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WRITER: Kevin Leininger

Commentary: A flood of teamwork and lessons learned earned Pulitzer for The News-Sentinel

Way back in the dark ages — you know, before email — News-Sentinel editors often communicated with their staff through paper memos like the one Executive Editor Stewart Spencer distributed the morning of April 18, 1983: “Let’s gather around the copy desk for a brief meeting at 3 p.m. today,” he wrote. “Just a piece of news I think you’ll find interesting.” A few hours later he compounded the ...

Crawford eyeing run for mayor; New Haven's McDonald eyes exit

John Crawford and Terry McDonald agree: It's time for a new mayor. As proof of that conviction, McDonald will not seek another term as New Haven's chief executive after serving 20 years in office — and Crawford will run a newspaper ad that could persuade him to campaign for the Fort Wayne job Tom Henry has filled since 2007. "I'm going to run for sure (in 2019); the question is will be for council or ...

Council OKs bill to curb 'problem' properties — including strip joints

City Council failed to pass a bill last month that would have forced sexually oriented business to close between midnight and 7 a.m. when critics suggested it would be unfair to punish an entire class of business for problems caused by only a few. But council still wants to reform businesses that generate more than their share of police calls, and Tuesday agreed upon a "Plan B" that will affect far more than ...

As Air Force fights real hate, IU caves over the phony kind

Within days of each other, two American universities provided very different but equally important lessons about what real racism looks like — and how it should be confronted. The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, which exists used to train young and men and women for conflict, appropriately earned an exemplary grade. Officials at Indiana University in Bloomington, unfortunately, turned out to be ...

Autry named new Lutheran Hospital CEO

Paula Autry has been named chief executive officer of Lutheran Hospital. With 30 years of experience in the health-care industry, Autry was most recently CEO of Detroit Medical Center's Sinai-Grace Hospital, a full-service, 404-bed community teaching hospital. At Sinai-Grace, Autry worked with 700 physicians, 700 nurses and 1,700 support staff to improve quality, and employee and physician engagement – the ...

Site of old county jail could be used for development; it's currently a county-owned parking lot

Some have suggested moving the Allen County Jail from its prime location at Superior and South Calhoun streets to promote redevelopment of the nearby riverfront. That's probably impractical because of cost, but the same can't be said for the parking lot across the street that was home to the previous jail for 130 years. In its ongoing effort to put downtown parking lots to more productive use, the city has ...