UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014 with 133 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president …

Quote of the Day

“For him, eating his spinach is schmoozing with elected officials. This is not something that he loves.” ~SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL, Democrat of Missouri, on President Obama, who some see as being distant from his own party on Capitol Hill. Quotation of the Day for Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – NYTimes.com.

Celeb birthdays for Aug. 20, 2014

Musician Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 67. Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 66. Country singer Rudy Gatlin is 62. Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 62. Actor-director Peter Horton is 61. Actress Joan Allen is 58. Actor James Marsters is 52. Rapper KRS-One is 49. Actor Billy Gardell is 45. Rock …

Watch out for credit cards issued by retailers

You’re checking out at a store, and the cashier says, “You could save 15% today if you sign up for our credit card.” What do you do? “Say no, thanks,” says CreditCards.com senior industry analyst Matt Schulz. Credit cards offered by retailers come saddled with an average APR of 23.23%, …

The Clam Chowder Wars – NYTimes.com

Clam chowder may have originated in the caldrons of coastal France and migrated to kitchens across the English Channel in Cornwall. But it grew up in the Plymouth Colony and is one of America’s first recipes, a stew of fish or shellfish flavored and thickened with stores brought from Britain …

A Junior Doctor’s Salary – The Atlantic

For many years of practice, physicians earn barely more than minimum wage. In April, Medicare spewed out some schismatic physician-payment numbers. The blast of decontextualized data said that one ophthalmologist received $12 million in payments. Another 4,000 physicians took in over $1 million in 2012 just from Medicare Part B. The New York Times‘ …

Second-Chance Med School – NYTimes.com

Sitting around an outdoor table at the Red Crab, a restaurant on the tropical island of Grenada festooned with palm trees and fiery bougainvillea, a dozen aspiring doctors bashfully conceded that they had been, at best, near misses when it came to getting into medical school in the United States. …