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Daily Local News – September 22, 2014

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Former Monroe county auditor Amy Gerstman was sentenced Friday to three months on house arrest for using county issued credit cards for personal purchases; Starting October 1, registering for a handgun permit in Indiana will be conducted electronically; New research from Purdue University reveals that young adults who frequent the college bar scene are the most likely demographic to sell prescription drugs; Opponents of single-use plastic bags hope to see an ordinance on the issue in place soon; On September 17th the Bloomington City Council stopped short of cutting taxes for a pair of million-dollar penthouses to be built along the B-Line Trail.

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Supporters of the unionization of employees of Bloomingfoods rallied in front of the West 6th outlet last Thursday. Around fifty people gathered late Thursday afternoon to talk about the unionization drive and to listen to speakers on the issue. Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy was at the rally to interview an assortment of attendees, including a union organizer from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Bloomingfoods employees, members of Bloomingfoods co-operative association, and an IU faculty member who specializes in labor studies.

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CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Steven Williamson and David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered, with correspondent David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the city of Bloomington volunteer network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomingfoods employees and co-op members rally in support of Unionization

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Supporters of the unionization of employees of Bloomingfoods rallied in front of the West 6th outlet last Thursday. Around fifty people gathered late Thursday afternoon to talk about the unionization drive and to listen to speakers on the issue. Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy was at the rally to interview an assortment of attendees, including a union organizer from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Bloomingfoods employees, members of Bloomingfoods co-operative association, and an IU faculty member who specializes in labor studies.

Activate! – Bloomington Community Orchard: Stephen Hale

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Stephen Hale talks about his work with the Bloomington Community Orchard and the connections it creates to people, community and the earth. Also, more local growing volunteer opportunities from the Bloomington Volunteer Network.

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Bloomington Community Orchard
Bloomington Community Orchard Work & Learn Days
Cider Fest
Farmers’ Market Outreach

Firehouse Sessions – Iron and Wine

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Sam Beam, better known by his stage name of Iron & Wine, visited the WFHB studios before playing a sold-out show at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Over the last two Iron & Wine albums, Beam has expanded his sound with bigger arrangements, dabbling in jazz and R&B, and touring with a twelve-piece band. On this short tour, however, Iron & Wine is back to its roots—just Beam and his acoustic guitar, singing folk songs with gorgeous melodies and deceptively dark lyrics. We discussed his background as a filmmaker and professor, and how listeners take ownership of his songs. Why did he choose the name “Iron & Wine”? “Because Sam Beam sounds kind of lame.” Upon request, Beam performed “Joy,” “Upward Over the Mountain,” and “Love and Some Verses.”

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Books Unbound – Frankenstein, Part 6

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was 18 when she and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited some literary friends and got involved in a challenge, to see who could write the most frightening story. Out of a group that included the poet Lord Byron, only Mary’s story of a scientist who goes too far has lasted as a landmark of fantastic literature. Mary Shelley was twenty when the book was published.

Frankenstein was published in 1818, as the Industrial Revolution readied for takeoff in Europe. Science held out the promise of mankind’s triumph over nature, even over death itself – and electricity was the key. In the novel, a doctor uses electricity to re-animate parts of human corpses into a whole, living being – who, although hideous, develops intelligence and self-awareness – and finally turns against its creator. Frankenstein was banned in South Africa in 1955, for containing material deemed “indecent” and “obscene.”

Activate! – Brown Co Humane/Pets Alive: Ingrid Skoog

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Ingrid Skoog, animal lover and long time volunteer with both Brown County Humane and Pets Alive!, talks about the importance of plugging into the community through your passion and the wonder of seeing your service bring results. Also, more volunteer opportunities to use teaching skills here in Bloomington from the Volunteer Network.

Links:
Brown County Humane
Pets Alive Kennel Care
Brown County Humane Society Cat Care at Petco
Run for the Animals 2014

Questions for Governor Pence from Superintendent Glenda Ritz

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Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz received more votes in the 2012 election than Governor Mike Pence yet has been stymied by his administration throughout her first term. In fact, speaking to the Bloomington Press Club this afternoon Ritz said during this upcoming legislative session, Pence could sign away the state’s  education budget to a new agency that he created. Her remarks and audience questions are here, in today’s community report.

Daily Local News – September 15, 2014

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Ahead of a statewide launch of the “Moral Mondays” movement in Indianapolis this weekend, Bloomington’s Moral Monday contingent is holding a meeting this evening at 7pm in meeting room one-bee of the Monroe County Public Library; Indiana health officials are reporting an increase in the number of children with respiratory illnesses; Starting October 10, IU’s Grunwald Gallery will be showcasing previously unreleased photographs from artist Robert Mapplethorpe; The Monroe County Community Corrections Department could have dozens of extra clients in the coming year, but not necessarily much more money to serve them;  The Bloomington Board of Public Works is continuing to approve food truck permits while city staff works on new rules for the vendors.

FEATURE
Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz received more votes in the 2012 election than Governor Mike Pence yet has been stymied by his administration throughout her first term. In fact, speaking to the Bloomington Press Club this afternoon Ritz said during this upcoming legislative session, Pence could sign away the state’s  education budget to a new agency that he created. Her remarks and audience questions are here, in today’s community report.

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Now it’s time for Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh, David Murphy, Harrison Wagner, and Steven Williamson
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Dan Withered produced todays community report
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Joe Crawford is our managing producer
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Books Unbound – Frankenstein, Part 5

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was 18 when she and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited some literary friends and got involved in a challenge, to see who could write the most frightening story. Out of a group that included the poet Lord Byron, only Mary’s story of a scientist who goes too far has lasted as a landmark of fantastic literature. Mary Shelley was twenty when the book was published.

Frankenstein was published in 1818, as the Industrial Revolution readied for takeoff in Europe. Science held out the promise of mankind’s triumph over nature, even over death itself – and electricity was the key. In the novel, a doctor uses electricity to re-animate parts of human corpses into a whole, living being – who, although hideous, develops intelligence and self-awareness – and finally turns against its creator. Frankenstein was banned in South Africa in 1955, for containing material deemed “indecent” and “obscene.”

Stephanie Boyles Griffin: Humane Society of the United States

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Stephanie Boyles Griffin, from the Humane Society of the United States, talks about nonlethal methods to successfully reduce and manage deer populations.

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