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GLT's Grow: Smells Like Bean Spirit

Apr 27, 2018
Beans in collander.
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Don't grow just any old bean in your garden. Go with the beautiful and tasty dragon tongue bean.

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From recent airstrikes on Syria to President Trump’s immigration policies, human rights issues are a constant in today's headlines.

From Joysticks To The Silver Screen

Apr 24, 2018
Gamers playing Halo.
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Rick Valentin would like you to join him at the intersection of film and video games.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced a lawsuit against the private bus company Suburban Express for alleged human rights violations.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz told lawmakers Thursday that money is being wasted on the old College of Fine Arts building.

GLT's Grow: Transplanting Verbena

Apr 20, 2018
Prairie verbena flowers.
Sonal Patil

Sonal in Texas has the right idea about using native plants in her yard. She's tempted to transplant the prairie verbena she sees on the roadside right into her garden. Is that a good idea?

Local History Brings Circus Fans To Town

Apr 16, 2018
Circus performer's rings.
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For the very first time, the Circus Fans Association of America is holding its annual convention this week in Bloomington-Normal, a community that was once called the Trapeze Capital of the World, owing to the number of flyers who originated in the Twin Cities.

GLT's Grow: Going Native In Your Garden

Apr 13, 2018
Foxtail barley
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If you want a garden that's true to its American roots and flourishes no matter what Mother Nature throws at it, then you need to add native plants to your yard.

Chef Roy Choi
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Be honest and live your truth. That's the advice of award-winning and groundbreaking chef and restaurateur Roy Choi.

Dennis Mackrel at this drumset
Andrzej "Andre" Pilaczyk

From virtually the time he emerged from his mother’s womb, Dennis Mackrel was exposed to a steady diet of jazz.

Chow 4-Piece at Jazz UpFront in Bloomington April 5.
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Trombonist Mason Riedel laughed when asked how his Illinois State University Jazz Combo acquired its name. He had just been called by Jazz Up Front owner James Gaston about filling in last minute on a Thursday night.

ISU students doing yardwork.
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The 10th annual Illinois State University Bring It Back To Normal event allows students and members of the community to forge new ties.

Squash bug
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Gabriele in Nine Mile Falls, Washington, has issues with two different types of bugs that have made her garden their home. But should she get rid of both varieties? Well, no.

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On this installment of Ask An Expert, a question about how meat-eaters and vegetarians can get the right kinds and right amounts of protein in their diet.

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Home health care workers are paid close to poverty wages in many parts of the country. And that's a problem, according to Illinois State University sociologist Chris Wellin.

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A new lawsuit accuses Illinois State University of mishandling allegations of sexual misconduct involving a student. But it’s not the victims filing the suit. It’s the accused.

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On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader’s legacy continues to loom large through such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, as well as affirmative action hiring and educational practices.

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Hundreds of McLean County residents on parole or probation attended a fair Tuesday at the Salvation Army, offering advice on jobs, housing, health insurance, counseling services and how to get a criminal record expunged.

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College is an eye-opening experience. And for those students coming from majority-white communities, it may their first significant exposure to diverse cultures.

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Greek life coordinators at Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities are working to prevent hazing incidents through education.

GLT's Grow: Being An Absentee Gardener

Mar 30, 2018
Garden in sunshine.
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The pull to garden is strong, even if the flesh is ... absent. If you plan on being an absentee gardener, there's a few things you need to know to find success.

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Illinois State University and other Missouri Valley Conference schools are rooting for Loyola Chicago in the NCAA basketball tournament for more than one reason. And some of those reasons are green.

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The old saying is memory is a faulty crutch. For years, a professor at Illinois State University has focused her research on proving that old saying right.

Retired Librarian Finds New Purpose In South Africa

Mar 28, 2018
Library book stacks.
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Once a librarian, always a librarian.  

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A Detroit Pistons developmental player who collapsed on the court during a NBA G League game in Michigan has died.

Shelves filled with comic books and graphic novels.
Keith Srakocic / AP

An expert scholar in children's literature is a firm believer in the power of graphic novels as an educational tool.

GLT Datebook: New Exhibition Explores Transitions

Mar 24, 2018
Photographer Rana Young
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Photographer Rana Young is currently showing her work at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal. "The Rug's Topography" navigates intimacy and separation in the face of transitions.

GLT's Grow: Create Black Gold With A Compost Bin

Mar 23, 2018
Compost bins in backyard.
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Your can turn your garden into fertile ground with the addition of compost. And what better place to create it than in your own backyard?

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The Trump administration’s actions are raising difficult questions about presidential power, with some suggesting we’re inching closer and closer to a constitutional crisis.

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The National Science Foundation is giving Illinois State University Faculty a $317, 000 grant. The money is buying a device that uses lasers to concentrate and filter cells into like batches. It's called a flow cytometer cell sorter.

Faculty and students will use the machine to do research on aging and the immune system, reptiles and turtles, bumblebee parasites, pollen grains, bird blood, and insects.

Students will get training on a device that is common in many health professions.

The feds funded only 16 percent of grant applications in this category.
 

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