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Debra Morrow: 
Executive Director, Middle Way House

BY CARMEN SIERING It’s been more than a decade since Debra Morrow finally acknowledged she needed help dealing with an abusive relationship.  She found that help at Middle Way House, the Bloomington nonprofit agency serving survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Eventually, she and three of her four children (one son was attending Purdue [...]

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Billy Young: The Bicycle Man (video)

Billy Young works on a bike in his apartment. Photo by John Bailey BY CARMEN SIERING Bloomington is a bike town and it’s common to see people riding bikes for recreation and sport, and even as a means of transportation. But for some folks, having a bike means a whole lot more. That’s something Billy [...]

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New Competition for Sandwich Chains: Bloomingfoods Now Delivers!

A build-your-own sandwich from Bloomingfoods. Photo by Erin Stephenson BY CARMEN SIERING Customers walking into any one of the three Bloomingfoods locations at midday frequently encounter a bustling lunch crowd, and among the most popular menu items, says Operations Manager Paul Read, are the deli sandwiches. Now, thanks to a new delivery agreement with BtownMenus, [...]

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James Shanahan: Dean of The Media School

James Shanahan, founding dean of The Media School at Indiana University. Photo by Stephen Sproull BY CARMEN SIERING The Media School at Indiana University, established in July 2014, began under a cloud. School of Journalism faculty, students, and alumni were unsure what the move would mean once the school was no longer situated in Ernie [...]

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Sisters In Peace: Women of Different Religions Unite

Sisters in Peace founders (l-r) Anna Maidi, Margaret Pruden, Rita Lichtenberg, and Beverly Calender-Anderson. Photo by Martin Boling BY CARMEN SIERING In October 2015, a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf was attacked outside Sofra Café on South Walnut. The incident sparked an outpouring of concern from members of the Bloomington community, says Anna Maidi, who [...]

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Memorable Images of Places Close to Home

The Sample Gates at Indiana University. Photo by Stephen Sproull   BY CARMEN SIERING When Stephen Sproull first picked up a camera, he often thought of all of the places in the world to which one could travel to capture beautiful images. "Now I’ve come to understand that I don’t have to jump on a [...]

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Frances Trix, Experienced Worker in Transit Camps, Says ‘Bloomington Is Good Place for Refugees’

Frances Trix. Photo by Jaime Sweany BY CARMEN SIERING In November 2015, after the terrorist attacks in Paris, Governor Mike Pence announced he was suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana. That didn’t sit well with Frances Trix. “It gave me negative inspiration,” says Trix. “I went to Macedonia and worked in two transit [...]

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This Holiday Season, Start a New Tradition — Shop Locally

Holiday shopping on Bloomington’s downtown Square. Photo by Steve Raymer BY CARMEN SIERING When holiday shopping starts in earnest on Thanksgiving weekend, many folks can’t wait to pack into the big-box stores, pushing and shoving to snag a bargain. But Talisha Coppock, executive director of Downtown Bloomington Inc., suggests a different scenario for those who [...]

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The Story of Lennie & Jeff: How a Young Couple Fell Out of Love And Built a Food and Beer Mini-Empire

One World Enterprises co-owners Lennie Busch and Jeff Mease. Photo by Martin Boling BY CARMEN SIERING When Jeff Mease and Lennie Busch fell in love while students at Indiana University in the 1980s, they couldn’t have imagined that decades later they would be partners in one of the most successful businesses in Bloomington. As co-owners [...]

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