Lowell Beineke: IPFW prof receives prestigious Certificate for Meritorious Service from the Mathematical Association of America.
Mondays: That’s the day Indiana motorists are most likely to pay the least for gasoline, according to research by Gasbuddy.com. Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst who analyzed four years of gas prices, said he found that prices are lowest on the weekend in the majority of states.
Cursive writing: Indiana senator’s bill to mandate cursive instruction wins Senate approval and support of Department of Education. Its chances look poor, however, because House Education panel chairman says it’s unnecessary to mandate what schools can do by choice.
Wendy Davis: Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate who rose to prominence last year by filibustering an anti-abortion bill in the Texas Statehouse is forced to clarify some details about her life story after an investigation by The Dallas Morning News.
Atlanta: Two inches of snow cripple metropolitan area of 6 million residents. Here, we call that a dusting.
Rep. Michael Grimm : Asked by a reporter in a Capitol interview about allegations of campaign finance irregularities, the New York Republican said: Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this (expletive) balcony. Grimm later apologized.
Magellanic penguins: A study of penguins on the Argentinean coast shows birds are dying because of greenhouse-gas climate change, the New York Times reported. Rainfall is killing a lot of penguins, and so is heat, said P. Dee Boersma, a University of Washington scientist and lead author of the study. And those are two new causes.
Justin Bieber: Charged with assault in Toronto for allegedly hitting a limousine driver on the back of the head. Bieber is already facing drunk-driving and other charges in Florida.
New York swans: State’s department of environmental conservation wants to eliminate the waterfowl by 2025, declaring them an invasive species. The edict applies only to the graceful, long-necked mute swans, imported to the U.S. for their aesthetic value, not the native trumpeter and tundra swans.
Notre Dame: Announces $400 million renovation that will connect three new buildings to the school’s iconic football stadium. Academics as well as athletics will benefit; much of the addition will be classroom space. Touchdown Jesus, the mural on the side of the nearby Hesburgh Library, will still be visible from the stadium.
Child poverty: UNICEF report examines well-being of children in 35 developed nations, placing U.S. at 34th for poverty rate – between Latvia and Romania. More than one in five American children live in households falling below the poverty line.
Henry Waxman: Forty-year veteran of Congress who helped write the Affordable Care Act and championed the environment, children’s issues and Wall Street reform announces his retirement. In an interview with the New York Times, Waxman expressed his frustration with the inaction of Congress, blaming it on extremism of tea party Republicans.