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This week’s winners, losers, milestones and tossups

Quinlan
Durcan

Winners

John Shoaff: City councilman shows parliamentary knowledge in debate over collective bargaining. He changed his vote to yes, meaning that he can move to reconsider the proposal and that it does not go into effect for two weeks.

Diet soda: People taking part in a weight-loss program did better over 12 weeks if they drank diet soda than only water. Researchers reported that among the 303 dieters, people who drank only water lost 8.4 pounds. Those who drank diet soda lost 12.1 pounds and reported “significantly greater reduction in subjective feelings of hunger.”

Northrop girls track: Even though the team lost its coach early in the season, the Bruins won their sixth straight regional title.

San Franciscans: Someone's dropping envelopes of cash across San Francisco. The mysterious person with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash has been hiding money since last week. Hidden Cash claims to make his money off real estate and hopes winners also pay it forward.

Tossups

Old Fort: Fire destroyed a collection of antique tools, though the blacksmith and woodworking building can be saved.

Losers

Thomas Quinlan III and Marc Durcan: The Wall Street Journal labeled both bargain bosses, meaning shareholders in their companies (R.R. Donnelley & Sons and Micron Technology Inc., respectively) got a lot more than their money's worth given the CEOs' paltry salaries. Quinlan was paid $7.1 million, Durcan $6.9 million. The median pay for CEOs in the study was $11.4 million.

Milestones

Herb Jeffries: A jazz balladeer whose matinee-idol looks won him fame in the late 1930s as the “Bronze Buckaroo,” the first singing star of all-black cowboy movies for segregated audiences. He had a seven-decade career on film, television, record and in nightclubs. Jeffries died May 25 at a hospital in West Hills, Calif. He was widely believed to be 100, but for years he insisted he was much older.

Terry Robinson: Bodybuilding denizen of Muscle Beach in the late 1940s became a fitness trainer for Hollywood stars like Clark Gable and Mario Lanza and raised Lanza's children after their parents died. Robinson died May 19 in West Los Angeles at 98.

Storme DeLarverie: Lesbian activist took part in the 1969 New York Stonewall riots that started the gay rights movement in the United States. Earlier, she was part of a traveling drag show called the Jewel Box Revue, in which she performed as a male impersonator. In her later years, she worked as a bouncer at bars. She died last week at a Brooklyn nursing home at 93.

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