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    The 1971 movie “Bananas” ends with newly married Woody Allen and Louise Lasser having sex under a blanket but on television with the late broadcaster Howard Cosell narrating the encounter as he would have called a boxing
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    The United Auto Workers just announced that General Motors will move production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to its UAW assembly plant in Spring Hill Tennessee.
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    About a year ago, the state asked Fort Wayne Community Schools whether some of its officials would talk with federal monitors. At the time, FWCS didn't know why. The request was not unusual.
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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Margaret Weeks: Former Indianapolis Public Schools teacher who died in February bequeaths $1.9 million to Hoosier Oncology Group for cancer research.

Twitter: Social media service’s stock reaches $73.31 a share, up 63 percent from its initial public offering on Nov. 7.

Florida: Sunshine State is poised to pass New York and take title as the nation’s third most populous state when Census figures are released next week.

Tossups

Connecticut: State seals deal to keep homegrown ESPN and its new “SportsCenter” studios, but will spend $25 million in tax credits to do so. The state has given the highly profitable network $260 million in tax breaks over the past 12 years.

Holiday sales: Year-over-year increase of 3.5 percent is a modest one, but the season was hampered by stormy weather and a shortened shopping period, with six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Losers

Sen. Brent Steele: Bedford Republican introduces a bill – in a short session, no less – to exempt U.S. and Indiana flags from sales tax. Really?

Las Vegas: In the wake of embarrassing reports of lavish conference spending, federal government spends just $93,000 in Vegas meeting costs in fiscal 2013, compared to nearly $2.5 million in 2010, when the GSA entertained employees there with mind readers, clowns and $95-a-plate dinners.

UPS: World’s largest package-delivery company falls short at the worst possible time, leaving thousands of customers without Christmas gifts.

Milestones

Yusef Lateef: Grammy-winning musician and composer was one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz. A tenor saxophonist who also became a top flutist and jazz soloist on the oboe, he introduced woodwind instruments from many countries into his music. He died at 93.

Delaney Brown: Terminally ill 8-year-old wished to hear carolers before Christmas and thousands showed up to sing outside her West Reading, Pa., home last weekend. She died early Christmas morning.

John Eisenhower: Son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a West Point graduate and accomplished military historian. He died at 91.

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