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MARK BENNETT: Apple peels The Beatles’ legacies down to the music
It looked so minimal. Thirteen albums. Two-hundred and 13 songs. Classic album artwork and photos. Lyrics that became part of the culture.
Mark Bennett: Hosting 2012 presidential debate would benefit Indiana and the country
Indiana became a player in the presidential selection process in the 2008 campaign.
MARK BENNETT: New York City Marathon winner and Olympic silver medalist in town for Cross Country Championships
Often, he runs alone, in a physical sense. Few training partners could keep up with Meb Keflezighi. In fact, only a few living humans are capable of matching him stride for stride. But this 5-foot, 5-inch-tall guy with the funny sounding name (pronounced ka-FLEZ-ghee) didn’t become America’s best distance runner without help.
Mark Bennett: If cash-strapped schools need additional funding, they have to ask voters through a referendum to go beyond tax cap
Rough crowd, as Rodney Dangerfield would say.
Mark Bennett: One age group defied the GOP landslide election on Tuesday
Change is coming, eventually.
A sign of that inevitability emerged in Tuesday’s election results. However, this hint of things to come clashes with the images of Republicans celebrating an overwhelming return to power in the U.S. House of Representatives, just four years after losing control of that chamber of Congress. Hidden within exit-poll statistics, the sign is subtle, yet significant.
Mark Bennett: Will ‘enthusiastic discontent’ give rise to a new political party in America?
Autumn overwhelms our senses. Golden, falling leaves. Cool air. Bonfires (prior to the open-burn ban, of course). Cornstalks rustling in the breeze.
And a tirade by the Rent Is Too Damn High Party guy.
MARK BENNETT: Pulitzer Prize winning columnist to speak at ISU
Slogans are compact enough to find a spot in the minds of busy people. Detailed and unjaded explanations often require extra space and time.
Mark Bennett: The ‘dynamic’ life of Roger Cheeks has opened doors and left its mark
Roger Cheeks returned to his hometown this month to inspire others, using his singing voice and Gospel tunes in a concert on the Indiana State University campus.
MARK BENNETT: Words to live by: Ethical will defines what you stand for
Many parents assume their beliefs and values, life lessons and hopes for the future are obvious to their children.
MARK BENNETT: Hard-working and well-meaning, Hoosiers can lose track of ‘common sense,’ too
Indiana is good.
You can live, work and raise a family here in relative peace, because most other folks want to do those things, too.
MARK BENNETT: As ‘The Walk’ grows into a Homecoming ritual, ISU works to make the best of the situation
Making the best of a situation.
People who master that elusive skill probably live longer, chew fewer Rolaids and sleep more peacefully.
MARK BENNETT: Time to recall the strength exhibited by people of this nation in the face of tragedy
The difference between Sept. 12, 2001, and Sept. 12, 2010, amounts to more than a flip of two digits.
It’s worth remembering how America responded to the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.
MARK BENNETT: Bookmobiles still filling a void in era of budget cutting and branch closings
The spin of a rotary phone would seem like an eternity, these days.
MARK BENNETT: Report shows Terre Haute MSA saw 1.2 percent increase in personal incomes in 2009 … but the numbers may be misleading
Somewhere, someone thinks the grass is greener around Terre Haute. And the paychecks are, too.
MARK BENNETT: Americans staying on the job longer than previous generations
There’s only one Brett Favre in the NFL. But in the American workplace, there are lots of Brett Favres.
Mark Bennett: Recession may be creating ‘baby boom’ effect in terms of people pursuing higher education
America seems to be reacquainting itself with the lost message that college is good. More education leads to more options, more pay and more job security — usually.
Many universities and colleges anticipate record enrollments when fall classes start later this month. Surges typically occur during recessions, and heaven knows the latest was the Mother of All Recessions. In the fall of 2008, an all-time high of 39.6 percent of all 18- to 24-year-olds were enrolled in a two- or four-year college. The growth, particularly at the community college level, appears to have expanded even more, though updated figures aren’t yet complete.
MARK BENNETT: First jobs are extraordinarily valuable
They’re usually easy to spot. Wide eyes. A nervous smile. A manager peering over their shoulders.
MARK BENNETT: 30 years ago, the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympic Summer Games denied ISU gymnast Kurt Thomas a chance at history
If anybody could’ve beaten the Soviets, it was Kurt Thomas. But his best opportunity — on the grandest stage in sports, 30 years ago last week — was denied by politics.
MARK BENETT: Documentary to shine a light on Terre Haute from all angles
When an outside spotlight shines on Terre Haute, the results sometimes aren’t sweet.
Mark Bennett: ‘Don’t ever forget, there’s no place like America’
The view of Earth through the window of a spacecraft had to be profound for the Apollo astronauts.
MARK BENNETT: A child’s view of prejudice keeps ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ relevant a half-century later
Perspective means everything. Two people can view the same event and retell the story so differently. One may see normalcy; the other, hurt.
MARK BENNETT: After a bruising decade, Americans view future less optimistically
It was great to hear that familiar can-do spirit in my college journalism prof’s voice.
MARK BENNETT: Beyond the court, America fondly saw Coach Wooden as the ultimate role model
The sad part of John Wooden’s passing isn’t his death. His deep faith, as a Christian, kept him confident and hopeful of his eventual destination. For him, heaven offered a reunion with the love of his life, his wife, Nellie.
MARK BENNETT: Rex shine light long after TH baseball's 'Dark Day'
Somewhere, Paul Frisz was smiling Thursday night. The new Terre Haute Rex baseball club debuted at Bob Warn Field. It was the first game for a Terre Haute-based team in an organized league since July 3, 1956.
Mark Bennett: Changing landscape of communication leaves more homes relying on cell phones instead of ‘family’ landlines
Someday, perhaps soon, one of the most common questions of the past century may disappear.
MARK BENNETT: You know what downtown needs? ISU is trying to answer that question and bring in those businesses
A Waffle House, lit up and open at 1 a.m. in downtown Terre Haute, might be a welcome sight for some folks.
MARK BENNETT: Faith groups helping to revive, change the Big Easy
Joan Bundy still believes in her hometown.
MARK BENNETT: Just as his character does, Hal Holbrook views America’s ills through skeptical, agitated eyes
The subject of Hal Holbrook’s one-man show minced no words. Inside the halls of Congress, Mark Twain once said, dwelled “the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.”
Mark Bennett: McVeigh tapes remind us how terrorist acts have forced Americans to absorb additional disruptions
Mailbox smashing became the weird vandalism of choice around Terre Haute in the 1980s.
One clever guy outfoxed the vandals, though. He placed a small metal mailbox inside a larger metal mailbox, and filled the void between the two with cement. It looked like a normal mailbox. But a country road-roving rapscallion would feel a stinging rebuke when his aluminum baseball bat clanged up against this man’s postal receptacle.
Mark Bennett: Success hasn’t changed Butler’s Brad Stevens
It was no fluke that Brad Stevens coached tiny Butler University into the national championship game this month.
That destiny wasn’t guaranteed, either.
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