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The Project School: A Tour of Bloomington’s First Public Charter School

Today the Project School opened its doors as Bloomington’s first public charter school. The school offers kindergarten through seventh grade in multi-age classrooms with a “team teaching” approach. The Project School is located on South Walnut in the building formerly occupied by the Older American Community Center, and has been completely renovated to serve as the school’s home. Come on-location …

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Evann Smith: IU Student in the Middle East

Graduate student Evann Smith talks about her experiences visiting the Middle East as an organizer of a United Nations-sponsored student delegation to Gaza in a WFHB exclusive.

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Kerwin Olson: Politics of Clean Coal

The Citizens Action Coalition was originally formed as an advocacy organization representing consumer interests in utility rate cases. CAC has increasingly become a vocal proponent of renewable energy, conservation, energy efficiency, and customer-owned electricity generation. Program director Kerwin Olson says investment in the coal industry is undermining our state’s economy and driving up electricity prices. Olson exposes the politics of …

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New Bus Depot: Designs for Bloomington Transit Station

Bloomington Transit recently held a series of public design charrettes on the new downtown bus transit center. Several design concepts were presented, discussed and developed between project managers, designers, and members of the public. The new transit center will be constructed on six parcels at Third and Walnut Streets. BT is working with the local design firm Bledsoe, Riggert and …

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Larry Barker: Materials Recovery Facility

Why pay someone to haul away our recyclables when we can sell them and keep the money ourselves? That’s one reason the board of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District voted on Thursday to give its blessing to district director Larry Barker to move forward on a partnership among the city, county, and IU for running a “materials recovery …

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Richard Lugar: U.S. Foreign Policy

Senior Indiana Senator Richard Lugar was the guest speaker at todayís 2009 Federal Focus Luncheon, hosted by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. WFHB went on-location to document Lugarís remarks, and in the following excerpt we skip past his formal address and go straight to the audience Q and A, with a focus on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle …

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John Gaus: Witness to Nagasaki

On August 6th and 9th, 1945, two atomic bombs vaporized 210,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, nuclear weapons make the threat of mass destruction frighteningly real – the world’s arsenal is capable of repeating the destruction at Hiroshima 400,000 times over. Last night, the Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and the Just Peace Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church …

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Confronting Sexual Assault: Jenna Peters-Golden

Jenna Peters-Golden visits Bloomington to talk about Philly Stands Up, a Philadelphia-based collective developing coordinated and grassroots mechanisms to confront sexual assault. Working alongside a sister organization that provides direct support to survivors of sexual assault, Philly Stands Up focuses on the perpetrators to hold them accountable to the survivors and challenge the perps on their behavior in order to …

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MCCSC Board Against Changes to Certification Criteria for Teachers

Last week Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett proposed major changes in certification criteria for public school teachers and administrators in Indiana lowering the formal credentials that applicants for both types of positions would require, like a proposed cut in school administrator qualifications and requiring that teachers possess only a bachelorís degree in their field of expertise and not …

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Order of the Arrow: Racism and Homophobia in Boy Scouts

Thousands of Boy Scouts are in Bloomington this week for the elite Order of the Arrow conference, under fire from local Native Americans because of racial stereotyping and the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Scout Executive of the Hoosier Trails Council in Bloomington Randy Brown on Friday defended the Order of the Arrow, saying that rather than …

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