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Landon Conley: Eight-year-old son of Fort Wayne firefighter Ty Conley gives a local face to the fire department's 60th annual Fill the Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Last year's campaign raised $98,000 to aid Landon, at left above, and 700 other local residents who have neuromuscular diseases.

High school football: As the season begins, all teams and all fans have high hopes.

Debbie Reynolds: The Screen Actors Guild announced that she will receive the 2014 Life Achievement Award at a ceremony in January. The 82-year-old entertainer has been in more than 50 films, two Broadway shows and two TV series. In 1955, she and other young stars established a charity called The Thalians to fight the stigma of mental illness. The Thalians has since raised more than $30 million.


David Gregory: He was forced out as moderator of the original TV news interview show, “Meet the Press.” But, holy cow, he got $4 million to leave quietly and not speak ill of NBC. Just how sensitive are the executives at the network?


Augustus: As Rome prepared to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the death of Rome's first and perhaps greatest emperor on Tuesday, officials admitted that stables he built, recently discovered during an excavation, were to be reburied because of a lack of funding. The decision is another blow to anniversary plans after Rome failed to find money in time to restore the emperor's mausoleum, a block-sized monument used as a toilet by tramps since it fell into disrepair.

Stanley Levine: Allen Superior Court judge apologizes for “inappropriate remarks” regarding a female staff member at a retirement party. “It is hard to believe what came out of my mouth, but it did,” Levine said.


Lorretta Rush: Indiana's first female chief justice is sworn in. “Quite simply, she was the best choice,” said Gov. Mike Pence.

C. Lockwood Marine: Longtime member of the Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission with a reputation for fairness died Tuesday at 76.

Simin Behbahani: The Iranian poet wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her homeland. Behbahani's work also focused on the challenges facing Iran after its Islamic Revolution in 1979 and women's rights, earning her the nickname Lioness of Iran. She died Tuesday at 87.

Norman Metzger: The executive director of the not-for-profit law firm Indiana Legal Service since 1970 announced his retirement, effective March 31. The Larwill native expanded Indiana Legal Services from operating only in Marion County to the largest poverty law firm in the state, serving clients in all 92 counties from eight regional offices.

Don Pardo: Legendary voice of game shows and “Saturday Night Live” died Monday at 96. Recalled Jimmy Fallon: “Nothing is like the moment when Don Pardo says your name.”


“We want to show up at the front door every day and say, through words, that this shooting is not going to be swept under the rug.” – Ronnie Natch, music producer and leader of the peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.