Picturing Yourself with Bob Ross as the ‘Experience’ Opens in Indiana

Visitors can tour the beloved painter’s recreated studio and take Bob Ross master classes, in the city where “The Joy of Painting” was filmed.

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The Skull in My Backyard

The radicalization of a small American town.

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How a 2nd-Grade Class Sent a Science Experiment to Space

“Any school district now that affords football can afford spaceflight.”

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Kroger, one of America’s largest grocery chains, experiments with ghost kitchens and delivery in the Midwest

The Kroger Co., one of the biggest grocery chains in the Midwest is dipping its toe into on-demand delivery and the ghost kitchen craze through a partnership with an Indianapolis-based startup, ClusterTruck.

Supermarkets would seem to be logical places to site the kinds of ghost kitchens that have caught investor’s eye over the past few years and it wouldn’t be the first time that business models from startup companies bubbled up into large national brands, who are better positioned to capitalize on the trends.

Think about the various meal prep kits that launched and raised millions of dollars before being taken over or copied by big retail groceries. Meal prep kits are everywhere in the grocery store these days and supermarkets have had hot food counters dating back decades at least.

Through the partnership with ClusterTruck, Kroger is expanding on a pilot conducted last year, where the grocer set aside 1,000 square feet at participating stores in Carmel and Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio for ClusterTruck staff to cook meals for delivery and in-store pickup.

“Kroger remains focused on providing our customers with fresh food and experiences enabled by industry-leading insights and transformative technology,” said Dan De La  Rosa, Kroger’s group vice president of fresh merchandising, in a statement. “The new on-premise  kitchen, in partnership with ClusterTruck, is an innovation that streamlines ordering,  preparation and delivery, supporting Kroger as we meet the sustained customer demand for quick, fresh restaurant-quality meals, especially as we navigate an unprecedented health crisis that has affected every aspect of our lives, including  mealtime.” 

The idea, according to Kroger, is to continue to capitalize on the shift to digital deliveries and sales. In the second quarter of the year, the company said it saw over 100% growth in its digital sales.

Ghost kitchens (or cloud kitchens) caught investors’ attention when Uber co-founder and former chief executive Travis Kalanick raised over a hundred million dollars to make the idea his next big bet after Uber. Interest and investment into the model, which sees companies offer food prep and storage spaces for would-be food truck and delivery entrepreneurs, soared. Kalanick’s CloudKitchens have gone on to raise several hundreds of millions of dollars and spawned competitors like the Pasadena, Calif.-based company Kitchen United.

Not everyone is convinced that the dark kitchen or cloud kitchen trend is all that it’s made out to be. My colleagues at TechCrunch have taken the idea to task for its reliance on some WeWork -ian assumptions around margins.

But if anything could make the model go, it’s the combination of existing infrastructure and digital efficiencies. That’s likely what Kroger is hoping to leverage.

It’s an interesting experiment at least and one worth tracking.

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Indianapolis-based Malomo raises $2.8 million to turn order tracking into a branded customer experience

Yaw Aning, named Malomo, the service he launched for small businesses to turn their order-tracking services into branded customer experiences, as a tribute to his mother, who was a small business owner herself.

“Malomo” means flowers in Swahili and it was the name of Aning’s mother’s small soap making business which she built over the years — even as she was battling the cancer to which she would eventually succumb.

The small Indianapolis startup has just raised $2.8 million to expand its services providing a new marketing channel for the Shopify retailers of the world who can always use more ways to reach new customers, Aning said.

The financing came from the San Francisco-based firm, Base 10, and New York’s Harlem Capital, along with commitments from previous investors Hyde Park and High Alpha.

Aning came to entrepreneurship as an Orr Fellow, an Indiana program that takes ten graduates and places them in high growth companies. While Aning worked in corporate finance, he was always interested in the startup world and started is first company, Pocket Tales, an online reading game for children.

That business was followed by a Sticks and Leaves, a web design agency that gave Aning his first view into the opportunity that order tracking presented as a space for a better customer experience.

Along with co-founder Anthony Smith, Aning built a service that connects with a single click to the Shopify platform and creates custom, branded tracking pages for each brand. “It’s a landing page for a brand. They use it like they would use any marketing asset,” Aning said. “The strategy is to build up integrations to the other tools merchants use to create rich experiences leveraging those tools.”

 

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Hospital Employee Is Fired After Speaking to The New York Times

Kimberly Jackson, a discharge planner at NeuroBehavioral Hospital in Indiana, spoke publicly about nursing homes’ practice of dumping patients in hospitals.

#elder-care, #hospitals, #indiana, #jackson-kimberly-hospital-employee, #michigan, #neurobehavioral-hospital-llc, #new-york-times, #nursing-homes

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To Conservatives, Barrett Has ‘Perfect Combination’ of Attributes for Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is regarded as the leading contender to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitution-us, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #indiana, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-notre-dame, #women-and-girls

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‘I Was a Little Scared’: Inside America’s Reopening Schools

In their first week back, students have faced altered classrooms and emergency quarantines. Here’s what they say school is like in the age of Covid-19.

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Facing ‘a Lot of Blowback,’ Trump’s Surgeon General Steps Up

Dr. Jerome Adams is poised to take on a more prominent role in the Trump administration’s coronavirus response. Are his bosses willing to back him?

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Why Trump’s Attacks on John Roberts Aren’t Working With Some Conservatives

The Supreme Court has faded somewhat in importance as frustration with the president grows, according to Republicans in the Indiana county where the chief justice grew up.

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2 White Men Charged After Helping Pin Black Man to a Tree in Indiana, Officials Say

The charges came after Vauhxx Booker said on Facebook that he had been assaulted by a group of men who had threatened to “get a noose.”

#assaults, #black-people, #bloomington-ind, #booker-vauhxx, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #indiana, #whites

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For Third Time This Week, the Federal Government Carries Out an Execution

Dustin Lee Honken was put to death by lethal injection for the 1993 murders of five people.

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Dustin Honken Executed: Third Federal Government Execution This Week

Dustin Lee Honken was put to death by lethal injection for the 1993 murders of five people.

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Judge Moves to Delay Federal Execution Scheduled for Monday

A district court in Washington, D.C., put the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee on hold hours before it was to be carried out. The Justice Department immediately appealed.

#capital-punishment, #indiana, #justice-department, #lee-daniel-lewis

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Yacht Rock Revue Kicks Off First Night of Drive-In Concerts in Indiana

Live Nation’s outdoor music series attracted many captain hats, but few masks (which weren’t required).

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #indiana, #live-nation-entertainment-inc, #noblesville-ind, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #yacht-rock-revue

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Judge Orders Delay of First Federal Execution in 17 Years

The Justice Department immediately appealed the injunction, issued after family members of the victims of the crime argued that the coronavirus made it unsafe for them to travel to witness the execution.

#barr-william-p, #capital-punishment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daniel-lewis-lee, #decisions-and-verdicts, #indiana, #justice-department

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Thinking of Traveling in the U.S.? These States Have Travel Restrictions

A third of states have strict measures in place for visitors, from mandatory testing to quarantine requirements.

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What It’s Like to Enter the Work Force From Your Childhood Bedroom

They studied for years to get full-time jobs. Now, they’re right back where they started.

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It’s unconstitutional for cops to force phone unlocking, court rules

It’s unconstitutional for cops to force phone unlocking, court rules

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Indiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Fifth Amendment allows a woman accused of stalking to refuse to unlock her iPhone. The court held that the Fifth Amendment’s rule against self-incrimination protected Katelin Seo from giving the police access to potentially incriminating data on her phone.

The courts are divided on how to apply the Fifth Amendment in this kind of case. Earlier this year, a Philadelphia man was released from jail after four years of being held in contempt in connection with a child-pornography case. A federal appeals court rejected his argument that the Fifth Amendment gave him the right to refuse to unlock hard drives found in his possession. A Vermont federal court reached the same conclusion in 2009—as did a Colorado federal court in 2012, a Virginia state court in 2014, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 2014.

But other courts in Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania have reached the opposite conclusion, holding that forcing people to provide computer or smartphone passwords would violate the Fifth Amendment.

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#fifth-amendment, #indiana, #passwords, #phone-unlocking, #policy

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Pandemic, Protests and Police: An Election Like No Other

Voters cast ballots, many by mail, in eight states and the District of Columbia, with limited polling stations open and concerns about the virus and civil unrest looming over the process.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #ernst-joni, #feenstra-randy, #indiana, #iowa, #king-steven-a, #new-mexico, #pennsylvania, #primaries-and-caucuses, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Notre Dame Plans to Reopen Its Campus in the Fall

The university said on Monday that the fall semester will begin and end earlier than usual, without breaks, to minimize the chances for students to bring the coronavirus back to campus.

#american-council-on-education, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #indiana, #university-of-notre-dame

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Indiana Attorney General Suspended by State Supreme Court in Groping Case

Curtis T. Hill Jr., a Republican, had his law license suspended for 30 days after the court found that he inappropriately touched four women at a party in 2018.

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Mike Pence Wears Face Mask on Visit to Indiana Ventilator Plant

The vice president had been sharply criticized for visiting the Mayo Clinic this week and violating its requirement to wear one.

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A Tiny Hospital Struggles to Treat a Burst of Coronavirus Patients

Rural hospitals have few or no intensive care beds, ventilators or critical care specialists. Here’s how one hospital, with a single doctor caring for inpatients, handled a Covid-19 surge.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #doctors, #hospitals, #indiana, #rural-areas, #ventilators-medical

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