Fort Wayne: For the second straight year, Fort Wayne came out No. 1 on the list of cities with the lowest cost of living in America prepared by Niche.com. Niche, a Pittsburgh-based schools-and-neighborhoods search site, ranks cities on such factors as property taxes, gasoline and grocery prices, and average home values and rents relative to income. Two other Indiana cities, Evansville and South Bend, placed second and third in the survey.
Parkview nurses: Health system's seven hospitals receive Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest award available for nursing excellence.
Andrew Case: Columbia City resident is appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to serve as student trustee at Indiana State University.
George Clooney: Actor sells Casamigos, a tequila brand he and two friends founded, in a deal that could earn them up to $1 billion.
No-driver tests: Two driverless shuttles will begin conveying University of Michigan students and faculty around a two-mile route on the campus this fall, the Detroit News reported. The research project will provide “the first-ever automated shuttle service on a campus,” according to a release from Mcity, a public-private partnership at the university dedicated to smoothing the transition to driverless vehicles.
“Authoritarian” administrators: Peter Butera, valedictorian and class president, veered off his pre-approved high-school graduation speech to criticize the “authoritarian attitude” he said some at the school take toward student government. Then, Wyoming Area, Pennsylvania, School District administrators cut off his microphone and asked him to leave the stage.
Indianapolis: Indiana's capital city, which often scores well on city-ranking lists, was awarded 39th place on 24/7 WallSt.com's list of the “50 Worst American Cities. The business web site called Indianapolis “one of the most dangerous cities in the country,” and noted its high poverty rate, among other factors. Two other Indiana cities also made the list: South Bend (47) and Gary (29).
Stephen Furst: Actor who memorably played hapless freshman Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in “National Lampoon's Animal House” died at 63 last Saturday in Moorpark, California.
Bill Dana: His vaguely Latin, heavily accented “Jose Jimenez” was widely popular in the pre-PC early 1960s, but the character also drew protests, and Dana eventually abandoned it – even reading the character's “obituary” at an event sponsored by the Congress of Mexican-American Unity in 1970. He died Thursday at 92 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“This is a direct assault on the very premise of a representative democracy, a complex, constitutional republic where citizens vote for the individuals who represent them.” – Utah state Sen. Curtis Bramble, a Republican and former president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, on federal legislation introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, that would prohibit states from collecting sales tax on online sales if the vendor isn't located in the state
“He is my hero. If I could, I would give him any treat he wants.” – Indianapolis resident Cynthia Kootz, after her cat, Binky, bit a would-be intruder who had pushed through a window screen at her home. According to the Indianapolis Star, the man fled, but a suspect was later arrested and charged.