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Reading roundup: Tom Brady denies guilt, Megan Robertson gets DUI

Hurrah for Friday! Now I’ve only got two paper proposals to write, a video project to help plan, two hours of legal research to conduct and zzzzzz ….

Here’s a roundup of 10 or so links to catch you up this morning:

  • On Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s Deflategate denials Thursday: “The biggest control freaks in the NFL sure picked a convenient time to go oblivious.” (Nancy Armour) | Six questions we still have after Tom Brady ‘s news conference. (For The Win)
  • Megan Robertson, the GOP political operative hired to run the campaign to legalize Sunday carryout alcohol sales, is facing DUI charges after police say her vehicle crashed into the Hardee’s on Washington Street near Downtown on Christmas Eve. (IndyStar)
  • Three owners of the El Rodeo restaurant chain pleaded guilty to charges of misappropriating $22.7 million in sales. (IndyStar)
  • House Republicans pulled a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and instead Thursday passed less restrictive legislation to prohibit federal funding for abortions. (USA Today) | Two Indiana congresswomen helped block the GOP’s anti-abortion bill. (IndyStar)
  • Woot! IU played its best basketball in two years Thursday night, beating Maryland 89-70 at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers are now tied for No. 1 in the Big Ten. (Zach Osterman)
  • A look back at the legacy of Jeff Gordon, who announced he will retire from NASCAR this year. (Curt Cavin)
  • The buzz at my old office: Notorious activist investor Carl Icahn is seeking two seats on the board of IndyStar parent Gannett, as well as taking actions to prevent defenses against any takeover bids. (DealBook)
  • Vince Camuto, who shook up the women’s shoe business as one of the founders of Nine West, died on Wednesday at age 78. (WSJ) | Saudi “reformer” King Abdullah has died at 90. (CNN)
  • Three Brownsburg girls are among just 4,000 falconers nationwide. (IndyStar)
  • Clear your schedule on Saturday. Amazon is making its innovative series “Transparent” available free of charge for 24 hours only. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Cori Faklaris (aka "HeyCori") is now a doctoral student researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but still a bicyclist, cat mom, Internet addict and news junkie. She's an expert at creating engaging content and curating a personal brand on social media. A longtime journalist in Indianapolis, Ind. and elsewhere, she left to earn a master's of science degree in human-computer interaction from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.

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