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    Modern low-intensity conflicts are won and lost on their ragged edges. Nations act as though the careful plans of their militaries and intelligence operations can harness the chaos of combat and guide it to advance their interests.
  • Merkel the model for female leadership
    Would women be better than men at running the world? There’s a case to be made on the example of Angela Merkel, currently the longest-serving – and most popular – leader of a Group of Seven country.
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    When the Fort Wayne TinCaps printed the names of their then-6,000 Twitter followers on a special jersey in 2013, they got national praise. ESPN’s official Twitter account said:

Weekly scorecard



NBA: League’s decision to ban L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist comments is a slam-dunk.

Trenton ‘Trent’ Girone: Twenty-one-year-old with Asperger’s and Tourette’s syndrome becomes first special needs contestant on “Wheel of Fortune.” Girone, who’s been a fan of the show since he was 2, walked away with $2,015.

Notre Dame: University receives its largest single donation ever – $75 million from 1969 grad John W. “Jay” Jordan, co-founder of a Chicago investment firm and a member of Notre Dame’s board of trustees.


Hoosiers: Gallup poll shows 38 percent of Indiana residents would like to move to another state, higher than the 33 percent 50-state average but much better than Illinois, 50 percent of whose residents would like to leave.

U.S. economy: At just 0.1 percent, economic growth fell far short of estimates for year’s first quarter, even accounting for dismal weather. Unemployment figures, however, fell to 6.3 percent in April, the lowest level since September 2008.


Georgia gunman: Man at a Cumming, Georgia, ballpark packed with children brandishes a gun and tells parents “there’s nothing you can do about it.” The Forsyth County sheriff said the man was within his rights to carry and display the gun, but his conduct was inappropriate.

Minimum wage bill: Senate Republicans, earning $83.65 an hour by 40-hour/52-week standards, reject proposal to boost minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Hammond police officer: Video posted on social media shows a K9 officer striking his dog and lifting him off the ground by his leash. The officer has been placed on leave.


Arnie Ball: Long-time IPFW men’s volleyball coach announced that this fall’s season will be his last. Ball has won 551 men’s matches since coming to IPFW in 1981.

Voter ID: U.S. District Court strikes down Wisconsin law with strict photo ID requirements for voting. Judge rules the law had a “disproportionate impact” on African-American and Hispanic voters. Indiana’s law is nearly identical to Wisconsin’s.

Dr. Jack Ramsay: Hall of Fame basketball coach took Portland Trail Blazers to an NBA title and led the Pacers for a year before retiring from coaching in 1988. He died Monday at 89.