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    Only 3 percent of motorists were affected by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles' bookkeeping mess; 100 percent of Hoosiers will suffer the consequences.
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    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.
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    To state the obvious – agriculture is critical to our rural economy. This has been true for more than two centuries and will likely be true for centuries to come.

Weekly scorecard



FWPD: Three years after a 1998 murder investigation is assigned to a new detective, murder charges are filed against a 36-year-old man now in the Toledo Correctional Institute.

Felix Hernandez: The pitcher gives the Seattle Mariners their first perfect game. Though only 23 perfect games have been pitched in Major League Baseball history, 12 have come in the last 25 years and three this year alone.

Natural gas: Amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere plunges because the price of natural gas is so low, power plants are switching from coal.


Lake Avenue: The street’s “diet” – changing the narrow four lanes for three wider lanes between Anthony and Coliseum boulevards – nears completion. But why didn’t the city lay down a new cover of pavement?


South Bend judge: Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission files misconduct charges against St. Joseph County Probate Judge Peter Nemeth for derogatory comments made regarding who should pay for an interpreter for the deaf at a court proceeding.

Cat torturer: A 22-year-old Fort Wayne man is charged with animal cruelty after police say he burned a kitten’s whiskers then threw it on a fire.

Facebook: Stock plummets when moratorium on sale of company stock by insiders and early investors expires, with more than 100 million shares changing hands.

Joe Biden: Veep tells campaign audience that GOP will put people “back in chains.”

Mississippi: Separate ratings say the state is the nation’s most obese and perhaps the clumsiest – the latter based on the number of damaged iPhones.

NBC: Four decades after the infamous “Heidi game,” the network does it again, cutting off coverage of the Olympics closing ceremony to debut a new show, “Animal Practice,” starring a chimp. Coverage returned an hour later, but the ceremony was greatly truncated, eliminating musical performances by Muse, Kate Bush and Ray Davies of the Kinks.


Appalachian Trail: Iconic U.S. path marks its 75th anniversary. About 2,000 people attempt to traverse the rugged 2,000-mile route from Georgia to Maine each year, traversing 12 states along the way.

Elvis: Candlelight vigil in Memphis marks the 35th anniversary of legendary rock ’n roll star’s death.