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     For sewer, bridge and road projects throughout the city.
  • A questionable 'no'
    The legislature is used to paring or turning down requests for more money. But the Indiana Department of Child Services’ decision not to ask for increased staff next year merits further examination.
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    If legislative leaders are serious about raising the ethical bar in the Indiana General Assembly, they suffered a setback with the election of Jon Ford on Nov. 4. He arrives at the Statehouse with some considerable baggage.

Weekly scorecard


Steve Alford: The native Hoosier, IU basketball star and former Manchester College coach gets a dream job – coach of the storied UCLA basketball team.

Indy medics: The all-volunteer medical crew standing by at Lucas Oil Stadium earned high marks for its quick and effective response to Kevin Ware’s gruesome injury during the NCAA Tournament last weekend. Among those deserving praise was Ralph Reiff, director of sports medicine at St. Vincent Hospital, who almost immediately asked the Louisville bench for towels to cover the unsettling injury.

Caroline Kennedy: The Obama administration has reportedly selected the daughter of President John F. Kennedy as the next ambassador to Japan.

Knox County Library: With the help of several grants, the library is digitizing some of the state’s earliest historical records, including criminal records, wills and marriage licenses. Knox County is home to Vincennes, the first capital of the Indiana Territory and home of the first General Assembly.

Leno, Fallon: The two late night talk show hosts’ parody of “Tonight” (the song) about “The Tonight Show” brings good publicity to the stars and helps NBC’s image as the iconic show transitions from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon.


Apple: Chinese media criticize U.S. computer maker for offering one-year warranty on products; Chinese law requires two. CEO Tim Cook apologizes and vows to improve customer service.

Ron Johnson: J.C. Penney CEO sees a 97 percent pay cut after lagging sales, but he still earned $1.9 million in 2012.

Canned hunting: The Indiana House Natural Resources Committee votes to give legal protection allowing five existing high-fenced hunting operations to remain open, but Senate leader David Long plans to to stop it.


Taxpayers: Harvard professor’s study shows the U.S. has spent about $2 trillion on the Iraq war so far – and expects a final tab, including health care for wounded veterans, of up to $6 trillion.

Rutgers: The university fires basketball coach Mike Rice for physically intimidating and assaulting players – but only after a video showing the abusive behavior went viral, four months after the athletic director knew about it.

China: Air pollution hastened the deaths of 1.2 million people in 2010, according to a study by a consortium led by the University of Washington and including the World Health Organization.


James Hansen: One of the nation’s foremost climate scientists – and one of the earliest voices warning of climate change – retired this week after 46 years at NASA. The 72-year-old plans to become more active in efforts to limit greenhouse gases.