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Weekly scorecard

Plumadore

Winners

Fort Wayne City Utilities: comes to the rescue of a competing utility by providing Aqua Indiana and its customers with 1 million gallons of water each day through the duration of the drought.

Voyager 1: NASA officials say the space probe launched in 1977 – which played a key part in the first “Star Trek” flick – is nearing the edge of the solar system. They expected it to reach “heliopause,” the border between the solar system and interstellar space, within the next year or two. It is still sending signals back to Earth measuring solar winds, the gases escaping from the sun.

Tossups

Rain!: Finally – a decent rainfall. With 80 percent of the state experiencing moderate to severe drought, precipitation was long overdue – though the rain really didn’t make a dent in the drought.

Microsoft: The tech giant introduces the Surface, a tablet computer intended to compete with Apple’s iPad. The product marks the company’s biggest foray into hardware, where its record isn’t exactly stellar – the Zune music player was discontinued after failing to gain popularity, and the company spent more than $1 billion fixing failing Xboxes.

Louisville: The federal government OKs the long-planned construction of two bridges linking Indiana and Kentucky in Louisville. But the feds have yet to approve the states’ plans to charge tolls for the bridges – as well as the bridge carrying Interstate-65 over the Ohio River.

Automakers: Auto research group J.D. Power & Associates finds record low number of complaints about problems in new vehicles – except, surprise, for the high-tech gadgets increasingly included as options or even standard equipment.

Losers

Michael Plumadore: He is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for the brutal slaying of 9-year-old Aliahana Lemmon. Good riddance to him.

President Obama: His administration withholds numerous documents about the botched Fast and Furious gun smuggling probe – though it does release records that make the administration look better.

Horse racing: Denver lab discovers that horses are being doped with “frog juice” – a substance taken from a rare frog that scientists say is 40 times more powerful than morphine. Feeling no pain helps horses run faster, but it also makes them more susceptible to injury.

Crooked Lake: State natural resources officials find pike, non-native to Crooked Lake. They fear the pike will hurt the ciscoes, now present in just a baker’s dozen of Indiana lakes.

Milestones

Jan Van Til: The tournament director for the Mad Anthonys Charity Classic for Children oversees her last tourney this week, stepping down after 35 years in the role.

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