Saturday, May 18 2013 8:09 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:09:23 GMT
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis native bested IndyCar racing's big-name teams by claiming his first 500 poleMore >>
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:14:03 GMT
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University. About 250 Indiana Democrats and others attendedMore >>
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:05:05 GMT
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines. The wind farm'sMore >>
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:00:45 GMT
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March. Purdue treasurer Al Diaz tellsMore >>
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:56:01 GMT
Statement from the Indiana Pacers: Over the last two days under the care of the Indiana Pacers' medical staff, George Hill has participated in each step of the NBA's Return-to-Participation Exertion ProtocolMore >>
Indiana Pacers guard George Hill has been cleared to play Saturday night against the New York Knicks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:45:02 GMT
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown. Oxbow led from start to finish. It was the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and 15th Triple CrownMore >>
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:23:35 GMT
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation. The Justice department reportMore >>
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:56:07 GMT
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment. The day's festivities startedMore >>
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:03 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:03:11 GMT
It's less about the lemonade and more about the lesson. More than 20,000 local children got their first taste of the business world Saturday when they took part in Lemonade Day. The work behind JohnMore >>
It's less about the lemonade and more about the lesson.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:32:54 GMT
There could be bumping at Indianapolis this weekend. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports said Saturday afternoon that it has hired British driver Katherine Legge to drive the No. 81 car. That gives IndianapolisMore >>
There could be bumping at Indianapolis this weekend.More >>
You may remember the cute little face, the heart-tugging story and his unforgettable name. Qudrat. In February 2005, a little baby became big news in Indianapolis. The 14-month-old boy was flown from Afghanistan to Indiana for life-saving surgery. His heart was not working properly. Indiana doctors fixed it. Qudrat, who had virtually no motor skills, little strength and weighed ten pounds before surgery, gained nine pounds and became a strong little boy after the procedure.
Sadly, when Qudrat and his father Hakim Wardak, returned to their home country in April 2005, there was an unexpected and heart-wrenching turn of events. Qudrat died suddenly. The cause of death was never determined. Roberta and Jim Graham took the news hard because Qudrat and his father had lived in their Brownsburg home for three weeks before returning to Afghanistan.
"Holding him and seeing his expression. He had the cutest little smile," remembered Roberta Graham. "Yes, he did die but I truly believe those few weeks that he had of really meaningful living, he never had that before. He truly had meaningful living."
The couple remembers how attentive the father was to the little boy.
"He was the most devoted father you've ever seen. He took immaculate care of the baby, changed his diaper, fed him, applied all of his medications on schedule. He had a timer to track the medicine schedule," said Jim Graham. "I think we were both devastated like any family losing a grandson. Suddenly, a grandson that left us in great health, fun, playful. And to think four days later, he was dead. We couldn't hardly accept it," said Graham.
But Qudrat's death, while sad, was not the end of the story. In fact, it was the beginning of a legacy. When Qudrat's father was staying in Indiana, he noticed something the Taliban forbids in Afghanistan.
"When I visited America, I saw all women could read and write," said Hakim Wardak during a phone conversation from Afghanistan. "I see that educated women would be big improvement for our country."
When Hoosiers raised $13,000 and donated it to his family, Wardak first recovered his five children that he had given away because of starvation.
"He went from refugee camp to refugee camp and found the five families that he had given these children to three or four years earlier asked for his children back then he went to that village that was destroyed in 1981 where Qudrat was buried, took his wife and children to that house, fixed it up so it was livable and left them with enough money to feed themselves for two years and he took off for a university," said Jim Graham.
Wardak then used the money to study two years of medicine and education at Pesharwar University in Pakistan. After graduation Wardak built a six-room school on 1.5 acres in northern Afghanistan and named it after his son. The Qudrat Wardak school was funded entirely by Hoosier Rotarians and a variety of churches. Wardak is the headmaster.
"I teach reading, writing, history, geography, math, and 4th grade - English, start. I also teach geography and that America is a good country," said Wardak.
Not all of the classrooms have desks. Some of the children sit on a concrete slab. In this area of Afghanistan, Where 99% of the women are illiterate, the Qudrat school gives girls a chance to learn.
"He devotes everything he has to educating women and children. Children, both sexes. They're combined in the same class," said Graham. "They don't segregate them and they all have the opportunity for education."
Graham says Wardak once had to flee the area because the Taliban threatened to kill him because he was teaching girls. Wardak also supervises an adult female literacy program in five villages, spends time farming and runs a clinic providing medical care, advice and medicine for children.
"The Qudrat school was built to provide for the children in my village," Wardak said. "Now, five villages give students to the Qudrat school. The school was built to educate 200 students thru the sixth grade. Now, the students want more education and I want to add a junior high school of grades 7, 8 and 9," said Wardak. "Now we have 350 students in the school built for 200 students. We don't have enough chairs and desk. We need a large school."
Graham says school teachers make $1,200 a year in Afghanistan while the ordinary income is only $600 annually. The Grahams have raised $30,000 so far and need to raise an additional $4,000 in order to pay for a school expansion.
"It's a tribute to Hakim because he's a person of such high character, intelligence and dedication to improving the life of women who have been downtrodden. Under the Taliban rule, he saw terrible things," said Graham. "I was absolutely amazed at what he did with the $13,000 that the Hoosiers have given him."
Who would have thought that the sad death of a boy we all knew would have such an impact on hundreds of children we don't know.
"In that part of Afghanistan, if it wasn't for Qudrat, there would be no schools there. The girls would have no opportunity," said Graham.
Qudrat's legacy is living, thriving and growing half a world away thanks to the love of a father and the generosity of Hoosiers.
Viewers interested in donating money to the Qudrat school should contact Jim Graham or send checks to this address: World Community Service Foundation, PO Box 457, Brownsburg, IN 46112
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:40:00 GMT
Allison Jacob of Indianapolis who is a junior at Ball State University where she's majoring in Communications and Public Relations was named the 2013 500 Festival Queen on Saturday morning. She graduatedMore >>
Ball State student Allison Jacob named 2013 500 Festival Queen. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:18 AM EDT2013-05-18 08:18:20 GMT
The winning numbers were drawn Friday night in the $190 million Mega Millions jackpot. The winning numbers were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, with a MegaBall number of 41. Saturday night, numbers will be drawnMore >>
The winning numbers were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, with a MegaBall number of 41.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 3:18 PM EDT2013-05-17 19:18:48 GMT
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her life, but nothing like he one she got Wednesday morning. CeCe, a waitress at the Steak 'n Shake restaurant at Keystone and 54th Street, receivedMore >>
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her career, but nothing like the one she got Wednesday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:43 AM EDT2013-05-18 10:43:31 GMT
A car came very close to crashing into someone's home near Lawrence. It started with a brief police chase after the officer tried to pull the driver over for a traffic stop. It ended on Conreid Drive,More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:14 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:14:33 GMT
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Peter Busch, whose father Frank oversees the American program, is a newsMore >>
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:58:30 GMT
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million. The deal to bring Freeney to the Chargers came four days after outside linebackerMore >>
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:06 AM EDT2013-05-18 05:06:01 GMT
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses. Indiana University Health implementedMore >>
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:19 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:19:05 GMT
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks. After Indiana's shootaround Saturday morning, coach Frank Vogel did not say whether Hill had passed hisMore >>
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:13 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:13:48 GMT
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding. Efforts started under the WeedMore >>
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:59:44 GMT
A mother is pleading with police and her neighbors to try and find the driver who struck her son in a hit and run crash. Daniel Lopez is in critical condition, fighting for his life at the hospital. PoliceMore >>
Police still don't know who struck seven-year-old Daniel Lopez, who remains in critical condition in a coma. More >>