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Weekly scorecard

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Duchess Kate
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Winners

Indianapolis Colts: Rookie QB Andrew Luck looked downright Manning-like in leading the Colts to a touchdown as the clock ran out, overcoming a 12-point deficit in less than four minutes.

Jaylon Smith: The Bishop Luers linebacker wins two big awards on the same day – the Euell A. Wilson Award for the top athlete in the Summit Athletic Conference and the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top high school linebacker. Then, later in the week, the Indianapolis Star names him Mr. Football.

George W. Bush: The former president urges fellow Republicans to change their tone on immigration, recommending the party adopt a “benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contributions of immigrants.”

Trail users: City moves forward on long-wanted segment of Greenway trail linking Johnny Appleseed Park with Shoaff Park. Construction bids expected to go out in January.

Apple: CEO Tim Cook says the tech giant will move production of one of its computer models from China to the U.S.

Tossups

VA Medical Center: The center resumes inpatient chemotherapy treatment more than a month after the VA suddenly closed its inpatient unit. Ever stingy with information, the VA says – for the first time – the return of inpatient care will come over three phases, with chemo the first.

Mars: NASA’s Curiosity rover finds traces of an organic compound – suggesting microbial life. But scientists say it might have come from the rover itself.

Losers

“Chick bank robber : 19-year-old Hannah Sabata of Nebraska posted a video with that title after robbing a bank of more than $6,000. The local sheriff started getting calls soon after the video – featuring Sabata bragging about the bank robbery, holding up some of the stolen cash – went up on YouTube. But by then, she was already under arrest, snared by using another form of technology – she texted her ex-husband, the sheriff said, saying she “had a pile of money after robbing a bank and asking if he wanted to go get a new tattoo with her.” He didn’t.

Austin Spain: 21-year-old hunter shot a 16-point trophy buck in November in Randolph County that would have qualified for an entry into a national record book, but the buck was killed illegally. Spain had already bagged his limit and faces misdemeanor charges.

Milestones

Duchess of Cambridge: The British Crown announces that the duchess, formerly Kate Middleton, is pregnant with a child who will be third in line to the British throne, behind Prince Charles and her husband, Prince William.

Tom Lebamoff: A well-known local restaurateur, he was an owner of Ted and Toms, The Elegant Farmer, Lambro’s and Yankee Drummer. He died at age 80.

Dave Brubeck: The innovative jazz pianist and composer introduced jazz to a more mainstream audience. He died at age 91.

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