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THE LAST WORD: Remastered footage brings real ‘Hoosiers’ to life

I watched the entire 1954 Indiana high school basketball boys state championship game on my iPad last week, thanks to an enhanced version of the grainy original film made 66 years ago. What’s more, the remastered video included audio play-by-play throughout. I had seen parts of the game ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Prepare to change driving and phone habits

Indiana drivers will need to change their ways in July when a law is expected to take effect cracking down on cell phone use while driving. The Indiana Senate last week joined the House in approving House Bill 1070 that prohibits drivers from having a phone in hand while driving their ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Take right steps to stop spread of coronavirus

Allen County residents concerned about the continuing worldwide spread of the coronavirus outbreak may want to think twice before buying a facemask. While the facemask industry is booming due to concerns about the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it “does not ...

THE LAST WORD: Important to limit screen time

My wife and I spend as much time as we can with our grandchildren — some more than others in order to help out where most needed in child care and transportation. Whenever we are “in charge” of those precious lives, we are constantly aware of the influences they face each day, ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Purdue setting example with tuition freezes

Since arriving on the West Lafayette campus as Purdue University’s president in January 2013, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has instituted a tuition freeze. And, according to a Lafayette Journal and Courier report last week, tuition will stay frozen through the 2021-22 school ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Study shows immigrants make positive impact on Indiana

The Statue of Liberty is a monument to what immigrants mean to the United States. Our country has been a refuge, a new hope, an opportunity for people from all over the world since before we even declared our independence as a nation. And immigrants have continued to make a positive impact on ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Decision not to prosecute mom was the right one

Justice isn’t totally blind. It was wrong of a grieving mother to attack the woman who killed her children after the latter’s sentencing on Dec. 18 in the Fulton County Courthouse. But it also was right that the special prosecutor assigned to the case decided not to pursue charges. Most ...

THE LAST WORD: Knight’s return to IU touches many

Former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight’s return to what is now called Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the game against Purdue on Feb. 8 was an event that deeply moved many people emotionally associated with Hoosier basketball. It moved me. And my association is not nearly as ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Do it Best a great fit for Electric Works project

Do it Best Corp. is a superb addition to the roster of Electric Works tenants signed by RTM Ventures in its plans to renovate the massive former GE campus. RTM officially introduced the international hardware wholesaler Thursday at the site where Do It Best plans to move into about 200,000 ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Site of MLK’s 1963 speech is best choice for display

On the heels of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a bill sponsored by City Council members Michelle Chambers, D-at large, and Russ Jehl, R-2nd, is asking the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission to consider possible ways to honor the civil rights activist and commemorate the speech he presented in Fort ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Time to ‘turn the page’ on impeachment

It’s been a Keystone Cops kind of week for Democrats, and President Donald Trump’s acquittal in Wednesday’s Senate impeachment trial was the capstone. Despite Democrats’ highly partisan impeachment efforts, the president’s approval rating hit a new high of 49 percent in the latest ...

THE LAST WORD: ‘Just Mercy’ elicits anger, but also hope

How many times have we read about some prisoner who has been on death row for years being exonerated due to new evidence or DNA tests that overturn a false conviction? A film I saw recently tells the true story of such a case. “Just Mercy” is based on the memoir of the same name written ...