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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Allen County SPCA: Shelter sets another record, sending 206 cats and dogs to new homes in May. Its previous monthly record was 168, set last November.

Memorial Coliseum: Fort Wayne venue announces it will host the Notre Dame women’s basketball team for its Dec. 3 contest with Maryland, part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Tea party: Mississippi Republican Chris McDaniel, a tea party favorite, forces a runoff primary election between him and Sen. Thad Cochran.

Jerry Brown: California governor, 76, cruises to a primary victory without holding a single public campaign event. With high approval ratings from an economic turnaround, he’s expected to win easily in November.

Tossups

Edward Snowden: Two films are in the works. One will be directed by Academy-Award-winner Oliver Stone. The other is being developed by James Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Dina Lohan: The mother of actress Lindsay Lohan won’t go to jail for speeding and driving drunk on a New York highway. A judge ordered Dina Lohan to pay over $3,000 in fines and fees, perform 100 hours of community service and participate in an anti-drunken driving program.

Losers

Rep. Jim Lucas: Indiana House Republican posts a Facebook rant following Richard Martinez’s emotional outburst after his son was shot to death in the recent California killing spree. “This is the sort of vile exploitation that those of us that believe in our Natural and Constitutional Right to defend ourselves MUST stand up against. My prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims in this act of cowardice evil, but there is NOT ONE MORE LAW that would have prevented this evil,” Lucas wrote.

Indiana preschoolers: Human services agency announces pilot program to offer first state-funded preschool won’t be ready for class this fall, even though it is set to serve just 1,400 children.

Capt. Gregory McWherter: The former commanding officer of the Navy’s Blue Angels was found guilty of “failing to stop obvious and repeated instances of sexual harassment.” He received a letter of reprimand, usually a career-ending move. McWherter “witnessed, condoned, and encouraged behavior that … became destructive, toxic and hostile,” the Navy said. He allowed pornography in the cockpits of the Blue Angels planes and also on a restricted website.

Milestones

Chester Nez: The last of the Navajos who developed a code that stumped the Japanese during World War II, Nez, along with 28 other Navajos, was recruited to develop the code based on the Navajo language. Using words for red soil, war chief, clan, braided hair, beads, ant and hummingbird, for example, they came up with a glossary of more than 200 terms. Even Navajos who spoke the language couldn’t understand the code. Nez died Wednesday at 93.

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