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Local First: Michelle Long

Local First Indiana is a new chapter of a national network of grassroots non-profits focused on supporting locally-owned independent businesses and local economies. Local First Indiana launched Monday night in Bloomington with a talk by Michelle Long, executive director of the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies. Long was formerly the director of Sustainable Connections, a local business network in …

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Veterans Day: Veterans Remember

The number of U.S. Military veterans and family members enrolled at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus has risen significantly in the past two years, at an increase of more than 130 percent. Today the campus commemorated Veteran’s Day with a visit from four local veterans who serve on the executive board of the local AmVets Post 2000. Dave Cobb, Phillip Purtlebaugh, …

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Affordable Housing and Emergency Shelters: Joel Rekas

Last month the Bloomington Community and Family Resources Commission hosted a public forum on affordable housing and shelters for the homeless. Commission members say they will consider the public input offered at the forum in searching for innovative ideas for programming and public policy to increase affordable housing options for more Bloomington citizens. On yesterday’s program we heard from Joel …

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Affordable Housing and Emergency Shelters: Public Comment

Last month the Bloomington Community and Family Resources Commission hosted a public forum on affordable housing and shelters for the homeless. Commission members say they will consider the public input offered at the forum in searching for innovative ideas for programming and public policy to increase affordable housing options for more Bloomington citizens. On tomorrow’s program we’ll hear members of …

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Indiana Economic Forecast

2009 sucked, and 2010 couldn’t possibly be much worse. That’s the gist of the annual economic forecast presented yesterday by experts from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Some have declared that the national recession is over, but the Kelley School panel said any economic progress will continue to be weakened by the aftermath of a historically severe downturn. …

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Elks Lodge Historic Designation

The City Council went against the wishes of the Elks Lodge Number 446 by approving the recommendation of the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission to designate their building on North Walnut street as a historic structure. The building was constructed in 1938 as a local home for the Elks, a fraternal order with over one million members in the United States. …

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Dan Choi: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

U.S. Army First Lieutenant Dan Choi was in Bloomington Monday to talk about his personal battle with the Army’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Choi is an Iraq War veteran who graduated from West Point Military Academy in 2003 and was one of the few linguists serving the U.S. Army fluent in Arabic. He served his country for nearly 10 …

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Dan Savage: Sex and Society

Dan Savage is an openly gay author and journalist who became popular through “Savage Love,” his sex advice column in Seattle’s alternative weekly newspaper The Stranger. He is author of four novels and has been featured on CNN and MSNBC for his controversial and often humorous views on politics and religion regarding gay marriage, love and sexuality in America. His …

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The Future of Nuclear Weapons

President Obama is pursuing his call for global elimination of nuclear weapons. The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution in September on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and strengthening compliance with international non-proliferation treaties. Last week Indiana University’s Center on American and Global Security and the India Studies Program hosted a panel of experts on “The Future of …

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Hell House

“Hell House” has become an Ellettsville Halloween tradition, but this is not your ordinary haunted house fundraiser. Reverend Larry Mitchell of HOPE Ministries started Hell House in 2000 as a so-called “reality house,” portraying social problems like domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce and teen suicide as a result of demonic influences. People who come out of a trip to Hell …

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