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     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


Mastodons: IPFW athletes take top academic honors in Summit League, with 35 students earning Distinguished Scholar honors for GPAs of at least 3.6. Omaha finished second with 33 scholars.

Alexis Fairchild: Huntington girl injured in a Florida parasailing accident last July tells the “Today” show this week: “Of course I’m sad all the time, but that doesn’t mean I have to show it. My parents see a lot of the hurt and the pain but outside of my house, I’m happy.” Alexis, 17, has had to relearn such basic tasks as brushing her teeth and is currently reading at a fourth-grade level.

Masahiro Tanaka: Japanese pitcher signs a seven-year, $155 million pact to play for New York Yankees. He was 24-0 in 2013.


Target: Giant retailer drops health care coverage for part-time workers. But the employees, no longer eligible for employer-provided coverage, might end up with an improved, less-costly plan.


Robert McDonnell: Former Virginia governor faces criminal charges, accused of accepting loans, lavish gifts and luxury vacations from a businessman seeking to sell his health supplements to state government.

Connersville police chief: Thirty-three-year law enforcement veteran David Counceller accidentally shot himself in the leg last weekend. Counceller also shot himself in the hand about 15 years ago, a wound he told the Indianapolis Star “really hurt.” The chief, who is a candidate for Fayette County sheriff and was back at work this week, blamed his injury on “pure carelessness,” and told the Star, “I need to pay more attention.”


Flossie Zimmerman: Office manager who worked for the Komets for 30 years died Tuesday at the age of 86. She and her husband, Dick, were inducted into the Komets Hall of Fame in 2004. He died in 2010.

George McKay: Fort Wayne businessman was a leader in the grocery business, serving as chairman and president of the National American Wholesale Grocery Association and establishing several new stores in Indiana and Ohio. He died at 96.

Claudio Abbado: One of the most gifted and respected symphonic and operatic conductors of the second half of the 20th century, music director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and Milan’s La Scala Opera, and principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He died Monday at the age of 80.

Otis G. Pike: A nine-term New York congressman and persistent critic of Pentagon overspending who led one of the first congressional investigations of abuses by U.S. intelligence agencies. He died Monday at 92.