Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Good News From Mary March 10, 2009

Girl, 7, has six vital organs removed

A 7-year-old Long Island girl was released from a New York hospital Tuesday, more than a month after surgeons removed six of her vital organs to tackle a life-threatening tumor.

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Timeless Lincoln Memento Is Revealed

Confirming a rumor that has circulated for generations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened a gold pocket watch that belonged to Abraham Lincoln on Tuesday and discovered a message secretly engraved there by a watchmaker who repaired it in 1861.

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When it pays to pay

During these tough economic times, more families need to scrimp and save. But cutting back everywhere isn't always the best course.

You and your family have to eat, house yourselves and stay healthy. Once you've taken care of the essentials, experts say there are additional areas that require real investment, whether you are spending time or money. Here are six places where it pays to lay out more money, not less:

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Kindle 2 Introduced: Blasphemy for Booklovers?

While working for a hedge fund doing research on the Internet 14 years ago, Jeff Bezos had an idea, a big idea: The Internet, he thought, would be a good place to sell books.

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Already frugal get extreme during downturn

Amy VanDeventer has always been a cheapskate. The recession is taking her to new extremes.

Before the economy tanked, she was still wearing maternity clothes from her last pregnancy, clipping coupons and using hand-me-downs to dress her daughters, ages 2 and 3. Now, she's salvaging bagel scraps left on their plates for pizza toppings and cutting lotion bottles in half so she can scrape out the last drops.

"I was already cheap," said VanDeventer, a 36-year-old mortgage loan underwriter from Broomfield, Colo. "Now I am neurotic about it."

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