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Weekly Scorecard

Winners

'Resilience,' Title IX and the Ford assembly line: Top three things on Forbes magazine's third annual “100 Great Things About America” listing.

Buckner Park: Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation gets $500,000 from the estate of Dr. Suzanne Knoebel, who died at 87 July 2. Knoebel, a well-known Indianapolis cardiologist, was part of the family that originally owned Buckner Park, and the money will be set aside in a fund to maintain or improve the park.

Wabash: City is named, along with Huntingburg, as one of two Stellar Communities, eligible for federal funds administered by the state. The city seeks to improve streetscapes and pedestrian and bike routes.

Tossups

South Bend: Listed as America's third-most-unhappy city in a working paper published by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research. Evansville, Gary and Toledo also were ranked in the bottom 10. But go figure – six of the 10 happiest cities were in Louisiana.

Ferrari 250 GTO: Auction nets record $38 million for classic car, but price is about half of what was expected. Speculation is that Olympic gold-medal skier Henry Oreiller's fatal crash in the car might have hurt its value.

Losers

Rush Limbaugh: Radio gasbag blames Robin Williams' suicide Monday on liberalism. Fox News anchor Shepard Smith apologized after musing Monday night that Williams might have been “a coward.”

Wind turbines: Howard County commissioners call off agreement for phases two and three of a giant wind turbine project near Kokomo. The economic “shot in the arm” is no longer needed, one commissioner said of the controversial project.

Milestones

Simone Camilli: AP video reporter is first journalist to die in Gaza/Israel conflict. Ali Shehda Abu Afash, a freelance translator, also was killed in the ordnance explosion.

John Bills and Karen Finley: Former Chicago transportation official and former CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems are indicted in alleged $2 million bribery scheme when Redflex was seeking contracts to develop the nation's largest red-light camera program. The Chicago Tribune raised questions about Finley's and Bills' interactions in articles two years ago.

Myrtle Young: As an inspector at the Seyfert's potato chip plant, she began to collect chips that resembled animals, plants and famous people. Young herself became famous when she appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1987. She died at 90.

Quotable

“We used to tell him before every race, 'Drive it like you stole it.' He never let us down.” Amanda Ward, in a eulogy to her cousin, Kevin Ward Jr., struck and killed by fellow NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.

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