James Briggs, Indianapolis Star

James Briggs

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Past articles by James:

Lawsuit targets 2 police officers. The plaintiff? The National Police Association.

The National Police Association says it is trying to protect itself from "fake news attacks." The officers had expressed skepticism of the nonprofit. → Read More

Jim Merritt and Joe Hogsett say each other's to blame for renters' nightmares in Indianapolis

As the two point fingers about who is to blame, one woman told IndyStar that her landlord still has not fixed problems in her home. → Read More

11 times Mayor Joe Hogsett said misleading things about his blighted housing fix

Mayor Joe Hogsett's administration has made numerous misleading or untrue claims about his pledge to transform 2,000 blighted homes in two years. → Read More

Richard Lugar's funeral marks 'end of an era,' Mike Pence says

Richard Lugar's funeral attracted some of the highest-ranking officials in U.S. government, including Mike Pence, John Roberts and Mitch McConnell. → Read More

My wife gave birth 2 weeks before Mother's Day. I feared she would die.

Our memories differ on which doctors said what, and when, but we both grasped the you-could-die-here message. → Read More

IMPD officer accused of abusing and intimidating his ex-girlfriend has been fired

Several of the officer's guns also were seized following an IndyStar investigation. → Read More

Democrat activist was subject of task force, cell phone tracker in burglary investigation

Investigators described a larger effort from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies spanning potentially 36 burglaries in four counties. → Read More

Jim Merritt's fellow Republicans criticize 'tacky, distasteful' campaign on potholes

Some Indianapolis council Republicans are taking exception to Jim Merritt's line of attack against Mayor Joe Hogsett. → Read More

Pike Township deputy trustee, Democratic activist arrested in burglary

Brishon Bond, who until recently managed a campaign for a City-County Council candidate, is suspected in the burglary of a home near Anderson. → Read More

Legal setback at troubled Towne and Terrace slows city's efforts

About half of the condo complex's 222 units are empty. Three people were killed there last year. → Read More

IMPD officer was able to 'walk away with all his guns' after domestic abuse, woman says

IMPD failed to follow its own policy, one expert says. → Read More

As grassroots liberals rise, Democrats sideline 2 black activists in Indianapolis

The prospect of two young African-Americans running against the Democratic Party has strained relationships. → Read More

Briggs: New York losing Amazon should be a warning to Indianapolis

Of course HQ2 was about incentives. → Read More

Amazon isn't pursuing New York for HQ2. Here's what that means for Indianapolis.

Amazon made a stunning announcement to cancel its plan for a headquarters in New York. The company "will not reopen the HQ2 search at this time." → Read More

Once, this was a dream community. Now it's 'McDonald's for drugs.'

Pick a systemic cause of urban bloodshed and you'll find it here: poverty, dilapidated buildings, negligent landlords, drug deals and guns. → Read More

Hendricks County man dies after off-road vehicles fall through ice

The Department of Natural Resources is warning people that "no ice is safe ice," particularly as temperatures rise. → Read More

Greg Ballard on Indianapolis mayor's race: 'We need to put Jim Merritt in that office'

The Marion County Republican Party officially endorsed Sen. Jim Merritt as its candidate for mayor Saturday. → Read More

FOP is pushing for body cameras at IMPD; 'We need to get these'

The FOP president called on local leaders to begin working on a body cameras program this year. → Read More

Jim Merritt already is the Republican front-runner for mayor. Some say that's unfair.

Merritt's transition from GOP chairman to presumptive mayoral nominee has raised familiar concerns about how parties choose candidates. → Read More

Indy Eleven makes pitch to build 'Eleven Park' with stadium, apartments and more

Indy Eleven officials want to open a 20,000 seat stadium in 2022 as part of a larger mixed-use real estate district. → Read More