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Editorials

  • Trust, but verify
     Indiana's annual workplace fatality figures served up the proverbial good news/bad news this week: The state recorded the third-fewest deaths since 1992, but the number of on-the-job deaths grew over those in 2012.
  • Boggs brought human touch to Washington lobbying game
    The master Washington, D.C., lobbyist looked across the massive mahogany conference table at me and smiled.
  • Trust, but verify
     Indiana’s annual workplace fatality figures served up the proverbial good news/bad news this week: The state recorded the third-fewest deaths since 1992, but the number of on-the-job deaths grew over those in 2012.
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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Cindy’s Diner: Downtown landmark, soon to be displaced by new development, appears to have found a new home a block away from its current location.

Newt Gingrich: Former House speaker, GOP presidential contender delivers a sharp response to criticism of his remarks praising former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Sheila Hudson: Executive director of Allen County Community Corrections receives Sagamore of the Wabash Award – well-deserved recognition for her innovative work. Hudson is retiring this year.

Ford Motor Co.: Automaker announces it will introduce 23 new vehicles in 2014 and hire 5,000 U.S. workers.

Tossups

Budget deal: Congressional spending compromise, quickly approved by House, delivers a much-needed bipartisan boost, but failure to address soon-to-expire unemployment benefits leaves a gaping hole in prospects for continued economic recovery.

Losers

Tea party: Support for far-right movement fizzles, with House Speaker John Boehner calling the movement misleading and without credibility and accusing the groups of working against GOP’s interests.

Bedouin Arabs: Israel suspends a bill aimed at resettling the nomadic people into government-recognized villages. Liberal opponents said the plan would confiscate Bedouin land and affect their nomadic way of life, hardliners thought it was too generous and others said the Bedouin were not consulted.

Tobacco industry: Fighting back against global spread of anti-smoking laws, industry seeks to threaten low- and middle-income countries with unfounded claims that restrictions violate trade and investment treaties.

Milestones

Jim Hall: Jazz guitarist toured with Ella Fitzgerald and recorded with classical violinist Itzhak Perlman and later with eclectic guitarists Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, both of whom considered Hall a formative influence. He died at his home in New York City. He was 80.

Mary T. Barra: Another glass ceiling shatters as 33-year GM employee becomes company’s CEO, the first female to head a major auto company.

Colin Wilson: English writer won acclaim with his 1956 book, “The Outsider,” an existentialist work. He died at 82.

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