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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:00 am

Weekly scorecard

Winners

Humpback whales: For the first time in a century, large numbers of whales have been spotted in the waters off New York City. Paul L. Sieswerda of Gotham Whales told Popular Science that environmental cleanups are the reason.

Memorial Park: After a delay caused by a lifeguard shortage, park's pool is open for the season.

Tracy K. Smith: Pulitzer Prize-winning author of three books of poetry is named poet laureate of the United States. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia, she now teaches at Princeton.

Losers

New York Times: Newspaper twice changes headlines on a profile of NBC News reporter Katy Tur, responding to complaints of sexism. The first headline: “Katy Tur Is Tougher Than She Looks.” The second read: “Katy Tur's Swift and Surprising Rise.”

Marsh Supermarket: Long-time Indiana grocery chain sells off its remaining stores in bankruptcy auction. Its Warsaw store was shut down in May. A Van Wert, Ohio, store is among 15 locations bought by Generative Growth II, a Findlay, Ohio-based chain. Marsh opened a 66,000-square-foot “concept” store on Maplecrest Road in 2004, shuttering it two years later.

Milestones

E.L. Woody: The 70-year-old celebrity photographer proclaimed himself the “King of thePaparazzis.” His May 23 death in a Los Angeles nursing home was announced this week.

Chicken sandwich in space: Worldview Enterprises, an Arizona-based company that is selling balloon rides into the stratosphere, plans a passengerless shakedown flight in which a KFC “Zinger” is launched into the lower reaches of space.

Quotable

“It does work. I'm living proof. It changed my life and it saved my life.” – one of 25 former addicts who graduated from Allen County's 43rd Drug Court program Monday

“I don't want to talk about the president. I'm a Republican leader in this area, and I believe that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.” – DeKalb County Prosecutor ClaraMary Winebrenner, in response to an Atlantic magazine reporter's question about President Trump

“We are in a triage mode, and we can't continue to do what we were doing 10 years ago with 30 percent less resources.” – Eric Sussman of the Cook County, Illinois, state's attorney's office, as the office announced it would no longer be prosecuting some traffic offenses. The Chicago Tribune reported  cities within the county could still choose to file charges against those caught driving on a license revoked or suspended for failing to pay tolls, tickets or child support.

“Shut that crap off!” – Actress Bette Midler, refusing to stop when the orchestra attempted to play over her acceptance remarks at the Tony Awards Sunday. The orchestra stopped playing; her more-than-four-minute thank-you speech was greeted by cheers.