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Editorials

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    Only 3 percent of motorists were affected by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles' bookkeeping mess; 100 percent of Hoosiers will suffer the consequences.
  • Agency quick to fix mistake - this time
    As luck would have it, a member of our editorial board was among the 254 Hoosiers to receive a second holiday-season letter from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
  • Think GLOBAL, act RURAL
    To state the obvious – agriculture is critical to our rural economy. This has been true for more than two centuries and will likely be true for centuries to come.
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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Margaret Weeks: Former Indianapolis Public Schools teacher who died in February bequeaths $1.9 million to Hoosier Oncology Group for cancer research.

Twitter: Social media service’s stock reaches $73.31 a share, up 63 percent from its initial public offering on Nov. 7.

Florida: Sunshine State is poised to pass New York and take title as the nation’s third most populous state when Census figures are released next week.

Tossups

Connecticut: State seals deal to keep homegrown ESPN and its new “SportsCenter” studios, but will spend $25 million in tax credits to do so. The state has given the highly profitable network $260 million in tax breaks over the past 12 years.

Holiday sales: Year-over-year increase of 3.5 percent is a modest one, but the season was hampered by stormy weather and a shortened shopping period, with six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Losers

Sen. Brent Steele: Bedford Republican introduces a bill – in a short session, no less – to exempt U.S. and Indiana flags from sales tax. Really?

Las Vegas: In the wake of embarrassing reports of lavish conference spending, federal government spends just $93,000 in Vegas meeting costs in fiscal 2013, compared to nearly $2.5 million in 2010, when the GSA entertained employees there with mind readers, clowns and $95-a-plate dinners.

UPS: World’s largest package-delivery company falls short at the worst possible time, leaving thousands of customers without Christmas gifts.

Milestones

Yusef Lateef: Grammy-winning musician and composer was one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz. A tenor saxophonist who also became a top flutist and jazz soloist on the oboe, he introduced woodwind instruments from many countries into his music. He died at 93.

Delaney Brown: Terminally ill 8-year-old wished to hear carolers before Christmas and thousands showed up to sing outside her West Reading, Pa., home last weekend. She died early Christmas morning.

John Eisenhower: Son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a West Point graduate and accomplished military historian. He died at 91.

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