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Good week, Bad week

Good week for: New York City, Maintaining possession, Graham Hughes; Bad week for: The revolution, Taking politics too seriously, Hunters

Good week for:

New York City, where on Monday not a single person was reported shot, stabbed, or murdered—the first time police officials can remember recording no such crimes over a 24-hour period. 

Maintaining possession, after New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett caught a fan who had fallen out of the stands, and was dropping 15 feet head-first. “My Spidey-senses told me he was going to take a fall,” said Bennett, “so I saved his life.’’

Graham Hughes, a British adventurer, who became the first person to visit all 201 nations in the world without flying. Hughes used boats, buses, taxis, trains, and his own two feet to travel 160,000 miles in 1,426 days. “I wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place,” Hughes said.

Bad week for:

The revolution, after the Cuban government instituted its first income taxes in 50 years as part of its free-market economic reforms. “They collect taxes all around the world, it’s normal,” said Havana economist Isabel Fernandez.

Taking politics too seriously, after a Kentucky high school teacher wrote on the blackboard of her psychology class, “You can’t be a Democrat & go to heaven.” Officials later apologized. 

Hunters, after two Texas deer hunters were attacked by an apparently revenge-minded buck outside their home. The buck repeatedly charged into the men, climbed into their truck as they tried to flee, and stole their cigarettes and ate them. “I think he tried to hunt us,” said frightened hunter Joseph Rose.

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