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Editorials

  • Lilly has aversion to inversion
     It’s not just American tourists heading overseas these days. Increasingly, U.S. corporations are turning to “tax inversions” to move abroad and avoid high corporate tax rates.
  • HIP 2.0 is great, but we have a better choice
    As someone who was in on the birth of the Healthy Indiana Plan, I suppose I should feel paternal warmth at the praise that has been heaped on the program by Gov. Mike Pence in recent weeks.
  • A widening gap
    There appear to be a number of reasons for the backlog in processing more than 80,000 Hoosiers for Medicaid benefits this year.Indiana was one of 13 states that recently received a letter about the backlog from the U.S.
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Weekly scorecard

West

Winners

TinCaps: Big crowds flocking to Parkview Field, including a record 8,643 fans for a Thursday night game.

Embassy Theatre: Goldstine Foundation grant for $2 million will allow downtown landmark to restore parts of the Indiana Hotel, enhancing the development of the city’s hospitality corridor.

Craig Bobay: Allen Circuit Court magistrate is appointed to Allen Superior Court, filling vacancy created by Judge Steven Sims’ retirement and Judge Dan Heath’s transfer to the family relations division.

Tossups

Immigration bill: Strong bipartisan support found in Senate for overhaul of federal law. Its chances with conservatives in the House, however, look poor.

Wendy Davis: Texas lawmaker’s 11-hour filibuster succeeds in pushing approval of an abortion restrictions bill past its deadline, but Gov. Rick Perry quickly calls for a second special session to pass the legislation.

Losers

Mermaid Festival: Confederate flag is thoughtless and insensitive addition to North Webster’s “Land of Dixie” festival promotion.

Joel Tenenbaum: A federal appeals court upholds a $675,000 verdict against the former Boston University student convicted of illegally downloading 30 songs. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case last year.

Don West: Defense attorney for accused Trayvon Martin killer opens his case with a knock-knock joke.

Jim Allen: The Illinois Republican Party county chairman called Erika Harold a “streetwalker” and “love child.” Harold, a Harvard-educated lawyer and 2003 Miss America, is challenging Rep. Rodney Davis in a Republican primary.

Milestones

Texas: The state on Wednesday executed its 500th prisoner since the reinstitution of the death penalty.

Voyager 1: Scientists report that spacecraft launched in 1977 has reached the outermost reaches of the Milky Way, 11.5 billion miles away.

Marc Rich: Billionaire financier dies at 78. As a fugitive from tax evasion and racketeering charges, Rich’s pardon by Bill Clinton was seen as a payback for contributions to Clinton’s presidential library.

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