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.
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.
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.
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.