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“Disrespecting the Area” — The Changing Legality of Public Sleeping, in Bloomington and Beyond

Monroe County passed an ordinance in 2013 to set hours for use of the Courthouse lawn. The stated goal was to prohibit people from sleeping there.

One of the most clear challenges for a person or a family experiencing homelessness is finding a place to sleep. In many communities, including Monroe County, there are not enough shelter beds to meet the need. And for years, laws around the country have compounded the problem by restricting other options for places to rest. But that could be changing. …

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Activate! – Council for Community Accessibility: Vicki Pappas


Vicki Pappas on the work done by CCA to educate about issues facing our community and the positive action CCA brings to working towards solutions. Also, more ways to connect to your community from the City of Bloomington’s Volunteer Network. LINKS Council for Community Accessibility AccessAbility Decal Project Surveyors Team Growing Opportunities Education Volunteer CCA Activities & Events Committee

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Daily Local News – November 9, 2015

56 percent of Indiana residents are in favor adding LGBT anti-discrimination protections to the law, according to a survey by Ball State University and WISH-TV in Indianapolis; The Indiana Department of Transportation says they’re working to keep traffic moving in spite of major construction on Interstate 69. FEATURE One of the most clear challenges for a person or a family …

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Books Unbound – The Massacre of Yangzhou

The protagonist of “The Massacre of Yangzhou” is the southern Chinese city of Yangzhou, a rich and beautiful center of the failing Ming Dynasty as it succumbed to the rising Qing Dynasty. The episode is based on “‘Horrid Beyond Description’: The Massacre of Yangzhou”, from the book Voices from the Ming-Qing Cataclysm: China in Tigers’ Jaws by Lynn Struve. Struve …

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Hola Bloomington – November 6, 2015

Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Luz Maria Lopez, Araceli Gómez-Aldana y Carlos Bakota hablan sobre las familia Latina/Hispana en Bloomington. Hablan de sus historias y como los Latinos valoran una familia integrada. Además, entrevistan a Eduardo Isidro, un fotógrafo local. Hablan de como comenzó su trayectoria como fotógrafo y de sus aspiraciones. Hola Bloomington’s hosts Luz Maria Lopez, Araceli Gomez-Aldan …

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Bennett Singer (rebroadcast) – bloomingOUT November 5, 2015

This week, we have a re-airing of Jeff Jewel, Jeff Poling, and Erica Dorseys’ interview with filmmaker Bennett Singer. Hosts – Jeff Jewel, Jeff Poling, Erica Dorsey Executive Producer – Joe Crawford Producer – Olivia Davidson Board Engineer – Andrew Sims

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Bloomington City Council Discusses Future Use of Jill’s House Property

Last night the Bloomington City Council grappled with the future use of the now-empty Jill’s House on the north side of town. The Council was asked to amend the ordinance governing how the Jill’s House property can be used. This request had previously been supported at by the Bloomington Plan Commission and a committee of the City Council. Planning Department …

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Voices in the Street – “Life After the IU Health Bloomington Hospital: Brainstorming Ideas for Repurposing the South Rogers Structure”

Last month, community members met to discuss options for the Bloomington Hospital once its medical facilities move to the 45/46 bypass. Deputy Mayor Adam Wason has said one of the advantages we possess is time to get this right. If you’d like to submit suggestions, you can email Voices in the street hit the streets to ask your friends …

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Chad Roeder Speaks to City Council About the Future of the Downtown Recycling Center

Last night the manager of Bloomington’s Downtown Recycling Center, Chad Roeder, spoke to the City Council about future plans for the facility. The Center is a public/private partnership between the city government and Roeder’s recycling business, Bloomington Pedal Power. Roeder also took questions from the Council. We bring you his comments now for today’s WFHB community report.

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Indiana University’s Fifth Annual Traditional Powwow

Indiana University’s Fifth Annual Traditional Powwow is this Saturday at noon. The event will take place in the Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union. The event is free and the doors will open at 11 am. A free community meal will be held at 5:30 pm. According to a press release from IU, the Head Lady dancer will be …

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