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Editorials

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    How can appallingly unethical situations repeatedly be overlooked in Indiana state government?The State Ethics Commission’s agenda today includes a proposed settlement with former schools chief Tony Bennett.
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    When voters elected Glenda Ritz nearly two years ago, they made it clear they didn’t like the direction of Indiana schools under Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett.
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    After three Hoosier police officers died within eight days, Gov. Mike Pence ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in each officer’s county on the day of his services. But these tragedies resonate throughout the state.
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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Hillary Rodham Clinton: The Elton John AIDS Foundation will give the former secretary of state its first Founder’s Award, citing a 2011 speech in which Clinton asserted that gay rights were human rights.

Diana Nyad: First to make it from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, 64-year-old endurance swimmer is a study in determination.

U. of Michigan: Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announces $200 million gift, the university’s largest ever, to be split between the business school (already named for Ross) and the athletic department.

Tossups

Healthy Indiana Plan: Feds approve one-year waiver for state’s Medicaid pilot program, but thousands remain on waiting list and thousands more lose out with no Medicaid expansion.

IREAD3: Indiana third-graders post statewide improvements on reading proficiency test, but the program’s punitive approach for those who fail still defies all sound educational practices and should be ended.

Losers

Dennis Rodman: Former NBA player makes his second trip to North Korea to visit dictator Kim Jong-un, whose government has threatened to annihilate the U.S. Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker, sponsored Rodman’s latest excursion.

Jury Pool: Reopened and renovated in 2011 after several years of contentious debate, New Haven swimming pool is afflicted with peeling paint. Although insurance will pay for most of the repair, the good taxpayers of New Haven have to be peeved and frustrated.

Rahm Emanuel: Scandal widens for Chicago mayor and former Obama chief of staff as details emerge of business dealings between his CFO and an indicted former city comptroller.

Milestones

Judith Glassman Daniels: The first woman to serve as top editor of Life magazine also held senior editing positions at The Village Voice, New York magazine, Time Inc. and Conde Nast. She oversaw the creation of a magazine for executive women called Savvy at a time when magazines catered to stay-at-home moms. She died Sunday at 74.

Ronald H. Coase: Nobel winner in economics was a law professor at the University of Chicago, but his work in advancing concepts such as transaction costs caused him to be known as an “accidental” economist. He died Monday at 102.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge : The $6.4 billion span, replacing one damaged by the 1989 earthquake, opened to traffic on Tuesday. It is built to survive a once-in-every-1,500-years temblor.

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