Born in Northwest Indiana, Laura's a graduate of River Forest High School (home of the Ingots) and got her bachelor's degree from Purdue and a master's from Indiana University [we think she roots for both even when they play each other].

Her work has won several awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association, Society of Professional Journalists/Indiana Chapter, and Network Indiana. She has also had academic papers selected for presentation at national conferences like the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Broadcast Education Association.

Laura watched her share of game shows growing up and one summer while in California, she's chosen to be a contestant on "Sale of the Century". Her TV favorites include The Honeymooners, Project Runway, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who and Star Trek (TNG and the original). She also enjoys crossword puzzles and when asked what some of her favorite places to visit are she says -- office supply stores.


Pool Slide Recall

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Here's the news release from CPSC, plus a link to other recalls (unrelated to this one)...


Reported Death, Severe Neck Injuries Prompt Recall of Banzai Inflatable Pool Slides Sold by Walmart and Toys R Us

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark. and Toys R Us Inc., of Wayne, NJ are announcing the recall of about 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides. During use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The slide is also unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions and carries inadequate warnings and instructions.


The CPSC is aware that a 29-year-old Colorado mother died in Andover, Mass. after fracturing her neck going down a Banzai in-ground pool water slide which had been placed over the concrete edge of a pool. The victim hit her head at the bottom of the slide because it had partially deflated.

The CPSC and the retailers are aware of two other injuries which have occurred in a similar manner, including a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo. who became a quadriplegic and a woman from Allentown, Pa. who fractured her neck.

The recall involves Banzai in-ground pool water slides designed for use with in-ground pools. The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow sliding mat and an arch going over the top of the slide. By connecting a hose to the top of the slide, water can be sprayed on its downward slope. The words 'Banzai Splash' are printed in a circular blue, orange and white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.

The recalled slides, which were manufactured in China by Manley Toys, Ltd, were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250. The recalled slides have the barcode number 2675315734 and model number 15734. Both the barcode and model number appear on the original packaging but are not on the actual slide.

CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the product and return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund. Consumers can also cut the two safety warning notices out of the slide and just return that portion. For additional information from Walmart, call (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.walmartstores.com. For additional information from Toys R Us, call (800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm's website at www.toysrus.com



Great Futures Family Bike Ride

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Hear more here online from Cathie Dull on the event ! (Audio player near the article) ...  There's a big fundraising bike ride for families Saturday May 5th, 2012, to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. It's call the Great Futures Family Bike Ride. The ride is along the Prairie-Duneland Trail and there's more info at www.bgcpoco.org .

You can hear Cathie Dull, Assistant Director of Resource Development, talking about the event at the audio player on my section of our Indiana 105 website --lw


Lake Michigan Shipwrecks Remembered

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New Outdoor Indiana issue features Lake Michigan shipwrecks --  Outdoor Indiana magazine’s May-June issue features an article on the shipwrecks of Indiana’s portion of Lake Michigan, which they say is an area that has claimed more ships than the Bermuda Triangle.

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The Traveling Wall July 3-7, 2012

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The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Vietnam Wall is visiting Northwest Indiana this summer, and James “Bingo” Sawyer, Road Guard Captain for The Wall Gang”veterans support organization out of Michigan City is inviting Region residents to join the many who will be part of a huge escort from Hammond to the campus of Purdue University North Central in Westville.

The convoy is Tuesday July 3rd, with opening ceremonies on campus that night and closing ceremonies July 7th.

For more info, visit www.pnc.edu/avtt or call 219-785-5200



Carbon Paper: Dated But Not Forgotten

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Saw this news release, couldn't help but think of the cool sound the IBM Selectrics used to make. April 25, 2012, is Administrative Professionals Day --lw

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