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MISHAWAKA – Which member of WVPE’s team won an award this week?  Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!  Tom Labuzienski, an underwriting consultant with 88.1 WVPE Public Radio, received the honor as one of the “Faces of Tourism” at the 2018 Visit South Bend Mishawaka Tourism Awards Reception.  The award honors individuals dedicated to promoting the area and having "a positive impact"

on the local tourism industry:

Child safety activist and author Elizabeth Smart will speak at the Century Center in South Bend on Wednesday, following the release of her new book.
 

Smart’s talk will focus on topics in her new book, Where There’s Hope, There’s Healing, which deals with her recovery since being kidnapped in 2002. Smart was held captive for nine months before being rescued.
 

 

 

A second baby was discovered Sunday evening in a Safe Haven Baby Box in Coolspring Township, just outside of Michigan City.

 

This is the second baby found in the same box within five months. The first one in November of last year.
 

The baby box was installed at the Coolspring fire station in April 2016. There are two boxes in the state, the other at Woodburn Fire Station, outside of Fort Wayne.
 

No babies have yet been left at the Woodburn box.
 

Various events around Michiana will take place tomorrow in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  assassination.
 

A series of events in South Bend will commemorate the life of Rev. King, including a candlelight vigil at Leighton Plaza by the King Statue at 7:30.
 

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

A new grassroots movement based in Washington, DC hopes to encourage South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to run in the 2020 presidential election.  

The movement has no association with Buttigieg or his campaign. Mark Meier lives in Washington DC, and launched the effort, despite never meeting the South Bend mayor. But, he says Buttigieg has a lot of the qualities the Democratic Party needs in a candidate. He said it all began when he read an article about the mayor.