James Kidney: Trial attorney for the SEC uses his retirement party to criticize top officials for kowtowing to Wall Street, accusing the agency of acting tentative and fearful in punishing financiers after 2008 credit meltdown. Internally, he pushed to bring charges against more executives in the agency’s 2010 case against Goldman Sachs.
Fighting Irish: Notre Dame women’s basketball team loses badly to Connecticut in the NCAA finals. But in a meager year for postseason basketball in Indiana, the Irish made it to the NCAA championship game for the third time in four years.
Crying Madonna: The face of a statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is stained with what some believe are tears. But the Rev. Theodore Mens, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Griffith, told The Times of Northwest Indiana there must be a natural explanation – the cold, the melting of the snow, for the stains on the statue on his church’s grounds.
Vance McAllister: A security video shows Louisiana congressman in a passionate embrace with a female staffer. The video, anonymously submitted to a local newspaper, was taped just a month after the first-term Republican was elected on a Faith, Family and Hard Work platform.
Paycheck Fairness Act: Senate Republicans squelch debate and block legislation designed to strengthen 1963 Equal Pay Act. Indiana women earn just 73 cents for every dollar paid to men, creating a wage gap of $12,201 a year.
Delta Zeta: University of Connecticut officials suspend the sorority as they investigate allegations that its members forced men to drink booze, eat dog treats, paint their bodies, wear women’s underwear and take alcohol shots off each other’s bodies. Another UConn sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were suspended in March because of hazing allegations.
Mike Ellis: Wisconsin State Senate president secretly taped by the conservative action group Project Veritas talking about a plan to set up a political action committee to attack his opponent in this year’s election. Ellis, a Republican who’s been an outspoken advocate of campaign reform, said he dropped the plan the day after the conversation was taped when he found out it would be illegal.
Tony Martone: Longtime GTE exec mentored young athletes for 52 years as commissioner of the PAL football league. He died Tuesday at 81.
Peter Matthiessen: Author and naturalist won the National Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction. He was also a journalist, environmentalist, fisherman and, briefly, an undercover agent for the CIA in Paris. He died at 86.
Edmond Harjo: One of the last surviving American Indians who used their native languages as code during World Wars I and II, about whom Speaker John Boehner said: Edmond and his brothers were at Normandy. They were on Iwo Jima. They mobilized the simplest weapon – language – to thwart the fiercest enemy free people have ever known. He died last week in Oklahoma at 96.
Ken Forsse: Former Disney artist created Teddy Ruxpin, the 1980s toy sensation. The stuffed bear changed facial expressions as it sang or spoke. Forsse was 77.