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City Is Reminding Local Businesses Of Smoking Ordinance

Because of a growing number of complaints, smoking ordinance are reminding businesses about the city’s smoking ordinance. Citizens of Bloomington are reminded that smoking is not permitted inside businesses, or even on outdoor patios. The ordinance was first proposed in 2003 by Dr. Anthony Pizzo, a pathologist and former city council member. The ordinance is intended to protect citizens from secondhand …

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Conservative Group Plans John Kerry “Welcoming Party”

A group of local conservatives plans to protest a speech tomorrow by Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. tomorrow at IU’s School of Global and International Studies. The group, Young Americans for Freedom at IU, is organizing the protest. The group’s vice-chairman, Andrew Ireland, says he’s happy the Secretary of State is coming …

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Bill Put Forward to Make Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation State Protected Classes

Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane has put forward a bill that would make gender identity and sexual orientation protected classes in Indiana. The bill comes six months after the national controversy surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which many believed would encourage discrimination against LGBT Hoosiers. Lanane’s bill would make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on gender or …

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Past Two Weeks Have Yielded Over $48 Million in Donations to IU

The past two weeks have yielded over $48 million in donations to Indiana University. The donations will go toward IU’s bicentennial campaign goal of $2.5 billion by IU’s 200th birthday in 2020. Donations have been made to projects within the School of Informatics, the Kelley School of Business, and the Jacobs School of Music. Those projects include a new informatics …

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Monroe County Domestic Violence Task Force Annual Fall Conference Topics

A local task force will host discussions tomorrow about human trafficking, protective orders and the influence of technology on domestic violence. The Monroe County Domestic Violence Task Force is holding its third annual fall conference. The program coordinator for Monroe County’s protective order assistance partnership, Sarah Hunt, says many of the topics relate to domestic violence as well as sexual …

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Presentation On The Fight Against Building Appalachia Prisons To Be Given On Monday

A presentation on the fight against building prisons in Appalachia will be held this coming Monday by the IU group, Students Against State Violence. Panagioti Tsolkas (PAH-nee-AH-tee-CHO-kus.) will be speaking. Tsolkas has worked at the Human Rights Defense Center since 2014. He was interviewed on WFHB’s Interchange in September. Tsolkas says that we should look at this as anger against …

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Kevin O. Mooney’s Unique Video Art Comes To Bloomington

A new exhibit featuring the video work of Kevin O. Mooney will be opening on Friday, October 23rd at the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University. The exhibit will showcase more than 250,000 still images in several stop-motion animation movies taken by the artist. Entitled, “365/24/7/-2012” the piece allows viewers to witness day-to-day events in the artist’s life over the course …

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State And National Union Membership Popularity Is On The Rise

Union membership in Indiana is on the rise despite the passing of right to work legislation in 2012. That’s according to a report from the Times of Northwest Indiana. In 2014, Indiana unions counted 299,000 members, up from 249,000 members the year before. That is an 18% growth in membership, bringing 12% of Indiana’s workforce into the union fold. Union …

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Sophia Travis to be Honored at Women in Government Plaza

The dedication of the Women in Government Plaza at the Monroe County Courthouse is scheduled to take place this Sunday, October 4th, at 1pm. The plaza seeks to honor the life of Sophia Travis, a County Council member, artist, and community activist. It is also designed to honor women who have served in government in general. A non-profit group, the …

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Two Dead in Murder/Suicide

A man and a woman were found dead last night in what investigators believe was a murder/suicide on the east side of Bloomington. The two were discovered in the common area of Stratum at Indiana Apartments around 9:21 p.m. When police arrived, they found a 20 year old man dead from an apparent suicide by hanging. The woman, who was …

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