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Hoosier lore

What's for lunch?

You stay rebellious, Hoosier kids:

After Elwood Community Schools started serving meals with more whole grains, mandatory fruit and vegetables, and weekly limits on meat and grains last year, some students chose to pack a lunch, or not to eat at all.School lunch participation fell 12 percent.

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Schools have struggled with the new rules.

A solemn misdemeanor

You know that next session the General Assembly will consider a resolution to have a voter referendum on whether to put Indiana's same-sex-marriage ban into the state constitution. But perhaps you didn't know this provision of Indiana law just approved in the last session:

Help me end what I don't have

Much has been written about the unanswered questions arising from the Supreme Court's DOMA decision, chief among them the status of people who got married where same-sex marriage is legal, in New York, say, but live where it's not, Indiana, for example. Do they or do they not qualify for federal benefits? Here's an unexpected twist:

Too much law, not enough order

What are the chances that many of us will end up breaking the law without even knowing it?

New Indiana laws taking effect Monday allow pharmacists to offer more immunizations and let people convicted of many felonies and misdemeanors to petition to have their record expunged if they haven’t re-offended in several years.

Lawmakers approved nearly 300 bills during 2013 General Assembly, and many of the new laws take effect July 1.

Negligent friends

When does a moral obligation also become a legal obligation?

The parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer say three students failed their moral obligations to protect their stumblingly drunk friend the night she disappeared two years ago.

It's a start

This is one of those "good idea, but . . ." things:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Department of Correction officials said Wednesday they hope to move all of the prison system’s seriously mentally ill inmates to one central location designed for their care by the first of next year.

Pay as you go

"Repugnant" is the right word:

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Supreme Court says Hoosier parents cannot surrender parenting time to avoid paying child support.

In a unanimous ruling released Tuesday afternoon, the state's high court rejected a divorce settlement where a father agreed to give up all parenting time, in exchange for not having to pay child support.

Burden of proof

If the Indiana Supreme Court is going to make bold decisions like this one, it might risk its reputation as a stodgy old conservative insitution:

The write stuff

I was one of those who both preached the virtues of cursive writing and criticized as misguided efforts by the General Assembly to mandate its teaching. Perhaps the mandate attempt wasn't so misguided after all:


Polling has become such a commonplace and significant part of what passes for news coverage these days that I think journalists have an obligation to note the source of the polld the ycite, since advocates for one position or another have a natural inclination to find evidence for what they already believe. That's a practice this Indianapolis Star editorial did not observe (and, yes, I acknowledge it's a failing I've been guilty of a time or two):