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Editorial columns

  • Hoosier court reinforces lack of hope in justice system
    Recently, the Indiana Supreme Court added to its legacy of contempt for working-class Hoosiers by proclaiming that a deceptively named “right-to-work” law does not violate the Indiana Constitution.
  • Erin's House helps grieving kids cope
    We have all seen the headlines – car accident, one fatality, a male 35 years old – but we sometimes forget the likelihood that there is a child tied to this adult. Maybe he was a father, uncle, brother, cousin or dear friend.
  • Word to the wise: Build vocabulary early
    The PNC Financial Services Group recently hosted the Guinness Book of World Records attempt for largest vocabulary lesson as part of Grow Up Great, our early childhood education program.

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.