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Weekly Scorecard

Winners

Children's Zoo: Fort Wayne's No. 1 visitor attraction checks in as No. 11 on TripAdviser's list of best U.S., best zoos; No. 1 zoo in Indiana.

Perth commuter: Dozens of Australians came together to help a man who had failed to “mind the gap.” When his leg slipped between the station platform and the train, the commuters and train staff tipped the train and freed him.

Tossups

Walgreen: Drug store company announces it won't pursue a tax dodge by moving its headquarters overseas; Wall Street reacts with a nearly $13-per-share decrease in stock price.

Plagiarism: Montana Sen. John Walsh succumbs to pressure to drop out of election campaign after it was learned he copied a quarter of his 2007 master's thesis while Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul looks more and more like a candidate for president, even after repeated charges that he committed plagiarism.

Losers

Bruce Rauner: GOP candidate for Illinois governor is caught on video telling a Republican gathering that, if elected, he will address fiscal problems by laying off state workers and forcing a government shutdown.

Ed FitzGerald: Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Ohio admits his driver's license expired in 2002, and he didn't get a new one until November 2012. The Columbus Dispatch discovered the problem checking out reports that the former Lakewood, Ohio, mayor was questioned by police after he and a woman – not his wife – were found in a vacant parking lot at 4:30 a.m. in 2012.

Rep. Julia Brownley: In campaign mailer, California Democrat uses photo of woman in military attire wearing a German Luftwaffe insignia.

Congress: Digging into its August break, federal lawmakers fall to a new low in public opinion. An NBC/Marist College poll finds nearly three-quarters of respondents label them “somewhat unproductive”. Three percent of Americans – apparently living underground – described Congress as “very productive”.

Rep. Todd Rokita: In an Indianapolis radio interview, Indiana Republican links concern about unaccompanied minors at U.S. southern border to the ebola epidemic in Africa. No cases of ebola have been detected in the Western Hemisphere.

Vincenzo Mastronardi: The professor at Sapienza University, in Rome, is facing a disciplinary hearing after inviting Francesco Schettino, the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner, to lecture students on emergency procedures. Schettino is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship over the January 2012 capsizing of the Concordia, in which 32 people died.

Bob FitzSimmonds:Treasurer of the Virginia Republican Party resigns after posting a Facebook response to President Barack Obama's statement thanking Muslims for being part of “the very fabric of our nation.”“Exactly what part of our nation's fabric was woven by Muslims?” FitzSimmonds wrote. “What about Sikhs, Animists, and Jainists? Should we be thanking them too?”

Milestones

Billie Letts: The novelist's books include “Where the Heart Is,” turned into a movie starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Joan Cusak. One of her three sons, Tracy, won a Pulitzer Prize for his play “August: Osage County,” also made into a movie, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Billie Letts died July 31.

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