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Weekly scorecard


U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal: The Connecticut Democrat narrowly escaped death when a commuter train whizzed past him as he stood on a train platform conducting a news conference on train safety. Milford, Conn., Mayor Ben Blake was speaking the words “safety, as you know, is paramount,” when the senator, listening to the mayor with his back to the oncoming train, was almost struck.

Southwest Fort Wayne water customers: Board of Public Works approves purchase agreement for Aqua Indiana’s water system. If also approved by the City Council and the state, the deal could save the average household $100 to $140 per year.

Northeast Indiana: Unemployment in metro Fort Wayne drops to 5.7 percent – the best showing in almost six years.

Indianapolis: The National Rifle Association’s annual convention, which began Friday, is expected to draw more than 70,000 visitors to the city. The Indiana Business Journal reported the visitors are expected to spend $55.4 million during the event.

Robert Pedowitz: University of California regents agreed to pay $10 million to the former chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department, who had alleged that the medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care. The settlement came just before closing arguments were due to begin in his whistleblower-retaliation case. UCLA officials said they found no wrongdoing by faculty and no evidence patients were jeopardized. But the UC system paid him anyway, saying it wanted to avoid the expense of litigation.


Patrick Farves: York, Pa., high school senior was suspended for three days for asking Miss America, Nina Davuluri, to go to the prom with him. Davuluri, who was visiting to discuss the importance of science, math, engineering and technology studies, says she contacted the school and asked them to reconsider.


Monsignor Edward Arsenault: New Hampshire priest and former leader of a clergy treatment center was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for stealing at least $104,000 from a hospital, a dead priest’s estate and the state’s Roman Catholic bishop.

IRS: Inspector general report reveals that 1,100-plus agency employees delinquent on their on own taxes received bonuses.

FEC: Federal Elections Commission sent letters to 21 Democratic and Republican Senate candidates warning of dire consequences because they had not filed campaign expenditure reports. But they had. The Senate’s cumbersome, paper-dependent method of filing the reports was blamed.


Alistair MacLeod: Award-winning Canadian author best known for short story collections and author of “No Great Message,” his only novel, which was acclaimed and won the 2001 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. MacLeod was on faculty at what is now IPFW in 1966-69 and may have published his first short story during his tenure there. He died this week at 77.

Wrigley Field: Legendary Chicago ballpark marks its centennial. The first game was played April 23, 1914, at the site, then known as Weeghman Park.