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Proposal treads familiar ground

An effort to make it a crime to take photos or video on property without the permission of the owner seems to be a solution in search of a problem.

Proponents of a proposed law before the General Assembly – as well as those pushing a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to farm, hunt and fish – say their plans are needed to protect against zealous “animal activists” out to destroy businesses and ways of life. And while members of PETA and some other organizations sometimes take steps many people would consider out of line, existing law seems to protect public and private interests as well.

Ed Roberts of the Indiana Manufacturers Association spoke in favor of the video-ban bill, but unwittingly explained exactly why the bill is not necessary. “These people are trespassers,” Roberts said.

And Indiana already has a law against trespassing.

Scandal muddies the beautiful game

This may be one of those stories that sparks a little interest and then goes away, or it could instead turn the world’s most popular sport on end.

Details are emerging in the wake of a report last week that European law enforcement is investigating more than 600 soccer matches around the world considered suspicious. Now it appears that Italian authorities have investigated the matter at length, the New York Times reported, and have issued an arrest warrant for a shadowy figure from Singapore suspected of leading a match-fixing ring.

Italian authorities gave details of specific instructions for one game, between Reggina and Grosseto, saying fixers bribed players so that Reggina would win by at least two goals and that at least three goals would be scored, but none in the first 15 minutes. But the match ended in a tie, the fixers lost half their money and the bribed players never got their payoff.

If the scandal implicates some of the storied British soccer teams, it will make much more worldwide news than baseball players or bicyclists taking steroids.

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