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October 20, 2013 12:00 am

Purdue plans read-in to celebrate historian Howard Zinn

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. | Educators and activists from across the country will gather at Purdue University next month to celebrate liberal historian Howard Zinn, whose writings were sharply criticized by university President Mitch Daniels during his time as governor.

The Nov. 5 event "symbolizes the ongoing fight back in the United States against the privatization of public education, attacks on teachers and teachers unions by politicians like Mitch Daniels, and the need for real democracy in both schools and curriculum," according to an announcement by event organizers.

Daniels drew fire this summer when The Associated Press reported that the former governor had sought assurance from his staff that Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" wasn't being used in Indiana K-12 classrooms or counted toward continuing education credit for state teachers.

Official: Gambling proposal for Indy airport might not fly

INDIANAPOLIS | Airport travelers could have more to bet on than whether their flight will be on time if a proposal by two gambling-industry lawyers takes off in Indianapolis.

Phil Sicuso and Joe Champion say Indianapolis International Airport is well suited for wireless gambling technology that could bring in revenue to support more nonstop flights.

The pair work at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and floated the idea in an article for their firm's newsletter, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported.

Indianapolis Airport Authority President Mike Wells said the idea is "clever" but he doesn't think it will fly.

Lawmakers have been reluctant to expand gambling even as new casinos in neighboring states are cutting into Indiana's casino revenues. The General Assembly rejected proposals last year that would have moved riverboat casinos to land-based facilities and allowed live table games at two horse racing tracks.

Evansville health science research campus moves forward

EVANSVILLE, Ind. | Evansville-area leaders have taken a major step forward in their efforts to expand medical education in southwestern Indiana with the signing of letters of intent to participate in a new interdisciplinary health science research and education campus.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports representatives of the Evansville branch of the Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College signed the letters of intent Friday to develop a 40,000-square-foot center to be used for training, research and possibly product development.

IU medical school branch director Steven Becker says the campus will be home to as many as 2,000 health care students from all four institutions when it opens. It's expected to open in August 2017.

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