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First lady Karen Pence and Charles Venable, chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, stand before the iconic LOVE sculpture on the grounds of the museum.

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Artist has little LOVE left for home state

Indiana’s first lady presented Robert Indiana’s iconic “LOVE” sculpture to a German museum during a visit this week.

“I was delighted to employ art as a shared language between Indiana and Germany, sculpting bonds that cross cultural divides and connect us with an appreciation for creativity,” Karen Pence said in a news release.

The Hoosier-born artist, however, doesn’t have the same appreciation for her husband, Republican Gov. Mike Pence. In an interview with Indianapolis Monthly earlier this year, the 85-year-old Robert Indiana was critical of the state whose name he adopted as his career in pop art took off.

“I still think of what you did to the (old county courthouse) – destroyed,” he says. “No respect for the old architecture. And I believe you have a Republican governor; is that right? That’s not good. I’m not proud to come from a Republican state.”

Indiana, who was born in New Castle as Robert Clark, lives in Maine. He hasn’t lived in the Hoosier state since he left for the Art Institute of Chicago as a young man. A retrospective of his work is on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through May 4. IMA’s permanent collection includes Indiana’s “LOVE” painting and 55-foot sculpture, as well as the sculptural work “Numbers 1-0.”

Development places second in trail tale

How much do area residents love their trails? Enough to send a message that trail development trumps residential development. Objections appeared to prompt a quick compromise in a standoff between Fort Wayne Trails and developer Mike Thomas.

On Thursday, the Allen County Plan Commission unanimously approved a rezoning request for Whisper Rock subdivision off Gump Road, west of Coldwater Road. Plans for the 197-lot upscale development originally cut off the route of the proposed Pufferbelly Trail extension.

In a heated plan commission hearing April 10, Trails Executive Director Lori Rose asked for a 30-day delay to seek grant funding from the state for the trail expansion through the proposed development. Thomas, who has worked to accommodate trails in other projects, objected and seemed adamant that his project would proceed as planned.

A week later, the revised proposal allowed Pufferbelly to cut through the northwest edge of Whisper Rock. Rose said the trail extension will cost $500,000 to $800,000. The group has raised $200,000 so far and is seeking a $100,000 loan from the county.

Snack first, avoid arguing

A new study has found that people with low blood sugar show more signs of aggression toward their spouses than people with high blood sugar. In other words, eating a snack could help you avoid a serious argument around the house.

The study involved asking participants to push pins into a voodoo doll that represented their wife or husband. People with low blood-sugar levels pushed twice as many pins into their dolls.

The study was sponsored by the Snickers Foundation.

Just kidding about that last thing. Everything else, including the part about the voodoo dolls, is true, though.

N. Korea’s bullying taunts

Here are some adjectives that have been used in describing North Korea: hermitic, reclusive, obdurate, strange, quixotic, bellicose, impenetrable.

Now we may add two more: sexist and misogynist.

The president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, spoke recently in Germany on reunification. And how did North Korea respond? According to the Guardian, it said, “We accuse Park the bitch.”

The official newspaper called her a lunatic, idiot and cold-blooded animal. It noted that Park had never married or had kids. It says she “jabbers like a little girl.” It has since stepped up the attacks: “Park put thick makeup on her old, wrinkled face and rambled on.”

It also described her, the Guardian went on, as a dotard well over 60. (She turned 62 in February.) Maybe that is to contrast her with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, who is 31 but who replaced his dad, who died at the age of 70.