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Better Beware! – College Scams 2

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Students can be more vulnerable to rip-off artists than any other group. Here are some of the biggest reasons why, and the biggest traps to avoid.

Local Residents Voice Opinions on Planned Parenthood Funding

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Twenty-three local residents voiced their opinions before the Monroe County Council last night, as the Council considered whether to approve a $3,000 grant to Planned Parenthood. The local clinic requested the money to help pay for contraceptives, STD testing and medical examinations. Planned Parenthood has been under fire in recent weeks after an anti-abortion group released a series of heavily edited videos intended to defame the organization.

The videos focus on a program in which patients donate fetal tissue to be used in medical research. Although several speakers referred to the videos last night, Bloomington’s clinic does not offer the tissue donation program, nor do any other Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana.

Daily Local News – August 26, 2015

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A student and a parent raised complaints last night about the start time for middle and high school students at local public schools; Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer says there has been a startling increase in heroin and opiate-related deaths in Monroe County; The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded the City of Bloomington a grant worth almost $10,000; Seasonal workers at local parks can expect a four percent increase in their hourly wages next year, while permanent staff can expect a two percent raise.

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Twenty-three local residents voiced their opinions before the Monroe County Council last night, as the Council considered whether to approve a $3,000 grant to Planned Parenthood. The local clinic requested the money to help pay for contraceptives, STD testing and medical examinations. Planned Parenthood has been under fire in recent weeks after an anti-abortion group released a series of heavily edited videos intended to defame the organization. The videos focus on a program in which patients donate fetal tissue to be used in medical research. Although several speakers referred to the videos last night, Bloomington’s clinic does not offer the tissue donation program, nor do any other Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana. We bring you a portion of the public comments from the meeting last night for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Students can be more vulnerable to rip-off artists than any other group. Here are some of the biggest reasons why, and the biggest traps to avoid.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Stephanie Stewart
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was edited by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Park Workers Receive Raises in 2016 Budget

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Seasonal workers at local parks can expect a four percent increase in their hourly wages next year, while permanent staff can expect a two percent raise. These proposals were part of the 2016 budget request presented by the Director of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, Mick Renneisen. Renneisen spoke to the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners yesterday.  He first reviewed highlights from the department’s activities this past year.

Renneisen says there were almost a million public participations in parks and recreation programs in 2014. He then went over the Department’s priorities for next year.  The Board approved the Department’s request for a little over eight million dollars in general funding for next year, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2015. That request now goes to the City Council. Renneisen then reviewed the non-reverting fund budget request for his Department. These are on-going funds needed for expenses, such as personnel, which roll over yearly.

The Board has the final say over the approval of the non-reverting fund budget. It unanimously approved the Department’s proposal.

Heroin Use on the Rise in Monroe County

Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer says there has been a startling increase in heroin and opiate related deaths in Monroe County. Meyer was quoted in an article in the Herald-Times. Overdose deaths have surpassed even that of car accidents. Between the years of 2012 and 2014 the number of heroin overdoses that made it to the IU hospital increased from nine to forty-eight. In just the first six months of this year they have treated thirty-seven overdose patients.

Mark DeLong, the director at local addiction recovery organization Amethyst House, says the organization has seen a definite increase in users of both heroin and opiates in the past couple years. He says the trend they’ve seen is people starting their addictions with prescription medication, then eventually moving on to heroin which has become inexpensive. There have been reports of public overdoses as recently as July, according to the Herald-Times. A forty-six year old man was found twice in the same day, first by Old National Bank then later at People’s Park. Both times the man was revived with the drug Narcan, which negates the effects of heroin. Another 21-year-old man was found overdosed in a McDonald’s parking lot in July.

MCCSC Board Fields Complaints About Start Times

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A student and a parent raised complaints last night about the start time for middle and high school students at local public schools. The Monroe County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees heard first from the Senior Class President at Bloomington High School North, Adrian Thompson.  The school day at Middle and High Schools in the district begins at 7:40 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8:25 on Wednesday.  It ends at 2:55 each day.

Elementary school starts and ends 55 minutes later. The ostensible rationale for the early and split starts is school bus co-ordination. A member of the Calendar Committee of MCCSC, Jenny Stevens, also spoke to the start time issue, during her presentation on the length of the school day. She noted that she had been a member of the Length of Day Study Committee.  Both presentations occurred during the public comment section of the Board meeting. No Board members commented on either presentation.

Standing Room Only – A Conversation with Music Critic Jessica Hopper

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On August 4, 2015, The Friends of the Monroe County Library hosted music and culture critic Jessica Hopper  who read excerpts from her book titled “The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic” and took questions from the audience. Hopper is a senior editor at Pitchfork, a music webzine based in Chicago.

Interchange – Mixed Nuts: Clint Eastwood’s Life In the Movies

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In a 2002 interview Patrick McGilligan said of Clint Eastwood, “I think he’s a lazy actor and a lazy director. He’s a great image. This book is about how the image and the reality complement each other. There’s a false morality about Clint, the false morality of his life, which becomes the false morality of his films. It’s a disgusting reality, it’s all right to get revenge and kill people in nasty ways. It’s OK to triumph in comic book fashion over people as long as they’re evil. The message of his films in human and moral terms is that Clint wins, Clint survives, and good triumphs over evil because he’s always defined as good despite how many people he shoots…” For “Mixed Nuts” we talk with McGilligan about Clint Eastwood’s life and look specifically at a few representative films: Dirty Harry, Unforgiven, and American Sniper.

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Patrick McGilligan is a film historian and writer. His biography on Alfred Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light, was a finalist for the Edgar Award. He is the author of two New York Times Notable Books, and he lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also noted for his biography on Clint Eastwood, Clint: The Life and Legend (updated and reissued by O/R Books), which reveals much about Eastwood which his official biography by Richard Schickel left out. In addition to Hitchcock and Eastwood, he has written biographies on Robert Altman, James Cagney, George Cukor, Fritz Lang, Oscar Micheaux, Jack Nicholson, and Nicholas Ray. He is also an editor of Backstory, which features interviews of Hollywood screenwriters and is published by the University of California Press.

Clint: The Life and Legend
From the publisher’s website:

With just one syllable, the man is identified: there can only be one Clint, the American lone wolf personified. And now, in the last few years, Clint Eastwood has become the point man for the American conservative movement, known for a certain lecture to an empty chair and his runaway hit “American Sniper.”

When this biography first appeared, it was met with critical praise for its research, and anger on the part of its subject to the point where he sued the author for $10 million: that suit, which resulted in the effective suppression of the book in the United States, was eventually settled without penalty or threat of future reprisal. Now updated and drawing on extensive interviews with intimates, legal documents and behind-the-scenes reportage on the making of his most famous (and obscure) films, Clint: The Life and Legend is, for fans as well as non-fans, the ultimate life story of this corroded pillar of Hollywood.

This update from the original edition encompasses Clint’s personal life since then — divorce, reality television, and Clint’s appearance before the 2012 Republican National Convention — and all his recent films, through to the success and controversy of “American Sniper.”

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Intro: “Gran Torino” (theme) mixed with “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” performed by Clint Eastwood
First Break: “Don’t Fence Me In,” performed by Clint Eastwood
Second Break: “Barroom Buddies,” performed by Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood
Outro: “No Sweater Cheater Than You,” performed by Clint Eastwood

CREDITS
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board and Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Fun Around Town with No Money Down

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College classes are back in session! You can have a social life this semester without going broke—if you know where to look for the many opportunities for free fun around town.

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