Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter at the Democratic Convention June 26, 2004. Olivier Douliery/ABACA, Tribune Content Agency
ROSALYNN CARTER

AP: Rosalynn Carter, outspoken former first lady, dies at 96

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, the closest adviser to Jimmy Carter during his one term as U.S. president and their four decades thereafter as global humanitarians, has died at the age of 96. The Carter Center said she died Sunday after living with dementia and suffering many months of declining health. The statement said she "died peacefully, with family by her side" at 2:10 p.m. at her rural Georgia home of Plains.


Books that are popularly known for being banned stacked on Sept.29 in Bracken Library. "Eleanor Park,” "Gender Queer: A Memoir" and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,”are not pictured, as they were checked out or not owned by the library. Ella Howell, DN
BANNED BOOKS:

8 books to read that have been banned and challenged

With recent news of books being banned in public schools, academic libraries and public libraries, the majority of the books targeted for bans are stories by and/or about people of color and LGBTQ individuals. With these books leaving classrooms and shelves, here’s a list of banned books to read.


In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo the White House is seen in Washington. The coronavirus pandemic and the nation's crashing economy are scrambling the themes both political parties thought would carry them to victory in this November's elections. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
OPINION

The crumbling division of church and state

Today, we are faced with a religious enthusiasm that seeks faith to serve a foundational role in government. Politicians and judicial leaders are more heavily interweaving their beliefs into places they don’t belong. There is no religious test to hold office, so why allow religion to intersect with the crucial legislative action that affects every citizen?


Abortion-rights protesters chant during a session of the Indiana state Senate at the Capitol on July 25, 2022 in Indianapolis. The legislature held a special session to consider curtailing abortion rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade last month. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images/TNS)
ABORTION

Indiana Supreme Court won’t rehear near-total abortion ban ruling, putting law back in effect

The Indiana Supreme Court on Monday denied a request to rehear its ruling upholding the state’s near-total abortion ban.  That means the new law — which prohibits the procedure with only narrow exceptions — immediately takes effect once the ruling is certified on the court docket, which is expected to be a matter of days, according to court officials.



Former President Donald J. Trump watches the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
TRUMP FOUND LIABLE

Associated Press: Jury finds Trump liable for sexual abuse, awards accuser $5M

A jury found Donald Trump liable Tuesday for sexually abusing advice columnist E. Jean Carroll in 1996, awarding her $5 million in a judgment that could haunt the former president as he campaigns to regain the White House. The verdict was announced in a federal courtroom in New York City on the first day of jury deliberations. Jurors rejected Carroll's claims that she was raped, but found Trump liable for sexually abusing her. Hours earlier, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan read instructions on the law to the nine-person jury before the panel began discussing Carroll's allegations of battery and defamation shortly before noon.



Ball State Student Government Association tickets, Empower and Gassensmith & Lindstrand, debate their ticket's platforms. The presidential debate will be Feb. 14 and the vice presidential debate is Feb. 15. Abigail Denault, DN
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

Ball State University Student Government Association tickets debate platform points

Ball State University’s Student Government Association (SGA) held the introduction to the tickets, the candidates, Feb. 7 at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. The two tickets are “Empower” with Presidential Nominee Skylar Ellis, in SGA’s On-Campus Caucus, and Vice Presidential Nominee Taylor Perry, in SGA’s At-Large Caucus, and "Gassensmith & Lindstrand" with Joseph Gassensmith, current chief of staff, and Monet Lindstrand, current vice president. 


Protesters gather at Muncie City Hall for a protest against Police Brutality on Feb. 5. 2023. Olivia Ground, DN
POLICE BRUTALITY PROTEST

Protesters chant outside Muncie City Hall in “Unite Against Police Brutality” protest.

As a member of the Party of Socialism and Liberation in Muncie, Indiana, Mark Elliott gathered with around a dozen other people, held a sign and stood outside of the City Council building in the “Unite Against Police Brutality” protest Feb. 5. The two most prevalent signs at the protest read “Justice for Tyre Nichols. Jail Killer Cops!” and “The people demand: End Police Terror.”







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