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Editorials

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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.
  • LaPorte County steps up for Toll Road control
    The LaPorte County commissioners, the South Bend Tribune reports, have hired attorney Shaw Friedman to investigate whether the state can revoke its lease of the Indiana Toll Road now that its operator, ITR Concession Co.
  • GOP offers better choice in 2 of 3 races for state office
    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.
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Weekly scorecard

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Winners

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report for a 15th consecutive year as the best undergraduate engineering school in the nation.

Gun lobby: In the wake of Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., shootings, Colorado voters recall two Democratic state senators – one a former police chief – for supporting tougher gun laws.

Voyager 1: NASA confirms what observers have suspected, that its spacecraft has left the solar system and is wandering the galaxy.

Tossups

TinCaps: Team’s championship run ends too soon with loss to South Bend in Midwest League division finals. But local fans clearly love the team and Parkview Field, topping the 2 million mark in attendance in the just-ended fifth season.

Losers

Honolulu Harbor: Massive molasses spill devastates marine wildlife, threatening to draw sharks and other predators. A pipeline leak released 233,000 gallons of the sticky stuff into the water.

Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner: New York voters prove that a sex scandal does matter, with both Democratic candidates losing their primary bids.

Oklahoma State: University’s football program accused of rampant drug use, payments to players, academic cheating and more.

Milestones

Tom Wyss: State senator announces he won’t seek another term after the next session ends. He’s served since 1985.

IU Health: State’s largest health system announces it will cut 800 jobs, affecting employees at seven central Indiana hospitals.

Federal deficit: Treasury Department figures show budget gap has declined by 35 percent since 2008, with U.S. on track for its first full-year shortfall below the $1 trillion mark.

Robert R. Taylor: Entrepreneur cleaned up with his invention of Softsoap, the liquid hand soap. He later created a marketing sensation with Obsession, the Calvin Klein fragrance. He died at 77.

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