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Thu June 30, 2011

Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind' Turns 75

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Margaret Mitchell, pictured above in 1941, started writing while recovering from an ankle injury in 1926. She had read her way through most of Atlanta's Carnegie Library, so her husband brought home a typewriter and said: "Write your own book to amuse yourself." The result was Gone with the Wind.
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In June 1936, a blockbuster of a book was published; it gave the world a sense of the Old South, an unforgettable heroine and (in the movie version) the phrase "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind sold one million copies in its first six months, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937, and brought an explosion of unexpected, unwished for celebrity to its author.

In Mitchell's hometown of Atlanta, Ga., a lovely old apartment building on South Prado Street bears a big, brass plaque. It reads:

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Thu June 30, 2011

For Want Of A Bribe: India's Anti-Corruption Push

Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare addresses a press conference.
Sandip Roy

India has been dealing with a series of corruption scandals, from the sale of telecom licenses to last year's Commonwealth Games. Now activists are demanding a new government office to fight corruption. Commentator Sandip Roy, who lives in Calcutta, says so-called "black money" permeates Indian society.

Corruption is nothing new in India. The first time I came back from the U.S., the customs official said, "give me 200 rupees and I won't open your suitcase."

My friend said, "bring some extra Kit Kats or Dove soaps for the customs guy."

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Thu June 30, 2011
Music News

Major Trove Of Classical Music Manuscripts For Sale

J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 171 is part of the Lehman collection. The iron-gall ink Bach used to compose the piece has eroded the paper.
Caroline Cooper

For music lovers, some melodies may seem priceless. But if you ever wondered what music is really worth — like the original manuscript to Maurice Ravel's Bolero? That score and about 200 more, which reside at New York's Morgan Library, are on sale for $135 million. They are part of the esteemed Lehman Collection — a group of nearly 200 scores that reads like a greatest hits of classical music. Christoph Wolff, a professor of music history at Harvard, calls it "the trophy collection."

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Wed June 29, 2011

CO Legislator Says He Plans to Reintroduce Civil Union Bill

Colorado Rep. Mark Ferrandino

Colorado Democratic Representative Mark Ferrandino says he’ll reintroduce a bill to create civil unions in the state after New York legalized same sex marriages earlier this month. A similar bill this year died in a House committee on a party-line vote.

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Wed June 29, 2011

Malaysia Airlines Bans Babies From First Class



Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

The sound of a crying baby on a long flight is the definition of no escape. One airline has taken a bold stance on the issue, at least for passengers it wants to baby. Malaysia Airlines doesn't have bassinettes in first class. And that means babies are banned. The airline is now adding the extra roomy super jumbo Airbus to its fleet, but says in first class, there's still no room for babies onboard.

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