A (Room 11)
4 – 6 p.m. Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 21)
5 – 5:45 p.m. Greg Capullo Workshop (Room 14)
5 – 5:45 p.m. Kevin Sorbo Q&A (Room 11)
6 – 6:30 p.m. WWE® Superstar Cm Punk® Q&A (Room 11)
6 – 6:45 p.m. Stan Lee Meet & Greet – Paid Event (TBD)
6 – 9 p.m. Wizard World Adult Costume Contest (Room 14)

Sunday, August 12
11 – 11:45 a.m. Stan Lee Q&A (Room 14)
11 – 11:45 a.m. Ghostbusters Reading (Room 11)
Noon –12:45 p.m. Buffyfest Q&A (Room 14)
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
Noon – 12:45 p.m. Kids Arts & Crafts (Room 11)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Jon Bernthal Q&A (Room 14)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 11)
2 – 2:45 p.m. The Boondock Saints Q&A (Room 14)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Stan Lee Meet & Greet – Paid Event (TBD)
2 – 4 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Reading With John Sazaklis (Room 11)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Draw Like A Superhero With Art Balthazar (Room 11)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Ben’s Bubbleshow (Room 14)

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

For more on the event, including hours, celebrities, creators, vendors, VIP and photo opportunities, programming schedules, evening entertainment, autographs, sponsorship and volunteer information and more, visit

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at

Cena Appears on Opening Day from 4-8 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., June 13, 2012 – WWE® Superstar John Cena® will appear as a special guest on Thursday, August 9, Opening Day at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, it was announced today by Wizard World. Cena will be on hand at the event from 4-8 p.m., and will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for professional photo ops.

Cena’s appearance kicks off an expanded, full four-day Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12, in what is shaping up as the biggest Wizard World show ever and the Midwest’s No. 1 Pop Culture Convention.

One of the most popular WWE Superstars since his debut in 2002, Cena combines his athleticism, charisma, strong work ethic and genuine personality to make him one of the brightest stars in WWE and its hit cable program, Monday Night RAW on the USA Network.

“I am looking forward to meeting the enthusiastic fans at my first Wizard World event,” said Cena. “I have heard a lot about the charged-up atmosphere, and I can’t wait to experience it for myself.”

A powerful marketing force with outsized personality and charm, Cena has had numerous Hollywood roles, including The Marine, 12 Rounds, Legendary, The Reunion and Nickelodeon’s teen comedy trilogy Fred: The Movie.

“We are excited to welcome WWE Superstar John Cena to the Wizard World family to help us kick off our longest-running and largest show, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con,” said John Macaluso, CEO, Wizard World. “His addition continues our commitment to providing fans with an outstanding experience.”

The announcement follows the hugely successful Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con event which featured WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, all five “Star Trek” captains and one of Hollywood’s fastest-risers, Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers), earlier this month.

WWE® Superstar John Cena® VIP Experience @ Chicago Comic Con Tickets are available at

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, visit

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at

***** SAVE THE 2012-13 DATES *****
August 9-12, 2012 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
TBD, 2013 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

HAMMOND | Korellis Roofing Inc., was recognized by Firestone Building Products Company LLC with the 2012 Firestone Master Contractor Award.

From a network of more than 3,000 Firestone–licensed roofing contractors, the firm is among the top 256 commercial roofing contractors to be honored for high–quality roofing system installation and outstanding service. Among the award winners, Korellis is one of 170 to also earn the Firestone Inner Circle of Quality Award for preserving a high standard of quality execution.

For more information, contact Pete Korellis at (219) 844–1400, or visit or .




Southbound traffic on Calumet Avenue near 45th Street, and north of Ridge Road to the Munster/Hammond line, will be reduced to one lane on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25.

AT&T will be making repairs to their manholes in the outside-southbound lane of Calumet Avenue.

If you use this route, please proceed with caution.

Zenescope Entertainment has announced that actress Lena Headey, star of the immensely popular HBO television series GAME OF THRONES, will be joining the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Series to voice the lead character, Sela Mathers.  Lena’s extensive resume includes her role as Queen Gorgo in 300 and as Sarah Connor in TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES.   This announcement comes on the heels of another talented actress, Briana Evigan (Step Up 2, Sorority Girls, The Devil’s Carnival), having joined onto the project last week.

The GRIMM FAIRY TALES Animated Series will be based on Zenescope Entertainment’s popular comic book series of the same name.  What makes this situation unique is that Zenescope has teamed with Titmouse Animation Studio and Director Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, The  Venture Bros.) to bypass the traditional film studio system by seeking funding  for the  animated series through popular website ( ).  The project is live on Kickstarter now until May 1st, 2012 and has a pledge goal of $175,000.

“We set the goal of the animated series at $175,000 because we wanted to give our fans and those supporting the Kickstarter a high-quality product,” explains Zenescope Marketing Manager Stephen Haberman “We’re partnering with Titmouse, one of the premiere animation studios in the world, to handle the animation.  We have Jon Schnepp directing and now with Lena and Briana joining the project, we’re able to take it to another level.”

“Crowd-funding can be a powerful tool.  We’ve seen some really exciting projects find funding through Kickstarter and it’s a game changer.” Said Zenescope’s Editor-in-Chief, Ralph Tedesco “It gives us a chance to make this series the way our fans want to see it be made.  We’re about a third of the way there with funding and hopefully now with the all of the talent we’ve brought on board fans will see that this can be an amazing project to back.”

Here is a link to the video announcement:

Lena Headey Joins the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Series

Zenescope Entertainment will be speaking more about this project and more upcoming projects in our panel “Expand – a – Brand” at C2E2 on Saturday, at 5:15pm in room N426a.

About Grimm Fairy Tales
Grimm Fairy Tales is an ongoing horror/fantasy comic book series by Zenescope Entertainment that started publication in 2005.  The series presents reinventions of classic fairy tales with modern twists and expanded plots. The story revolves around Sela Mathers, a Professor of Literature who has been given the ability to drastically affect people’s lives by teaching them morality lessons through fairy tales.

About Zenescope Entertainment
Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005 and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world.  Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Escape From Wonderland, Neverland and The Piper, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest running original independent comic books on shelves today.   Zenescope’s licensed titles include the on-going, critically acclaimed Charmed series, based off of the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based off of New Line Cinema’s successful film franchises.








 WHAT:      Voltron®, the franchise that began when the 1980s robot-themed television action series Voltron: Defender of the Universe® launched, makes the robotic hero’s C2E2 premiere with three interactive and family-friendly events, starting with a Voltron: Form Blazing Comics! panel on Saturday, plus a special Sunday Kid’s Day on-floor demonstration for children on the various steps it takes to create a real cartoon—from writing the story, designing characters and animating the actual show. At all events there will be Voltron product giveaways, including a subscription to the VoltronClassics line from Matty Collector at the Saturday panel, and on Sunday, an exclusive sneak peek screening of the all-new Voltron Force® episode, “Deceive and Conquer”!

WHO:       The Voltron: Form Blazing Comics! panel will be hosted by WEP Creative Director Jeremy Corray and include artists, writers, producers and designers from the entire original and iconic Voltron universe:

  • ·         From Dynamite Entertainment, Nick Barrucci, President, and Joe Rybandt, Editor
  • ·         From Dynamite Comics, Chicago resident Brandon Thomas, Writer
  • ·         From VIZ Media, Traci Todd, Senior Editor
  • ·         From World Events Productions, Bob Koplar, Vice President, and Tiffany Ilardi, Managing Director

The Voltron Force: How to make a Giant Robot Cartoon! demonstration will be given by World Events Productions’ Bob Koplar, Voltron Force Executive Producer, and Jeremy Corray, Supervising Producer, as they take kids through the cartoon making process using actual materials from the popular Voltron Force series on Nicktoons.


A special Voltron Force Secret C2E2 Sneak Peek screening of the entire brand-new “Deceive and Conquer” episode will take place with some of the series’ producers.


WHEN:     Panel – Saturday, April 14 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Room #S401abc


Panel/Demonstration – Sunday, April 15 (Family Day) from 2:15 to 3:15 on the Variant Stage on the main show floor.


Voltron Force Secret Sneak Peek! Screening – Sunday, April 15 (Family Day) from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room #N427bc


World Events Productions Booth (#430)


WHERE:  C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo)

North Building at McCormick Place

2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60616