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The Wabash River flows cleaner today than it did through most of the 20th century, when the river and its tributaries served as a convenient sewer for homes, industries, meat processors and communities within its watershed. Some healing began when President Nixon signed the federal Clean Water Act in 1972. "Pure" still doesn't fit the Wabash in 2020, but it's healthier than decades ago.

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City elections mean more when more people vote. Elected officials pay more attention to a wider variety of residents as turnouts increase. And one sure way to boost voting for city offices is to shift those off-year elections to even-numbered years, right alongside candidates for state and federal offices

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Sign-stealing scandal has opened a Pandora's box of cheating possibilities that has Major League Baseball exploring ways to prevent its spread. The situation also has plunged a tradition-steeped professional sport — now in its 151st year — into 21st-century technology.

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It's a miracle that Terre Haute didn't become a ghost town after Prohibition hit a century ago today. Ingenuity, resilience and, frankly, a culture of unabashed illegalities gradually filled the economic void created when the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect seconds after midnight on Jan. 17, 1920. The law changed Terre Haute for decades.

"Joanie and I are the children of the children of the Great Depression. Our parents and their parents grew up saving things, storing things, stacking up and packing away things, because they just might be needed or wanted, by somebody, someday…"

Someday, Hoosiers will be able to walk into a polling place, show a driver's license, ID card or a recent utility bill, register to vote and then cast their ballot moments later.That scenario already happens in places like Illinois, Michigan, Idaho,

"Despite my growing intolerance of the cold weather that plagued us in late fall, I have been taking my own field trips — now, often called “study trips”— into the countryside, and I have seen plenty: eagles and hawks; the abstract designs of frozen pond ice; the work of beavers; the early-evening hunting of short-eared owls; the tracks of bobcats and coyote."

The doorbell rings and gift-laden family members shuffle in from the cold. All shed their coats and comment on how wonderful the holiday feast smells. Packages tied with bows of red and green are placed beneath the Christmas tree as children scurry about. Somewhere in the house, a cell phone rings…

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Years ago, in the days when school snow days were considered “acts of God” and arrived silently unburdened with the weight of e-learning and extended academic calendars, I spent those precious and rare winter breaks on the hill across the road from our house with few cares in the world, sledding.

I’m writing this from my nearly empty newsroom office. It’s a strange feeling, for me.It’s not that I haven’t written newspaper pieces in less-than-perfect settings. As a sportswriter and sports editor through my first 27 years as a journalist, I fil

More than once, I banged my kneecap on a drop-cloth-covered desk positioned, temporarily, in the hallway of our house.A remodeling project early this year forced my wife and I to move furniture from its normal location elsewhere, until the work was d

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The valor and resilience shown by U.S. sailors, Marines and soldiers in that moment of tragedy sustains remembrances on Pearl Harbor Day, which will be observed this Saturday. The attack's effect on the lives of people living in Hawaii is also a part of that history.

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A smoke-free workplace ordinance benefits the health of people who visit or patronize those entities.Yet, it’s the employees working in those facilities who are the primary subjects of such a law.Vigo County’s Clean Air Ordinance clearly states, “Smo

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If you want to be inspired, go watch the world's best collegiate distance runners dash through the world's best cross country course in a city those athletes call "Cross Country Town, USA." Two-hundred and 55 women race in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships at LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. An hour later, 255 men do the same thing.

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"I had no idea that chili actually has a rather complicated and controversial past until I read a wonderful online article at 'What’s Cooking America?' Through it, I learned that one misconception most chili eaters have is that it originated in Mexico, which it apparently didn’t."

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"A pullover sweater would've turned the opening moments of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' into children's television chaos. Rather than calmly greeting kids watching the show, Fred Rogers would've been tugging at the sweater, wrestling it over his head, and then emerging with wild hair and his shirt disheveled, all the while grunting the muffled melody of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Thank goodness, he chose a cardigan."

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A steady flow of voters stood at machines, casting their ballots at the Indiana State University vote center Tuesday afternoon.By 3 o’clock, more than 300 people had voted at the campus polling site, one of 14 around the Terre Haute and Vigo County.

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"I never really thought much about the worry and tears Jim and Clara Lunsford had invested in raising their family, in sending most of their boys off to war, in losing one of them who is buried in France. Together, they saw 9 of their sons, sons-in-law, and grandsons wear a uniform in World War II: six serving in the European Theater, and three others headed to the Pacific."

I’m a sentimental sort when it comes to saying goodbye to things that have served me well. I still have my first baseball glove, a boyhood rock collection, and the faded brief case I carried to work every day for nearly 40 years.

There have been three presidents with vivid Indiana ties. William Henry Harrison won the battle of Tippecanoe and served as a territorial governor. Abraham Lincoln moved to Spencer County as a boy within days of Indiana’s statehood

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"Our group, along with the horse and mules, visited Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi, which draws its name from the Miami Native American tribe's phrase describing "the reflective waters of the Wabash River." Indeed, the park is situated on 10 acres near Fairbanks Landing Fish and Wildlife Area, along the river's winding eastern banks."

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"Surely, one of the homeliest animals known to man is the turkey vulture. With its horror-mask countenance and Bela Lugosi-like mien, the lowly “buzzard” spends its day cleaning up the grisly messes that others make. And we should be thankful that they do what they do."

A house-hunting couple touring an existing home might hear their real-estate agent describe the place with a two-word phrase.“It’s got ‘good bones,’” the agent says.

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Critical thinking finds solutions to perplexing problems. It leads to innovative changes, instead of the same-old-same-old.Students from elementary school to graduate school are pushed to think critically. That means they study and evaluate an issue

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Although I have not traveled the world, nor won a National Book Award, nor written so eloquently, so passionately, about the human condition — and its uncertain future — as Lopez has, I too have collected talismans from journeys and walks and adventures. Those expeditions, tame by comparison, have been no less significant for me.