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Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The weather outside may not yet be frightful, but as cities prepare for it, there’s snow business like snow business. The City of West Lafayette hopes to stay frosty as it freezes drivers out of parking on some major streets when icy precipitation beckons.

And even if motorists can’t melt the hearts of parking enforcement officers, the city must still thaw out its thoroughfares. However, environmentalists have become increasingly salty in recent years about the standard methods of doing that, which they point out raises the salinity of nearby waterways. So what else beats a wintry mix?

Well…beets.

Purdue University

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is retracting and apologizing for a comment in which he called African-American scholars, in his words, rare "creatures.”

The apology was addressed to five campus organizations, all representing students or faculty of color.  One of the organizations receiving his apology is the Purdue chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP. Purdue NAACP President Carey Walls says he and other students shouldn’t have had to ask for an apology.  

Casey Abbett / WBAA

The last time the Purdue men's basketball team met the Virginia Cavaliers is a sore subject for the Boilermaker faithful. It was March in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in Louisville, with Virginia winning in overtime, following a last-second basket to tie the game and send it into the extra frame.

Virginia would eventually capture its first national championship and the Boilermakers would go home thinking about what could have been.

Rebecca Thiele / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Lafayette City Council has begun the process of crafting its own climate change resolution, similar to language passed by the West Lafayette Council earlier this fall.

Mayor Tony Roswarski presented that idea to the council Monday night at its monthly meeting, but says he doesn’t have specifics in place yet.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Examining the history of Old Oaken Bucket game outcomes can provide some context to the ebb and flow of the football histories of Purdue and Indiana Universities.

Gone are the days of Purdue posting a 14-game unbeaten streak from the late 1940s to the early 1960s.

Here is a seven-year stretch where IU has won five of seven games, broken only by two one-touchdown squeakers going Purdue's way in Jeff Brohm's first two years as coach.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Four years ago, when Crawfordsville won one of the state’s Stellar Communities awards, its art deco downtown Ben-Hur Building was one of the centerpieces.

Since then, though, it’s been plagued with delays, including changes in the contracting firm that’ll refurbish it. Now, the city says it’ll use tax increment financing to help push the project forward, but how much will that cost taxpayers – and is the amount more than it would have been four years ago?

Jae Lee / WBAA News

When, in late October, a Puerto Rican Purdue student was denied the purchase of cold medicine at a CVS store across the street from campus, international students and students of color hoped for more of a public response than they got from school administrators – and, undoubtedly, a different response than they got following a recent Purdue Student Government meeting.

On this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels – which was taped before that meeting -- he comments on why he’s been relatively quiet on the subject. And he questions what the boundaries of campus are, with respect to where and when a comment must be made about a student being harmed.

Casey Abbett / WBAA

The Purdue Men's basketball team feasted in its last home game before Thanksgiving Saturday, cruising to a 74-40 victory.

Purdue used a 20-8 run from the opening tip to take a commanding lead that they never relinquished. The Boilers had a stellar night shooting the basketball, especially in the first half, when they hit nearly 70 percent of their shots. While they did wobble through a scoring drought in the game's closing minutes, they still shot 55 percent on the night.

Casey Abbett / WBAA

Taking on a hot Wisconsin team led by their record-breaking running back would be a tall order for any team in the Big Ten this late in the season, but for the Purdue football team, riddled with injuries and misfortune all season long, was too much.

While they were surprising and held their own in the first half, Wisconsin had their number in the second half and won, 45-24, thus ensuring Purdue cannot reach the six wins needed to qualify for a bowl game berth.

Carly Rosenberger / WBAA News

Joe Barry Carroll’s appreciation for art isn’t anything new—he began accumulating a collection of artworks after receiving his first NBA check in 1980. In an effort to understand an artist’s process, he picked up a paintbrush himself a little more than five years ago, and he’s been hooked ever since.  

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