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What Happened for the week of April 17

The Indiana Daily Student covered the arrest last Thursday of one of its own columnists who, according to the story, added "Kill Provost Robel" to a retweet of an @IUonStrike post. In addition to a preliminary felony intimidation charge facing the student, IU may elect to suspend or dismiss the student, the IDS reports. Meanwhile, the broader IU on Strike protest continues as students and employees rally behind a list of demands (posted at http://iuonstrike.tumblr.com/) that include achieving an 8 percent enrollment rate for African-American's, reducing tuition and capping the number of students per instructor. (RT)

The case of former Marion County Sheriff's Deputy David Carrico is set for a pre-conference trial this week. He is accused of battery and official misconduct. The affidavit for probable cause outlines an Indiana State Police investigation of Carrico's performance alleging a pattern of abusive behavior with arrestees. In addition, Carrico must answer to a citizen's complaint, corroborated by video evidence, alleging that Carrico kicked, punched and slammed a handcuffed prisoner to a concrete floor, breaking his nose. The complainant made an official report because, according to a court filing, "he did not want this to happen to anyone else in the future." (RT)

On Saturday, hundreds of volunteers celebrated the 25th anniversary of the annual White River Cleanup by removing 20 tons of trash from the river, including household waste, paint, medicines, tires, and clothing. And furniture, "lots and lots of furniture — couches, chairs," said Citizens Energy Group's Dan Considine. Still, the quarter century of effort is paying dividends as long-time volunteers noted a reduction in overall waste littering the river. This year's targeted area will eventually be included in an expansion of the White River Greenway and bike trails. "We need more and more people to see and get close to the river as time goes on," Considine said. "We're spending nearly $2 billion on tunnel system to help clean up the river. The more people that can understand the value of the river as time goes on, the better." (KB)

In following the Sustainability Principles outlined by its Office of Sustainability, IUPUI announced on Monday that it has installed solar panels on the roof of its Business/School of Public and Environmental Affairs building. The $245,000 installation of 164 solar panels generates 43 kilowatts of electricity per day, standing as one of the largest solar projects in or near downtown Indianapolis. (JP)

More fun with GIS: Indy.gov/IndyPotholeViewer maps all the potholes reported to the city since November and notes whether they've been fixed. Repaired potholes are categorized by how quickly crews made the fix. The city also offers a map interface at maps.indy.gov/RequestIndy for citizens to report a variety of common complaints from stray animals to environmental concerns and, yes, potholes. (Sorry, JP, no "excessive carbon release" option as of yet.) The service relates to mobile devices via the "RequestIndy" app. People are also welcome to phone in their concerns to the Mayor's Action Center at 327-4MAC (4622). (RT)

Weekly Thought Bite from retired U.S. Rep. Andy Jacobs Jr., D-Ind.: Standing tall is not really a matter of physical posture.

Get Involved!

"Journey Together" on issues affecting women

St. Luke's kicks off its six-part lecture series delving into the local and global implications of the book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression in to Opportunity." A global marketplace, music and dinner precede the evening's program. Register and check out the series program schedule at http://tinyurl.com/HalfSkyJourney. Dinner costs $10. The program is free.

Wednesday, April 17, St. Luke's Fellowship Hall, 100 W. 86th St.

Marketplace/music begins at 6 p.m.; dinner, 6:30; program, 7-8:30 p.m.

Volunteer at a State Park

Help with Earth Day on the River outreach effort at Turkey Run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 19 and 20. Other project possibilities abound statewide throughout the year, from litter pickup and invasive species removal to painting and helping out in nature centers.

Opportunities ongoing. Check out http://tinyurl.com/HelpIndianaParks.

Balloon Release for Abuse Victims and Survivors

In conjunction with National Crime Victim Rights Week, the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault has invited an abuse survivor to address participants before balloons are released to raise awareness of horrors endured and the endless challenge of confronting sexual violence. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, almost three in 10 women and one in 10 men will be victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. Checkout a free screening of WTIU's documentary on sexual violence among Indiana youth at http://tinyurl.com/ShadowsOfInnocence.

Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m., Indiana Statehouse Southside Steps

"Why Drone Warfare is Wrong"

Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy and president of the board of Truthout, will outline his case against drone warfare and "what we can do about it."

Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Purdue University, Armstrong Hall, Room 1010. Free.

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