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January 1, 2014

KITCHELL: Early Edition '14: Look for Pacers to ascend

General Motors and Ford posted solid gains in 2013.

Lindsay Lohan wasn’t arrested.

Turbulent weather and global warming were continued concerns, and a November tornadic wave in Indiana was a weird sidebar to that story.

Logansport’s girls basketball team made it to the championship game of the regional.

And whispers about Brad Stevens being the best coach in the college game may have convinced the Boston Celtics to gamble on the boyish-looking phenom.

Those were some of the predictions — save the part about the Celtics — that came to pass in the annual Early Edition column last year. The column also forecast Gov. Mike Pence facing some tough opposition to his 10 percent tax cut. By the time the Indiana General Assembly adjourned this year, it was substantially less.

Purdue Coach Darrell Hazell was able to recruit more Indiana players, but it didn’t help. The Boilers sank to a program low one victory in 2013. Indiana didn’t make it to the Final Four, but the Hoosiers did make it to the Sweet 16 before bowing to Syracuse. Notre Dame didn’t make it back to a BCS bowl, but the Irish did post another great season, winning the Pinstripe Bowl.

Here’s a look at some of the headlines you’ll probably be reading about this year:

1. Puttin on the Ritz II. The battles will continue with Gov. Pence and State School Superintendent Glenda Ritz, albeit through the State Board of Education. Speculation that Ritz may run for governor will continue, but she won’t.

2. Hillary vs. Chris. More signs will crystallize the 2016 presidential race between the former first lady and the Jersey Boy that is the governor of the Garden State.

3. Going up. Democrats will make gains in the lower house of Congress while Republicans make gains in the upper chamber.

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