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Bloomington United Is Back

With hate crimes at their highest national 
level in years and mass shootings occurring 
with horrifying regularity, this anti-racism, 
pro-diversity organization has regrouped and 
is ready to respond to acts of prejudice and 
intolerance in our community.

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The Fight to Save Our Forests and Wildlife

There was a time when the whooping crane had no protections. Back then, there was no Endangered Species Act, no national wildlife refuges—in fact, the very concept of the environment as something to be protected, or even considered, was utterly foreign.

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25 Couples Who Contribute to Our Community (COVER STORY / PHOTO GALLERY)

The virtues of volunteering can’t be overstated—the hours volunteers spend in service support worthwhile causes, nonprofit organizations, and the larger community. But as the couples in the following stories attest, those hours offer the volunteers something, too—a sense of fulfillment, purpose, connection, even joy. 

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Remembering The Hole

For three decades, it was the place where members of Bloomington’s African American community could be themselves and have a good time. Then, it all came crashing down.

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Bloom’s 12th Annual Wedding Guide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Whether they blended cultures or families, had a traditional ceremony or one a little less so, each of these four couples had a wedding day to remember. If you’re planning a wedding, we hope you’ll find some inspiration in these stories and photographs.

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New Hope for Families

The nonprofit agency that provides temporary housing for homeless families may soon find itself homeless unless the community comes to the rescue.

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FEATURES

Bloomington United Is Back

With hate crimes at their highest national 
level in years and mass shootings occurring 
with horrifying regularity, this anti-racism, 
pro-diversity organization has regrouped and 
is ready to respond to acts of prejudice and 
intolerance in our community.

Read More

The Fight to Save Our Forests and Wildlife

There was a time when the whooping crane had no protections. Back then, there was no Endangered Species Act, no national wildlife refuges—in fact, the very concept of the environment as something to be protected, or even considered, was utterly foreign.

Read More

25 Couples Who Contribute to Our Community (COVER STORY / PHOTO GALLERY)

The virtues of volunteering can’t be overstated—the hours volunteers spend in service support worthwhile causes, nonprofit organizations, and the larger community. But as the couples in the following stories attest, those hours offer the volunteers something, too—a sense of fulfillment, purpose, connection, even joy. 

Read More

Remembering The Hole

For three decades, it was the place where members of Bloomington’s African American community could be themselves and have a good time. Then, it all came crashing down.

Read More

Bloom’s 12th Annual Wedding Guide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Whether they blended cultures or families, had a traditional ceremony or one a little less so, each of these four couples had a wedding day to remember. If you’re planning a wedding, we hope you’ll find some inspiration in these stories and photographs.

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New Hope for Families

The nonprofit agency that provides temporary housing for homeless families may soon find itself homeless unless the community comes to the rescue.

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Voices of Recovery: Eight Inspiring Stories of Life After Addiction (COVER STORY)

Part eight of our eight-part composite—Kevin Bruce: “His exposure to addictive substances growing up was somewhat typical—pilfered cigarettes and alcohol as a young teen, greater amounts purchased illegally when he was older. It wasn’t until he went to college that it became clear he was becoming addicted. In 1962, Kevin was accepted at Brown University. He says he chose Brown, in part, because his older brother went there. But also because, he says, ‘Underage drinking was a matter of course and part of the culture.'”

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The Plight of Asylum-Seekers

With a hold on refugees being resettled in our town, the Bloomington Refugee Support Network has turned its attention to helping those in desperate straits already here.

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COVER STORY: A New Era Begins

Only three times before, in 1905, 1916, and 1923, has Indiana 
University started an academic year with new head coaches in 
both football and men’s basketball. 
Expectations are high.

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High-Tech Bloomington On The Rise (GALLERY)

For the past decade, multiple stakeholders have been seeding Bloomington with infrastructure, venture capital, accelerator programs, and more in an effort to attract and retain high-tech companies. Now those efforts are paying off.

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Art On Walls (GALLERY)

Art is plentiful in Bloomington, most obviously in our museums and galleries. But here, we take you down alleys and back streets to discover works you might otherwise not see.

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COVER STORY: Bold Homes

If we have the privilege of choice, the environment in which we live is a reflection of who we are. The owners of the four homes featured here all share the characteristics of decisiveness, risk-taking, passionate vision, and a powerful sense of place.

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Spencer Reimagined

Once an economically vibrant community, Spencer saw its fortunes decline in the last decades of the 20th century. But now things are changing again, and this small Indiana town is in the midst of an economic renaissance.

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COVER STORY: To Be Muslim in Bloomington

With hate crimes on the rise, the threat of mass deportations, and the federal government’s attempts to restrict immigration from predominately Islamic countries, these are anxious times for Muslims in America.

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The Stone Age Institute

Hidden away in the woods on the outskirts of Bloomington, this famed institute, the brainchild of husband-and-wife scientists, is a focal point for archaeological research on human origins.

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