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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


Isaac Griffith: Homestead grad and IU receiver expected to make full recovery after near-drowning accident in Florida. A roommate pulled him from a rip current and performed CPR.

Indianapolis water customers: Citing executive salaries, Indiana utility regulators reduce rate increase sought by Citizens Energy and start an investigation into management practices. CEO Carey Lykins earned $2.9 million in 2012.

Dark chocolate lovers: Researchers find key to bittersweet chocolate’s heart-healthy trait. Turns out that microbes in the intestinal system convert an indigestible portion of the chocolate into anti-inflammatory compounds to delay or prevent cardiovascular problems.

Personal privacy: Indiana Supreme Court upholds conviction of a Fort Wayne man who videotaped up the skirts of young girls at an Indianapolis shopping mall. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, a court ruled that the practice there did not violate the law because women who were photographed while riding Boston public transportation were not nude or partially nude.

Andrei Linde: Stanford physicist who proposed “cosmic inflation” 30 years ago learns that an experiment at the South Pole confirmed his theory. Astronomers led by John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced last week the experiment found gravitational wave effects created in big-bang event 13.8 billion years ago.


Spring: Yes, it arrived officially at 12:57 p.m. Thursday, but within minutes it was snowing in downtown Fort Wayne.


GM: Still reeling after disclosure of a safety defect linked to 12 deaths, automaker announces another round of recalls affecting 1.7 million vehicles.

Kevin Trudeau: TV huckster and author (Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About) is sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating a 2004 federal court order that prohibited him from making misleading infomercials and misrepresenting his weight-loss books.


Ethan Shelton: The second-oldest American man on the Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group’s list of supercentenarians worldwide, Shelton died Wednesday at 110. The oldest American man on the group’s list, Dr. Alexander Imich, turned 111 in February. The group’s listing of validated supercentenarians (people 110 or older) includes three other men – and 66 women.

Spring break: lists Las Vegas, New Orleans and Denver as the top-ranked travel destinations for college students this year. Officials believe legalized pot might be the reason for the Mile High City’s inclusion on the list.

Randolph W. Thrower: Tax expert and lawyer for death row inmates in Georgia was named Richard Nixon’s IRS commissioner in 1969. He lost his job when he resisted efforts to punish Nixon’s enemies through tax audits. Thrower died March 8 in Atlanta at 100.

Sam Lacy: Excellent NBA center unfortunately played for not so excellent teams (Cincinnati Royals and its successor franchise in Kansas City) in the 1970s. He died last week at 66 in Kansas City.