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Weekly scorecard



Fort Wayne firefighters: IAFF Local 124 collects a record $98,045 for its “Fill the Boot” campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Summit City drivers: Fort Wayne ranked 32nd on a driver safety report from Allstate Insurance Co. that measured vehicle collision frequency in the nation’s 200 largest cities.

Jarrod Parker: Norwell grad is hottest pitcher in the American League, 8-0 in 16 starts since May 22 for Oakland.

University of Saint Francis: Has a record enrollment of 2,405 students for the fall semester.

Jaylon Smith: Bishop Luers grad is Notre Dame’s first freshman to start as outside linebacker since 1995.


Hoosier farmers: Drought caused record crop losses in 2012, but Purdue study shows farmland values increased significantly. The value of high-productivity land jumped 19.1 percent to $9,177 per acre.


Kenneth Seaton: Judge rules Tennessee hotel owner can’t sue TripAdvisor for reader-generated reviews that gave Seaton’s Pigeon Forge hotel the dubious distinction of “America’s dirtiest hotel.”

Social media: After blowing up with Miley Cyrus posts on Monday, Twitter and Facebook posts on Tuesday report that Neil Armstrong had died. He did – a year ago.


Union Chapel interchange: Final link of new Interstate 69 entrance/exit is finished, allowing motorists to head northbound from Union Chapel Road and the new Parkview Regional Medical Center. Parkview contributed $10 million toward the $14 million project.

Traditional families: Census report shows percentage of U.S. households with a married couple and children younger than 18 fell from 40 percent in 1970 to 20 percent in 2012.

Michigan: State becomes the 25th to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare. Kentucky and Illinois already have signed on and Ohio’s GOP governor is pushing for expansion, moving Indiana closer to “island of the uninsured” status.

Area 51: Newly released CIA report confirms presence of military testing base 150 miles north of Las Vegas – the worst-kept military secret in history.