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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Fort Wayne: City impresses visitors for Republican state convention. “Rave reviews are coming in from our delegates from across the state,” GOP state Chairman Tim Berry said.

John Green: Indianapolis resident’s young-adult book-turned-movie, “The Fault in Our Stars,” earns $48.2 million in its opening weekend. Green is one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2014.

Drones: BP used an unmanned aircraft to survey Alaskan oil field June 8, the first legally approved U.S. commercial drone flight over land. BP was allowed under special safety approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Indiana Dunes: Project undertaken by state and federal governments and Save the Dunes will restore more than 1,000 acres of black oak savanna. The ecosystem is threatened by invasive plant species, putting native plants and wildlife at risk.

George H.W. Bush: Former president marks 90th birthday with a skydiving trip.

Tossups

Teacher tenure:

California judge rules the state’s tenure law unconstitutional. Other states are watching what happens, but Indiana teachers have never had tenure rights protecting them from dismissal, only due process rights.

Losers

Hillary Clinton: Says her family was “dead broke” and in fact in debt when they left the White House at the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency. The former secretary of state charges $200,000 per speech, and her husband has made more than $100 million since leaving office.

Richard Mourdock: Outgoing state treasurer compares the United States to Nazi Germany. Shelby Anderson, president of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, said Mourdock’s remarks to the Indiana Republican Convention were “highly offensive.”

John Johnston: GOP candidate for Indiana House District 10 backtracks after writing on a political Facebook page about government “handouts.” “No one has the guts to just let them wither and die,” he wrote of the recipients. The former JROTC instructor later said he didn’t advocate ending programs but “sometimes it hurts, but you might give them less to motivate someone to get a job.”

Milestones

Isaac Patch: Cold Warrior led a CIA-financed program that smuggled hundreds of thousands of banned or hard-to-find texts into the Soviet Union. One scholar wrote that it “played a decisive role, by contributing ... to the West’s ideological victory ... at a relatively low financial cost and without loss of lives.” Patch died May 31 at his home in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, at 101.

Tanishq Abraham: Sacramento 10-year-old passes state requirements for a high school diploma. He has already completed 42 college credits with a 4.0 GPA. He plans to transfer to the University of California at Davis to study pre-med, go to medical school, complete a doctorate and, ultimately, become president.

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