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Weekly scorecard

Winners

One World Trade Center: Architecture council rules New York’s newest skyscraper is the nation’s tallest, leaving the Willis Tower in the Second City as the second tallest.

Patriot-News: Harrisburg, Pa., newspaper apologizes – 150 years later – for dismissing the Gettysburg Address as “silly remarks” that deserved a “veil of oblivion.”

Stock market: With Fed Reserve chairman-nominee Janet Yellen’s defense of stimulus efforts, U.S. stock prices set record highs.

Tossups

Whitey Bulger: Boston gangster, 84, is sentenced two consecutive life sentences, but his murder and racketeering trial gave no insight into the corruption that allowed his murderous reign to continue for four decades and to allow him to go on the lam for 16 years before his capture in 2011.

Losers

U.S. Navy: With two admirals already under investigation as part of a bribery scandal, investigation shows civilian officers allegedly took part in a scheme to charge government $1.6 million for homemade silencers costing just $8,000 each.

Kevin Trudeau: Diet book author found guilty of criminal contempt for defying Federal Communications Commission order to stop making false claims about the effectiveness of his diet plan, which promised readers they could eat all they want and lose weight. He faces possible prison time.

Immigration bill: House Speaker Boehner says no compromise talks on comprehensive Senate-approved bill will be set, effectively killing the legislation for this year. House leaders say they want to take a piecemeal approach.

Rob Ford: Toronto mayor last week admitted smoking crack cocaine. This week, he apologized to reporters for using crude language to deny a harassment allegation and admitted that he has an alcohol problem and may have been drinking and driving. Asked whether that meant he should resign, Ford said, “You know what, I’m not perfect, maybe you are but I’m not.”

Nameless in Nevada: Almost 2,000 names of people with mental illness were left off a database of people not allowed to buy firearms. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that some of the people whose names were left off the Nevada list were considered violent.

Milestones

Penn Kimball: A Columbia University professor who worked in the 1940s and 1950s at Time, the New Republic, the New York Times and CBS-TV, he didn’t know until decades later that the State Department, the CIA and the FBI had compiled secret dossiers. Kimball wrote in his 1983 book, “The File”: “I simply had no idea that for more than half of my life my name had been on file in Washington as a dangerous radical, a disloyal American, a national security risk, a subversive ‘too clever’ to be caught holding a membership card in the Communist Party.” He died Nov. 8. He was 98.

Artwork: A Francis Bacon triptych sells at Christie’s for $142.4 million, setting a record as the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

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