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Weekly scorecard

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Winners

Bishop Luers, Snider football: Championship game appearances – and Luers’ fourth consecutive title – make for a great gridiron weekend for Fort Wayne fans.

Lowell W. Beineke: Professor of mathematics is inaugural recipient of the Beineke Award, created to commemorate 25th anniversary of IPFW’s College of Arts and Sciences and recognize the veteran educator’s “outstanding contributions of scholarship, teaching, and service to the liberal arts and sciences.”

Timothy Geithner: Once the subject of much criticism from both Republicans and Democrats, the treasury secretary emerges as President Obama’s chief negotiator with Congress to develop an economic package to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Jeff Espich: The longtime, respected state representative from Wells County continues in public service, agreeing to serve Gov.-elect Mike Pence as a legislative adviser.

Elton John: The singer dedicates his Beijing concert to political dissident and artist Ai Weiwei, shocking the audience and, no doubt, Chinese officials.

Tossups

Army Corps of Engineers: The corps responsibly holds back water from the upper Missouri River at a South Dakota dam to ensure adequate irrigation and drinking water supplies for a region that runs from St. Louis to Montana. But that will mean less water flowing into the Mississippi River, which, combined with this year’s drought, could shut down the key shipping lane.

Medicare: The government insurance program finally begins moving medical records from paper to computers, but internal inspectors say the program hasn’t done enough to protect the records’ security.

Losers

Grover Norquist: Anti-tax zealot’s power base begins to crumble as bipartisan support for a tax hike builds.

Donald Kenny II: Newburgh man is accused of shooting a rare albino deer in Warrick County. Neighbors kept watch over the young deer and alerted conservation officers to the alleged poaching.

“Two and a Half Men”: Just as the popular TV show seemed to regain its footing after the Charlie Sheen debacle, Angus T. Jones – who plays Jake – calls the show “filth” and asks people to “please stop watching it.”

Milestones

Chinese military: For the first time, China lands a jet on its first aircraft carrier.

Komets: The K’s victory Wednesday in Gwinnett, Ga., did more than snap a three-game losing streak – it marked the franchise’s 5,000th win.

Frank Barsalona: The New York talent agent was highly regarded in the rock ’n’ roll world for creating high-dollar concert tours through his agency, Premier Talent. Among his coups: Booking the first U.S. tours for the Beatles and Rolling Stones. He died at 74.

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