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Bogdan Ionescu: The police in Cologne, Germany, apologized to the theater employee and refunded the $34 he paid in fines for having just one hand brake on his bike. Three months earlier, an officer, perhaps a tad overzealous, noticed Ionescu’s bicycle lacked a right-hand front wheel brake, and German law says each bike needs two hand brakes. Ionescu does not have a right arm.

Target: Retailer issues request for its customers to leave their guns at home, even in communities where open carry is permitted. The announcement follows a Texas demonstration staged by gun-toting shoppers and pressure from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.


Unions: Supreme Court parses its ruling on government employees, deciding some don’t have to pay union dues but preserving requirements for teachers, police officers.

Hoosier Lottery: For-profit lottery operator announces more than $1 billion in sales over the preceding 12 months, with a $248 million share to be paid to Indiana coffers. GTECH failed, however, to meet goals it promised the state.


General Motors: Latest announcement pushes automaker to 28 million recalls – more than all the cars recalled by automakers last year.

George Zimmerman: Florida judge throws out suit accusing NBC Universal of defamation in its editing of the 911 transcript of 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, acquitted of second-degree murder in the case, did not prove NBC showed malice, according to the ruling.

Amanda Longacre: Former Miss Delaware stripped of her title and denied the right to compete for Miss America for being too old. Though, at 24, she’s within the rules now, the pageant doesn’t allow contestants who turn 25 during the year they compete. She filled out the Miss Delaware forms with her correct Oct. 22 birthdate and even gave state pageant officials her birth certificate, but apparently the officials missed the problem.

Americans: According to the Gallup Poll, confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court has dropped to just 30 percent. But even with that dismal number, the judicial branch of national government wins the popularity contest. Confidence in the presidency is at 29 percent, and confidence in Congress is at 7 percent.


Civil Rights Act: Landmark segregation prohibition law marks its 50th anniversary.

Fred Isch: Five-term mayor of Decatur stoutly helped battle the flood of 2003, when the St. Marys River rose to three feet above flood stage. “We weren’t prepared for a 100-year flood,” he said. “I don’t know how you prepare for a 100-year flood.” He died Tuesday at 81.