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  • Collateral damage
    Some day, it will all be over. That’s the only nugget of hope extractable from Huntertown’s many-fronted battle to develop its own sewage-treatment system.
  • Vote of confidence
    Indiana politicians have given us plenty of reasons not to vote in recent years.• They have instituted burdensome photo ID requirements.• They have resisted efforts to expand satellite vote centers.
  • Only US can prevent forest photos
     When the U.S. Forest Service says “don't shoot,” the agency is referring to cameras, not guns.

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.