Reading roundup: Glenda Ritz, Mike Pence, Super Bowl XLIX

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Happy Friday! Here’s a roundup of 10 or so links to set you up for Super Bowl weekend:

  • As expected, Gov. Mike Pence pulled the plug on the public relations disaster known as the Just IN website. (IndyStar) | “it’s sadly ironic that this mess ensnared Pence, who is habitually cautious about what he says and how he says it.” (Tim Swarens)
  • Despite the pleas of state schools chief Glenda Ritz, the House Education Committee voted 8-3 to strip her authority over the Board of Education. (Chalkbeat)
  •  Woohoo! The Pacers steamrolled through franchise rivals the New York Knicks for a 103-82 win Thursday night. (IndyStar)
  • Meet the guy who dominated Pacers Bikeshare in 2014: My neighbor, Garth Brazelton, who rode more than 600 miles. (IndyStar)
  • 15 Indianapolis creatives you should be following on Instagram. (Redwall)
  • Disney unveiled its first Latina princess: Elena of Avalor, who will make her debut in a special episode of “Sofia the First.” (USA Today)
  • Ahead of Super Bowl XLIX, the NFL has laid out how it’s going to avoid another DeflateGate over the footballs in play — nearly five times as many as in a typical game. (USA Today)
  • Bwahaha! People keep pulling the fire alarm at the New England Patriots’ hotel. (IndyStar) | The real jerk in the story of the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch? The media. (Gregg Doyel)
  • While you’re watching the Super Bowl on Sunday (6:30 p.m., NBC), several inches of snow may be piling up. (WTHR)
  • Katy Perry promises “lions and sharks” for the halftime show. (USA Today)

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Author: Cori

Cori Faklaris (aka "HeyCori") is a PhD researcher at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Faklaris is an social media expert and longtime journalist who brings this expertise to her work in usability for privacy, security and emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things.

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