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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette The Eckhart Public Library in Auburn was forced to close the Main Library after arson damaged it in July.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 1:00 am

Weekly scorecard

Winners

Ligonier: With just one burglary and .023 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, the western Noble County community is rated the safest city in Indiana in a survey by the home-security company Safewise. The survey was based on  2015 FBI crime statistics.

Fort Wayne: Measuring “how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city's total budget,” the website Wallethub.com rates Fort Wayne the ninth-best-run city in America. Indianapolis was ranked 118th.

Pete Dye Course: The golf course at Indiana's French Lick Resort successfully hosted the first Senior LPGA Championship this week. The tour has agreed to a multiyear deal for the resort to host the championship, which was televised nationally on the Golf Channel. French Lick has previously hosted two LPGA championships, and in 2015, it hosted the Senior PGA Championship.

Losers

Auburn library arsonist: Investigators determine the fire that heavily damaged the Eckhart Public Library last week was started when someone put a commercial firework inside a book and dropped it down a return chute. Libraries are particularly cherished spaces. Such pointless destruction is an affront to the community as well as a crime. An arrest has been made.

Tossups

Coco Loko: The “snortable” chocolate powder is being marketed by an Orlando, Florida-based company that claims the substance is a drug-free, sugar-free way to get a caffeine energy burst. The product is made with cacao powder and energy-drink ingredients such as gingko biloba. Its health effects haven't yet been studied, though the medical community has warned that energy drinks can raise blood pressure. 

Near miss: An Air Canada Airbus 320 pilot who mistook a taxiway for a landing runway was able pull up and circle around San Francisco International Airport for a safe landing last week. But experts said the plane had been 11 seconds from striking four airliners lined up for takeoff, loaded with passengers and fuel.  

Milestones

Liu Xiaobo: Intellectual imprisoned for challenging Chinese authoritarianism died at 61 Thursday, in Shenyang, China, where authorities had belatedly taken him to be treated for terminal cancer. When Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, neither he nor his family was allowed to travel to the awards ceremony. The medal was presented to an empty chair.

Nelsan Ellis: Actor who played a memorable role on the HBO series “True Blood” died at 39 Saturday of the effects of alcohol withdrawal. 

Dr. Spencer Johnson: Author of “Who Moved My Cheese?” and co-author of “The One Minute Manager” died at 78 Monday in Encinitas, California. 

Quotable

“I'm worried about moose, not missiles.” – Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz on reports a North Korean ICBM could reach Alaska

“He is not focused on stories about the campaign, particularly stories about the time before he joined the ticket.” – Mike Pence's press secretary, Marc Lotter, when asked about the vice president's reaction to revelations about the meeting with a Russian attorney arranged by Donald Trump Jr. in June 2016. Pence became the Republican vice presidential candidate in July.