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Weekly scorecard

Arter
Zeller
Barbknecht
Funicello
Oladipo

Winners

Mike Pence: The new governor rightly and responsibly directs the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to hold off granting economic incentives totaling $345,000 to a company co-founded by State Rep. Eric Turner, a fellow Republican. Pence wants to determine whether Turner has a conflict of interest.

Leisa Arter: The local nurse receives a commendation by the police department of West Melbourne, Fla., for saving the life of a stabbing victim while on vacation. The nurse with 34 years of experience immediately went into action to save the man’s life while other witnesses refused to help.

Noah Barbknecht: The Northrop sophomore partially paralyzed in a Christmas Eve skiing accident returns to the city and school.

Elkhart, Goshen: New York-based Drew Industries announces it will relocate its headquarters to north central Indiana, investing nearly $13 million in existing facilities and adding as many as 800 jobs by 2017.

Indiana Senate: A long-debated effort to reform the state’s criminal code – with an emphasis on steering more low-level offenders into county programs aimed at reducing recidivism instead of into prison – passes 46-4.

Tossups

EACS: The East Allen County Schools board makes the right decision and rejects a request to issue a charter to Timothy L. Johnson Academy. But the decision was made behind closed doors, without the benefit of even a public vote.

Losers

Ron Johnson: With sales sputtering after his wildly unsuccessful effort to remake J.C. Penney, the company’s CEO loses his job after just 17 months.

IU Hoosiers: Two top basketball players – sophomore Cody Zeller and junior Victor Oladipo – announce they will move to the NBA.

Area fifth-graders: A federal budget proposal eliminates federal funding of the Starbase Indiana program, where fifth-graders learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the local Air National Guard base. But the students may get the STEM education in other ways.

Milestones

Annette Funicello: Everyone’s favorite Mouseketeer – who went on to star in beach movies with Frankie Avalon and had a recording career – dies at 70 after battling multiple sclerosis for a quarter-century.

Margaret Thatcher: Britain’s prime minister for 11 years, the “Iron Lady,” dies from a stroke at 87.

Signed registrations: Gov. Mike Pence’s signature on House Bill 1081 means that a signature – in ink – is no longer required on the owner’s copy of an Indiana Certificate of Registration for a vehicle.

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