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South Bend PD hosts non-ballistic weapons training

Mar 21, 2018
South Bend Police Department

 

The South Bend Police Department is hosting a non-ballistic weapons self-defense class on Thursday and Friday.

Participants to the training will learn how to identify and use everyday items like t-shirts, flashlights and pens as weapons against an attacker.

Chris Brady is with the South Bend Police Department. He says the training is meant to be very practical.

“Hopefully it’s giving them them a basic understanding of how to defend themselves using these improvised weapons should the situation arise.”

South Bend Civic Theatre

 

The South Bend Civic Theatre has launched a social media campaign to persuade Lin-Manuel Miranda to come see its production of In The Heights.

In The Heights is a Tony Award-winning musical created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is also the man behind smash hit Hamilton.

The musical is set in a predominantly Latinx community in New York City. The South Bend Civic Theatre formed a steering committee to commit to putting on the play in what they call an “authentic way.”

South Bend Schools Talk Safety During Panel Discussion

Mar 16, 2018

 

The South Bend School Corporation hosted a panel of students  and officials from throughout the district Thursday at John Adams High School to talk about school safety.

At the panel, held the day after nationwide student walkouts against gun violence, students from different high schools told school officials how they felt in their respective buildings.

 

South Bend Schools Talk Safety During Panel Discussion

Mar 16, 2018

 

The South Bend School Corporation hosted a panel of students  and officials from throughout the district Thursday at John Adams High School to talk about school safety.

At the panel, held the day after nationwide student walkouts against gun violence, students from different high schools told school officials how they felt in their respective buildings.

 

South Bend to File Opioid Lawsuit

Mar 15, 2018
Barb Anguiano / WVPE

 

The city of South Bend announced it will join dozens of other cities across the country and file a federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors alleging misinformation about the effects of opioids.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg said during a press conference that the lawsuit sends a simple message; someone needs to be held accountable for the damage opioids have caused to the city and residents of South Bend. He said the city is looking for financial restitution due to increased costs necessary to help deal with the opioid crisis.  

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

Instead of 17 minutes, students at Washington High School stood outside in 29 degree weather for 20 minutes. Senior Lauraine Davidson, who helped organize the walkout, led students with chants of, “No more silence, stop the violence.”
 

  She said each of the extra three minutes students stood outside honored one of three 17-year-olds killed by guns in the area, since the beginning of 2018. Among those teens was a Washington High Student, Tysiona Crawford.

 

Bethany Christian students join nationwide walkout

Mar 14, 2018
about 300 students gather in a circle listening to one talk
Jennifer Weingart

 

Students across the country staged walkouts Wednesday including most of the students at Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen.

The walkout is in remembrance of the 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting in Florida a month ago, and to protest for gun law reform and safer schools.

About 80 percent of Bethany’s 350 students gathered in the lobby by the gym at 10 o’clock for song, prayer and strong words from organizer Elizabeth Eby, a senior at the school.

Buttigieg delivers 2018 State of the City address

Mar 14, 2018
Derek Jensen / Wikimedia Commons

 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg touted past successes and laid out plans for new initiatives at last night’s state of the city address.

Buttigieg covered a lot of ground in his state of the city address. He talked about success with the new department of Venues, Parks and Arts, bringing American Airlines back and the city’s double-A bond rating...among others.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Alan Hamlet, an assistant professor of civic and environmental engineering and earth sciences at The University of Notre Dame, about the affects climate change could have on Indiana.

West Side South Bend

 

South Bend’s West Side has been seeing more new faces lately, due in part to local community advocacy and the city’s efforts to redevelop the area’s streetscape. One local group, West Side South Bend has led efforts to bring attention to the area, one of the most popular events the group hosts is West Side Wednesday.

 

Every first Wednesday of the month, West Side South Bend hosts a lunchtime  get-together at an area restaurant. This month, Sabor a Mexico.
 

Notre Dame's golden dome
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE

 

 A study out of the University of Notre Dame has found that conception rates may be an early indicator of an economic recession. Researchers found declines in conceptions lead the last three recessions by about a year.

Conference on Social Justice Theatre coming to South Bend

Feb 27, 2018

 

A conference taking place in South Bend in April is hoping to give participants a unique way to bring about social change.

Interaction Initiative Inc. is putting on the conference. It’s meant for people who want to find ways to use theatre and art to highlight issues dealing with social justice.

Taeyin ChoGlueck is one of the co-founders of Interaction Initiative. She said they want people to leave to conference with real ideas for change.

Elkhart Mayor Addresses Flood Recovery

Feb 26, 2018
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

As Elkhart residents begin the process of recovery after days of flooding, Mayor Tim Neese addressed related concerns today in the city. Police Chief Ed Windbigler and Fire Chief Chad Carey joined the mayor as he addressed the press.
 

Neese commended the support the city has received from local communities, and the work that city departments have done since the flooding. .
 

He said the main focus now is on recovery and cleanup.
 

South Bend waiting for river to recede

Feb 26, 2018
A yellow car sits on dry ground with water covering the street behind it
Jennifer Weingart

 

It was sunny and warm in South Bend on Monday. And the river has receded quite a bit, but some roads and parks are still closed.

 

The St. Joseph River at South Bend is down to just over nine and a half feet. That’s still within major flood stage, but down three feet from where it peaked last week.

Sheryl Brown was out for a lunchtime walk around Bartlett Street in South Bend with three of her colleagues from Memorial Hospital.

Elkhart residents spend the weekend cleaning up flood damage

Feb 26, 2018
The river swells to cover houses and a pavillion in water
Jennifer Weingart

 

As flood waters continue receding some people are able to get back into their homes to clean-up, but other houses are still underwater.

On top of that, power is still shut off for safety and some areas have to deal with looting.

Generators hum all through formerly flooded neighborhoods in Elkhart as residents pump out water and work on drying their basements.

There’s no electricity here. The power was shut off to prevent electrical fires.

South Bend looking toward clean-up as river recedes

Feb 22, 2018
Water nearly reaches the arches under Jefferson Boulevard
Jennifer Weingart

 

The St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers have both peaked and are starting to recede. Still some residents living in the flood zone continue to battle water while others start to think about clean-up.

The St. Joseph River peaked last night at 12.7 feet, nearly two feet above the historic flood mark of 10.9 last set in 1993.

Rivers Continue to rise, mayors warn of water dangers

Feb 21, 2018
Lime Bike in water in howard park
Jennifer Weingart

 

  Some schools and roads around the area are closed as rivers continue to rise. About five or six inches of rain in the last 48 hours has put area waterways above flood stage and flooded roads, homes and businesses. Rain is not predicted for Wednesday but could fall again along with snow on Thursday and Friday.

Elkhart, St. Joseph River pass flood stage

Feb 20, 2018
Geese swim in overflow from the St. Joseph River,
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE

 

The city of Elkhart is offering residents sandbags to combat the rising water from snowmelt and Tuesday’s rain.

Sandbags are available at the Elkhart Street Department or by delivery by calling Elkhart’s Emergency Management Department at 970-7996.

Suspect Identified in Mishawaka Pipe Bomb Cases

Feb 15, 2018
Elkhart Police Department

Jacob Ryan Underwood, 22, from Elkhart has been charged by criminal complaint with possession of a destructive device in an arrest that may have a connection with the pipe bombs found in Mishawaka in late January.

 

Underwood is also accused of watching two other pipe bombs be made and later throwing them out of a car window in Mishawaka.  

Investigators linked Underwood to an explosion outside of his home, and also with assisting in the construction of a pipe bomb.

 

Mel Sandock, a prominent South Bend businessman, died Monday at the age of 96.

Mel’s father, Sal Sandock, came to the United States at the age of 13 from a small Polish town near the Russian border. Sal and his brother, Barney, moved to South Bend from Chicago in 1904. They built a successful furniture and appliance business, B&S Sandock Furniture Store, on the city's west side.

In 2015, Mel Sandock shared his memories of living and working through the depression and other tumultuous events on South Bend Stories.

 

Researchers at The University of Notre Dame are using wearable technology to study the habits of successful workers.

There have been ways to track success by output since people started working. The aim of the study at Notre Dame is to find out what habits can be tracked that impact that success.

The 21-month study includes 750 participants who will have a wrist-based activity tracker, a mobile app and a bluetooth beacon to record their work and collaboration habits as well as other information.

NCAA denies Notre Dame appeal over academic integrity

Feb 13, 2018
Jennifer Weingart

 

The NCAA has denied an appeal by The University of Notre Dame after the school’s football wins in 2012 and 2013 were vacated over academic integrity issues.

 

The 2012 season included the NCAA Championship, though Notre Dame lost in the final.

Notre Dame found an undergraduate working as an athletic training assistant wrote or substantially edited assignments for several football players.

A conversation with Bill Kurtis

Feb 7, 2018
NPR

 

Bill Kurtis is a well-known anchorman, news reporter, and narrator, and scorekeeper for Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. He reported on such stories as the Charles Manson case, the Speck murders and broke the story on the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. He spoke with WVPE’s Jennifer Weingart on the phone on Monday.

 

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The South Bend Civic Theatre is holding a symposium Tuesday evening on race and identity in American theatre as part of the lead-up to it’s run of the musical “In The Heights.”

 

The symposium is a panel discussion and conversation about the people in American Theatre and the stories that are being told.

 

Panelists:

 

 

  Icy road conditions across the area this morning resulted in many crashes and part of US 20 being closed.

Yesterday’s rain froze to roadways and new freezing rain fell making roadways treacherous this morning.

US 20 was closed between State Road 19 and County Road 17 to clear accidents and lay down salt and sand to prevent new ones.

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