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Weekly scorecard



Beyoncé: The release of her new album solely through iTunes brought more than 600,000 downloads, a record for first-week domestic digital sales. Who needs marketing?

Fathers: Study says the stereotype of the detached American dad is in error. Fathers of small children are heavily involved in parenting duties as bathing and diapering. Older kids’ dads often eat meals with them, drive them places and help them with their homework.

Peyton Manning: All-around good guy is recognized as such by Sports Illustrated, which names the ex-Colts QB (now with the Broncos) its Sportsman of the Year.

Indiana University: “Sports fanatic” Cindy Simon Skjodt donates $40 million to renovate Assembly Hall.


Indiana University: Graduates have mixed emotions about IU’s choice of speaker for today’s ceremony – Mary Sue Coleman, president of IU’s archest of arch-sports-rivals, the University of Michigan.

Privacy of invasion: The government went to court last week to argue against the release of one volume of a CIA historian’s account of the Bay of Pigs invasion 52 years ago. “The passage of time has not made it releasable,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchell P. Zeff told the judge.


South Bend: City agrees to pay ex-Police Chief Darryl Boykins, his attorney, and four others and their attorneys $575,000 for damages related to wiretapped phone calls. Boykins, the city’s first black police chief, was demoted last year after the existence of the recordings became known; it was alleged that they contained racist comments made by other police officers. As part of the settlement, the five plaintiffs agreed that they have no evidence of that. The actual recordings have never been made public.

Target and its customers: Forty million shoppers at the discount retailer’s stores nationwide learned this week that their credit- or discount-card information may have been stolen.


The passing of three actors and a voice from the past:


Fontaine, 96, won an Oscar in 1941 for “Suspicion,” beating her sister, Olivia de Havilland, for best actress.


O’Toole, 81,

was eight times an Oscar nominee, including for his signature role, “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Tom Laughlin, 82, was known for his role as Billy Jack in four films. There is a Hoosier connection. Laughlin claimed the late Indiana Sen. Vance Hartke once threatened him and stormed out at an advance screening for “Billy Jack Goes to Washington,” a tale of official corruption that ends when Sen. Jack collapses on the floor of the Senate while filibustering.

Larry Lujack, 73, was an immensely popular personality on Chicago’s WLS-AM radio during the ’70s and ’80s. Among those who said they learned from his sardonic broadcasts were Rush Limbaugh and David Letterman.