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Thumbs up: Dinner


Midnight on Tuesday marked the deadline for Hoosiers to add

their names to the state's Do Not Call List. Roughly 1.8 million residential

lines across Indiana, about 60 percent of homes, are already on the roster,

making it the most successful initiative of its kind in the country, according

to State Attorney General Greg Zoeller. To further

protect your dinnertime privacy, legislation is in the works to include cell

phones under the legal definition of "residential phone number," a proposal

that would also include texts. We, and our mothers, are relieved we'll no

longer have to talk with our mouths full.

Thumbs up: Indiana

gets a little smarter

Cheered by signs of improvement in Indiana's education

slump, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett announced the

results of the 7th Annual Advanced Placement Report, showing that Indiana made

a 2 percent jump in the number of graduates passing AP exams — the

country's second highest increase. Twenty-one schools met the Department of

Education's goal that 25 percent of students pass the exams or complete dual

credit coursework. Herron High School, a charter academy, demonstrated the most

improvement, with 38 percent of graduates passing last year, up from 5 percent

in 2009.

Thumbs down: Papers,


A House committee approved Senate Bill 590 late last

Wednesday, an Arizona-style bill that would require police to check people's

immigration status based on "reasonable suspicion." (Read: skin color,

accents.) The decision came just hours after Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller met with community leaders at the Statehouse to

discuss the future of statewide immigration enforcement, publicly objecting to the

state's meddling in federal immigration law.The committee's approval leads Indiana down a slippery slope

– the Feds have already sued Arizona over jurisdiction. Still, it's

reassuring that such an influential figure is bringing authority to the


Thumbs down: Dalai

Lama's nephew killed

Just after dark Monday evening, Jigme

K. Norbu, the Dalai Lama's nephew, was struck and

killed by an SUV in Florida during a 300-mile Walk for Tibet from St. Augustine

to West Palm Beach. Norbu, 45, worked extensively with a Tibetan rights group in

Bloomington, Ind. The Valentine's Day demonstration fell on the 50th

anniversary of a failed Tibetan rebellion that resulted in the Dalai Lama's

exile. We're incredibly saddened to hear this news — a devastating loss

for the Bloomington community and the Tibetan independence movement.


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