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Opening Arguments

In the No. 3 slot

There's at least one area in which Indiana need not envy surrounding states:

Ohio Learn and Earn, the group promoting the slot machines, boasts impressive numbers. A maximum of 31,500 slot machines in nine locations would produce $2.8 billion in annual revenue, with more than $850 million of that dumped into a scholarship fund for Ohio students, the backers say.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Good in, lousy out

We've all known for a long time that houses here are among the cheapest in the country, so this isn't exactly new:

What's the big difference between Indianapolis and Columbus?

Try $30,000.

That's how much lower the median price of a house in central Indiana is compared with one in central Ohio.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Fiendishly clever

Wal-Mart is cutting the price on generic drugs to $4 for a month's supply (the average cost is $28.74), and the reaction is all over the map. The people who hate Wal-Mart can't quite bring themselves to say anything good about it -- "Well, they're just trying to spruce up their image." Yeah, by offering disocunts of up to 70 percent for something people can't do without. Those fiends!

Posted in: Current Affairs

Condemned to repeat it

More diversity obsession, with a little self-esteem thrown in for good measure:

Fort Wayne Community Schools will add Hispanic and African studies classes to its high school elective offerings next year.

The district will offer four classes

Posted in: Current Affairs

Show us your papers

Everyone is concerned about the cost,

New federal security rules for issuing driver's licenses could cost $11 billion to implement, raising concerns among states about paying for the changes, according to a national survey of states released Thursday.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Dirty, rotten cheats

This doesn't seem good for the future of corporate America:

Graduate business students in the United States and Canada are more likely to cheat on their work than their counterparts in other academic fields, the author of a research paper said on Wednesday.

Posted in: Current Affairs


A very small story in the Indianapolis Star, but I'm guessing it will sending shockwaves through the whole state:

To the left, march!

Silly me. I'd have thought if you were going to put opinion in the news section, you might want to clearly indicate that to readers with something like, oh, a highly visible label saying something like ANALYSIS or COMMENTARY or even, heaven forbid, OPINION. But The New York Times has a plan that is a lot more subtle:  

Posted in: Current Affairs

Gaseous emissions

It may have seemed lately that the Chicago City Council, doing things like banning goose liver and saying no to Wal-Mart, is responsible for the silliest, most irresponsible government in the country. But here comes the California attorney general to claim the prize for his state:

In the shadows

Don't let the door hit you on the way out:

Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed for nations to unite against human rights abuses, religious divisions, brutal conflicts and an unjust world economy in an emotional farewell on Tuesday. But his remarks were overshadowed by a military coup in Thailand and the Iranian president's fiery defense of his country's nuclear program.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Let's all panic now

We're all going to die! Well, at least a third of us:

Posted in: Our town

I'm out of here

Ah, the old "I may be in trouble so I'll come out of the closet" gambit:

There's one glaring problem with the new Jim McGreevey book that hit store shelves yesterday.

It never mentions why he's no longer the governor of New Jersey.

He was on Oprah yesterday to introduce the book to the American public and, again, neither McGreevey nor Oprah ever mentioned why he had to quit his job and leave Trenton.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Gobble, gobble

"Fast-Food Chains Buck the Healthy Trend," says the headline on the BusinessWeek Online story. No, they're just giving people what they want and are willing to pay for:

Posted in: Food and Drink

Moose and mobsters

Members of the Indiana Beverage Association, conducting meetings statewide to put pressure on the General Assembly to legalize video gambling, tell a compelling story about struggling Moose lodges and VFWs that might have to close or stop all their charitable good deeds if they can't county on the gambling revenue. But this paints a very different picture:

When a stranger calls

The state attorney general's attempts to stop automated phone calls is getting a lot of coverage, mostly because he's a Republican going after a Republican group and because of who that group is:

Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter filed a lawsuit yesterday against a national political organization, accusing it of making illegal automated phone calls to voters in the 9th Congressional District.


Today's rant (if my newspaper can do it, I guess I can, too). But first, a little background. One day in 1948, a Swiss inventor named George de Mestral took his dog for a walk. On his return home, he noticed that both he and his dog were covered with burrs. An examination under the microscope revealed that small hooks in the burrs made them cling both to his pants and the dog. This was his "Eureka!" moment. Seven years later, he had patented his little invention, two strips that clung together because one strip had little hooks.

A matter of time

A "new" development in the 18-year-old April Tinsley case:

Investigators have reason to believe that the same man who wrote a message on a barn door near I-469 in 1990 claiming to have killed the 8-year-old girl also left four notes in small plastic baggies at the homes of young girls in Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2004.

Posted in: Our town

Fall from grace

And you've been saying newspapers no longer provide useful information:

With the start of fall only days away, experts are predicting a colorful coating of leaves on the region's mountainsides this season.

[. . .]

Leaf colors begin showing once the weather cools, as chlorophyll is reabsorbed by the tree, revealing yellow pigments that were present all summer and red pigments triggered by the weather change, said UNC Asheville botanist David Clarke.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Jihad 101

The Islamic extremists continue their admirable attempts are remedial education, spelling out exactly what they intend for those willfully ignorant infidels who just refuse to see it:

Posted in: Current Affairs

Sock it to me

Another journalist gets in trouble for sock puppetry, the practice of maintaining both a real blog identity, with which to make primary posts, and a fake one, with which to surreptitiously praise oneself and savage one's enemies: