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Indiana spring football game; School president delivers with clutch play call
Indianapolis Star, April 16 -- IU's annual Cream and Crimson football game Friday night had a little bit of everything. That included a fourth-quarter touchdown pass play called by the university president. IU president Adam Herbert, who along with IU alumni president Ken Beckley were the celebrity head coaches for the game, called wide receiver Marcus Thigpen's number early in the fourth quarter. Thigpen responded with a 40-yard touchdown catch. Key quote from Thigpen: "That was pretty neat having the president make that call and I went over and thanked him right away. I think it would be great if he were on the sidelines this fall." Key quote from head football coach Terry Hoeppner: "Hey, I think the guy has a future. When he gets done being president, I think he's got a future (in coaching)." Key quote from President Herbert: "It was mostly instinct, but I didn't feel they would think we would try to go deep on that play. I was lucky. I have concluded, however, that I'm not ready to give up my day job."
South Bend Tribune, April 17 -- This opinion column quotes IU President Adam W. Herbert as saying after announcing a proposed 4.9 percent tuition increase and retention of a previously "one time" $30 athletic fee: "True to the Hoosier values that are the very foundation of IU, we do more with less."
Arrest made in wreck that killed student; Federal agents raid Delaware apartment
Bloomington Herald-Times, April 16 -- An illegal alien is awaiting extradition to Indiana after U.S. marshals arrested the man they believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident earlier this week. Meliton Espinosa Praxedis, 22, was taken into custody at about 6:30 a.m. Friday in Manor Park, Del., and reportedly admitted his involvement in the incident, police said. Authorities said Praxedis is the man believed to have been using the alias Alberto DeJesus, the name that police have circulated since the fatal wreck at Third Street and Hawthorne Drive that killed 21-year-old IU student Ashley Crouse.
One Knight lawsuit nearing completion; Judge asks attorneys to submit proposals on how case should be decided
Bloomington Herald-Times, April 16 -- A lawsuit accusing Indiana University of violating the state's Open Door Law when it fired basketball coach Bob Knight may be nearing a conclusion after 4 1/2 years in court. Judge Cecile Blau said Friday that she wants attorneys for the two sides to submit written proposals within a week on how the case should be decided. The lawsuit was brought about by 46 basketball fans, a month after then-IU President Myles Brand fired Knight, for violating a "zero-tolerance" policy for misbehavior. They claimed the trustees violated the law by holding unpublicized serial meetings" to talk with Brand about Knight. Key quote: "This should be very fresh in your minds, and I want to make the decision while it's fresh in my mind," she said after the lawyers laid out arguments in a Monroe Circuit Court hearing.
Police report relatively light caseload for Little 500 weekend
Bloomington Herald-Times, April 17 -- Most area agencies reported minor alcohol-related incidents, ranging from public intoxication to drunken driving during IU's Little 500 weekend. IU police arrested or cited 20 people between Friday morning and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Teter totters off with win in the Women's Little 500
Indianapolis Star and Bloomington Herald-Times, April 16 -- As far as the members of Teter were concerned, they were the only ones on the track at Armstrong Stadium Friday. By the end of 100 laps, they truly were all by themselves, winning the Women's Little 500 by seven seconds over Kappa Alpha Theta in 1:08:18. The purple-clad Teters took over the lead for good from their top threats, the Thetas and defending champ Kappa Kappa Gamma, on lap 60, before Jessica Lindemann of Indianapolis took the checkered flag. The Indianapolis Star story explains that Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority dedicated the race to their sorority sister, Ashley Louise Crouse, who died in a hit-and-run crash on campus earlier in the week.
Indiana University's women's Little 500 -- Breaking the mold; First all-black team wins a place in race's history
Bloomington Herald-Times, April 16 -- The four women ran track in high school but had never done any serious cycling until this year. They weren't even avid bike riders. But the idea of bringing together the first all-black team for the 18th annual Indiana University Women's Little 500 bike race motivated them to try something they never imagined they would do -- compete in the 25-mile, tradition-steeped IU event.
Dodds rides off with Little 5; Luekens sprints away from Fiji's Davis to help Dodds House win its second Little 500 race
Bloomington Herald-Times, April 17 -- Phi Gamma Delta's Matt Davis and Dodds House's Craig Luekens, who finished second and third respectively in the Little 500 individual time trials, were given a comfortable lead in order to go head-to-head over the last four of 200 trips around the Armstrong Stadium track. In a "Breaking Away" type of finish, Luekens pulled ahead over the last half lap and hung on with Davis on his tail to give Dodds House its second Little 500 victory. Dodds, which first won in 1998, and Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) each finished in a time of 2:09:51.
Whatever happened to Mitch's tax hike?
Bloomington Herald-Times, April 17 -- This editorial wonders what happened to Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposal for a one-year 1 percent income surtax for Hoosier earning more than $100,000 a year. With public schools and universities taking budgetary hits, the editorial suggests that more legislative time should have been spent on exploring such proposals to increase revenues instead of hammering on Day Light Savings Time, something Hoosiers have refused to change again and again.
Behind Closed Doors
Indianapolis Star, April 17 -- This composite of information updates readers on what is going on with various bills and activities in the legislature, including this past week's reunion between Gov. Mitch Daniels and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.
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