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Spring blooms eternal thanks to new artwork

The most eye-catching of spring flowers is blooming at Parkview Field and will continue to bloom through the seasons.

Artist Dianna Thornhill Miller’s “New Bloom” is a striking 24-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture at Meyers Park, just inside the Parkview Field gates on West Jefferson Boulevard. The sculpture, with an eight-foot-wide bloom, is a tribute to the downtown renaissance and Fort Wayne’s commitment to the arts.

Among Miller’s permanent installations are works in the Willis Tower in Chicago and in the corporate headquarters of Kaiser Permanente, Magnavox, Mobil Oil, NIPSCO and more.

The evening is a particularly good time to check out the city’s newest landmark, when a rotating lighting loop casts the sculpture in changing colors.

Irsay issue still hanging over NFL

Now that Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned from the NBA and the full force of public outrage has fallen upon him, some are wondering aloud: Where have you been?

They point to Sterling’s record of bad behavior, including a sexual harassment suit and lawsuits alleging he refused to rent apartments to Hispanics and blacks.

An Indianapolis blogger is asking why similar outrage hasn’t fallen on a certain NFL team owner for his alleged drug use. Could the NFL someday face the same questions now aimed at the NBA with regard to Colts owner Jim Irsay?

“The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office has yet to file any formal charges against … Irsay nearly forty-five days after Carmel police last month charged him with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and four felony counts for possession of controlled substances,” observes Gary R. Welsh at Advance Indiana. “Police stopped a vehicle driven by Irsay in a residential neighborhood after the driver was observed operating it erratically.”

The Indianapolis attorney notes that Irsay’s addiction to prescription pills became public more than a decade ago after reports of treatment for drug overdoses, and yet the NFL has taken no action against him.

Welsh points to speculation that pressure is being applied to the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office to hold off on charges until after a decision is made next month on the 2018 Super Bowl site. Indianapolis is one of three finalists.

Second banana was ‘Rabbit’s’ real star

Bob Hoskins, who died this week at 71, had to take a few months off work after he completed the filming of 1988’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

He said later that after weeks of listening to Roger’s disembodied voice and trying to imagine where he should be looking at the creature as he delivered his own lines in front of a blank screen, he began to hallucinate.

Somehow, it all worked out. Director Robert Zemeckis transferred the illusions that Hoskins risked his sanity for into a big-screen masterpiece that seamlessly meshed the gritty “reality” of a Los Angeles private detective’s life with the fantasy world of Jessica and Roger Rabbit.

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” was a truly hilarious movie, and Hoskins, not Roger, was the central character.

Yet his contribution to the hilarity was to play his role with utterly naïve seriousness and sentimentality.

Through most of the film, Hoskins never cracked a joke, but millions laughed. (The Toon Patrol weasels, you may recall, even laughed themselves to death.)

Hoskins was an actor who played a lot of serious roles in a long and honored career.

But he will be remembered most for the one in which he played straight-human to a crazy cartoon rabbit.