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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Superman: A nearly flawless copy of his comic book debut sold for $3.2 million. Comics dealers Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo submitted the record-setting bid in the eBay auction for Action Comics No. 1, the 1938 book in which the superhero first appeared. It's believed to be the highest price ever paid for a comic book.

Oscar and Ophelia Weitzman: Fort Wayne couple leave $3.4 million to IPFW, the only recipient of their estate. The university, which will use the money for scholarships in education and engineering beginning 2015, is unaware of any direct ties with the couple.

Alonzo H. Cushing: Twenty-two-year old artillery officer died defending a crucial spot on Cemetery Ridge during Confederate Gen. George Pickett's Charge against the Union Army at Gettysburg in 1863. The pivotal attack failed, and with it, many historians believe, went any hope of the Confederates winning the Civil War. Lt. Cushing will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in September, 151 years after the battle.

Tossups

College football: Purdue, IU, Notre Dame and Ball State open their football seasons today. Who knows?

Losers

Classic fast food: The Wall Street Journal reported that McDonald's is losing its edge with McMillenials – customers in their 20s and 30s, who are turning to so-called fast-casual restaurants like Chipotle's and Five Guys. Meanwhile, Burger King is taking royal flak for trying to “invert” its taxes. The chain is buying Tim Hortons restaurants, based in Canada, which would allow BK to lower its taxes by as much as 46 percent.

Optimists: After a Harvard survey ranked South Bend as the third-most unhappy city in the nation, the South Bend Tribune asked readers what they thought. “Our plan,” wrote reporter Bob Blake, “was to show Harvard why it was wrong.” But of the responses The Tribune received in print and online, three out of four were negative.

Milestones

Rex McFarren: Director for almost 30 years of Allen County's Court Appointed Special Advocate program, which shepherds victimized children as their cases work their way through the Allen County court system, retires. It's a career path he chose instead of owning a bar. “He's been extraordinarily valuable to this community,” said Judge Charles Pratt, who heads Allen Superior Court's Family Relations Division.

Alan Landsburg: Emmy-winning producer, whose credits included “Bill,” a TV drama featuring Mickey Rooney as a mentally ill man struggling to adapt to life outside an institution, and the “In Search Of...” documentary series, died earlier this month in Beverly Hills, California. He was 81.

John Sperling: Founder in the 1970s of the University of Phoenix, the upstart for-profit college. Sperling became a billionaire, with Forbes magazine estimating that his net worth peaked at $1.7 billion in 2005 before declining to $1.2 billion in 2012 and less than $1 billion in 2013, as his university faced renewed scrutiny of its finances and efficacy. He died last week at 93.

Quotable

“Overall, it's something to be very proud of. It's nothing that can ever be taken away.”

Ben Curtis, a participant in the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills, on winning the 2003 British Open.

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