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New ‘no turn on red’ ordinance aims to protect cyclists and pedestrians in downtown Bloomington

April 21st, 2021 No comments

Jim Shackelford has lived and worked in Bloomington for the past 13 years. He walks, bikes, drives and uses public transportation in town. When the Bloomington City Council announced a new ordinance that would prevent right turns on red lights, Shackelford thought it was a small change that could prevent a lot of accidents. 

In October 2020, IU student Dan Plebanek was struck and killed by a turning vehicle while crossing the intersection at Third Street and Indiana Avenue. This was not the first time an accident like this occurred, so on April 7, the city council approved the ordinance that will add 78 ‘no turn on red’ signs to intersections that currently allow right turns on red.  

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Bloomington economy slowly recovering from COVID-19

Wes Allen, a bartender at Social Cantina and senior at IU, is feeling optimistic about the Bloomington economy picking up as the end of the pandemic draws nearer. Establishments like Social Cantina have yet to see the amount of business they were getting prior to the pandemic but as the weather gets nicer and students start to get vaccines, all of that is slowly changing.

“The last three weeks have been really great for business at Social,” he said. “Since they made the announcement that everyone 16 plus could get the vaccine, we’ve been pretty much packed to the capacity we can legally hold every night.”

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Ken Nunn, from troubled teenager to law firm legend

April 1st, 2021 No comments

When Ken Nunn was a child in Jeffersonville, he was only able to feel completely warm while he sat in school, because many of his childhood homes didn’t have heat. More often than not, Nunn ate mayonnaise sandwiches at home.

Much of his time outside of school was spent caring for his little sister, while his mother worked two jobs to support them. His family was evicted from their homes 10 times in 12 years for non-payment of rent.

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Alex Crowley’s unique path landed him the role of Director of Economic and Sustainable Development

After being sent out to Bloomington from New York by Insight Communications to do field work, Alex Crowley, the current Director of Economic and Sustainable Development in Bloomington, was finally enjoying his work. At 37 he got the call to come back to New York but was able to convince corporate to let him stay in Bloomington, a place that he would end up calling home. After another 12 years of remote work in Bloomington, Crowley ended up working with the city.

“There were a couple times where I picked location over job,” he said. “I made the decision early on that as long as the people were interesting it didn’t really matter what I was doing.”

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Reporting during COVID-19 pandemic is flat out hard

Reporting during a pandemic has been a challenging and unrewarding experience. My time reporting during COVID-19 has proved to be beyond difficult and incredibly frustrating.

Once COVID-19 hit last March, there was an onslaught of negativity brought into the news, not only on what was being reported on but on a growing distrust boiled over between those working in the media and its viewers.

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The pandemic has made laptops a reporter’s best friend

March 25th, 2021 No comments

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was a breaking news reporter at the Indiana Daily Student. During the first weeks I wrote constantly about how the virus was affecting IU and its students, but it took a long time for me to realize the way I was going to conduct interviews was going to change. 

Before this, I usually did interviews in person; in offices, in comma areas, even in student’s homes a few times. I came to realize that while Zoom interviews are similar to the real thing, it was clear things were different, and I had to make accommodations.

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IU students’ spending habits still altered since start of COVID-19 pandemic

March 11th, 2021 No comments

IU students have seen their spending habits shift as a result of public health guidelines imposed on businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in interviews conducted on and near Kirkwood Avenue.

The big picture: IU students are spending their money differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are not necessarily spending less, rather on different items.

IU senior Zoe Richards, 21, from Marian, says on a weekly basis he spends significantly less going out to bars and restaurants and more on ordering food and things for this daily life at home.

“I probably haven’t spent that much less money, just […]

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On The Beat Newsletter – Civic Life

February 25th, 2021 No comments

Feb. 9, 2020
Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick and Jill Colvin, Associated Press.
Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial began Tuesday and Democrats opened with video evidence of the Capitol Riot. He is the first president to be impeached and tried after leaving office. His lawyers will argue the Constitutionality of this trial. 

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On The Beat – Arts & Entertainment

February 25th, 2021 No comments


Feb. 4, 2021

Alexis Lindenmayer, Indiana Daily Student

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation hopes to bring energy back to its annual festival by allowing people to come to the performances. Tickets will go on sale for the festival in August, but there is a chance it could go back to being a virtual event.

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On The Beat – Civic Life

February 25th, 2021 No comments


 Jan. 27, 2021

 Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, The Washington Post

On Wednesday, Joe Biden announced his plan to shift the US away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. His plan will create millions of jobs and conserve public land and water. But, he must try and fight the fossil fuel giants.

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