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Top Stories of 2014: Ferguson, MO

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The Top Stories of 2014 is a special production of WFHB News, looking back on the stories that define the year in news. From deer to development, education to equality, national issues became local, and Indiana worked to set itself apart. The Top Stories of 2014 is produced by Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – December 25, 2014

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On today’s special Christmas edition of EcoReport, Lucille Burtuccio, Dan Withered, and Dan Young read excerpts from Lucille’s Book “Au Natural: Ruminations on Nature”

Bloomington Beware! – Year End Review

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Well, the old year is fast running out. It’s Christmas Eve already, WFHB News is on hiatus this week, and that means Bloomington Beware won’t be repeated in the evening as usual. So listen up and make a special effort to clue your friends and family in on any of this news they might be able to use.

We’ve reported on all kinds of frauds, con games and swindles this year, and still haven’t caught them all. Increasing global connectivity has been a hothouse for scammers; they’ve multiplied at an unbelievable rate, and this trend bids fair to continue in the New Year…so here’s a quick look at some of the traps and pitfalls they’re putting in everybody’s path, pretty much every day now.

Ponzi Schemes (or “pyramid schemes”) continue to sucker people into investing hard-earned savings in get-rich quick schemes. They always promise you a huge return on your money – but only the people who get on board first ever see any returns. The evil financial wizards who run these things simply keep recruiting more investors, and use their money to make payments…until the whole thing inevitably collapses, the promoter disappears with a pile of cash, and most of the people who bought into the scheme are left holding an empty bag. ANY investment which claims you’ll get a very large payback, very quickly, is seriously suspect. Don’t invest your money anywhere without checking things out very thoroughly first, or without talking to friends, family, or an investment counselor.

But beware of FAKE investment counselors. Senior citizens, especially, are favorite targets for people who claim to have financial credentials and experience – but really only have a glib tongue and gobs of greed – according to the A-A-R-P scamwatch. Someone you know well, someone a friend or family member has used for a long time, or someone who works for a large, long-established company, are the safest bets…and an investment advisor who finds YOU is much more likely to be a crook than one you find, after asking around and doing some serious checking.

Affinity Fraud is another oldie-but-a-baddie, and it often works all too well. That’s when the swindler targets a group of people who have something in common. It can be a shared interest in something – like cars, mystery novels, collectibles, or even membership in a church or some other perfectly legitimate organization. They play on your emotions, and build trust by pretending to share the common bond. All too often, they manage to bamboozle some innocent group member and get him or her to sell other group members on the swindle. Just because you heard about a great deal from somebody you’ve known all your life doesn’t mean you still don’t have to check it out yourself.

And there are many, many more – fake charities, phishing emails, data breaches at big companies – even if we could list them all, we don’t have enough time. But the good news is, checking things out is a lot easier than it used to be, if you can go online. The Better Business Bureau’s website at b-b-b dot o-r-g is a great place to start. The Indiana Attorney General maintains an excellent website – easily found with a quick search. And just searching for “scams and frauds” or something like that will turn up a whole list of websites from the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission, and private organizations where you can search for people and company names, or keywords, and get tipped off before you get ripped off. Have a wonderful holiday ….and stay safe!

Top Stories of 2014: Marriage Equality

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Tonight, we will be looking back on winding path to marriage equality in Indiana. It didn’t take long after the new year for it to become clear that the focus 2014 legislative session would be HJR-3, ratifying Indiana’s ban on gay marriage into the state constitution. But through a series of court rulings that swung legality of same-sex-marriage back and forth throughout the summer and fall, the chips finally fell in favor of Hoosiers obtaining marriage equality – something 2014 will be known for forevermore.

The Top Stories of 2014 is a special production of WFHB News, looking back on the stories that define the year in news. From deer to development, education to equality, national issues became local, and Indiana worked to set itself apart. The Top Stories of 2014 is produced by Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford.

Interchange – The Hoarders: Pathologizing the Packrat

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We’re joined by Scott Herring, author of The Hoarders, a cultural history of the recent DSM-5 diagnosis of Hoarding Disorder. We talk about famous pack rats such as the Collyer Brothers of Harlem, Andy Warhol, and Big Edie and Little Edie Beale from the documentary Grey Gardens. Herring argues that this new disease has a significant–and overlooked–cultural back story from the 1930s to the present.

Also discussed: Ralph and Terry Kovel, authors of a nationally syndicated collectibles column that began in 1955; and Sandra Felton, “The Organizer Lady” and founder of “Messies Anonymous.”

Scott Herring is an associate professor in the Department of English at Indiana University.

The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture

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Producer & Host is Doug Storm.
Board Engineer is Jonathan Richardson.
Carissa Barrett coordinates our social media.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

The Top Stories of 2014: Follow the Money

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Our coverage this evening focuses on major changes to Bloomington’s city government following the discovery of an embezzlement scheme within the Public Works Department. Herald Times editor Bob Zaltsberg joins Joe and Alycin for a look back beginning in March when federal authorities charged former city engineer Justin Wykoff with 24 counts of embezzlement. Wykoff was accused of collaborating with the Bedford-based company, Reliable Concrete, to steal about $800,000 from the city by approving fraudulent invoices.

The Top Stories of 2014 is a special production of WFHB News, looking back on the stories that define the year in news. From deer to development, education to equality, national issues became local, and Indiana worked to set itself apart. The Top Stories of 2014 is produced by Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford.

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