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There was a time, not so long ago, when chain bookstores had a pretty bad reputation. Barnes & Noble and Borders were seen as predators eager to destroy local booksellers -- and neighborhood bookstores were weathering threats from all sides. Megastores like Costco started selling bestsellers and encroaching on local shops. Then came a little company called Amazon, and the rise of online book buying. The indies were struggling to make ends meet, and many had to close their doors.

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One sticking point in the ongoing debate over taxes in Washington is the question of estate taxes.

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house ... harried hosts were bracing themselves for an onslaught of in-laws and out-of-town relatives. But chef Nigella Lawson insists that entertaining doesn't have to be stressful, and has some simple solutions for holiday hosts.

Lawson's most recent cookbook, Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, is filled with inventive recipes. She talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the secrets behind some quick appetizers, drinks and desserts that are sure to please the guests.

Bud Norton was a restless young man in the 1940s, when he was growing up in Kansas. And he often made his life into an adventure. As he tells his nephew, Tim Locher, "I ran away about once a week."

Norton's escapes never lasted long. "They'd always find me on the schoolground playing basketball," he says, "or I'd come home after dark, and my mom always left the back door open."

In one episode, Norton had some company when he ran away -- he and some other boys had decided that they should visit the West Coast.

While most military personnel see no problem serving with openly gay comrades, some military chaplains are bristling. Many of the 3,000 chaplains are evangelical and believe repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy may affect how they do their jobs.

Looking at Magan Hebert in her orange-and-blue cheerleading uniform, you'd never guess that she could shoot a rifle and kill a deer with a single shot.

Her hair is teased up and pinned back into a pouf. Her cheekbones and eyelids are defined with bold, colorful sweeps of makeup.

Magan, 15, of Wayne County, Miss., defies the typical image of a hunter -- a man wearing camouflage, holding a gun.

Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast (and soon of the magazine Newsweek), checks in again for the recommended-reading feature Morning Edition calls Word of Mouth. This time Brown points to a book and a pair of articles about people who embodied heroism in three eras: a biography of Lawrence of Arabia, a review of The King's Speech and an admiring profile of Elizabeth Edwards.

'Hero: The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia'

It occurred to my friend The Duchess, the sports connoisseur who seeks out all that may be indecorous in athletics, that there is a glaring lapse of etiquette in one sport.

Writing to me from her yacht, as always, in her lovely cursive hand, she begins: "If I am not mistaken, my dear Frank, amongst major sports, baseball players are the only ones who never shake hands with each other in the spirit of good will. What a dreadfully rude lapse of manners."

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing a 2007 Arizona law that imposes harsh penalties on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

Three years ago, Arizona became the first state to try to assume control of a function previously reserved for the federal government -- namely, punishing businesses, large and small, for hiring illegal immigrants. Since then, some 44 state and local governments have enacted similar laws.

Joseph Shapiro is a correspondent with NPR's Investigative Unit. He reported NPR's series last winter, "Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes."