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    The largest indoor playground in the region opened today at the former McMillen Park ice rink, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation said today.
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Brent Alderman and daughter Brittany tour the Veterans National Memorial west of Fort Wayne during a stop Tuesday on a cross-country motorcycle trip. Their group is raising money to benefit veterans en route from New York to a U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club meeting in Fargo, N.D.

5 things of interest to area readers - Wednesday, July 30

A look at some things Fort Wayne area readers will want to know.

1. TRAFFIC - Get ready for some major traffic changes downtown. The Ewing Street, Fairfield Avenue project is set to begin Monday, August 4. Click here to read Chris Meyers story.

Click here to learn of other area road projects and restrictions.

2. WEATHER - Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 76. We have a slight chance of showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Click here for more details and an extended forecast.

3. FYI - Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire. Click here to learn about this recall.

* Looking for something to do? The New Haven Farmers Market is today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schnelker Park, 956 Park Ave., New Haven. Click here to check out all of Today's Best Bets.

* On this date in 1975, former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit; although presumed dead, his remains have never been found. Olympic gold medal beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and singer-songwriter Kate Bush are among the many notables sharing a birthday today. If you want to know what else makes today special, click here for Today in History.

* Let’s celebrate:

National Cheesecake Day

National Father-in-Law Day

4. LOCAL SPORTS - Homestead's Caleb Swanigan is picked for the USA Basketball U17 team. Click for story.

* TinCaps edge Great Lakes 2-1 in 12 innings Tuesday night. Click for story.


* Jeff Wiehe describes the events in 'Motorcyclist killed on State Boulevard' story. Click

* The Indiana State Fair starts Thursday. Niki Kelly details what we can eat, drink and be entertained by at this year's event. Click

* Our Komets' expert, Justin Cohn, writes how the Komets' most productive postseason player is coming back for this upcoming season. Click

* Wednesday is food day in the JG Living Section. In Cook's Corner we get pointers on campfire cooking and in The Dish we learn that the Green Frog Inn is changing ownership. Click here for those and other stories of interest to foodies and people like us who just like to eat.

* Our local GM assembly plant is forced to cancel 4 shifts because of a parts shortage. Click