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This week's feature compiles in-depth interviews with iconic guitarists from the 20th century. From Stevie Ray Vaughn to Gregg Allman, Neil Young to Tom Petty, Jas Obrecht's questions are insightful and give readers a closer look at historical events in the world of music.West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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At the beginning of this academic year, Purdue President Mitch Daniels sent a letter to the campus community in which he said Purdue would not stand for the kind of violence that struck Charlottesville, Virginia – another college town – just before the school year began.

But he’s also said that much of the violence on American college campuses in the last couple years has been instigated by left-wing student groups.

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Recent years have been both the best of pines and the worst of pines for Greater Lafayette. Both cities have been named a Tree City USA, but bugs have decimated some species. But, not wanting to rest on those laurels, Lafayette’s Urban Forester Tim Detzner came up with the Dickens-named project.

“We should probably apologize to him for that,” Detzner says.

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The Indiana Department of Transportation Tuesday devoted a portion of its website to explain J-turns. Meanwhile, proposals for the new type of intersection are still raising concerns.

The J-turn makes drivers turn right to merge into traffic, then merge left into a J-shaped lane and make a U-turn – instead of proceeding directly across oncoming lanes of traffic.

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Indiana is the round barn capital of the world, with more than 200 built between 1874 and the mid-1930s. The style became popular because it required less lumber and could therefore take less time and money to build.

But, fewer than half of the state’s round barns remain standing. The dwindling number has some calling for action.

 

Round Barns Become Well-Known Landmarks Along U.S. 31

John Clare

Dong Yifang: Painting Through a Century of Change in China opens Monday, August 28 in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery at Stewart Center. It’s a new collaboration with Purdue Galleries, the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue, and the community. The exhibit features ink paintings and sketches by Dong Yifang. It also has original art work of Dong’s teachers, colleagues, and students: Qin Zhongwen (1896-1974), Lu Yanshao (1909-1993), Song Wenzhi (1919-2000), Wei Tianlin (1898-1977), and Wang Yani (b. 1975).

WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Liz Erlewine and Alice Wang about this new exhibit, the opening on August 31st, and this exciting collaboration.

The history and culture of the northern Scandinavian countries is deep and unique. From the stories of vikings to the modern tales written by authors like Stieg Larsson, globalization has allowed the rest of the world to revel in the mystique of the north. Described by an outsider, this week's feature explores the rich history of Scandinavia, both from centuries ago and from personal experiences in the last few decades. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

City of Frankfort

Frankfort’s Mayor is on the mend this week after an accident in his home a few days ago. On this episode of WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we get Chris McBarnes’ take on what happened.

Also: Does the mayor agree with his police chief’s assessment that the city’s police station is stuck in the 1970s? The county has levied a new tax to try to fix that – a tax the fiscal conservative mayor says he’s in favor of.

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The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department debuted its new use-of-force training technology Wednesday. The training involves setting up mock situations via video to prepare its officers for real-life noncompliance.

Deputy Sheriff Austin Waibel demonstrated, giving verbal commands and shooting an armed burglar -- while standing in front of a screen set up in a training room at the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department.

Frankfort Police Department

The Frankfort Police Department building is stuck in the past, according to its police chief, and he’s hoping an income tax hike will fix that.

The Clinton County Council has approved doubling the Local Income Tax, to generate more funding for public safety agencies.

Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon says that’ll allow his department to expand.

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