Good morning Columbus. What you need to know — well played Charlotte Pence; blaring train horns get the quiet treatment; East senior has a big heart

Greetings Columbus —

Well played, Charlotte Pence.

In the battle of the Marlon Bundo books, it’s clear Charlotte Pence, the daughter of Vice President Mike Pence and author of “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of a Vice President,” has no hard feelings.

Marlon-Bundos-Day-in-the-Life-COVER-v4-260x260oliver marlon bundoUnless you have been off the news grid, you know that John Oliver has published a parody book based on the Pence book about the family’s pet bunny.

In Oliver’s book, Marlon Bundo, a male bunny, falls for another male bunny. Marlon Bundo is gay, and Oliver is trolling Mike Pence because of his opposition to gay marriage and other LGBTQ rights.

Charlotte Pence and her mom, Karen Pence, have been on the media circuit promoting their tome. Inevitably, they’ve been asked about Oliver’s book.

Charlotte’s response, dare I say, could serve as a good example for some other folks who live in a white house in Washington, D.C. when it comes to Twitterstorms and what some could view as a tilt toward divisiveness.

So what did Charlotte do in response to the other Marlon Bundo story? She bought Oliver’s book. Why? Because proceeds are going to important causes, she said in an interview.

The Pence proceeds are headed to an art therapy program at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and A21, an anti-human trafficking group. Oliver is sending proceeds to AIDS United and the Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ youth.

“It doesn’t have to be divisive. I think that everybody can come together over Marlon,” Charlotte Pence said in an interview.

“I also want to support those charities — I really mean that,” she said.

Here’s what else you need to know —

The overturned defense table and scattered paperwork are shown in Bartholomew Superior Court 1 after defendant Jordan L. Rhoades became angry and flipped the table over when not allowed to respond at the end of his sentencing Wednesday afternoon. The photo was taken by Bartholomew County Sheriff's deputies collecting evidence after the incident.

This guy just can’t stop throwing things.
First he hurled courtroom chairs at a local judge. Then he took rods from a cell door at the jail and tossed them at deputies. Wednesday, he was at it again, upending a table in court. Story here.

Shhhhhhh. Quieter zones coming to railroad crossings.
The annoying sound that drives you crazy may be ending. A plan calls for installing gates at all Columbus rail crossings so trains won’t have to toot their warning horns. Coming Thursday.

Eight-year-old Claire Kidd, a second grader at Whitecreek Lutheran school, left, is shown with Columbus East High school senior Madison Schlehuser. Schlehuser is organizing a fundraiser called "Claire's Journey" to help with Claire's ongoing medical expenses as treatment and surgery continues to repair her cleft/lip palate. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Whitecreek Lutheran School.

Best story of the day.
Columbus East senior Madison Schlehuser has a huge heart. She’s organized a fundraiser for 8-year-old Claire Kidd, who has had to undergo numerous surgeries. Madison says: I’ve watched her (Claire) grow up and watched her go through all of her surgeries. She is so courageous. And she’s very open about what she has to go through. She is a very strong little girl.” Read the story here.

Cool things to do in the Columbus area.
Looks like you’ll have to make indoor plans this weekend because the forecast calls for a big dump of snow with the dreaded ice thrown in for fun. Here’s a list to help you out.

Today’s Instapic: Wiikiaami in the snow by tony.vasquez

exhibit columbus in the snow

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