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Editorial columns

  • Short-sighted decision shortchanges students
    Since taking office last year, one of the most exciting things I've seen in Indiana has been the growing momentum and support for early-childhood education.
  • In the best interests of Hoosier children
    Earlier this year our state made history by approving the first state-funded pre-kindergarten grant program for low-income families in Indiana.
  • Domestic violence a worldwide scourge
    Many of us have found ourselves shocked at the sight of Super Bowl champion Ray Rice punching his then fiancée, now wife, so hard in the face that she was rendered unconscious.

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.