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ï One of the city"s most important sources for food and shelter, the Dayspring Center at 1537 N. Central Ave., has closed its doors. According to the food pantry"s director, Nellie Gold, workers were informed Monday that the pantry was closing, effective immediately, for lack of operating funds. Dayspring received a NUVO Cultural Vision Award for its work in 2001. ï Negative space: In 2000, 53 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds registered to vote in Indiana. Only 22.5 percent actually showed up at a polling place on election day. According to the 2000 census, 525,000 Hoosiers - or over a half million votes - are in this age group.
ï Balancing "security with the need for convenience" is how BMV Commissioner Gerald B. Coleman characterized the Bureau of Motor Vehicles" revised policy regarding driver"s license renewals. Having caught flak from the public over its plan to require people, most notably Hispanics, to present six forms of identification in order to renew, the BMV has said it will now require four documents. Applicants for a driver"s license must present one "primary" document, one "secondary" document, one document that proves residency and proof of a social security number. The list of possible primary documents was extended to include: I-688B Employment Authorization Card, I-766 Employment Authorizations Card, Temporary I-551, I-94 stamped with "section 207"refugee status, I-94 stamped with "section 208" asylum status.
ï Lucky Entertainment"s petition for transfer of a liquor license to 811 E. Westfield Blvd. - NUVO"s former home - was denied by the Marion County Liquor Board. The Greater Broad Ripple Community Coalition (GBRCC) remonstrated vigorously against turning the site into a bar.
ï The fair market rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment in Indianapolis rose to $588 a month, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. According to the coalition"s report, "Rental Housing for America"s Poor Families: Farther Out of Reach than Ever," a person has to make $23,520 a year, or $11.31 an hour, to keep up with payments.
ï Indiana is one of only nine states without state-supported preschool, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Most of the programs in the other 41 states are aimed at economically or educationally disadvantaged children.
ï But as a work of art it was a great success: The Indiana Sports Corp. figures it lost $2.69 million on the World Basketball Championship in August. Attendance for the 11-day tournament averaged 6,414 per game.