2:57pm

Fri June 1, 2012
Music Interviews

How An Author And A Singer Became Musical 'Kin'

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 5:13 pm

The new album Kin is a collaboration between author Mary Karr and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell.
Deborah Feingold Courtesy of the artist

In 2003, in a song called "Earthbound," singer Rodney Crowell name-checked a writer he admires a lot: Mary Karr, who has written searing memoirs, including the best-seller The Liars' Club, as well as several books of poetry.

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2:14pm

Fri June 1, 2012
The Two-Way

George Zimmerman's Bond Revoked, Must Surrender Within 48 Hours

George Zimmerman during his bond hearing in a Seminole County, Fla., courtroom on April 20.
Gary Green Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images

A Florida judge this afternoon revoked George Zimmernan's bond and ordered that the man who killed teenager Trayvon Martin surrender himself to authorities within 48 hours, the Orlando Sentinel writes.

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2:00pm

Fri June 1, 2012
Europe

As Greeks Withdraw Cash, Banks Grow Vulnerable

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 5:13 pm

Many Greeks fear that the value of their savings will drop sharply if the country leaves the eurozone and returns to the drachma. This has led many Greeks to withdraw their money from banks.
John Kolesidis Reuters/Landov

Since the Greek debt crisis began nearly three years ago, more than $90 billion has left the country.

At first, it was just big business and the wealthiest Greeks moving money abroad in case Greece dropped the euro and reverted to its previous currency, the drachma.

Now people with smaller portfolios are also withdrawing money, and that's left the country's fragile banks on edge.

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1:55pm

Fri June 1, 2012
The Salt

How To Grow The Tastiest Tomato? One Secret's In The Soil

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 2:57 pm

A tomato expert recommends planting seedlings in rich soil with lots of organic matter and a steady slow-release fertilizer.
iStockphoto.com

It's tomato time here in the mid-Atlantic – the critical moment when those of us eager to pull fat, bright fruit off our own backyard vines in a couple months are scurrying to get tender little plants in the ground.

But as anyone who's spent a few summers of kneeling in the dirt can tell you, healthy-looking vines will not necessarily get you a mind-blowingly delicious tomato. And why?

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1:34pm

Fri June 1, 2012
The Two-Way

'Help' Hizzoner: Tell Bloomberg What To Ban Next

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 4:59 pm

What's he got his eye on now? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

So, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) wants to ban nearly all sales of big, sugary drinks.

Goodbye Big Gulp.

This comes after his earlier campaigns to stamp out smoking and trans fats.

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1:32pm

Fri June 1, 2012
The Two-Way

For New Jersey Shoppers, No More Sales Tax Holiday On Amazon

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 2:51 pm

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An Amazon worker grabs boxes off a conveyor belt in Nevada, one of a handful of states in which the online retailer collects sales tax.
Scott Sady AP

It might seem counterintuitive that Amazon is doing a deal with New Jersey to build two distribution centers in exchange for collecting sales tax on purchases made in the Garden State starting July 1, 2013.

After all, the free lunch enjoyed by many consumers as they shop tax-free online is one of the huge draws, right?

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1:23pm

Fri June 1, 2012
The Two-Way

First-Edition Book Of Mormon Goes Missing From Ariz. Store

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 1:34 pm

An 1830 first-edition Book of Mormon owned by retired bookstore owner Helen Schlie.
Matt York AP

The first-edition Book of Mormon brought faithful from around the country to a book store in Mesa, Ariz.

As the AP describes it, the book is one of 5,000 printed "after Joseph Smith found the gold plates that he translated into the Book of Mormon, which members of the faith consider to be scripture alongside the Bible."

So when people came to take pictures with the book Helen Schlie, a converted Mormon, would always oblige, telling people when they touched the book they shared "their DNA with Joseph Smith himself."

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12:44pm

Fri June 1, 2012
Monkey See

John Edwards: Once More With (Or Without) Feeling, He Takes Full Responsibility

Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards addresses the media alongside his daughter Cate Edwards and his parents Wallace and Bobbie Edwards yesterday after the conclusion of his trial on campaign finance charges.
Sara D. Davis Getty Images

Yesterday, after being acquitted of one of six campaign finance fraud charges against him and seeing the jury deadlock on the other five, John Edwards held a brief press conference in which he said this:

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12:41pm

Fri June 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Nation's Worst Dressers Are In Anchorage, Survey Says

High fashion in Anchorage. (Just kidding! It's a photo from the 2011 Iditarod.)
Michael Dinneen AP

Which U.S. city has the worst-dressed citizens?

According to readers of Travel and Leisure magazine, it's Anchorage.

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12:30pm

Fri June 1, 2012
It's All Politics

May Jobless Report Keeps Obama On Defensive, Aids Romney's Offense

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 2:04 pm

Military veterans Kris Hummel (l) and Shane Foley, speak with a TSA representative at a May 15, 2012 job fair in Utica, NY.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

How to convince voters that while the economy isn't roaring, the situation is still improving?

That's President Obama's challenge, made more difficult with every passing month where the jobs report disappoints, as on Friday. The latest Labor Department report informed us that only 69,000 jobs were created in May, less than half what analysts had forecast. Meanwhile, the jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a percentage point to 8.2 percent.

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