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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Bond. James Bond: The film franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary with the 23rd Bond flick “Skyfall,” which is drawing rave reviews.

Myanmar: The nation formerly known as Burma makes enough progress in human rights to earn a visit by President Obama.

Ball State: University finally announces plans to allow sororities to have their own housing.

Indianapolis Colts: With two big wins in five days, rookie Andrew Luck steers the Colts to a second-place 6-3 record, putting them in the run for the playoffs in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

Tossups

Indiana Republicans: Though they lost the presidential, U.S. Senate and state schools superintendent races, they elect a GOP governor and a legislative super-majority immune to Democratic walkouts.

Losers

Robbers: Bandits steal a 16-year-old boy’s school-issued iPad on Salem Lane in southeast Fort Wayne, then shoot him in the stomach with a BB gun or small-caliber weapon.

Sheldon Adelson: The casino magnate whom the New York Times described as “the single biggest donor in political history” donates tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of Mitt Romney and seven other candidates. They all lost this week.

Huntertown: After state regulators reject town’s proposal to build its own sewage treatment facility, the town council decides to appeal rather than take the more economically and environmentally prudent step of renegotiating its contract to continue to send sewage to Fort Wayne for treatment.

Milestones

USS Enterprise: No, not the “Star Trek” starship, the first nuclear-powered ship. The U.S. Navy’s oldest ship ends its 51-year run and shuts down its nuclear reactors after completing its 25th deployment.

Jack Dunifon: The local businessman and longtime Republican leader was a veteran of the City Council, Indiana House, county commissioners and County Council. He died at 90.

Richard Current: He may not be Abraham Lincoln’s best-known biographer, but his works were groundbreaking, bringing academic research into the field. His 1955 “Lincoln the President” replaced Carl Sandburg’s expansive book as the quintessential Lincoln biography, and he was credited with accurately examining many Lincoln myths. In later years, he became involved in a feud with author Gore Vidal over Vidal’s own Lincoln book. He died at 100.

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