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Thumbs up: Kibosh on Purdue coal boiler

After loads of negative press attention (including in this

paper), a committee of Purdue's Board of Trustees passed a resolution nixing

plans to install a new "clean-coal" boiler inside its Wade power plant. School

leadership cited financial changes for killing the boiler, Purdue's sixth.

Without making any firm commitments to sustainability, vice president of

physical facilities Bob McMains did say Purdue would begin restructuring its

energy plan for the future, seeking out a permit to install a

greener-but-not-exactly-sustainable natural gas boiler instead. The

Boilermakers' namesake legacy lives on.

Thumbs up: Checking up on Doctors

Indiana patients may soon be able to rest easy knowing their

health care professionals have a clean record. How this requirement wasn't

already a given is beyond us, but the state's Senate Appropriations Committee

approved a bill last Thursday allowing medical boards to suspend, deny or

revoke licenses of those who fail criminal background checks. Sen. Patricia

Miller (R-Indianapolis) backed the bill, questioning the honor code policy that

the medical world currently employs. Opponents voiced concern about violating

due-process rights. A valid point,

but we still prefer our gynecologists rap sheet-free.

Thumbs down: Again with them gays

State lawmakers made discouraging progress in banning gay

marriage this week. Joint Resolution 13, which would amend the state

constitution to declare that marriage is solely between one man and one woman

and would prohibit civil unions was approved by a House committee on Monday. If

passed by the House, it moves on to the Senate; ultimately, voters may see it

on the ballot in 2014 should it gain approval again in 2013. There's still time

to stop the campaign in its tracks — just give us a second to wrap our

heads around why Republicans are pushing so hard on anything besides easing the

state's financial woes.

Thumbs down: Bat plague comes to Indiana

An ecological epidemic sweeping the nation's bat population

has made its way to Indiana. The state's Dept. of Natural Resources made public

last Tuesday that a brown bat showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome was found

inside Endless Cave in Salem, Ind. The fungus is responsible for killing more

than a million bats in the eastern United States since 2006, according to

MSNBC. Adding insult to injury, experts suggest that spores of the fungus enter

the bats' environment on our clothes. State caves have been closed to the

public for the last two years, but it seems DNR efforts to stem the bat plague

have been in vain.