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Editorials

  • Trust, but verify
     Indiana's annual workplace fatality figures served up the proverbial good news/bad news this week: The state recorded the third-fewest deaths since 1992, but the number of on-the-job deaths grew over those in 2012.
  • Boggs brought human touch to Washington lobbying game
    The master Washington, D.C., lobbyist looked across the massive mahogany conference table at me and smiled.
  • Trust, but verify
     Indiana’s annual workplace fatality figures served up the proverbial good news/bad news this week: The state recorded the third-fewest deaths since 1992, but the number of on-the-job deaths grew over those in 2012.
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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Economy: October housing starts notch a four-year high; Fort Wayne unemployment rate drops from 7.5 percent to 6.8 percent.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: The secretary of state plans to step down soon but helps broker a cease-fire in Israel’s Gaza Strip.

Justice: Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications cracks down on improper communications from the Fremont town judge, who is not an attorney. The judge, Martha Hagerty, responds by cooperating and quickly taking steps for necessary improvements in how her office operates.

Allen County SPCA: Sets an agency record for pet adoptions with 91 cuddly creatures finding new homes in October.

Bipartisanship: Republican U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman and Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, who will move to the Senate in January, work together to try to pry answers out of the bureaucratic Veterans Administration to find out why the VA temporarily suspended inpatient admissions at its Fort Wayne hospital.

Tossups

Big Ten: Expansion may be good for business but not necessarily for sports traditions, decades-old rivalries and travel budgets.

Hoosier taxpayers: Gov. Mitch Daniels announces that big budget surplus means Hoosiers will receive $111 rebate off their state taxes next year – $222 for married couples filing jointly. But the surplus came at the cost of significant cuts in spending for child safety, education and more.

Losers

Allen West: Republican congressman from Florida and tea party favorite finally concedes defeat after his request for recount widens lead for Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy to 2,100 votes. West once called Obama supporters “a threat to the gene pool.”

NCAA: A man purporting to be the boyfriend of an NCAA lawyer spills confidential information about the investigation into UCLA freshman basketball player Shabazz Muhammad on an airplane. Another lawyer hears the conversation and reports it; after a story appears, the NCAA restores Muhammad’s eligibility.

Sesame Street: Kevin Clash, a puppeteer assigned responsibility for the once-minor character of Elmo, resigns after a being the target of a second allegation of sexual abuse with an underage youth.

Milestones

Weather: City records its first 60-degree Thanksgiving in 39 years.

Chicken pox: Vigo County, home to Terre Haute, experiences the largest outbreak of the virus in the U.S. Since September, 84 cases have been reported.

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