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Hoosier Hills Food Bank: Julio Alonso

Senator Richard Lugar was in Bloomington last weekend and his visit included a tour of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Food bank director Julio Alonso is counting on Bloomington’s generosity to build up stocks of food supplies for the lean winter months and was delighted to show Lugar around the local facility. Alonso sat down with WFHB’s Will Murphy to …

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David Bollier: Reclaiming the Commons

They hang the man and flog the woman that steal the goose from off the common But let the greater villain loose that steals the common from the goose. That’s a folk poem from the mid-eighteenth century, but somewhere some corporation is probably trying to copyright it as theirs, according to David Bollier, a policy strategist and journalist whose work …

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Elinor Ostrom: Managing the Commons

The idea of “the commons” is the concept of public resources that are owned by EVERYone and not by SOMEone…like our public lands, or even the Internet. On Saturday several local groups held a public forum on the commons, hosted by a Bloomington woman who would become world famous less than forty-eight hours later. Elinor Ostrom is a long-time faculty …

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Richard Dawkins: Evidence for Evolution

Bystanders might have thought there was a rock concert going on last night at the IU Auditorium based on the line to get in, which snaked around Showalter Fountain and down the street to the HPER building. But no, it wasn’t Bob Dylan – not yet – it was evolutionary biologist, author, and atheist Richard Dawkins. As many as a …

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National Coming Out Day

More than a hundred local queer folks and their allies gathered on the courthouse square yesterday for the local celebration of National Coming Out Day. All across the nation on October 11th people rallied in support of LGBT equality, while others publicly shared their own “coming out” stories, coinciding with a National Equality March in Washington. Here in Bloomington WFHB’s …

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Bob Martin: Hormone Use in Food Animals

Bob Martin is a senior officer at The Pew Environment Group and former Executive Director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, investigating the problems associated with industrial farm animal production operations and to make recommendations to solve them. The Commission has released a report with no less than 24 primary recommendations. The Commission was so concerned about …

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Local ISTEP Scores: Cameron Rains, Jan Bergeson

ISTEP stands for Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus, an annual standardized test designed by the Indiana Department of Education. ISTEP scores directly influence state funding of local schools and students cannot graduate from an Indiana high school without passing the final grade ten ISTEP exam. Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year the test was moved from fall to spring, …

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Printpack Tax Break Approved

Last night Monroe County Council members approved a ten year, $2.8 million tax abatement plan that everyone HOPES will keep an international packaging manufacturer in town, and its 150 jobs safe. Printpack is a packaging manufacturer, with 26 facilities in the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe. One of its plants has been on North Curry Pike, …

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Rafia Zakaria: Women in Pakistan

Pakistan is in the news, but how much do we really know about this country and its people? Rafia Zakaria is a Bloomington doctoral student working on a dissertation about the plight of women in Pakistan, caught between terrorism and fundamentalism. Zakaria is an attorney for the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and a consultant for Amnesty International. She takes us …

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Injustices Suffered by American Women in a Broken Healthcare System

Hoosiers across the state took part in dozens of meetings this weekend to set in place plans to move forward the President’s plan for health insurance reform. Organizing for America is the Democratic National Committee’s grassroots project to support Obama’s agenda. The OFA meeting yesterday in Bloomington focused on the need for women in particular to get real reform. According …

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