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Weekly scorecard

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Winners

GM plant: The Allen County truck assembly plant will invest $11 million to build a landfill-gas-fired power station as its energy source. Savings of almost $5 million a year are expected.

Chicago Sun-Times: The newspaper partially reverses its decision to fire all its photographers and plans to rehire four photojournalists once a collective bargaining agreement is ratified.

“Science”: Named the word of the year by Merriam-Webster because of a 176 percent increase in lookups this year over 2012. Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster, said: “A wide variety of discussions centered on science this year, from climate change to educational policy.” Rival Oxford University Press earlier crowned “selfie” as word of the year.

Quick action: After a letter to The Journal Gazette from Deb Neuenschwander suggested that someone put up a bus shelter at Apple Glen, Betsy Kachmar, assistant general manager at Citilink, got a fast response when she asked the private bus-hut contractor Metro Media Partners about the possibility. MMP’s Eric Shippy contacted the property owners, worked out a deal, and the shelter will become a reality.

Newsweek: New owner IBT Media announces it will resume printing the magazine, which has been published only in an online version for the past year. Plans are for the magazine to be revived in print form early next year.

Tossups

Cobalt-60: Mexican authorities recovered a missing shipment of the highly radioactive material. The material had been taken out of its container – apparently by unsuspecting thieves who had stolen the truck it was being transported in – but the deadly pellets were abandoned in a remote area. Incident pointed up the dangers of moving such materials without adequate security.

Losers

“Wheel of Fortune”: Producers and host Pat Sajak take to Twitter with apologies after Monday’s show. The episode, featuring the puzzle “The Fast and the Furious,” was taped in early October. It aired two days after the car-crash death of “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker.

Milestones

Seattle Seahawks fans: Set the Guinness World Record for loudest outdoor stadium, reaching 137.6 decibels during Monday’s win over the Saints. One touchdown rocked the stadium so hard, it registered nearly 2 on the Richter scale.

Edward J. “Babe” Heffron: His World War II service in the Army’s Easy Company was recounted in the book and TV miniseries “Band of Brothers.” He took part in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, helped liberate a concentration camp and received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Heffron, portrayed by Scottish actor Robin Laing, died Sunday in Stratford, N.J., at age 90.

Edward Hopper: His “East Wind Over Weehawken” sold for $40.5 million, an auction record for the artist. The 1934 work depicts a streetscape of the New Jersey city across the Hudson River from New York. The painting, which Hopper considered one of his best works, captures the melancholy of Depression-era life in America. An anonymous telephone bidder bought the work at Christie’s.

Prohibition: The repeal of the 18th amendment marks its 80th anniversary, with some observers noting that marijuana sales are likely to follow the route of alcoholic beverages.

Fertility rates: A steep decrease in teenage pregnancies fuels the falling U.S. birth rate. The National Center for Health Statistics reports a pregnancy rate of 102 per 1,000 women, 12 percent below the 1990 peak of about 116 per 1,000.

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