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Health & Science
3:04 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Rotational Inertia

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explores the physical forces of tilting and spinning.  What causes tall sticks or unicycles to tilt faster or slower? 

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Arts & Culture
4:16 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

New Festival Celebrates Fort Wayne's Arab Culture and Heritage

On a recent trip to the Middle East, Sam Jarjour was photographed by a fellow traveler as he negotiated with a camel near Petra.
Credit Courtesy/Sam Jarjour

Fort Wayne's cultural diversity has generated quite an assortment of festivals honoring the city's history and heritage, and this weekend, there's a new celebration in the mix.

It's Arab Fest, hosted by the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace.

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Election 2016
3:28 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Ritz Rolls Out Gubernatorial Bid in Fort Wayne

Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz met with supporters and media Friday in Fort Wayne as she starts her campaign for governor.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

Indiana State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz brought her newly-announced campaign for governor to Fort Wayne Friday.

Ritz officially announced her candidacy Thursday in Indianapolis, and is now rolling out the campaign to residents around the state. A few dozen supporters and media showed up at the Allen County Public Library to hear her speak Friday.

In her remarks, Ritz said she will focus on education, economic and community revitalization if she gets the Democratic nomination. She also says she’ll release policy papers with her ideas in the coming months.

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Election 2016
3:32 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Ritz Announces Candidacy for Governor

Glenda Ritz announced her candidacy for governor on Thursday in Indianapolis
Credit Rachel Morello / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Despite constant clashes with Governor Mike Pence over the last two years, State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says her decision to run for governor isn’t personal; it’s because of significant differences with Pence over how to move Indiana forward.  On Thursday, Ritz officially became the third person to enter the Democratic primary, calling herself the “best candidate” to beat the governor.

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1:44 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

FWCS Students Learn Train Track Safety

Operation Lifesaver's network of authorized volunteer speakers and trained instructors offer free rail safety education programs in fifty states.
Credit Operation Lifesaver

Students at several Fort Wayne Community Schools this week learned about how to stay safe around trains and railroad crossings. 

“Tracks are for trains, not for kids.”

By the end of the presentation by the organization Operation Lifesaver, students at Indian Village Elementary were all chanting the reminder that may help them stay safe to and from school, and over the summer.

2nd graders Julian Conwell, Jodoea Yarbough, and Haley Higgins offer some more lessons learned.

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Health & Science
3:10 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Tuning Fork (Part II)

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central finishes the second of a two-part series about tuning forks.  When were they invented, why are they important to musicians, and how do they produce a sound? 

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Indiana Bicentennial
4:20 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

State Introduces Bicentennial Visioning Project

Credit Courtesy / Indiana Bicentennial Commission

Indiana is gearing up for a celebration of its 200-year history, and former Congressman Lee Hamilton says the upcoming bicentennial party can’t just be about the state’s past, but also about its future.  He helped announce the creation of the Bicentennial Visioning Project on Friday.

Hamilton – who co-chairs the Indiana Bicentennial Commission – says he wants the state’s Bicentennial Celebration to be about trying to make Indiana’s future a better one. 

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Science Education
3:27 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Science Central's Martin Fisher Talks Science Education and "The Weekly Experiment"

Last Saturday, May 23rd, WBOI's local segment, The Weekly Experiment, aired its milestone 200th episode.

The man behind it is Martin Fisher, the executive director of Science Central, who gets production help from Rob Martinez.

Each week, Fisher explores a different scientific idea, and then invites listeners to try an experiment at home that illustrates the core concept.

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2:50 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Post-Bankruptcy, Toll Road Gets New Management

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Eight months after previous management filed for bankruptcy, the Indiana Toll Road has a new operator.

IFM Investors took ownership of the operation of the road and its pavilions after the state finance board approved the deal earlier this month.

The change in ownership comes after the original operator, ITR Concession, declared bankruptcy on more than $6 billion in debt last September.

That group will continue operating the toll road under the ownership of the new company.

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Working in Silver: A Conversation with Karen Thompson and Stephen Perfect

Karen Thompson created this "three transformation" portrait of herself and Stephen Perfect for us, with a photo taken by Gabriel DeLobbe.
Credit Gabriel DeLobbe and Karen Thompson

Photography as a medium has been a perennial favorite among fine artists, amateurs and art enthusiasts alike.

And you might say it's seen a renaissance lately, now that just about everyone has a camera in their pocket.

Two veteran fine art photographers here in Fort Wayne, Stephen Perfect and Karen Thompson, learned their craft before digital took over.

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