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Weekly scorecard

Winners

City police: A combination of quick response, alertness and being in the right place led one officer to arrest a man walking away from a credit union robbery and others to arrest two alleged accomplices about three miles away. Police credited an injured credit union employee for giving detailed information on her 911 call.

Richard Lugar: The former U.S. senator is given the honorary rank of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II.

Mitch Daniels: Purdue University’s new president earns praise from faculty leaders for working with them to retool a planned wage freeze for certain administrators to allow all employees to be eligible for a 1 percent merit raise while saving an additional $2 million.

Tossups

Wrigley Field: Venerable ballpark is set for a $500 million makeover; but owners of nearby buildings have threatened to sue if the renovations obstruct rooftop views they negotiated with the Cubs organization.

Gold: The price plummets in trading this week, pulling down the S&P 500 and crude oil prices along with it. But gold had been at historically high prices, and the oil hit won’t exactly make consumers cry.

Losers

NRA: Proving there is such a thing as bad publicity, a man kills himself with a gun at an NRA-sponsored NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Vladimir Putin: A leaked video shows the Russian president lambasting his cabinet, cursing them and threatening to fire the lot.

Mark Sanford: Former South Carolina governor, trying for a political comeback with a bid for Congress, loses financial support of national GOP after reports he trespassed at his former wife’s home. His opponent May 7 is Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.

Milestones

Ian Rolland: The longtime civic leader and former CEO of Lincoln National Corp. announces his retirement from the board of NiSource, the parent of NIPSCO. He’s been a board member since 1978 and chairman since 2006.

Auto loans: The average length of a new-car loan hits a record 65 months, or five years and five months, far longer than the four years many boomers were accustomed to.

Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger and mates prepare to kick off their “50 & Counting” tour, with tickets beginning at $85 and topping out at $600. The nearest venue is Chicago, where three shows are scheduled for late May and early June.

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