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Hey, teach, you packin'?

Not sure this is a good idea:

Indiana could become the first state in the nation to require an employee in every public or charter school to carry a loaded gun during school hours —a response to fears about mass school shootings.

The outsider

Mitch Daniels is winning hearts and minds at Purdue:

The skepticism has evolved into guarded optimism. Daniels appears to have supporters in most corners of the university – including many faculty members who previously expressed trepidation. He has challenged institutional orthodoxy on the way higher education budget decisions are made, and he is still standing.

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Bad first date

So if you make a date online with a 16-year-old girl you've never met, and she turns out to really be a 16-year-old girl rather than a 45-year-old, pot-bellied cop named Max participating in a sting operation aimed at you, you're still not home free, Bub:

Blue cities

Here's a list we don't want to get on:

A Gallup poll pegged Evansville as one of the top 10 most miserable cities in the U.S., coming in at No. 8 on that dubious list.

Evansville was ranked second-worst in the country in terms of healthy behavior. The city has one of the highest rates of smokers and among the lowest percentages of residents to eat healthy or exercise regularly.

A landmark

Why the Indiana Supreme Court's decision to uphold the consitutionality of the state's voucher program is a landmark in the school choice movement:

While this is just one victory in a single state, combined with other developments elsewhere it may not only be the beginning of the erosion of the government education monopoly but a change in the way we define the term public education.

Back to basics

The whole world is going digital. Whether it's music or books or movies or this newspaper, you can get it faster and easier by just skipping the hardware. But here's one group that actually seeks to go the other way:

Check and mate

The problem with gun-purc hase background checks few seem willing to talk about:

WASHINGTON — About 4,000 Hoosiers could not pass a federal background check to buy a gun because of mental illness.

In Delaware, a state about one-seventh the size of Indiana, a background check would block nearly 19,000 people with mental illness records from getting a gun.

No. 16

Well, duh:

The "Freedom in the 50 States" study measured economic and personal freedom using a wide range of criteria, including tax rates, government spending and debt, regulatory burdens, and state laws covering land use, union organizing, gun control, education choice and more.

A choice verdict

The Indiana Supreme Court on the state's school voucher program --  Ain't saying it's good, just saying it's legal:

The state Supreme Court agreed with that, saying in a 22-page opinion written by Chief Justice Brent Dickson that the program primarily benefited parents, not schools, because it gave parents choice in their children's education.

Deer. Fence. Venison.

I've been trying, without much success, to figure out exactly what the big deal is for those opposed to Indiana deer preserves. The state Department of Natural Resources outlawed "canned hunting" in 2005, and there is proposed legislation to allow five operations that were already in existence to continue, thus ending an eight-year-old lawsuit.