Good morning. Here are today's main local stories in The Journal Gazette:
- For the second consecutive year, existing-home sales in the Fort Wayne area rose more than 10 percent. Even though prices were essentially flat from the previous year, officials are encouraged that the housing market seems to have finally put the recession in its rear-view mirror, according to this story by business reporter Paul Wyche.
- Arts United dedicated its ArtLab Friday night and announced it has a new president. As the process went along, members of the selection committee realized that the right person for the job had been among them from the beginning, according to this story by Entertainment reporter Keiara Carr.
- Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who represents northeast Indiana in Congress, has been chosen to deliver the Republican Party's weekly address for broadcast today by radio, TV and Internet outlets. "Across the country, from small towns to inner cities, too many of our fellow citizens feel like the American Dream is out of reach," he says in the speech, which is available, verbatim at the Political Notebook blog.
- Expectant parents agonizing over baby names might want to check out the listing of most popular baby names, either for ideas or for ways to make sure there are not five Liams or Avas in your child's first-grade class.
- In our good-news report of the day, New Haven Middle School students got an important lesson about hunger – by helping those in need. "We talked about how much we are blessed to have what we have and how other people don't have things we do," seventh-grader Brittney Graebner said. "And we wanted to do something that would help." To watch the video and read more, click here.
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The destruction of a sewer pipe by NIPSCO five years ago – and the downtown flooding that ensued – was not the natural gas company's fault. That's according to a ruling from the Indiana Court of Appeals this week, bringing an end to another chapter in a lawsuit between NIPSCO and the city of Fort Wayne.
Barton Gellman of the Washington Post says President Barack for the first time has put his own imprimatur on electronic surveillance collection philosophy that can be summarized this way: "Order one of everything from the menu." To read his analysis, click here.
- Komets can't solve the Jackals puzzle, says Justin A. Cohn.
- Bulldogs get ugly win, by Greg Jones.
- Luers, Northrop both lose late leads before OT game winner, by Ben Smith
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