Jim Dettmer

This week on WBOI, we’re asking area teachers how they spent their summer vacations. It’s part of our Summer Vacation series.

Jim Dettmer works at Fort Wayne Community Schools, but that’s not his only job. He also trains, shows, and breeds horses with his family year-round. They show horses at a high level, and last year one of their foals placed in the top ten at the largest horse show in the world.

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The Failure of BMI as a Medical Metric

Aug 19, 2015

standard Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator puts LeBron James (6’8”, 250lbs) as close to being “obese" as he is to being “normal” weight. The use of BMI has also kept individuals known to have bulimia or anorexia nervosa from getting treatment because their BMI isn’t low enough.

These two examples demonstrate that BMI has limited value for determining a “healthy” weight. And I’m not the first to point this outNotEvenClose. But that’s not the end of the story. What, sense should we make of studies showing an increased risk of death for BMI-overweight individuals?  Obviously, we have to take seriously any robustly demonstrated correlation. So we should take these studies at face value and, when feasible, decrease our risk by aiming to lower our BMI. 

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Fort Wayne is partnering with the TinCaps as part of a national initiative called Play Ball. The program is designed to get people to participate in baseball and related activities.

The city and baseball team have partnered to provide programs and events during the 2016 baseball season as part of the Play Ball initiative.

The city hopes it will complement the community wellness program, Operation Fight for a Fitter Fort.

Mayor Tom Henry’s spokesman, John Perlich, says Play Ball will give people the opportunity to be healthy and have fun.

Indiana Senate Democrats

Indiana State Sen. Karen Tallian announced Monday she is withdrawing from the race for governor. The Democrat is the second candidate to leave the gubernatorial race. Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz withdrew her candidacy earlier this month. 

Tallian said in a statement she supports the only remaining Democrat, former House Speaker John Gregg. 

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It’s the essay question every kid has been assigned at some point in their academic career: “What did you do on your summer vacation?”

But teachers have summer vacations too. So, as students head back to school, we’re flipping the script and asking area teachers about the unique experiences they had while away from the classroom.

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explores that cold stuff called liquid nitrogen.  When was it discovered, what are its uses, and exactly how cold is it?

Mike Fritsch

What do you get when you combine ping pong, tennis and badminton? It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually a sport called pickleball.

Pickleball players and fans will be in Fort Wayne this weekend for a regional tournament, and it will have an economic impact on the city.

It’s the second time Fort Wayne has hosted the regional pickleball tournament. One of the tournament directors, Mike Fritsch, says the event will bring in a variety of players at different skill and age levels.

Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Fort Wayne is one of two Indiana cities that made the list for top cities to do business. It ranked 6 out of 10 on Business Review USA’s list.

The article cites Indiana’s low taxes and unemployment rates as reasons Fort Wayne and Evansville are two of the top 10 cities to do business.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says the city will use this recognition to attract more businesses.

“We’re going to use that to let a lot of potential employers know and visitors know that the city of Fort Wayne continues to grow and continues to have real positive momentum,” Henry said.

Judge Says Lawmakers Not Required To Release Emails

Aug 12, 2015
Indiana House Republicans

A Marion County judge says the House Republican caucus doesn’t have to make lawmaker emails public under Indiana’s open records law.

Citizen advocacy groups and an energy institute filed a lawsuit against the House GOP caucus and Bedford Rep. Eric Koch in April after the caucus refused to hand over Koch’s emails involving a solar energy bill.