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This week's feature revisits author Mark Kurlansky, with a new travel log depicting Cuba's capital. With vivid descriptions and observations of the city's social scene, Kurlansky paints Havana as romantic and rich in its historic ties. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Four months after two girls were murdered walking along one of Delphi’s trails, there’s a push to make the area safer.

The Wabash and Erie Canal Association wants to add trail markers, information kiosks, and more lighting to the 10-mile system.

Association President Dan McCain says cameras would also be installed at the start of the trails.

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If it seems to you that Tippecanoe County leaders have been talking forever about starting a needle exchange program, that’s just an illusion – it’s only been about eight months since the first approvals began.

But if it has seemed to you that in recent months support for such a program from some local leaders has waned, that may be true.

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John Clare talks to several members of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, including the museum’s Executive Director Kendall Smith, about the history of the museum and upcoming exhibits.

John Clare

Purdue University Galleries latest exhibition is titled GIFTED: Selected Gifts to the Permanent Collection. Running July 5 to August 5, it will highlight works gifted to Purdue Galleries’ permanent collection, including prints, sculpture, and paintings representing a wide range of media, regions, and time periods. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Elizabeth Erlewine about GIFTED.

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A prominent atheist group warns Purdue University could be setting a dangerous precedent with its proposed Catholic residence hall.

Patrick Elliott is an attorney with the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. He says Purdue can’t favor one religion over others.

Living in the woods as a hermit seems like a fictional tale, but this week's feature describes a true story from the wilderness of Maine. Chris Knight, a hermit living alone for 27 years, was finally exposed after breaking into nearby homes to steal food. Journalist Michael Finkel found him after his arrest, and crafted a biography of Knight's extraordinary life. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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As he prepares to exit the job he’s held for the last two years, interim National Cancer Institute Director Doug Lowy visited Purdue Thursday as part of a survey of Indiana college research initiatives.

Lowy had spent time earlier in the week visiting Indiana University’s Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis and giving an update on the first year of former Vice President Joe Biden’s so-called “cancer moonshot” funding – much of which he says is still slated to go to places like Big Ten Universities.

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Even though the number of hepatitis C cases in Tippecanoe County has doubled since 2013, location concerns keep blocking implementation of a syringe exchange program that could help stem the spread of disease.

That was the message from a Wednesday night meeting in Lafayette on the county’s battle against addiction and its ancillary health issues.

Indiana State Department of Health Chief Medical Consultant Dr. Joan Duwve  says hepatitis C is much easier to transmit than HIV, which is another concern that follows opioid epidemics.

INDOT

Indiana Department of Transportation officials pitched the department’s proposal for two new J-turn intersections in Logansport Tuesday night. But residents appear to want to put a halt to the idea.

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