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    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



Dwayne Sawyer: Brownsburg Town Council president is tapped by Gov. Mike Pence to serve as auditor, the first African-American Republican to fill a statewide post.

Fort Wayne: Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal ranks the city as the seventh-best minor league market in the country.


David Lott Hardy: Judge dismisses felony charges filed against the former Indiana utility regulator but calls Hardy’s conduct “reprehensible” and says the dismissal is based on a flaw in state law.


Chris Christie: New Jersey governor calls for a special election to fill the seat of the recently deceased Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The Oct. 16 election is just three weeks before the general election and will cost taxpayers an extra $12 million. Critics think the Republican guv, facing re-election, was scared of being on the same ballot as the popular Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker.

Bob Filner: San Diego mayor, accused by at least 14 women, leaves an intensive inpatient sexual harassment therapy program a week early only to find that more than 72 percent of San Diego residents want the Democrat to resign. And, according to a sign posted at a San Diego Hooters, he is banned from the local franchise, best known for its buxom wait staff.

Jesse Jackson Jr.: Former Democratic congressman is sentenced to 30 months in prison for misappropriating campaign funds; his wife will serve a year.

Muncie schools: Facing declining enrollment and funding, school board considers options that include closing Southside High School. Central High would remain as the district’s only grade 9-12 building.


Jack Germond: Former Baltimore Sun columnist and “McLaughlin Group” alum just completed his first novel. He died Wednesday at 85.

Northeast blackout: Ten years after a downed tree in Cleveland tripped a massive blackout in eight northeast states and Canada, sensors have been installed in U.S. power grid to avoid a repeat.

Steinway: Hedge fund billionaire John A. Paulson buys famed piano maker for $513 million. He said he loves the pianos.

Olinguito: Furry member of the raccoon family is the first new species of carnivore found in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.