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  • Paying the price
    Only 3 percent of motorists were affected by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ bookkeeping mess; 100 percent of Hoosiers will suffer the consequences.
  • Agency quick to fix mistake - this time
    As luck would have it, a member of our editorial board was among the 254 Hoosiers to receive a second holiday-season letter from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
  • A bounty of thanks
     For sewer, bridge and road projects throughout the city.

Weekly scorecard



DNR: After first allowing, then prohibiting, people from walking among the ruins of Monument City at the Salamonie Reservoir, the state Department of Natural Resources plans guided tours Sunday and Aug. 5. The town was abandoned and flooded 45 years ago when the reservoir was built and filled, but drought conditions have exposed it on dry land again.

NCAA: The collegiate sports organization’s sanctions against Penn State send a strong message about sports programs that value good publicity over protecting victims of crime.

Lifetime Sports Academy: The academy that teaches sports skills to youths ages 8 to 18 wraps up its 15th summer, serving more than 1,300 participants to bring its total to more than 21,000.


Postal Service: Plans for Indiana’s mail processing centers shift, with the USPS closing the sorting centers in Bloomington, Columbus and Terre Haute while delaying plans to close the South Bend center and move its work – and at least 20 jobs – to Fort Wayne.

U.S. Senate: The Democratic-controlled Senate approves extending tax cuts for all but the richest Americans – a noble and worthy goal but completely impractical, because the measure is DOA in the Republican-run House.


Patrick Bauer: Colorful House minority leader can’t overcome Democratic caucus uprising, losing top leadership post after almost 12 years.

Mitt Romney: In London visit, GOP presidential nominee criticizes Olympic preparedness, drawing angry response from Prime Minister David Cameron.

Larry Seabrook: NYC councilman accused of using $1.5 million in city funds is convicted on nine felony counts. One trick had him doctoring a bagel receipt from $7 to $177.


Sally Ride: The first female American astronaut, she made history with space shuttle flights in 1983 and 1984 and was an inspiration for countless young girls. She died of cancer at 61.

Sherman Hemsley: When TV producer Norman Lear was looking for an actor to portray a “black Archie Bunker” on the hit show “All in the Family,” he cast Hemsley, whom he had seen in a Broadway show. Hemsley proved so popular that his character, George Jefferson, got his own show, and “The Jeffersons” was on the air for a decade. He died at 74.

Chad Everett: South Bend native was star of 1970s TV drama “Medical Center.” He died Tuesday at 75.

Google Fiber: New Internet network unveiled in Kansas City is reported to run 100 times faster than broadband.