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Winners

Conner Henry: Mad Ants coach is selected as the D-League Coach of Year by his peers. In his first season, he led the Ants to a 34-16 regular-season record. The team has nine straight wins and meets Sioux Falls in the playoffs at the Coliseum at 7:30 tonight.

Bipartisanship: Republican Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann names a former Democratic lawmaker, Peggy Welch of Bloomington, to act as her liaison to city, town and county elected officials. The current director of the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council, Welch will be a member of the lieutenant governor’s management team.

Tossups

Hinchliffe Stadium: A plaque citing this decrepit art deco ballpark in Paterson, N.J., as a National Historic Landmark was unveiled Wednesday, and volunteers are on a fundraising campaign to save one of the few places still in existence where Negro League games were played. Advocates are trying to raise $1.2 million to stabilize the structure, only a small fraction of what it will take to restore it.

Losers

Westboro Baptist Church: Hate-spewing ministry targets the Indy 500 for protest, unhappy that Jim Nabors (right), who recently married his partner of 39 years, will sing “(Back Home Again in) Indiana.”

Bonnie Trahan: Anderson woman is arrested after bringing a loaded handgun to a meeting with administrators at St. Mary’s School. She said she was proving the point that her son was not safe at school.

Dartmouth: Elite college’s president complains that his campus is gripped by “extreme behavior,” including sexual assaults, parties with racist and sexist undertones and excessive drinking as the rule and not the exception.

Mayor Keith Soderquist: Lake Station Democrat and his wife are accused of taking money from the mayor’s campaign finance account and the city’s food pantry account and spending it at casinos in Indiana and Michigan. A federal indictment says they lost $104,000 to gambling between 2010 and 2012.

Milestones

Richard E. Ford: Philanthropist and arts supporter was former chairman of the Honeywell Foundation and the force behind multiple historic preservation projects in Wabash County, where his family had settled as pioneers. He died Wednesday at 75.

Gene Butler: Owner of Community Care Pharmacy sells his business to Walgreen’s. Butler’s two decades of service to residents in southeast Fort Wayne, where he served customers with a personal touch, will be missed.

Beau Biden: Vice president’s son announces he’ll seek governor’s post in Delaware, where he serves as attorney general.

Gabriel García Márquez: Colombian Nobel Prize winner wrote “Love in the Time of Cholera” and other notable works of fiction. He died Thursday at 87.

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