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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Dick Freeland: The local Pizza Hut magnate receives the Sagamore of the Wabash award from new Gov. Mike Pence.

Cat lovers: More than a half century after Parker Brothers added a dog to its lineup of Monopoly tokens, a cat will join the ranks. Online fans chose the cat over a guitar, robot, diamond ring and helicopter. The cat will replace the iron, which lost out in the vote. Fans kept the wheelbarrow – possibly with the help of a PR campaign by a garden tool company.

Donald and Martha Rogers: Steuben County couple leave an estate worth $2.5 million to the Steuben County Community Foundation, creating an endowment to benefit a local center for people with disabilities, the Council on Aging and Habitat for Humanity.

Tossups

Lucy Lawless: A New Zealand judge gives the former star of the campy “Xena: Warrior Princess” a $547 fine and community service for joining other Greenpeace activists in climbing aboard an Arctic-bound oil-drilling ship. But she claims a victory because the judge turns down Shell Oil’s request for $500,000 in reparations.

Tom Henry: The mayor has plenty of good news and upcoming plans to review in his State of the City address – but offers little residents haven’t already heard.

Losers

Don Marsh: The former CEO of Marsh Supermarkets and son of company founder goes on trial in federal court, with the company accusing him in a civil lawsuit of defrauding the grocery chain of millions of dollars. The company accuses its ex-CEO of treating “Marsh Supermarkets as his personal piggy bank” and using company money and a corporate plane to “facilitate several extramarital relationships.” Sun Capital bought the company in 2006.

Pro soccer: A European police agency says it has uncovered widespread fixing of soccer matches, saying it has identified 680 matches worldwide as suspicious.

Dontay Martin: The 23-year-old is convicted of one of the more frightening crimes in city history: firing numerous bullets into an ambulance carrying a stabbing victim. Take the need to send a strong message, add Martin’s lack of remorse and the futility of a trial – no defense witnesses and only a feeble argument that when Martin fired all those bullets into the ambulance he didn’t intend to kill anyone – and one result will be a long sentence.

Milestones

Lake Michigan: The lake hits the lowest level measured since official record-keeping began in 1918. Dredging of the St. Clair River – allowing the river to move more water more quickly from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean – is partly to blame.

Dell: Michael Dell, who founded the once-innovative personal computer company that bears his name, teams with an investment firm to take Dell private in a turnaround attempt.

Muzak: The Canadian owners of the longtime purveyor of background music – derided as “elevator music” – retire its iconic brand name after 79 years. Mood Media will call its products simply Mood.

Cardiss Collins: Illinois congresswoman was a voice for the poor in her 24 years in office. Collins, who died last week at 81, also championed affirmative action and minority hiring.

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