Washington Elementary: Fort Wayne school recognized as a Title 1 Distinguished School for closing achievement gaps between groups of students receives a $25,000 award.
General Motors: Automaker sweeps the car and truck awards at the annual Detroit auto show, with the Fort Wayne-assembled Chevy Silverado 1500 named 2014 North American Truck of the Year.
LifeSpring Counseling Center: Huntington University’s new clinic, at the Park Center administration building, will offer free counseling for individuals, families and groups by graduate interns overseen by licensed counselors.
Congress: In a bipartisan vote, Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill to ease sequester cuts and avoid repeat of last fall’s government shutdown. One day earlier, a spending bill in the House was approved with wide support from both sides of the aisle. See how this works?
Chris Christie: New Jersey governor’s troubles mount, but the cruelest cut might have come in the form of a Born to Run parody performed by The Boss himself (left, with the host) – Christie’s idol – on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Marvel Technology Group: A federal judge declined to reduce a $1.17 billion patent infringement verdict that Carnegie Mellon University won against the California technology firm in 2012. The case involves the university’s 1998 patent on noise-reduction technology in chips manufactured for hard drives.
Sam Berns: Seventeen-year-old Massachusetts student inspired many before his death from progeria last week, particularly through a moving TED talk he presented just three months earlier.
Capital punishment: Ohio becomes the first state to execute an inmate with the two-drug cocktail of midazolam and hydromorphone. Dennis McGuire took more than 25 minutes to die, one of the longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.
Major League Baseball: Expanded instant replay will be used beginning this spring.
Ken Landwehr: Wichita homicide detective was instrumental in the arrest of the city’s notorious BTK killer, who taunted police with coded messages for years after his 10-person killing spree ended in 1991. Landwehr died at 59.
Juan Gelman: Argentine poet and left-wing activist died in Mexico at 83. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez announced three days of mourning. Gelman’s life and work were deeply affected by personal loss suffered during Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship. Government forces abducted and killed his son and daughter-in-law.