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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.
With racism and police brutality coming to the forefront of public attention across the community and nation, many are condemning police departments and the justice system, arguing they perpetuate systemic racism.
This election season is marked by uncertainty, with concerns about delayed results and unrest due to COVID-19. We spoke with election officials and community members to address the questions and concerns that have been raised throughout the campaign and at last week’s presidential debate.
No Space For Hate, a local group working to fight white supremacy, released a report in July about white supremacist recruitment at IU. The report found incidents of racism and white supremacy have rapidly increased on campus since 2017. NSFH predicts racist violence will continue to escalate unless it is aggressively, proactively and institutionally combatted.
After six months spent totally isolated, walled in with parents or even simply ignoring the pandemic as it transformed the world in irreparable ways, IU’s students returned to the campus they left in March. It was the same place it had always been when they arrived more than a week ago, but so much about their lives in Bloomington was unfamiliar.
Calls to defund the police, establish mutual aid networks and other efforts to reduce contact with and reliance on state power ultimately issue the same challenge: We live in a state defined by its violence. Let’s organize ourselves without it.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death and other high-profile police killings, social media and real life were flooded with antiracist information and actions. Over a month after protests and nationwide action began, many people’s social media feeds, friend groups and routines began returning to normal until the alleged attempted lynching of Vauhxx Booker on July 4.
Citizens of democracies tend to think of elections as the lifeblood of democracy, but in the U.S., rampant voter suppression and uninspiring and uninspired candidates have led to disengagement. We face problems that require ingenuity and political courage, but elections encourage just one type of person to run: performers.