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ï Average SAT scores for 2002 Indianapolis Public Schools" graduating seniors rose for the third year in a row, with verbal scores increasing 20 points and math scores up 14 points. The Scholastic Assessment Test measures skills in mathematics and language arts among college-bound students. The highest score possible in each discipline is 800 for a possible combined score of 1,600. The IPS district average for 2002 is 465 in math skills and 475 in verbal skills for a combined average of 940, 34 points more than last year. Superintendent Duncan N.P. "Pat" Pritchett Jr. said he is pleased with the district"s continued improvement, and credits programs such as the Math/Science Initiative and the IPS/NUA Reading Initiative for the progress. ï The United Way has set a goal of $38 million for this year"s fund-raising campaign - $300,000 less than the goal set for 2001. Economic downturn plus the flight of corporate headquarters from Indianapolis are the reasons given for this year"s more modest projections.

ï Making Fidel smile Ö Indianapolis Marsh Supermarkets is the first U.S. company to sell food products directly to Cuba since 1962. In August, Marsh shipped 750 tons of food to Cuba at a cost of $750,000.

ï According to the Indianapolis Police Department, these are the five most dangerous intersections in the city, along with number of accidents at each in 2001: 1. 38th Street and Moeller Road (61); 2. 38th Street and Lafayette Road (55); 3. 38th Street and High School Road (51); 4. 62nd Street and Keystone (46); 5. Georgetown and Lafayette (42).

ï Union membership in the United States now stands at 16.3 million, a decline of 22 percent since 1979, the year before Ronald Reagan was elected president. In Indiana, membership dropped to 385,000 last year - down from 443,000 in 1995, the first year the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published state-by-state data.

ï Twenty-three out of every 100 Hoosiers make a living at manufacturing jobs, the highest percentage in the nation.

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