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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, August 05, 2017 1:00 am

Weekly scorecard

Winners

2017 Outstanding Judge: Allen Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Felts honored Wednesday by Indiana State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section.  The award honors judges for helping young lawyers and exemplifying the core values of the legal profession.

Komets: General managerDavid Franke announces a one-year affiliation with the NHL's Arizona Coyotes. Players will rotate between Double-A level Fort Wayne and the Triple-A Tucson Roadrunners.

Tossups

Senate skirmishers: On a website invitation to a kickoff event in his battle for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2018, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer's campaign misspelled Morristown, a community in his district. The campaign of his rival, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, quickly pointed out the mistake. An Indianapolis Star reporter asked about a similar gaffe  last summer, when Rokita fliers distributed at the Republican National Convention misspelled the candidate's name. “A typo on a campaign flier from a year ago isn't newsworthy,” Rokita spokesman Tim Edson said.

Losers

Outer Banks: Popular North Carolina vacation destination left without power for more than a week when a construction company cut a major underground transmission cable while replacing a bridge.

Wells Fargo: San Francisco-based bank, still bruised from earlier scandal, admits it may have pushed thousands of car buyers into loan defaults and repossessions by charging them for unwanted insurance policies. An internal review found more than a half-million clients may have unwittingly paid for protection while making monthly loan payments, even though many already had their own policies. The New York Department of Financial Services sent subpoenas to two Wells Fargo units this week.

Muncie parents: Muncie Community Schools classes are put on hold because of transportation woes. A new bus contract, sought as a cost-saving measure, resulted in a meltdown on the first day of school Wednesday, with some students stranded. The district canceled classes Thursday and Friday to sort out the mess.

Milestones

Jeanne Moreau: As a young actress in the French New Wave movement, she worked with some of the world's greatest directors during the mid-20th century and continued to write, act and direct into her 80s. She was perhaps best known for 1962's “Jules and Jim.”  Moreau died Monday at 89 in Paris.  

Sam Shepard: Actor and playwright died at 73 last week at his farm in Kentucky.

Ball State: University demolishes two campus smokestacks – the last reminders of its former dependence on coal. The university is home to the world's largest geothermal system, with nearly 5.3 million feet of piping underground to heat and cool about 50 buildings.

Quotable

“It would be better if Seema Verma's husband were to accept Medicaid, not just for the appearance of supporting the program his wife oversees, but to increase access by one more provider.” – Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America, on news that the spouse of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator doesn't accept Medicaid patients in his Carmel, Indiana, child psychiatry practice.

“With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.” – From the preliminary report of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which calls on President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency