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Weekly scorecard

Moran- Townsend


Andy Bayer: The Leo native, Indiana University standout and NCAA champion finishes fourth in the 1,500 meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials – his time was less than two seconds shy of making the summer Olympics team.

Linesmen: Electric workers from northeast Indiana as well as Kentucky, Oklahoma and elsewhere brave sweltering heat to restore power to tens of thousands of homes following last week’s surprise sudden storm.

Marilyn Moran-Townsend: Fort Wayne business owner is elected chairman of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Mitt Romney: GOP presidential contender tops $100 million in fundraising for June, eclipsing the $77 million mark he set in May.


Big Bay Boom: Technical glitch at San Diego harbor fireworks sets off $400,000 worth of pyrotechnics in just 15 seconds. But what a spectacular 15 seconds it was!

City Utilities customers: After negotiations with its biggest customers and a consumer representative, City Utilities drops its proposed water rate hike from 40 percent to 34 percent. But the increase will hit hardest the first year of a three-year phase-in, with a jump of nearly 20 percent.


GlaxoSmithKline: The British pharmaceutical giant pays $3 billion to settle charges related to promoting drugs for unapproved uses and for other improprieties. States will receive some, with Indiana’s share $6.3 million.

Van Halen: The rock group that can’t seem to get along without lead singer David Lee Roth proves again that it can’t get along with him, either, so they pull the plug on more than 30 concert dates, including a much-anticipated show at Memorial Coliseum.


Andy Griffith: Best known as the folksy and wise sheriff on “The Andy Griffith Show,” he was a surprisingly versatile actor and entertainer, acting in both comedic and dramatic roles, doing stand-up comedy and recording a number of musical and comedic albums. He died at 86.

Derecho: The Spanish word used to describe the straight-line winds that pummeled northeast Indiana, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and points in between was unknown to many Americans until last weekend.

Mortgage rates: Decline continues with 30-year fixed-rate average falling to a new low of 3.62 percent.

Higgs boson: Scientists believe possible discovery of subatomic particle could be key to understanding matter.

Brooklyn Nets: The first Brooklyn-based major professional sports team since the Dodgers bolted for Los Angeles, the nomadic Nets have changed their name at least three times and played in seven “home” arenas. One was so bad that the old American Basketball Association ordered a forfeit of a playoff game against the Kentucky Colonels. The Nets begin this fall at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.