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Editorials

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    Only 3 percent of motorists were affected by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles' bookkeeping mess; 100 percent of Hoosiers will suffer the consequences.
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    As luck would have it, a member of our editorial board was among the 254 Hoosiers to receive a second holiday-season letter from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
  • Think GLOBAL, act RURAL
    To state the obvious – agriculture is critical to our rural economy. This has been true for more than two centuries and will likely be true for centuries to come.
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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Puffins: The so-called clowns of the sea had a good breeding season in Scotland after several poor years and are about ready to take flight and leave. They come to Scottish islands in March to breed and leave in August. The birds stay with the same partner for life and return every year to the same nest.

Tossups

Vera Coking: Atlantic City property owner prevailed in her eminent domain battle against Donald Trump and other casino developers, but now she stands to collect as little as $200,000 for a building Trump once offered to buy for $1.9 million.

Mystery lovers: White flags appear atop the two towers of the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning. A New York police spokesperson said the department is investigating who put them there.

Emma Czornobaj: A Canadian woman faces life in prison for causing the deaths of two motorcyclists when she stopped her car in the left lane of a busy highway to shoo away a family of ducklings on the median. Convicted of two counts of criminal negligence, she will be sentenced in Montreal Aug. 8. Czornobaj is repentent but insists she’s not a criminal; 10,000 people have signed a petition asking the court for leniency.

Obamacare: DC court’s ultra-literal translation threatens federal tax credits for anyone – including Hoosiers – whose state left it to the federal government to provide coverage through an exchange. Another federal appeals court ruling, however, upheld the IRS interpretation allowing the tax credits.

Right to work: Fort Wayne council overrides mayor’s veto of law limiting police and fire unions, but Indiana’s statewide law suffers a setback with a Lake County judge’s ruling that it violates the state constitution.

Losers

Sen. John Walsh: Montana Democrat plagiarized most of the master’s thesis he did for the U.S. Army War College, according to a New York Times report.

Milestones

Dave Lambert: A key member of the Fort Wayne-area peace movement, the Korean War veteran was a faithful contributor to our letters column. He died Sunday at 79.

Albert J. Stunkard: Obesity researcher proved that some people are genetically predisposed to gaining weight and was the first to identify binge-eating. He died at 92.

Karl Albrecht: After his release from an Allied POW camp in WWII, German businessman joined his brother in building Albrecht Discount – Aldi – and Trader Joe’s into a grocery empire. He died at 94.

Thomas Berger: The witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn “Little Big Man” mastered genres from detective stories to domestic farce. Berger wrote more than 20 books, including the autobiographical “Rinehart” series, a “Little Big Man” sequel and “The Feud,” about warring families in a 1930s Midwest community. He died this week at 89.

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