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Mark Bennett

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Mark Bennett has reported and analyzed news from the Wabash Valley and beyond since Larry Bird wore Sycamore blue. That role with the Tribune-Star has taken him from Rome to Alaska and many points in between, but Terre Haute suits him best.

Home town

Prairieton, Indiana

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Most folks reading this have never heard of Wendell Hinkle Furry. A few people in Farmersburg, another small Hoosier town just south of birthplace in Prairieton, may recall his legacy. Otherwise, his life from 1907 to 1984 is a fading memory. A new book, author Larry Tye's “Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy,” provides a 21st-century opportunity to reconsider Furry's story.

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If Pyle were alive and writing today as a 45-year-old journalist, he'd likely telling the stories of people on the front lines of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. "One thing he would certainly jump on is the first defenders — the nurses and medical people helping all the sick, the under-equipped and understaffed workers," said Gerald Maschino, executive director of the Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation.

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This summer, an astute reader and 40-year Terre Haute resident emailed me after discovering that the actor who played Hank Kimball on "Green Acres," Alvy Moore, once lived in Terre Haute, and graduated from Wiley High School (as president of the Class of 1941). The reader suggested a story on Moore, who died in 1997 of a heart attack at age 75. As a longtime "Green Acres" fan, I'm obliging.

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The maddeningly bizarre social media food-fights over the value of face masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19 won't end just because Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb mandated Hoosiers to wear them. Still, any rational person had to be convinced — or, at the very least, persuaded — after listening to the physicians participating in Holcomb's weekly news conference Wednesday afternoon.

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