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Due to the intense economic hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic, individual states and later the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention imposed eviction moratoria. According to the CDC, the pandemic could be exacerbated by homelessness and overcrowded shelters, which was the public health reason for instating the temporary prohibitions on eviction.
As students flock back to IU’s campus, many feel waves of emotions as they return to in-person events and resume classes. All the while, worries of the delta variant of the coronavirus grow stronger.
A 28-year-old man drove a pickup truck into IU’s Atwater Eye Care Center Tuesday morning. The truck crashed into the lobby at about 1:30 a.m., and the man was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital before being taken to jail, according to the Herald-Times.
Vauhxx Booker, a human rights advocate who is Black, went to Lake Monroe to watch the lunar eclipse one year ago today on July 4, 2020. Booker and the group he was with took a shortcut to get to the destination, and Sean Purdy claimed they were trespassing on private property. Booker believed he was on public property but decided to apologize and move forward to avoid escalation, and Purdy gave his group a ride to the site. However, the group allegedly blocked off the beach as more people began to arrive, so Booker and a friend decided to go back and talk to them again.
A man who died by suicide was found inside a tent under the B-Line trail bridge near Switchyard Park around 6:00 a.m. Sunday, according to Bloomington Police Captain Ryan Pedigo. His identity is not publicly known at this time.
In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, eight students are suing IU over its vaccine mandate, arguing that it is unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment and violates Indiana’s recently passed law against “vaccine passports.”
Friday night’s flooding in Bloomington took many by surprise, especially downtown and on Kirkwood Avenue. Bloomington Fire Department Deputy Chief Jayme Washel spoke with the Indiana Daily Student about what happened last night and how to stay safe if there’s additional flooding tonight.
Michele Loughlin was kind, funny and always able to lighten the mood. She didn’t take things too seriously, but she was ambitious and an incredibly hard worker. She was the kind of person who never seemed to have a bad day, who wanted to make sure everyone around her was happy and who was always willing to help out a friend.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita released a non-binding opinion Wednesday stating that public universities in Indiana cannot require students to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine but can require students to be vaccinated.
In response to IU announcing COVID-19 vaccines will be required for all students, faculty and staff in the fall, 19 Indiana legislators wrote a letter Tuesday asking Governor Eric Holcomb to “prohibit state universities from mandating vaccines that do not have full FDA approval.”
The Monroe County Health Department will rescind its COVID-19 health order Monday, May 17 at 8 a.m., according to a press release Friday. Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton will also rescind Executive Order 20-03, which limited non-commercial gatherings within city limits to 15 people, according to a release. That order will also go into effect May 17.
The Bloomington Police Department released body camera footage of welfare checks in the hours before the Dec. 24, 2020, death of JT Vanderburg, a 51-year-old man experiencing homelessness whose death shook Bloomington’s unhoused community. The release came in response to a records request filed by the B Square Beacon, which published the footage March 2.
In 2020, millions of Americans attended hundreds of thousands of protests, from Black Lives Matter to rallies against COVID-19 restrictions. More Americans than ever before reported participating in a protest this year, according to the New York Times.
This year’s rate of federal executions is historically unprecedented. July 2020 marked the first federal execution since 2003, and prior to that, only three people had been executed by the federal government in the past 50 years. Eight people have been executed in the past five months, making 2020 the first year since the end of World War II that the federal government executed more than five civilians.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill petitioned the Supreme Court on Nov. 23 to hear a case that could dramatically roll back the parenting rights of same-sex couples.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department agreed on Oct. 29 to end the use of riot control agents against peaceful, law-abiding protesters and passive resistors. Passive resistors are defined as those who are nonviolent but may be breaking the law. Riot control agents include chemical agents such as tear gas and pepper balls.
Riley Knight did not see the sun on Election Day. He was busy working the polls.
With historically high mail-in and early voting this year, many Americans are concerned about delayed election results.
Monroe County will have 28 polling places open Tuesday. Unlike during early voting, where all voters had to go to Election Central to vote, Monroe County voters must go to their assigned polling place on Election Day.
Absentee voting, which refers to both early in-person and by mail voting, has increased dramatically in Indiana and nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to record state turnout and fewer polling places, Indiana voters have been waiting in long lines in Monroe County and across the state.