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  • A bounty of thanks
     For sewer, bridge and road projects throughout the city.
  • A questionable 'no'
    The legislature is used to paring or turning down requests for more money. But the Indiana Department of Child Services’ decision not to ask for increased staff next year merits further examination.
  • Ethics cloud hangs over new lawmaker
    If legislative leaders are serious about raising the ethical bar in the Indiana General Assembly, they suffered a setback with the election of Jon Ford on Nov. 4. He arrives at the Statehouse with some considerable baggage.

Weekly scorecard



Saint Francis: University wins Indiana Landmarks’ Cook Cup for its restoration of the Bass Mansion. The $4.5 million project employed “the highest preservation standards, while also ensuring modern functionality,” according to the statewide historic preservation foundation.

IPFW: Budget woes eased with additional support in state budget and cash for building improvements.


Common Core: Indiana lawmakers put brakes on implementation of national standards, but no one is sure what it means for schools as both critics and supporters claim victory.


Indiana students: ISTEP+ computer disruptions add unwelcome pressure to an already-tense testing experience.

Tim Tebow: Just 13 months after New York Jets introduce him with great fanfare, the 25-year-old Heisman winner is cut from the team.

Indiana workers: Latest figures show 12 of the state’s 13 metro areas had higher unemployment rates in March than a year earlier.

Arizona: Gov. Jan Brewer signs legislation requiring communities sponsoring gun buyback events to sell the surrendered weapons instead of destroying them.

IDEM: An Indiana appellate court nixes the regulatory agency’s unilateral decision to reduce air quality standards for ethanol refineries.


George Smith: Fort Wayne resident and Meridian, Miss., native was a champion for civil rights. He died Monday at 69.

Deanna Durbin: As a Depression-era child star, Durbin almost single-handedly saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy. She died at 91, after staying out of the limelight for more than 50 years.

Mission Accomplished: President George W. Bush’s declaration of Iraq war’s end was made aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln 10 years (on May 1) and more than 4,300 U.S. casualties ago.