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Debbie Corcoran and her daughter Sydney Reed look at chemical plume maps Feb. 16 in their home in Martinsville, Indiana. The chemical plumes are contaminated areas created from improperly disposed chemicals from different companies in the city. One of them runs through their neighborhood.

On tainted soil

Dangerous chemicals have been lurking in the ground and air for years.

Monica Kelsey looks out a window Nov. 11, 2019 at a Starbucks in Indianapolis. She recounts her limited moments with her birth mother before she died.

The woman behind the boxes

Monica Kelsey was abandoned at birth. Now, she's dedicated her life to saving abandoned babies.

Dancers in the snow scene of "The Nutcracker" balance on pointe during a rehearsal Dec. 2, 2010 at the MAC.

They waited six weeks

IU found a total of seven alleged victims of a former ballet instructor. 

Kendall Locey, now a junior, in front of Read where she lived, said she was sexually assaulted there a few weeks into her freshman year in an off-campus fratenity. Kendall walked back to her dorm without any memory at that night. The time period between a freshman's first week on campus in August and Thanksgiving Break in late November is known as the Red Zone, when young students are more vulnerable and at risk for sexual assault. There are many things Kendall wishes she had known prior to that night.

The red zone

Two years later, she still thinks about that night. Read the full story at

A question of consent

One night, two IU students and the thin line between a hook-up and a rape.

In the dark: Part 2

Blue light emergency phones are placed inconsistently with crime trends.

Andy Stephenson, IUPD captain, checks in with officers Joshua Sung, left, and Briana Guy Friday at IUPD station. After almost 20 years on the force, Stephenson said blue lights have only been used four times for legitimate emergencies.

In the dark

When a student was stabbed, he ignored the blue lights.

James Roberts is one of the first participants of Monroe County's new Mental Health Court, a preventative court designed to address offenders' mental health concerns. Roberts was charged with check fraud, a felony, and served a year in the Monroe County Jail beginning in February 2014.

Staying afloat

Judge Kenneth Todd presides over Mental Health Court, which offers offenders treatment instead of incarceration.

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