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2:24pm

Sat July 30, 2011
Books

Bulgarian Writer Finds His Voice In English

Want to find the perfect gift for your Communist grandfather in Bulgaria? Author Miroslav Penkov suggests you try eBay. That's where the protagonist of his story "Buying Lenin" finds the Soviet founder's preserved body and buys it for his beloved grandfather back home.

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2:07pm

Sat July 30, 2011
U.S.

Convicted Suburban Mom Has City Planners Nervous

Raquel Nelson is a 30-year-old single mother from Cobb County, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. On top of dual roles of breadwinner and caregiver, Nelson is a student at Kennesaw State University. She uses public transportation to get from her suburban apartment to places like school, work and the store because she can't afford a car.

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2:06pm

Sat July 30, 2011
Science

Autism Risks: Genes May Not Play Biggest Role

Up to now, genetics were thought to account for 90 percent of a child's risk for autism, but a new Stanford University School of Medicine study suggests environmental factors could play a much larger role than previously thought.

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12:58pm

Sat July 30, 2011
Author Interviews

'Starman' Tracks David Bowie's Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

The man we know as David Bowie has gone by many names: David Jones, the Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust, to name a few. But whether he's dressed in a metallic leather jumpsuit or a button-up and tie, David Bowie has dominated pop music.

Paul Trynka, former editor of the music magazine MOJO has chronicled the story of the man who influenced pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Madonna in his new book, David Bowie: Starman.

Meet David Jones

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11:42am

Sat July 30, 2011
Politics

Obama Faces Grumbling On The Left

Van Jones (right) of the American Dream Movement, points skyward during a sing-along in front of the Capitol to urge lawmakers to come to a fair deal on the budget on Thursday. At the microphone is Joel Silberman, also with the American Dream Movement.
Bill O'Leary The Washington Post/Getty Images

President Obama may have lost a direct hand in the debt-limit negotiations, but some of his liberal base is still seething at the concessions he was willing to make to Republicans — especially Social Security and Medicare cuts that may yet be in the offing.

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