Staff ReportThe StatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS —The deadlines to vote in-person or through an absentee ballot are quickly approaching.Primary Election Day is May 8 and polls will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For those who cannot vote in-person that day, they can still vote early in-person or with an absentee ballot, but the last day to request one is April 30.Secretary of State Connie Lawson said voting is a right many have fought for and asked voters not to take their right for granted.“Waiting until the last moment increases the chance that your request will not be received in time. An absentee application only takes a few minutes to complete, so set aside that time today,” Lawson said in a statement.To send an absentee ballot by mail, voters must request an application from the county clerk’s office by 11:59 p.m. on April 30. Applications can be submitted in person, by fax, email or mail.Early voting in-person is on-going, and can be cast by going to the county clerk’s office. Some counties, however, have additional early voting sites. The last day to vote early in-person at a clerk’s office is noon on May 7.FOOTNOTE: TheStatehousefile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Tyrades! By Danny TyreeEvery Monday night in the fall of 1975, I ran until I was out of breath.Despite rushing home from my afterschool job, Ialways missed the first five minutes of “All In The Family.”I could certainly have used an iconic device that wouldn’t go into distribution in the U.S. for another two years: the Video Cassette Recorder (VCR).I bring this up because USA Today reported that Funai Electronics, the last known manufacturer of VCRs, will no longer make them after this July.The Japanese company cited declining demand (750,000 units sold last year, versus the peak of 15 million units annually) and the difficulty of procuring parts.Parts? Given how outdated the device had become, I wonder if the parts were horseshoes so the Pony Express could deliver them?Who is still buying 750,000 VCRs a year? One source said the Chinese, but I suspect that some distant tribe is sacrificing them to the volcano god. (“And here is a copy of Cheech & Chong’s ‘Up In Smoke’ for good measure.”)There are probably a LOT of Third World nations proudly using the analogue technology. (“Maybe I earn only a quarter a day, but you can bounce that quarter off these abs after I finish all those Jane Fonda workout tapes!”)In its day, the VCR was hailed as revolutionary. Yes, “revolutionary” in that the wobbly, ever-degenerating images made the characters all fidget like they were waiting for the GUILLOTINE.Okay, the VCR was also revolutionary in that it offered an explosion of options for home entertainment. As a precursor of today’s Redbox, “time-shifting” and streaming media, it saved us from being at the mercy of theater owners and network programmers. Instead, we were at the mercy of idiot family members who forgot to program the thing or idiot family members who left the dog unattended to chew the cord. Even Bob Hope wouldn’t go near THOSE war zones.The VCR spared us from sprinting to the bathroom at every commercial break. Sure, the Surgeon General issued a preliminary report that this change sparked a rise in cardiovascular disease; but he somehow got distracted from issuing a final draft. (“Who’s the idiot who taped over the ‘M*A*S*H’ finale????”)The “leisure” device actually provided new things to stress out over. (“I’ve still got 567 hours of game shows to catch up on. I think Bob Barker should have promoted spaying or neutering ‘The Price Is Right’ instead of pets!”)Remember the war between the VHS and Betamax formats of recording? And how leaked index cards in cursive handwriting revealed that the Democratic National Committee was involved in swinging support to VHS? (They even got Pres. Jimmy Carter to tell “Playboy” magazine, “I have lusted after grainy home movies in my heart.”)The VCR was such a big deal that the Supreme Court had to rule on the technology in 1984, deciding that it was NOT illegal to copy TV shows for home viewing. In a sidebar, the Court also declared that videotapes are PERSONS, with the free speech rights to donate to political campaigns and demand reparations for being stuck in dusty bookcases or grungy yard sale boxes.When the last shiny new VCRs have worn out, it’ll really be time to bury the technology. But don’t dig a shallow grave. The &^%$# things will probably CHEW their way out!
Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has allowed striker Keane to miss the clash in favour of turning out for club side LA Galaxy in their first MLS game of the season three days later. There is no place in O’Neill’s provisional 29-man squad for goalkeeper Shay Given, nor midfielder Stephen Ireland. Speculation had been rife that Given’s successful loan spell with Middlesbrough would bring him back into O’Neill’s squad. But the 37-year-old has had to return to parent club Aston Villa, and has now received another blow by missing out on an international return. “Our game against Serbia will provide us with great preparation ahead of the first of our European qualifiers in September,” said O’Neill. “I enjoyed working with the players in November for my first taste of international football, and am looking forward to assembling the squad once again in March.” Ireland provisional squad: D Forde (Millwall), D Randolph (Birmingham), R Elliot (Newcastle); R Keogh (Derby), M Wilson (Stoke), S Coleman (Everton), J O’Shea (Sunderland), A Pearce, S Kelly (both Reading), D Delaney (Ipswich), R Dunne (QPR); J McCarthy (Everton), C Clark (Aston Villa), S Ward (Brighton), G Whelan (Stoke), P Green (Leeds), A Reid (Notts Forest), A McGeady (Everton), A Pilkington (Norwich), J McClean (Wigan), S Quinn, D Meyler (both Hull), W Hoolahan (Norwich); S Long (Hull), D Murphy (Ipswich), J Walters (Stoke), K Doyle (QPR), A Stokes (Celtic), S Cox (Notts Forest). Press Association Robbie Keane will sit out Ireland’s friendly with Serbia in Dublin on March 5.
The main entrance to Leavey Library is currently closed as construction work is taking place underneath the entrance to waterproof Leavey’s basement.After leaks in the basement occurred, USC Facilities Management Services decided to invest in replacing the existing underground waterproofing system.“This is a maintenance project intended to replace the waterproofing membrane to stop leaks to the basement below and improve the paving leveling system above the membrane,” wrote Joe Back, associate senior vice president for campus development and facilities management, in an e-mail.The replacement of the waterproofing system requires the removal of the stone slabs outside the main entrance. These slabs will be reinstalled before the project is completed, and they will appear the same as before, said Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming at USC Libraries. The waterproofing that is currently being done should last for 10 to 15 years, he said.Construction fencing has been put up around the work, which forced the closure of Leavey’s main entrance. Instead, the library has opened a side entrance on the west side of the building.Although the leakage in the library’s basement is not major, FMS wanted to fix it in order to preserve the quality of the building, McHarg said.“There’s just one room that’s currently used as a storage room downstairs that had some leak issues when it rains, but otherwise [the leaks don’t] really affect the collections or any of the areas where students gather,” he said.Leavey’s hours of operation and services will not be affected by the construction.“There’s nothing that’s closed off [in Leavey Library]. All the collections are available; all the services are available. The only issue is having to close the front entrance,” McHarg said.The project began on Oct. 11 and is expected to be completed shortly after Thanksgiving.“We have set a finish date of Nov. 29,” Back said. The library entrance, however, is expected to open by Nov. 20, McHarg said.Funding for the project is coming from FMS operating funds.During construction, students must use the side entrance to Leavey Library, said Stephen Metzger, a freshman majoring in business administration (cinematic arts).“[Though] it’s a little bit of an inconvenience, nearly every student on campus uses Leavey in some form or another and any improvements are welcome.” Metzger said.