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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, August 12, 2017 1:00 am

Weekly scorecard

Winners

Josh Ingram: Indianapolis motorist gets OK for a license plate reading “covfefe,” the mysterious word in a presidential tweet. Ingram said he enjoys watching other drivers laugh and take photos of his plate.

Ligonier: Forest River Inc. will refurbish a vacant factory to produce Puma brand travel trailers, creating about 130 potentially high-wage jobs, Mayor Patty Fisel said Wednesday.

Saint Francis football: Cougars are ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll. The team won its first national title last year.

Tossups

Victoria and Albert Museum: London museum tells a breastfeeding mom to cover up, then apologizes when she points out – via Twitter – that the museum is full of naked breasts in its collection, including a statue called “Peasant woman feeding a baby.”

Foxconn deal: Indiana loses out to Wisconsin in bid for Taiwan-based employer, but a Bloomberg writer points out the incentives, worth $3 billion, will cost each Wisconsin resident $519. Foxconn claims it will hire 13,000 employees at an average annual salary of almost $54,000. 

Losers

Chinese tourists: Two travelers, ages 36 and 49, arrested in Berlin after snapping cellphone photos of each other making a Nazi salute outside the Reichstag. German law forbids the use of some symbols and gestures used by Adolf Hitler and his followers.

James Damore: Google engineer is fired after writing a memo criticizing his employer for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for “alienating conservatives.” Damore wrote that women “prefer jobs in social and artistic areas,” while more men “may like coding because it requires systemizing.”

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson: In a radio interview, Wisconsin Republican suggests U.S. Sen. John McCain's brain tumor and the late hour “might have factored in” when the Arizona Republican cast the decisive vote against the Senate health care bill last month. A spokeswoman for McCain called Johnson's remarks “bizarre and deeply unfortunate.”

Eclipse glasses: The American Astronomical Society warns that some of the glasses and viewers being marketed in advance of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse are not designed to protect eyesight from the harmful effects of the sun's rays. The society offers a list of reputable dealers at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

Milestones

Dick Locher: Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for four decades for the Chicago Tribune, Locher also drew the “Dick Tracy” cartoon strip for many years. He died Sunday at 88 in Naperville, Illinois.

Hesburgh stamp: The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, longtime president of the University of Notre Dame, will be honored with a U.S. Postal Service stamp to be unveiled Sept. 1 at Purcell Pavilion. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak. Hesburgh, who died in 2015, would have been 100 years old this year. 

Squirrel warning: IUPUI tells students to beware of “aggressive squirrels” on campus. The university urged students not to treat the creatures as pets or feed them people food.

Quotable

“If you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first.” – Talk show host David Letterman, who is coming out of retirement for a six-episode series for Netflix. Set to premiere in 2018, each hour-long episode will have Letterman interviewing a single guest, with the host also exploring topics outside the studio.