Swastika tiles removed from IU building

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Tiles with images of swastikas that were installed more than a century ago have been removed from the walls inside an Indiana University building.

The Bloomington school says the tiles at the Indiana University School of Public Health classroom building were installed before the swastika was adopted as the symbol of the Nazi Party. They're among tiles that include symbols from different cultures.

The Herald-Times reports an explanation of the symbol's history was posted near the tiles for many years, but some still found the tiles offensive.

The school says the swastika tiles will be sanded to remove the symbol and remounted.

The tiles were installed during the construction of the original IU Men's Gymnasium in 1917. It's now part of the IU School of Public Health classroom building.

Purdue multi-year fundraising effort tops $2.5B

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue University says its multi-year fundraising initiative is now the biggest effort to raise funds in the school's history.

The university says Tuesday that the "Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University " campaign has generated $2.529 billion as of June 30, well above its $2.019 billion goal.

The campaign was launched in 2012 and publicly announced in 2015. The fundraising effort is ending as Purdue celebrates its sesquicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing where Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon.

"Ever True" led to more than 1 million gifts from 209,551 donors across 113 countries. Of those gifts, 387 were of $1 million or more, and more than 740,000 were $100 or less.

Midwife ordered to cease operations in wake of child's death

VALPARAISO (AP) — A northwestern Indiana midwife accused of practicing without a license has been ordered to cease her work following a lawsuit by the state in the wake of the death of an unborn child.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper ruled Monday on an injunction involving Julie Lentz. She appeared without an attorney and said little on her own behalf at the hearing.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill recently filed a complaint against Lentz, who operates Sacred Lotus Midwifery Services.

No criminal charges have been brought, but Porter County prosecutors have been looking at the case.

Amanda Bell of Valparaiso testified she hired Lentz in February to help her with her pregnancy and birth, but had complications with her pregnancy before her unborn child's death.

Tourism agency seeks hotel tax hikes in 2 counties

JEFFERSONVILLE (AP) — Tourism officials are seeking hotel tax increases in two southern Indiana counties to free up more money for marketing and promoting the region's attractions.

SoIN Tourism staffers plan to meet Tuesday with the Clark County Council and the Floyd County Council on July 15 to make the case for raising their innkeeper's taxes from 4% to 6%.

The two councils would have to pass substantially similar ordinances to increase the taxes.

The News and Tribune reports that the counties' innkeeper's taxes are among Indiana's lowest and are the sole source of the roughly $1.6 million SoIN Tourism receives annually.

The agency's executive director, Jim Epperson, says increasing the taxes would give his group "the resources to help make the destination more competitive in the marketplace."

Town settles 2 harassment suits against ex-officer

ST. JOHN (AP) — A northwestern Indiana town has paid two women more than $200,000 to settle their lawsuits accusing a former police officer of sexually harassing them.

An attorney for the Lake County town of St. John released the two settlement agreements last week following a public records request by The (Northwest Indiana) Times.

The newspaper reports the documents show the town paid one woman $150,000 and another woman $52,000 to settle their civil lawsuits against 56-year-old Michael Fryzel.

Those lawsuits led Fryzel to retire as a commander from the St. John Police Department in March 2015, only days before the sexual harassment allegations became public.

A telephone message seeking comment on the settlements was left Monday for Fryzel's attorney.

Fryzel also faces sexual battery and other charges linked to the women's allegations.

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