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Weekly scorecard


Ruth Smith: Fort Wayne resident and Saint Francis grad student is crowned Ms. Wheelchair Indiana. She plans to use the title to raise awareness of access issues for people with disabilities.

Italy: The son of a retired autoworker recognizes artwork by Paul Gauguin as the same painting hanging in his family’s kitchen, purchased with another work – by Pierre Bonnard – for about $70 at a railroad surplus sale in 1975. Italian authorities say the Gauguin is worth about $48 million.

Eddie Palacios: TSA agent headed to his job at Chicago’s O’Hare International jumps in front of the Blue Line train to help a woman who had fallen from the platform. Approaching train stops in time for both to escape.

Obamacare: With 7 million participants at enrollment deadline, a bipartisan NPR poll finds that the federal health care program is slightly more popular than President Barack Obama. Forty-seven percent of respondents approve of Obamacare; 46 percent believe the president is doing a good job.


We’re No. 1: State officials say Indiana’s first-place ranking for meth lab seizures in 2013 shows how well the state is doing in fighting the drug scourge. Is that really what Hoosiers want to be known for?


Edwardsport Power Plant: $3.5 billion Duke Energy plant, opened just a year ago, fell to less than 1 percent capacity in February as a result of mechanical problems. The Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has said the plant consumed more energy than it produced in late 2013.

Stephen Colbert: Host of the satirical “Colbert Report” comes under fire for insulting Asians in a gag intended to mock the Washington Redskins owner for his refusal to change the team’s name.


Hobie Alter: As a young surfer, he transformed the sport with polyurethane foam boards and later revolutionized sailing with the lightweight Hobie Cat. He died at 80.

Thomas Polgar: The last CIA station chief in Saigon during the Vietnam War, who helped direct the frantic airborne rooftop evacuation of U.S. citizens and Vietnamese leaders during the final days of the war in 1975. He died March 22 at his home in Winter Park, Fla., at 91.

Lorenzo Semple Jr.: Screenwriter created the 1960s campy “Batman” TV series – with words like “Zap!” and “Pow” showing up on screen when the caped crusader got in a fight – and also wrote the movies “Papillon,” “Pretty Poison” and “Three Days of the Condor.” He died last week at 91.

Marijuana: Pew Research study finds three-quarters of Americans believe the drug will be legal for recreational use nationwide; 52 percent favor legalization themselves.