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  • Paying the price
    Only 3 percent of motorists were affected by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles' bookkeeping mess; 100 percent of Hoosiers will suffer the consequences.
  • Agency quick to fix mistake - this time
    As luck would have it, a member of our editorial board was among the 254 Hoosiers to receive a second holiday-season letter from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
  • Think GLOBAL, act RURAL
    To state the obvious – agriculture is critical to our rural economy. This has been true for more than two centuries and will likely be true for centuries to come.

Weekly scorecard



Saint Francis: University wins Indiana Landmarks’ Cook Cup for its restoration of the Bass Mansion. The $4.5 million project employed “the highest preservation standards, while also ensuring modern functionality,” according to the statewide historic preservation foundation.

IPFW: Budget woes eased with additional support in state budget and cash for building improvements.


Common Core: Indiana lawmakers put brakes on implementation of national standards, but no one is sure what it means for schools as both critics and supporters claim victory.


Indiana students: ISTEP+ computer disruptions add unwelcome pressure to an already-tense testing experience.

Tim Tebow: Just 13 months after New York Jets introduce him with great fanfare, the 25-year-old Heisman winner is cut from the team.

Indiana workers: Latest figures show 12 of the state’s 13 metro areas had higher unemployment rates in March than a year earlier.

Arizona: Gov. Jan Brewer signs legislation requiring communities sponsoring gun buyback events to sell the surrendered weapons instead of destroying them.

IDEM: An Indiana appellate court nixes the regulatory agency’s unilateral decision to reduce air quality standards for ethanol refineries.


George Smith: Fort Wayne resident and Meridian, Miss., native was a champion for civil rights. He died Monday at 69.

Deanna Durbin: As a Depression-era child star, Durbin almost single-handedly saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy. She died at 91, after staying out of the limelight for more than 50 years.

Mission Accomplished: President George W. Bush’s declaration of Iraq war’s end was made aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln 10 years (on May 1) and more than 4,300 U.S. casualties ago.