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Fort Wayne roundup: The News-Sentinel's top 7 stories for Friday

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 5:28 pm

After long absence, raft race could return to Three Rivers Festival this year

After an absence of about 15 years, the raft race appears set for a return voyage during this year's Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival. Traditionally one of the annual festival's most popular events, radio station WMEE-FM ended the raft race in 1998, citing the cost of insuring the event that attracted thousands of spectators to the banks of the St. Joseph River. But planning is underway to resume the event on the St. Marys River near Swinney Park during this year's festival, which will run from July 12 through July 20. READ MORE

Joseph Corcoran can appeal death penalty

Joseph Corcoran, convicted nearly 16 years ago of killing four people and sentenced to death, will be allowed to appeal that penalty again. An order issued Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio on Corcoran's February request was granted, allowing him to petition the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for a fourth time in his 1997 case. READ MORE

Allen County's unemployment rate decreases slightly in February

Allen County's unemployment rate fell from 9.1 percent in January to 8.9 percent in February, according to Indiana Department of Workforce data released Friday morning. Allen County has 15,492 people listed as unemployed, with another 157,759 people listed as employed. Indiana's seasonably adjusted rate changed from 8.6 to 8.7 percent. READ MORE

Video: Political refugee visits Burma after 25 years away

For the first time in 25 years, Kyaw T. Soe was able to return to Burma to visit. Soe, a political refugee who runs the IPFW New Immigrant Literacy Program, had fled the country during the student unrest and fighting of 1988. Since he left, the country was renamed Myanmar by military authorities after a coup saw them come to power in 1989. The trip back Feb. 5-March 5 was the first time Soe has seen any of his family in Rangoon. READ THE STORY AND VIEW THE VIDEO

Reports indicate Stevens says no to UCLA

There is still no official confirmation to put Butler basketball fans at ease, but there are multiple reports surfacing that Bulldog coach Brad Stevens has turned down an opportunity to become the next coach at UCLA. READ MORE

IU's Zeller, Oladipo face big decisions

Was this the college end for Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo? It's too early to say. The Indiana standouts, both projected as possible lottery picks in this summer's NBA draft if they come out early, said they hadn't decided on their futures in the aftermath of Thursday night's 61-50 Sweet 16 loss to Syracuse. READ MORE

Finding the humor in motherhood

Nicole Leigh Shaw, a mother of four, lives by this motto: “All of my kids are still breathing. Award, please.” The Fort Wayne resident is a stay-at-home mom, blogger and professional humorist. She writes NinjaMomBlog.com and contributes to NickMom.com, a Nickelodeon site. And now one of her essays is featured in a book, “I Just Want to Pee Alone,” a humor anthology featuring essays from 37 “mom bloggers.” READ MORE

FRIDAY BONUS: Florida Gulf Coast has Fort Wayne ties

At around 1 a.m. Monday morning, every attempt to access the Florida Gulf Coast University website was met with a statement saying the server was overloaded. The bandwagon for America's favorite new Cinderella team was stuck in the mud because it was so full. Bet you didn't know there are a few folks from Fort Wayne driving the coach, though. READ MORE