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I used to love social media. Mindlessly scrolling through Facebook — chuckling at the occasional meme or dipping my toe into a debate on a hot topic — used to have some entertainment value.

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The Michigan City Historic Review Board usually meets in a conference room, large enough for the board members to sit around a table and discuss agenda items, with maybe a couple members of the public and other interested parties to squeeze in if they choose.

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Not long after I became Managing Editor here at The News-Dispatch, I came across a list of city employees and their salaries, ranked from highest to lowest.

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As someone who makes a living dealing with news, I should — at least in theory — have a tougher skin than most when it comes to processing bad news.

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During Wednesday's meeting of the Michigan City Common Council, Kyle Kazmierczak of the Michigan City Fire Department gave a report about the progress of the fire science program at the AK Smith Career Center.

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Over the last several years, Michigan City has gone to great lengths to attract new business. Specifically, restaurants, places to shop and other tourist-oriented businesses have been popping up like a sophisticated game of Whack-A-Mole.

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Call it being older or pin it on being a new father, but man, when it comes to the roadways, everyone needs to slow the (bleep) down and pay (bleeping) attention.

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Roger Brooks, the man whose firm was tasked with facilitating Michigan City's branding effort, gave a vibrant, energetic presentation Friday morning at City Hall to a standing-room only crowd filled with citizens, community stakeholders, politicians and other interested parties.

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I've attended a couple of Cubs game this season at Wrigley Field and — like other fans — have noticed many of the changes happening at the Friendly Confines.

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In every version of the N-D newsroom I've ever been in, there's been some kind of board on which we'll pin things that make us laugh or items of particular interest.

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My brother and his family were in town from Toronto these past couple weeks, and prior to his trip, he told me of one of his plans for the upcoming visit.

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Just when we thought the county's property tax nightmare was nearing an end, a bombshell dropped. Michigan City is facing another massive shortfall and will need to find ways to make up the lost money.

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A few years ago, my Dad — who always seems to be hip to new music before me — tipped me off to a band of Brits who love the banjo, Mumford and Sons.

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In this week's installment explaining why social media is simultaneously the best and worst thing to happen to the world, I bring you the saga of the ill-fated garage sale ordinance.

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I've never affiliated myself with either of the major political parties. I don't view myself as a Republican, though there are viewpoints in the party's platform that I identify with. I also don't see myself as a Democrat, though I often agree with the major tenets of that party, too.