Abby Lemert: Carroll High School senior is named one of only 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars. She credits Spanish teacher Letisha Clendenen as her most influential instructor.
Local philanthropy: Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne’s 12-hour online giving event raises $77,000 for local causes, with gifts bolstered by local and national matching funds.
Fort Wayne International: Airport lands much-needed direct flights to Philadelphia and Charlotte, starting Oct. 2.
Indiana Ethics Commission: Panel finally gets one right, denying Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission attorney’s request to go to work for a water utility without a one-year cooling-off period.
Indiana State University: Terre Haute campus strikes oil – literally. A contractor drilling on university-owned property finds oil.
Eric Hedin: Ball State science faculty member at center of evolution controversy is promoted to associate professor. His Boundaries of Science course, in which Hedin reportedly promoted the concept of intelligent design, is no longer offered.
Miami: Climate change report identifies city as one of the most vulnerable to severe damage from rising seas. Areas of trendy South Beach already are seeing streets flooded on sunny days, with saltwater rising from drains and gutters.
Rialto, California, teachers: Inspired by Common Core requirements, teachers assign eighth-graders to consider whether the Holocaust actually occurred or if it was merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.
Vibram: Shoe company settles a class-action lawsuit, agreeing to pay refunds to customers who bought into unfounded hype over benefits of its cushionless shoes with individual pockets for each toe.
Bill Dana: Test pilot who flew X-15 rocket planes was one of the first hired when NASA was created. The space pioneer died Tuesday at 83.
Lee Marshall: With his magnificent basso profundo, he first voiced the Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes icon Tony the Tiger in 1999, and more often served as the voice for cartoon villains. He died last month at 64.