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    Earlier this year our state made history by approving the first state-funded pre-kindergarten grant program for low-income families in Indiana.
  • Domestic violence a worldwide scourge
    Many of us have found ourselves shocked at the sight of Super Bowl champion Ray Rice punching his then fiancée, now wife, so hard in the face that she was rendered unconscious.

Weekly scorecard


A black bear: Garrett Smith, a logger in western Wisconsin, used the grappling hooks on his logging machine to free a struggling bear whose head was trapped in a milk can. After consulting with the landowner, Smith got the machine’s hooks around the can. The bear pulled its head out and bolted.

Rolls Royce: The iconic British auto, now a part of BMW, has never been more popular. The company said 1,968 cars were sold in the first half of this year, compared with 1,475 in the same period last year. A spokesman said 70 percent of Rolls buyers are new to the brand, and roughly half choose to customize their cars by adding expensive personal touches.

William Powers Jr.: Fighting off a politically charged effort to remove him, the University of Texas president wins a one-year reprieve. Agreement prevents university regents from firing the well-respected academic leader.

Cleveland: City wins 2016 GOP convention, and the NBA’s No. 1 player, LeBron James, is coming home to the Cavs.

The Clintons: Like her parents, Chelsea Clinton has become a sought-after speaker who can generate pretty big money, commanding as much as $75,000 a speech. A spokesman for Clinton says her speeches are made on behalf of the Clinton Foundation, which receives 100 percent of the money.


Tony Bennett: Former schools chief gets a wrist slap in ethics charge settlement but likely pays a hefty bill for top-flight legal representation.


Bill Hillman: The 32-year-old Chicago author and longtime participant in the nine-day Pamplona, Spain, street party was gored twice in the right thigh during one of the daily bull runs. Hillman co-wrote “Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona.”

L.A. Dodgers: Jury orders baseball club to pay $13.9 million to Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan beaten by Dodger fans on opening day 2011. His attackers were convicted earlier this year.

ABC News: Network issues an apology after a segment in which a Palestinian family was misidentified as Israeli, giving viewers the impression that rockets were raining down on Israel instead of Gaza.


Earthquakes: Since the first of the year, Oklahoma has recorded more quakes than California. Scientists believe that fracking is to blame, noting an increase in seismic activity alongside oil production in fracking states from Ohio to Colorado.

Centenarians: Some 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897 were mailed notices ordering them to register for the draft. The error originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, which sent the Selective Service a batch of records of men born between 1993 and 1997 mixed with the records of men born a century earlier. Talk about a seasoned army …

Craig Keoun: Community volunteer – with the Heritage Trail Foundation, Real Men Read and the YMCA, among many others – dies at age 74.