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B-N Demonstrators See Progress After Rally, Despite Looting

The crowd at Sunday’s racial justice rally in downtown Bloomington was huge and diverse—young and old, black and brown and white, veteran activists and first-timers.

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Stay At Home Concert - Grand Finale

Did you miss the fifth and final show in our Stay At Home Concert Series? Watch the whole concert now.

Hoosier Daddy: Finding Comfort In Collaboration

Releasing a new album during the coronavirus pandemic has a silver lining for the bluesy Peoria roots-rock trio Hoosier Daddy.

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Releasing a new album during the coronavirus pandemic has a silver lining for the bluesy Peoria roots-rock trio Hoosier Daddy.

Zak Hoffman, Alex Girard, and Bill Price of NoRobot
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Necessity really was the mother of invention for the Bloomington-based funk-rock band NoRobot.

On this episode, we are keeping our fingers crossed that there will still be a summer production of Mamma Mia at the Community Players in Bloomington by playing music from the stage and movie!

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In his first in-person campaign event in over two months, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden met with community leaders at a predominantly African American church in his hometown to address the outrage and protests surrounding George Floyd's death.

Protests have erupted in dozens of cities over the past week since Floyd, a black man, died after a police officer was seen on video with his knee on Floyd's neck for minutes on end.

Allen Chambers
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The crowd at Sunday’s racial justice rally in downtown Bloomington was huge and diverse—young and old, black and brown and white, veteran activists and first-timers.

Black leaders in Peoria are condemning the violence that broke out overnight, arguing it detracts from the message protestors are trying to send.

Updated at 3 p.m. ET

President Trump on Monday called governors weak and urged them to "dominate" to prevent further violent demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

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One of the characters that comes to the fore in the second half of Brit Bennett's new novel, The Vanishing Half, is a young actress named Kennedy Sanders. She's an attractive blonde pushing 30, who, after years of trying to make it in the serious theater, lands a role on a soap opera.

Bennett writes that when Kennedy calls her parents to tell them about her big break, she assures them that "There was nothing wrong with melodrama, . ... In fact, some of the greatest classic actresses — Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo — trafficked in it from time to time."

Looters carry electronics
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Bloomington-Normal's bus service will halt service early the next two days. Connect Transit said public and employee safety drove the decision to suspend service at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Former President Barack Obama said the protests in cities across the nation in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis under a police officer's knee "represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States."

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UPDATED: 2:15 p.m. - Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said police in Bloomington-Normal have decided against issuing a curfew for now following the extensive property damage done by looters at several businesses, but he said that could change if signs point to a potential escalation. 

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