Author Archives: David Loomis

A pattern of jurisprudence in Indiana County courthouse

Law & Order By David Loomis INDIANA – A Jan. 15 hearing in the Indiana County courthouse reviewed sad local history in the 1978 homicide of 16-year-old Barbara Ellen Bruzda of Tunnelton. The judicial history dates to 1997, 19 years … Continue reading

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Fact-check contest: the rest of the Rega story

A Review By David Loomis INDIANA — We have a winner In The HawkEye’s first fact-check news quiz! “Just wow,” read the winning entry. “Hard to believe the writer overlooked Judge Rega’s brief banishment from the bench.” Indeed, the quiz … Continue reading

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Fact-checking beyond the Beltway

Fact check By David Loomis INDIANA — This could be a good year for reality in Washington. Congress has recalled that it is a co-equal branch of government.  News media over here and over there are fact-checking official pronouncements and tweets. … Continue reading

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Campus racial climate change?

By The HawkEye staff INDIANA — On Wednesday, an Oak Grove preacher approached a group standing in front of the library at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They were holding signs expressing opposition to racism and hate. He was saying racism … Continue reading

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MLK Jr. marchers pursue his dream

By David Loomis INDIANA — About 100 people braved freezing temps and a bracing wind on Saturday morning to march four blocks from the county courthouse to a downtown church, symbolic footsteps of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. … Continue reading

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URBN goes rural in Indiana County

A review By David Loomis INDIANA – The top local news story of 2018, according to the staff at The Indiana Gazette, was September’s “arrival” here in rural Appalachia of URBN, corporate parent to Urban Outfitters Inc., a multinational hipster-lifestyle retailer … Continue reading

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For-sale signs: the borough’s bumper crop

By the numbers: an analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – It’s hard to avoid divisive political talk around the dinner table during the holiday season. Football? Beware: Taking a knee.  The weather? Careful: Climate change. But consider local housing: Here … Continue reading

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IUP enrollment, borough policing

By the numbers By David Loomis INDIANA – In March 2012, IUPatty’s was born as a boozy, unsanctioned, St. Patrick’s Day bash organized by and for undergraduates at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The event coincided with the largest enrollment in … Continue reading

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‘Year of the Woman’ in Western Pennsylvania

The HawkEye interview By David Loomis INDIANA – In federal and state elections, 2018 was the Year of the Woman 2.0. Except here. On Nov. 6, Susan Boser, of Indiana, an IUP sociology professor, lost by 62-38 percent to five-term … Continue reading

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Here comes the sun

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – A front-page story in The Indiana Gazette on Sunday reported on this year’s local weather. Slow news day? Hardly. The story was about a superlative – wettest on record in Indiana County. “Through … Continue reading

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