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Weekly scorecard



Angela Ahrendts: Hoosier native and Ball State grad receives a $68 million signing bonus as she moves from top post at Burberry to the top retail position at Apple.

Josh Kaufman: Soul singer and Indianapolis resident is one of three finalists on “The Voice.”

Tara: Family cat rescues 4-year-old autistic boy from vicious attack by neighbor’s dog. Video goes viral.

Edith Pittenger: 102-year-old Muncie resident takes a birthday spin with Mario Andretti, logging two 180-mph laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. One of the founders of the Ball State Credit Union, Pittenger celebrated her 100th birthday by parasailing.


Sriracha: Hot-sauce maker is target of complaints in Irwindale, California, where city leaders say that when the plant is grinding chili peppers, residents must stay indoors to avoid coughing fits and burning eyes and throats. The company is being courted by other states enticing it to relocate.

Ed Cox: Chairman of New York Republican Party and son-in-law of Richard Nixon is accused of voter fraud by Democratic officials. He lives in Manhattan, not at the Long Island address owned by his brother. Cox says he was born and raised on Long Island and has burial plots there: “That’s what I define as home.” New York law, similar to Indiana’s, supports his case.

Honeybees: After years of alarming losses, managed honeybee colonies decreased by just 23 percent over the past winter, down from 30.5 percent the year before and 36 percent in 2008. “We’ve gone from horrible to bad,” a University of Maryland entomologist said.


Ann Coulter: Conservative pundit becomes the joke when her attempt to mock Michelle Obama’s tweet about Nigerian schoolgirls is turned against her.

Wallace L. Hall Jr.: University of Texas System regent faces impeachment. Appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, he is accused of instituting a “witch hunt” against UT-Austin President Bill Powers that involved requesting massive amounts of university records. He allegedly violated student privacy laws in his quest for data.


H.R. Giger: The Swiss artist created the title character as well as the extraterrestrial landscapes in the movie “Alien” (for which he won an Oscar) and other science fiction films. He died Monday in Zurich at 74.

Jill Abramson: Executive editor of The New York Times was unexpectedly replaced with Dean Baquet, the paper’s managing editor. Abramson was the first woman to run The Times newsroom; Baquet is the first black in that post.

Barbara Walters: Female broadcast pioneer steps out of “The View” at 85.