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    “Two steps forward, one step back” could be the motto for the East Allen County Schools board, where efforts at district improvement seem inevitably to be disrupted by infighting and conflict.
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    State Auditor Suzanne Crouch was a state representative from Evansville when Gov. Mike Pence asked her to fill the rest of the term Tim Berry and then Dwayne Sawyer left uncompleted.

Weekly scorecard


Jo Ann Gora: The Ball State University president makes it clear that intelligent design is a subject that belongs only in religion and not science classes. But she also emphasizes that her comments relate only to “what is appropriate in a public university classroom, not on the personal beliefs of faculty members.”

Sen. Dennis Kruse: The Republican state senator representing Auburn, an auctioneer since 1964, is inducted into the National Auctioneers Association’s Hall of Fame.

Allen County SPCA: The animal shelter busts its own record for pet adoptions by finding homes for 118 cats and dogs in July. The previous record was 94 adoptions in April. The agency has increased its adoption rate by 84 percent over last year.

Fort Wayne venues: Pollstar, a concert industry publication, ranked the Memorial Coliseum No. 88 on its 2013 Mid-Year Top 100 Arena Venues and ranked the Embassy Theatre No. 77 on its 2013 Mid-Year Top 100 Theatre Venues. The lists compare concert venues throughout the world.


Lauren Green: Fox News host badgers religious scholar Reza Aslan, a Muslim who holds master’s degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School as well as three other degrees, about his credentials for writing about Jesus.

Enbridge: Just passed the third anniversary of the company’s 2010 pipeline spill in Kalamazoo, Mich., and has spent nearly $3 billion for the cleanup. But the company must begin another round of EPA-mandated dredging to remove about 350,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the Kalamazoo River.

Bob Filner: San Diego mayor, a Democrat, rebuffs resignation requests after multiple allegations of egregious sexual harassment and instead decides a couple of weeks of rehab will fix the “monster” in him.

Tony Bennett: The superintendent, not the singer, hits a sour note in his meteoric education reform career, resigning from his Florida post just nine months after losing his Indiana re-election bid.


J.J. Cale: Musician and songwriter was about to give up on a career in music when Eric Clapton covered “After Midnight.” He also wrote Clapton’s “Cocaine” and music covered by Johnny Cash, the Band, Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He died at 74.

Herb Kaplow: 43-year veteran of NBC and ABC covered Brown vs. Board of Education school desegregation decision in 1954, 10 presidential campaigns and 19 presidential conventions. He died last weekend at 86.

Eileen Brennan: Actress in movies, television and on stage was best known for her role as Capt. Doreen Lewis in both movie and TV versions of “Private Benjamin.” She died Sunday at 80.

Ninde-Meade-Farnsworth House: The home, at 734 E. State Blvd., was built in 1910 for local attorney Daniel B. Ninde, but is most famous for being the residence of the inventor of television Philo T. Farnsworth and his wife Elma from 1948 to 1967. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.