The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 21, 2018 · A3
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PURCHASE OR REFINANCE TODAY! WASHINGTON – When President Trump came to Elkhart this month, he had some campaign advice for Mike Braun, the Republican’s newly chosen Senate nominee. “The Center for Effective Lawmaking named Joe Donnelly the least effective Democrat lawmaker in the United States Senate. I don’t know, Mike, but I think that will be a very good phrase to run by,” Trump told the crowd, while dubbing Donnelly “Sleepin’ Joe.” “He’s never sponsored a bill that has become a law.” Republicans — who had previously called the incumbent “Do-nothing Don- nelly” — have already gotten lots of mileage out of the Center for Effective Lawmaking’s rating on Donnelly. And Trump’s comments are highlighted in digital ads Republicans recently start- ed. Donnelly’s campaign maintains there are 41 bills and other legislative measures he’s introduced that have be- come law. Here’s a look at both sides’ claims: What’s the Center for Effective Lawmaking? The center Trump cited is a nonparti- san effort directed by two political sci- entists — Craig Volden of the University of Virginia and Alan E. Wiseman of Van- derbilt University. The duo wanted to come up with a way of measuring the success of members of Congress in Donnelly attacked: Is he effective? See DONNELLY, Page 7A GOP cites center’s rating, but there’s more to story Maureen Groppe Indianapolis Star USA TODAY NETWORK It’s probably safe to assume that people don’t go to the Indianapolis 500 to reconnect with nature. Or that an event featuring cars driving around in circles is a celebration of living green. That said, just what impact does the Indy 500 have on the environ- ment? We examined it from a few per- spectives and here’s a quick look at what we found: Trash Like every left turn at the Indy 500, the mountains of trash left behind are apparently inevitable. It’s known for it’s weirdness (see: couches, kites and a banged-up grill). Indy 500 downside is trash, pollution Cars, spectators leave a mark on environment Emily Hopkins and Sarah Bowman Indianapolis Star USA TODAY NETWORK See POLLUTION, Page 11A Mortgage refinancing dispute: $18,500. Erroneous medical bill: $11,504. Credit card fraud: $864. Medical bill sent to the wrong per- son, then to a collection agency: $823. Unauthorized withdrawals from a checking account: $517. All resolved. Those are some of the successes In- dyStar Call for Action volunteers have had so far this May for Hoosiers who've called our hotline for free help sorting out frustrating consumer problems. The volunteers have saved or recov- ered more than $34,300 since April 30. Call for Action Tim Evans Indianapolis Star USA TODAY NETWORK Consumer help is only a call away, and it’s free See CALL FOR ACTION, Page 8A The high five between the 18- and 56-year-old was timed perfectly. Da- vid Flonnery’s left arm swung low and Rick Monroe’s lifted up, swooping to- gether until the sound of their two palms meeting echoed across the bas- ketball court inside the Irsay Family YMCA. They’re brothers, though not bio- logically, and Flonnery said Monroe is more of a “father figure” than anything else, a relationship he never had until Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana matched him with Monroe three years ago. Flonnery’s grandmother has anoth- er word for Monroe and what he means to her two high school grandsons: a “blessing.” “A man can teach a boy how to be a man,” Earlean Jones said. “That’s what I see in Rick. He treated them like they were his sons — both of them. David Flonnery, 18, and mentor Rick Monroe, 56, from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, play basketball at the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay in Indianapolis on May 9. PHOTOS BY JENNA WATSON/INDYSTAR Group finds mentors for youths in need Big Brother helps teen with life skills, and both find a friend Dana Lee Indianapolis Star USA TODAY NETWORK OUR CHILDREN MAKING A DIFFERENCE Monroe has become a friend and “father figure” to Flonnery and his brother Joshua, now 16, in the three years since they matched, bonding immediately over their shared love of basketball. Monroe has taught Flonnery, who admits to being a shy kid, to always try new things and how to exude confidence. There are 900 children between the ages of 8 and 14 waiting to be matched with a mentor through the program. See MENTORS, Page 4A

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