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South Bend has power again

– Utility crews restored electricity to downtown South Bend on Sunday after nearly three days off the grid as musicians at a local pub played “Here Comes the Sun.”

Power was restored shortly after noon, Indiana Michigan Power Co. spokesman Brian Bergsma said, but crews stayed on to monitor the restored power lines to make sure there were no lingering issues.

At Fiddler’s Hearth, a duo played the Beatles song and the brunch crowd celebrated with toasts after co-owner Carol Meehan saw the street lights starting to blink.

“We didn’t want to let the moment pass without recognizing it,” Meehan told the South Bend Tribune.

Fiddler’s Hearth is one of several businesses that resorted to generators after an electrical fire Thursday night cut power to more than 800 customers.

IU president topped $1 million in salary

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is among nine public college presidents who earned more than $1 million in total compensation in 2013, according to a study by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

McRobbie, IU’s president since 2007, earned $1.1 million in 2013. He earned $567,076 in deferred pay, bonuses and other benefits and $544,848 in base pay.

His compensation placed him sixth on the list of top earners.

Gordon Gee led the list, earning $6.1 million as the head of Ohio State University. Gee resigned that post last year and is now president of West Virginia University.

Others on the list included Bowen Loftin, former president of Texas A&M University, $1.6 million; Hamid Shirvani, former president of North Dakota University system, $1.3 million; Renu Khator, University of Houston, $1.26 million; and Sally Mason, University of Iowa, $1.14 million.

Purdue honors slain student with degree

The student slain in a Purdue University classroom has been awarded a posthumous degree.

WLFI-TV and the Journal & Courier report Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, was awarded a posthumous bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering during commencement ceremonies Sunday on Purdue’s main campus in West Lafayette.

Boldt, 21, was fatally shot and stabbed Jan. 21. Cody Cousins, 23, of Warsaw, who also was a Purdue electrical engineering student at the time, has been charged with murder in connection with the slaying. His attorney said last week he intends to present an insanity defense on behalf of Cousins.