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Weekly scorecard

Winners

IU: The Hoosiers win at East Lansing for the first time since 1991, defeating Michigan State 72-68 to cement status as the nation’s No. 1 men’s basketball team.

Barry Manilow: The singer – who will appear at Memorial Coliseum on April 18 – kicks off an instrument drive for Fort Wayne Community Schools by donating a Yamaha piano.

Mandiant Corp.: Virginia-based computer security firm tracks sophisticated cybertheft against U.S. and Canadian companies to a Chinese military unit.

Danica Patrick: Pole-position start at Sunday’s Daytona 500 marks first time a woman will lead the field of 43 drivers.

Tossups

Kids’ nutrition: Federal study shows that children’s average calorie consumption dropped slightly in the past decade – by 7 percent for boys, to 2,100 calories a day, and 4 percent for girls, to 1,755. But nutritionists say bigger declines are needed to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

Flu shots: Centers for Disease Control finds that this year’s flu shot has protected only 9 percent of people older than 65 who received it – but still encourages all Americans older than 6 months to get the shots.

U.S. economy: Dow hits its highest mark in five years, but higher payroll taxes, gasoline costs and sequestration threat depress consumer spending.

Losers

Jesse Jackson Jr.: The former U.S. rep for the Chicago area pleads guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign contributions, a crime that will likely result in prison.

Don Marsh: A federal court jury orders the former supermarket magnate to repay $2.2 million to the grocery chain that bears his name. Plus, a judge could also order him to return $2 million in severance and/or $1.8 million in life insurance premiums the company paid on his behalf. And he owes the IRS $550,000 in back taxes.

Drew Peterson: Former Chicago-area police sergeant sentenced to 38 years for death of his third wife. Officials believe he also killed his missing fourth wife.

Public schools: Indiana House votes to move more money from public to private schools by expanding who is eligible for private school vouchers – despite the fact Indiana already has the most expansive voucher program in the nation.

Milestones

Jerry Buss: Lakers owners brought Hollywood touch and celebrity athletes to the NBA. He died Monday at 80.

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