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Good week, Bad week

Good week for: Concentrating on the next move, Sultan Kosen, Changing with the times; Bad week for: U.S.-Canadian relations, Learning from your mistakes, Dan Dolan

Good week for:

Concentrating on the next move, after the European Chess Union introduced a dress code that bans female players from plunging necklines and major displays of cleavage.

Sultan Kosen, the world’s tallest man, after University of Virginia doctors were able to halt the Turkish giant’s runaway growth at 8 feet 3 inches. “The human body and heart is not well-designed for a person who is 8 [feet] tall,” his doctor said.

Changing with the times, after Encyclopedia Britannica announced that after 244 years, it would no longer make its 32-​volume print encyclopedia and instead focus on its digital business.

Bad week for:

U.S.-Canadian relations, after former Vice President Dick Cheney canceled a speaking engagement in Toronto, citing “a major security issue.” On Cheney’s last visit to Canada, protesters trapped him in a building while police scuffled with the crowd.

Learning from your mistakes, after Jose Romero-Valenzuela of Las Vegas was pulled over by Oregon cops three times in one hour and charged with driving 105 mph, 98 mph, and 92 mph, respectively. “You would have hoped the message would have gotten across the first time,” said a police spokesman.

Dan Dolan, a Republican congressional candidate from Iowa, who made a campaign speech to what he thought was the state GOP convention. The Democratic convention actually was using the room at the time. Dolan said that as he spoke, “A guy raises his hand and says, ‘I think you want to talk to the Republicans.’”

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