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Daily Local News – October 28, 2013

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Four recipients have been announced for the  Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program; The national organization Family Equality Council is hosting a talk for LGBT community who wish to learn about all the options available for starting or growing a family; The policy committee of the Bloomington Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization made plans October 11th to request a study on the effects of pollution along Interstate 69; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will hold the annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on Saturday.

FEATURE
IU Joins Resistance to HJR-6
Today, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced that IU is joining Freedom Indiana in its battle against the stated intention of the Indiana government to amend the state constitution, effectively banning same sex marriage. This action requires the General Assembly to pass a resolution to this effect during two sessions of the assembly. It has been passed once already. The proposal is to be presented for the second time to the Indiana General Assembly, under House Joint Resolution 6, during the upcoming session that begins in January 2014. If passed, HJR 6 will have a statewide referendum placed on the November 2014 ballot, that will ask voters to approve amending the state constitution to read, quote, that only marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana, and provides that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized. WFHB correspondent David Murphy spoke to Mark Land, from IU Communications, about McRobbie’s announcement.

ACTIVATE
Tom Cox talks about the work and purpose of Monroe County CARES, our local connection to the Drug Free Indiana program on Activate! Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng, and Chris Martin
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker
Our engineers were Chris Martin and Lauren Glapa
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Books Unbound – A Study in Scarlet, Part 9

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In this episode:
“A Study in Scarlet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

About this Author:
Born on 22 May 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Arthur Conan Doyle went on to study medicine at Edinburgh University from 1876 to 1881, during which time he began writing short stories. His first published work was “The Mystery of Sasassa Valley,” which appeared in 1879. With the publication of A Study in Scarlet, Conan Doyle created the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson who would make him famous. He based the deductive reasoning that characterized Holmes on the techniques of Joseph Bell, one of his instructors in medical school. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on 7 July 1930, far more famous as a writer than as a doctor.

About this book:
Originally titled “A Tangled Skein.” A Study in Scarlet first appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual (1887), and was published as a book in July, 1888. Twenty-seven year-old Conan Doyle received £25 for full rights to the story, which he had written in three weeks in 1886. The work, the first of only four full-length Sherlock Holmes novels, introduced the consulting detective and the faithful Dr. Watson, who also chronicled their adventures in fifty-six short stories to make the Baker Street team the most famous pair in detective fiction. Although it attracted little notice at the time, it’s portrayal of Mormonism soon became controversial.

About this program:
Books burn; ideas endure. Books Unbound is a weekly showcase of literary works banned by those who fear the power of the pen. The program promotes literary reading and curiosity, challenging listeners to consider viewpoints that may be different from our own. Each week we bring you literature prohibited by governments, schools, and religious institutions. In the words of French philosopher Emile-Auguste Chartier, “nothing is as dangerous as an idea, when it’s the only one you’ve got.” Books Unbound is a production of community radio WFHB in Bloomington, Indiana.

Hola Bloomington – October 25, 2013

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Hostess Luz Maria Lopez and Carlos Bakota, interview Chelsea Alexander. Currently Chelsea has a practice at the Animal Shelter working as a translator. She comes to our show and talks about her life, her goals and her experience as a translator. Also “mesa Redonda”..with Minerva Sosa, “un cafecito con…” the news and the events of the week.

Volunteer Connection – October 25, 2013

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A weekly snapshot of how people of all ages can match their time and talents to local needs. Each week Volunteer Connection brings you the “featured five” – five ways to get involved NOW! Volunteer Connection is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, working together to build an empowered, vibrant, and engaged community!

IU Board Votes “No” to Privitized Parking

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The Indiana University Board of Trustees met in Bloomington last week, for two days of committee and business meetings. One agenda item that was ultimately voted down was the proposed outsourcing of parking management, on both Bloomington’s campus and the campus of IU-Purdue in Indianapolis. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Patrick Shoulders, the longest serving Board member, about the proposal and the philosophy behind privatizing IU operations, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – October 25, 2013

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Online registration ends this Monday for Rachael’s Run for Justice, a 5k run and one mile walk happening next Saturday in Bloomington; The Indiana University School of Optometry has received an in-perpetuity gift from the nonprofit organization Saving Sight Indiana; The contractor repairing the Griffy Dam has fallen further behind on its schedule to complete the project.

FEATURE
IU Board Votes “No” to Privitized Parking
The Indiana University Board of Trustees met in Bloomington last week, for two days of committee and business meetings. One agenda item that was ultimately voted down was the proposed outsourcing of parking management, on both Bloomington’s campus and the campus of IU-Purdue in Indianapolis. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Patrick Shoulders, the longest serving Board member, about the proposal and the philosophy behind privatizing IU operations, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell & Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh,
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Local NAACP branch to sponsor open forum about the War on Drugs

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Bloomington’s NAACP branch continues to take on the War on Drugs, and its effects on the local black community.

The branch will sponsor a second public forum on the war a week from Tuesday. The NAACP of Monroe County sponsored a first forum in April, during which some three dozen suggestions were generated to solve some of the negative effects of the War on Drugs.

The upcoming forum will consider three of the strongest of those suggestions at its second forum. William Vance, Jr. is president of the Monroe County branch of the NAACP.

“We want to send a message to the community, to law enforcement and anyone that has anything to do with the law that there is a definite disparity in the sentencing of individuals that commit drug crimes,” Vance says, “Why is that? We will get a feel from the community on whether or not the solutions we suggest seem workable.”

Former President Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs in 1971. The so-called war institutionalized and coordinated drug prohibition efforts on a federal level that began as far back as 1914.

Vance mentions Michelle Alexander’s bestselling book “The New Jim Crow.” In it, Alexander characterizes the War on Drugs as a war on young black men. Vance adds that an in-depth study conducted by the local NAACP branch indicated a pattern of discrimination against young black men moving through the Monroe County court system over the years.

He did say that in his nine years at the helm of the local NAACP, the number of overall discrimination complaints has fallen dramatically, inspiring him to declare Bloomington a relatively good place for blacks to live in.

Still, he says the nationwide War on Drugs has caused collateral damage locally.

“Once you’ve been arrested for a drug offense, whether you’re in there for a year or ten years, it’s almost impossible to assimilate back into society because it’s even more difficult to get a job,” Vance says.

The forum with be held in the Bloomington City Council chambers on Tuesday, November 5, at 7 p.m. Free parking is available in the City Hall lot on North Morton Street.

State law changes regarding historic districts in Bloomington

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At a meeting yesterday the Bloomington City Council discussed changing the city’s rules regarding historic districts. Most discussion surrounded a change that city attorney Patty Mulvehill said was required by state law.

Conservation districts are less restrictive to neighborhoods than full historic districts, which require the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to approve all exterior changes to homes. Instead, designating an area as a conservation district is intended to prevent radical changes.

In conservation districts, major events like demolition and new construction require prior review. Several residents of the McDoel Gardens Neighborhood, which is a conservation district, spoke in favor of keeping the city laws as they are. One of those residents was Paul Ash.

“I just wanted to emphasize what an excellent tool this is, it’s not broke, let’s not fix it, let’s just keep going the way we are,” Ash said.

Members of the City Council said they were sympathetic with the residents’ concerns. But member Dorothy Granger said the city didn’t have any other options.

“I agree that what we have is good, and I just want reiterate that the changes we have to make are state changes,” Granger said, “We will work very hard to work very that the people within the conservation districts understand what we have to go through.”

Residents of the city’s three conservation districts will now have to hold a vote to keep their current statuses. Council member Tim Mayer asked Mulvehill to explain the logic behind the state law.

“What I try to explain is that unfortunately what we see in higher level of government is that we see people who have written the law without ever practicing it,” Mulvehill said, “It’s kind of just what we’re stuck with.”

During a straw poll at the end of the meeting, the Council indicated support for the changes in the law. All seven members who were present voted for the change.

Eight Medical Corp. relocates offices to Bloomington

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Eight Medical Corporation has relocated its offices from St. Paul, Minnesota to Bloomington. The company is a medical device distributor. Its main device called the Recirculator Eight Point Zero, used to treat cavities.

Dana Palazzo, project manager for Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, says quality of life was a huge factor for the corporation choosing Bloomington.

“If the word gets out that better businesses are coming here to Bloomington, because of the business climate and the tax environment,” Palazzo says, “More businesses will look at Bloomington when they’re choosing relocation.”

Despite the fact that Eight Medical Corporation only has a small office with two full-time employees locally, Palazzo says it still diversifies the community.

“Any new business to Bloomington is a great success,” Palazzo says, “We have pretty robust and diverse industry in the life sciences, from medical devices to pharmaceuticals. New business adds to the knowledge base we have here.”

This move comes as part of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation’s effort to improve the local life science community.

bloomingOUT – October 24, 2013

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Bloomington North High School Counselor Greg Chaffin discusses the additional hardships and academic stressors faced by LGBTQIA teens as a result of bullying and discrimination on a new edition of Youth in Peril. Helen highlights October as pride month on an edition of Queer Herstory.  Founder and President of Indiana Transgender Wellness Alliance and Cummins engineer talks about transitioning on the job as well as support networks developing at the corporate level.

www.indianatransgenderwellness.org

Producer Carol Fischer

Executive producer Alycin Bektesh

Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick and Nick Tumino

News Director Josh Vidrich

Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson

Announcer Sarah Hetrick

 

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