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Editorial columns

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    Rocky Killion is the Clark Kent of public education – the superman many have waited for.
  • Harassment fuels race riots
    SWAT teams and angry protesters clashed in a small St. Louis suburb for a third day Tuesday, following the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The eruption of protests and violence has been a long time coming.
  • Overhaul needed in physician training
    Here’s a deal you might be interested in. You get $10 billion a year of taxpayers’ money to do something you may well have done anyway. You don’t need to say what you spend it on, or why.
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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Ginger Giessler: Wayne New Tech teacher honored with $25,000 Milken Educator Award.

Creighton-Home Neighborhood: Residents’ collaboration on rain garden project produces an inviting park, flooding relief and a sense of community.

Grand Lake St. Marys: Man-made wetland helping to cut down on intake of chemicals, raising hope of reducing the toxic algae blooms that have plagued the Ohio lake in recent years.

Losers

Todd Rokita: Already under fire for calling Obamacare “one of the most insidious laws ever created by man,” Indiana congressman says the media are part of the problem and tells CNN reporter that she’s beautiful but she must also be honest.

Michael Jackson heirs: Jury rules against pop singer’s family in suit alleging that AEG Live was responsible for hiring Conrad Murray, but that the physician who administered the anesthetic that resulted in Jackson’s death was not “unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired.”

U.S. taxpayers: Default rates on student loans increase for the sixth consecutive year. At 10 percent, rates are at highest point in two decades.

Tesla: Soaring stock in luxury electric carmaker plummets after a video of a Tesla – its engine compartment ablaze – goes viral on the Internet.

Tossups

Obamacare: Tuesday’s debut is marked by glitches for people trying to access the health care website. A sign of a poorly executed rollout or of overwhelming public interest?

The shutdown: Good news or bad? The jobs report issued each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics will be delayed by the government’s partial shutdown.

Milestones

Gene B. Glick: Indianapolis real estate developer funded Glick Eye Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine and other philanthropic endeavors. He died Wednesday at 92.

James Vaught: Retired Army lieutenant general best known for leading an unsuccessful attempt to rescue 53 U.S. hostages held in Iran in 1980. He apparently drowned Sept. 20 in Conway, S.C. after falling into a pond from a pontoon boat. He was 86.

Sherilyn R. Emberton: Huntington University president is inaugurated, the university’s first female leader.

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