By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Pence's Jan. 6 photos

The whole world was watching on Jan. 6 as mobsters inspired by President Trump broke into the U.S. Capitol as Vice President Mike Pence, his wife, daughter and congressman brother fled the rioters chanting "Hang Mike Pence," down a back staircase. Now we learn from ABC Chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl that Pence had a White House photographer with him. Karl had wanted to use the pictures in his upcoming book "Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show," telling Stephen Colbert Monday night, "I got ahold of the photographer, I actually saw all of the photographs. This is the Vice President of the United States, and he's like holed up in a basement."

When Karl asked Pence's team for permission to publish the photos in his book, his request was "vehemently denied." Karl told Colbert on "The Late Show" that the pictures should be published, as they were "part of the historical record." He also added that he believes House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack would have interest in viewing the pictures.

Pence has characterized Jan. 6 "one day in January," with the media seeking to "demean the character and intentions of 74 million" Trump voters. It reminds me of April 1, 2007, when Pence toured while wearing a flak jacket a Baghdad market with Sen. John McCain during the Iraq civil war, observing, "Thousands and thousands of Iraqis were moving about in regular everyday life like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime." According to Foreign Policy magazine, Pence later claimed he was unaware that the stroll through the market required a security force of 100 soldiers and four helicopter gunships. FP's  Mike Boyer would characterize it as the creation of a "high value target" with 21 Iraqis murdered by insurgents there the following day.

2. Pence's hidden history


It's par for the Mike Pence course that he would try to hide the Jan. 6 photos taken by a taxpayer-financed White House photographer. When Pence was a daily radio talk show host in Indiana, he created hundreds of hours of audio archives. When journalist Tom LoBianco sought the audio files for his book "Piety & Power,"  he discovered all of the Pence show audios had been removed from WIBC and were unavailable.

3. The pandemic endgame

Brian Dixon, director of Public Health Informatics with the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, told WANE-TV that the COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end: “It may be endemic as early as the holidays this year, certainly by the end of this year. By next year, we really should begin to treat this disease as we do everything else.” 
A disease is described as "endemic" when it continues to be present within a given geographical area but its impact is manageable.

4. Grand to step down at B&T

Indiana Lawyer: Robert Grand, who has led Indianapolis-based Barnes & Thornburg through seven years of growth—including a nearly 40% increase in annual revenue, plans to step down as the firm’s managing partner in November 2022, the law firm announced Monday. Andrew Detherage, partner in the firm’s litigation group, will take over as managing partner. 

5. Slo mo chases

In August, Columbus cops chased a Kentucky man driving erratically in a 19,000-pound bulldozer, resorting to a large armored vehicle to stop him. In September, Knox County cops arrested another Kentucky man who was driving two stolen lawnmowers on U.S. 41. On Sunday, Richmond cops arrested Sammy Allen, who led them on a chase in a street sweeper. Police say they got reports that the driver hit other vehicles in the street sweeper stolen from a construction site, swerved at people like he was going to hit them, and was driving through residential yards.

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