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Crosshairs Of America

“If we are going to be able to say, ‘Indy Welcomes All,’ we need that to hold true,” says Visit Indy’s Chris Gahl.
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From the Archives: A Conversation with Char Lugar

Of her half-century marriage, she says, "When I think about it, I wonder, 'How could 50 years have gone by so fast?' I used to think people who celebrated their 50th were old, decrepit, and in wheelchairs—not still enjoying life."

Higher Education—U through Z

University of Evansville 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, 800-423-8633, evansville.edu. Enrollment: 2,643. Annual tuition: $30,596. Room and board: $10,460. Degrees offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s.

Building Downtown Indy’s Comeback; A Virtual Season of Theatre

In case you need the break: a non-election-related Election Day episode of the Monthly Weekly.

Borrowed Time: Moments I Remember Before My 70th Birthday

Ten people, three generations, at a Thanksgiving table. “Look at what we did,” says my husband.
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Prep Schooled: Deborah Paul on the Trend’s Return

When I was this magazine’s managing editor, the editor-in-chief asked—nay, required—that I parrot the book 'The Official Preppy Handbook,' localizing the author’s directives. I wrote “Indy’s Guide to Prep” in 1981.

The Name of the Game: Forrest Lucas

What $122 million in naming rights buys you.

Photo: Indiana Teacher Responds to Another's Words on Gay Students

An unlikely but passionate rift has heated up in a Southern Indiana school district over the concept of prom events for opposite- and same-gender student pairs. First, Diana Medley, a special education teacher in the Northeast School Corporation in Sullivan County, made remarks to a WTWO-TV (Terre Haute) reporter that set the Internet and regional and even national media atwitter. Outside of a planning meeting for a strictly opposite-sex-dating prom in the school district, she said, in response to the interviewer's question about whether she thinks gay people have "some purpose in life": "I don't. I personally don't, I'm sorry. I don't understand it." In the same TV news report, Bill Phegley, a pastor at Carlisle Christian Church, makes statements considered incendiary by some and to be treasured by others, saying Christians are always "prepared for a fight" and that Jesus gives them "armor for the front, not the back" so as not to run away from that fight.

Deborah Paul Says, Stop the Press!

The Star has more local stuff than it once did, I’ll grant you that, and much of it is good. Sometimes, though, you must get desperate to fill space, as with the piece you ran about a deer beaten on the head with a hammer on I-70.
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The Amazing Disgrace of Our Language

I have a new semantic bone to pick: overuse of the adjective “amazing,” which now describes everything from a red-carpet gown to a robot.