July 17, 2014 5:54 AM EDT

THE WEEK

GERMANY WON THE WORLD CUP

‘I know what we need to ensure the security of Israel’s people.’

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Israeli Prime Minister, denouncing U.S. proposals intended to allow Israel to withdraw from much of the West Bank

50%

Percentage increase in the likelihood of parents administering an incorrect dose of medicine to kids when using spoonfuls rather than milliliters, according to a study in Pediatrics

$27.4 billion

Amount Reynolds American will spend to acquire rival tobacco titan Lorillard, uniting such well-known cigarette brands as Camel, Newport and American Spirit

‘Götze is a miracle boy.’

JOACHIM LÖW, German soccer coach, after 22-year-old Mario Götze, below, scored the World Cup–winning goal in Germany’s championship matchup against Argentina

LeBron James

Received a warm and lucrative welcome home from the Cleveland Cavaliers

GOOD WEEK

BAD WEEK

Alex Rodriguez

Got sued by an ex-lawyer for $380,000-plus in unpaid legal fees

‘LET’S PROVIDE THOSE SPECIFIC ANSWERS.’

BOBBY JINDAL, Louisiana governor, on how the Republican Party has to move beyond “personalities [and] slogans” to win back voter confidence in the 2016 elections

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Live giant African snails that were seized by customs agents at Los Angeles International Airport; they pose a serious threat to local ecosystems

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‘My phone is exploding with love!’

LAVERNE COX, after becoming the first transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination; hers was for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Orange Is the New Black

‘There’s risks to allowing things just to try to resolve themselves.’

LIEUT. GENERAL JOSEPH VOTEL, head of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, suggesting that the U.S. might intervene in the ongoing conflict in Iraq

Sources: Times of Israel; New York Times (2); AP; Los Angeles Times; Reuters; ESPN

This appears in the July 28, 2014 issue of TIME.

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