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Weekly scorecard


Will Coursen-Carr: IU’s freshman pitcher, a South Side High School grad, helps get the team to the College World Series for first time in history.

Col. Wayne Black: The Citadel graduate with master’s degrees from Indiana Wesleyan University and the Army War College becomes the Indiana National Guard’s first black brigadier general when he is promoted to assistant adjutant general in a ceremony scheduled for July 13.

Gov. Rick Perry: Texas Republican heeds growing backlash against standardized testing and signs law that cuts the number of mandatory end-of-course exams from 15 to five.

Smith Field Airport: Holds public grand opening today for its new terminal and other improvements totaling about $500,000.

Caterpillar Inc.: Illinois-based equipment manufacturer applauds Boys Scouts’ decision to drop ban on gay scouts but announces it will drop support because of the organization’s stance on homosexual leaders.

Reading Rainbow: Popular PBS children’s series marks 30th anniversary of its debut with rebirth as an iPad application. Actor and host LeVar Burton revived the cultural classic, which ended as a result of budget cuts in 2006.


West, Texas: Town rocked by April fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 is denied rebuilding aid by FEMA, which said the devastation “is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.”

NFL: Citing security concerns, the league bans all but clutch-sized purses at NFL stadiums. The only bags allowed must be clear plastic and no larger than 12 by 12 inches. What a way to court female fans.


Edwardsport: Controversial coal-gasification power plant fires up in southwest Indiana following years of ethics scandals and cost overruns that pushed the final price tag to $3.5 billion. Duke Energy customers are expected to pay as much as 16 percent more to cover the cost.

Sarah Palin: Former Alaska governor and GOP veep candidate mends fences with Fox News to return to the airwaves after a five-month split.

Boston real estate: A Back Bay homeowner pays $560,000 for two off-street parking spots at IRS auction. The prior owner owed back taxes.