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Bollywood Film Based In Bloomington To Begin Filming Soon

A Bollywood film crew is set to begin production on a new movie based in Bloomington. The producers of the film, tentatively titled “7 Hindustani,” got permission October 7 to reserve some parking spaces downtown. Alana Rossein, the line producer of the film, explained to the Bloomington Board of Public Works the crew needs the spaces for equipment and location.

Rossein went on to say scenes will be filmed at Kilroy’s on Kirkwood and on South Washington Street among other locations.

“We want to show Bloomington to people who have never seen this place before,” Rossein says.

The chief producer, Anil Kapoor, also took questions from the Board.

Kapoor is one of the most well-known Bollywood actors, having appeared in dozens of films over the past 35 years. Kapoor has also appeared in movies such as Slumdog Millionaire and the TV series, “24.” Kapoor commented on Bloomington’s city government.

“I’ve never seen something like this in local government,” Kapoor says. “It’s something I want to take back to where I live. You are all so civil and professional, even about the most minute details like noise and trash.”

The Board later approved the request to reserve parking spaces. Shooting is expected to begin later this month and continue through mid-November.

IU To Dedicate New Media School And Ernie Pyle Sculpture

On Friday, October 17 Indiana University will inaugurate its newest school on the Bloomington campus, the Media School, with the dedication of a new sculpture of IU alumnus and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ernie Pyle.

The sculptor is Harold Langland, professor emeritus, who taught at IU South Bend from 1971-2001.

According to IU officials, Langland will present the sculpture to IU President Michael McRobbie at a public ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. in Franklin Hall, the future home of the Media School.

Previously Langland created a sculpture of IU’s legendary President and Chancellor Herman B. Wells. That sculpture, seated on a bench near the student union, has become a popular spot for photographers as well as students and visitors.

The Media School is now envisioned as IU’s pre-eminent site for teaching, research and service about the understanding and production of media by combining over 70 faculty members specializing in journalism, cinema, communications and culture, and electronic telecommunication programs.

“The fluid technology environment of the 21st century offers our students and faculty and opportunity to boldly imagine the shape of media in the coming decades,” Larry D. Songell, executive Dean of Arts and Sciences says.

Meanwhile, this new academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences is now in search of its first dean at the same time that renovation of Franklin Hall itself will soon begin.

The Indiana State Police Receives $567,000 In Federal Grants for Anti-Methamphetamine Program

The Indiana State Police received a $567,000 federal grant from the Department of Justice office of Community Oriented Policing Services (or COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program. The COPS Anti-Meth Program provides funds to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine. The fight against methamphetamine use is one of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly’s priorities for fiscal year 2015 federal appropriations. Indiana is one of only ten states receiving a 2014 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program award and this grant will boost the state’s current efforts to fight Meth Use and the destruction that follows in its wake.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank Wins A Grant Through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campain

Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) is one of 50 food banks nationwide to win a grant through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign. Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change,” campaign was a collaborative effort with Feeding America and committed $3 million to provide 50 grants of $60,000 each to the winning food banks.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank’s “PBJ Campaign,” aimed at providing the equivalent of 250,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to those in need, received votes online and at one point was only 15 votes ahead. Yet it received enough votes in the final minutes to tie for 44th place. Julio Alonso, Executive Director of HHFB, feels grateful to the community for making it happen. “It went right down to the wire, and with just a few less votes we would have been out of contention. But instead, we edged out communities as big as Atlanta, San Francisco, and Louisville.” The majority of the funds will provide the sandwiches to HHFB’s partner agencies and mobile food pantry program, and the balance will allow the Food Bank to expand it’s retail food collection route by making a part-time driver full-time.

HAND Seeks Input from Local Residents on Future Housing Needs

The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, or The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, or HAND Department, is seeking input from residents on what are the most pressing housing needs. Every five years the City reapplies for funds from the federal government under the Community Development Block Grant Program, which is administered by HUD. The funds are to be used for affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and job creation programs. The grants are awarded to qualified cities and towns and allow for local decision-making for the specific programs that are supported.

In order to be eligible, the grantees are required to get input from a representative population of the community including persons of low and moderate income and non-English speakers. Last week the City of Bloomington mailed surveys to area residents and posted the survey online. The City is also hosting focus group meetings during the month of October. The next community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 16, at 6 PM at the library. The topic of this focus group is homelessness.
The surveys must be returned by November 16th. More information and a link to the online survey is available at bloomington.in.gov/hand.

Daily Local News – October 8th, 2014 ( Jill’s House voted to shut the organization down – Jill’s House投票决定关闭该组织)

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Last Thursday, the Board of Director’s of Jill’s House voted to shut the organization down – 上周四,Jill’s House 董事会投票决定关闭该组织.

Daily Local News – October 8th, 2014 (Blomington Transit Bus Service is running through the freezing conditions – 布卢明顿巴士已启动寒冷运行系统)

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Blomington Transit Bus Service is up and running through the freezing conditions today and all lines are relatively on time and all routes are operating on the normal break schedule-布卢明顿巴士已启动寒冷运行系统,所有的线路都比较准时,都在正常的休息时间表运行.

Daily Local News – October 8th 2014 (Annual State of the Unversity Address – 年度大学报告)

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President Michael A. McRobbie is set to deliver the annual State of the University address – 迈克尔·A·麦克罗比将发表年度大学报告

Bloomingfoods Workers Hold Rally in Support to Unionize

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Workers at Bloomingfoods are holding a rally today in support of efforts to unionize. Dakota Walker, a Bloomingfoods employee and an active participant in the union organizing drive talks about the purpose of the rally.

Walker said that the rally is about employee empowerment- it’s an effort to make our community stronger. The goal is to enable and protect the rights of the working class of the Bloomingfoods co-op. The Bloomingfoods workers realize that the rally is important in deciding their fate.

The rally is scheduled to begin at the Monroe County Courthouse Square at 5 p.m. and proceed to Bloomingfoods’ near westside store at 316 West Sixth. Participants will then march to Bloomingfoods’ administration offices at 117 South Gentry Street where they will deliver their message to the Board who are scheduled to meet at 6pm.

Walker explained, “There has not been a neutral stance from Bloomingfoods, and now they publicly say that they have been neutral and haven’t caused any trouble when they have.” He said that the rally is an attempt to get Bloomingfoods to step forward and admit to what they have done.

Bloomingfoods administration released their first statement regarding the effort yesterday, stating that the co-operative, fully  respects and supports staff’s legal right to organize. It also reads, “Throughout this process, we have been respectful and cooperative—meeting with union representation on a regular basis and refraining from any public comment until we were able to assimilate what we learned from others.” Walker then talks about the current stage of union organizing.

Walker said, “They have not called for a vote yet. It has been going very well, it’s been amazing signing people up who are interested in their rights and exercising their rights. Right now there are a large percentage of people involved, and there will remain a lot of involvement. There’s no fear of not enough people, that’s for sure.”

The organizers must get forty percent of line employees to sign union membership cards before going to the National Labor Relations board to ask for a formal vote by the employees. If fifty percent vote in favor, the Board will then certify the workers bargaining unit and the employer will then be approached to open negotiations for a first collective agreement.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Indiana’s Appeal to Ban Same-sex Marriages

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not hear an appeal from the state of Indiana, together with four other states, to district court rulings against same-sex marriage legal bans in these states. In Indiana’s case, Attorney General Zoeller had appealed to the Supreme Court against the September 4th ruling of the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals which, in turn, had upheld the June 25 ruling in Southern District of Indiana Court, which struck down the state law banning both marriage in Indiana for same-sex couples, and recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside the state. Southern District Judge Richard Young had ruled that dual prohibitions violated due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ken Falk, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and a member of the legal team that mounted the original appeal against the Indiana prohibitions responded to today’s decision…

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