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“I didn’t have $500 to start a C.D., and when they said it was only $25, I knew I could do that. I got addicted when I won $100.” ~CINDI CAMPBELL, who won the $30,000 grand prize in a program at her North Carolina credit union that treats deposits as …

Celeb birthdays for Sept.1 , 2014

Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin is 75. Singer Archie Bell is 70. Singer Barry Gibb is 68. Rock musician Greg Errico is 66. Talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw is 64. Singer Gloria Estefan is 57. Singer-musician Grant Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buffalo) is 51. Country singer-songwriter Charlie Robison is 50. Rap DJ …

A Tumultuous Journey Along This ‘Narrow Road’ : NPR

Tasmanian-born novelist Richard Flanagan named his latest book after a spiritually intense travel journal by the 17th century Japanese poet Basho, but this extraordinary new novel presents us with a story much more tumultuous than the great haiku writer’s account of his wanderings. Flanagan has written a sort of Australian War …

The truth about “gluten snobs” – Salon.com

People with gluten sensitivity have been accused of buying into a myth — and that needs to stop My body was completely breaking down, but I had no idea what was going on,” Beatriz Rodriguez said, describing the nine years that passed before she was diagnosed with celiac disease. The actor …

Frank Rich on Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ and Edward Klein’s ‘Blood Feud’ — New York Magazine

What’s worse than being depicted as a bloodthirsty power-monger with a filthy mouth? Depicting yourself so blandly that no one cares. Thirty years ago, Michael Kinsley, then with The New Republic, sought to prove his theory that few of Washington’s elites actually read the highfalutin best sellers that they dutifully buy …

The Fall of France – NYTimes.com

François Hollande, the president of France since 2012, coulda been a contender. He was elected on a promise to turn away from the austerity policies that killed Europe’s brief, inadequate economic recovery. Since the intellectual justification for these policies was weak and would soon collapse, he could have led a bloc …