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  • File Bishop Dwenger football coach Chris Svarczkopf hugs Nick Fiacable in the closing minutes of the Saints' 27-3 victory over East Central 27-3 after the 2015 Class 4A state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Svarczkopf announced his retirement after 15 seasons with the Saints on Monday.

Saturday, December 02, 2017 1:00 am

Weekly scorecard


Chris Svarczkopf: Bishop Dwenger football coach since 2002 compiled a 149-49 record. He announced his retirement Monday.

Donnie Wahlberg: “Blue Bloods” actor and former New Kid on the Block, in town for a Celtics-Pacers game, leaves a $1,000 tip for wait staff and cooks at an Indianapolis Waffle House.

Wendy Robinson: Fort Wayne Community Schools chief is honored as state superintendent of the year during the annual conference of Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.  Later this month, the school board will vote on a proposal to extend Robinson's three-year contract by another year.

Local nonprofits: Giving Tuesday gathers steam as a national day of philanthropy. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne surprised HOPE for Animals, the Youth Service Bureau, Mental Health America and Fort Wayne Youtheatre with checks of $2,500 each.


Alabama basketball: Crimson Tide loses to Minnesota, but only after a bizarre stretch in which Alabama outscored the Gophers 32-26 with only three players on the court – all of its other players were injured, fouled out or ejected after an on-court scuffle.


Julia Poff: Texas woman is arrested and detained after cat hair found under an address label links her to explosive devices sent to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and former President Barack Obama.


Rexnord: Indianapolis factory shuts down after moving operations to Monterrey, Mexico. Candidate Donald Trump criticized the company when its plans were announced but, unlike Carrier Corp., its officials never backed off plans to eliminate 350 jobs in Indiana.

Charlie Brown:  A member of the Indiana House of Representatives since 1982, Brown said this week he won't be a candidate for re-election next fall. Brown, a 79-year-old Gary Democrat, told the Times of Northwest Indiana he plans to pursue local public office in Lake County.

Pete Moore: One of the original members of Motown's The Miracles, Moore sang bass to lead singer Smokey Robinson's tenor and falsetto, and cowrote three of the group's best songs in the 1960s: “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears” and “My Girl Has Gone.” Moore died Nov. 19 at 79 in Las Vegas.


“In honor of my beautiful daughters, please be kind to one another. With all the evil in this world, we don't need additional hatred or threats. We need more love, kindness and compassion. Please be kind.” – Indianapolis resident Doug Opel, responding to comments left on a Facebook post by his oldest daughter's estranged husband, who committed suicide, allegedly after killing Opel's two daughters

“Members of Congress should not be above the law, and American taxpayers should not pay for the misbehavior of our elected officials.”  – U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, announcing his support Monday for several anti-sexual-harassment measures, including a bill to prevent senators and representatives from using public funds to settle complaints