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5:56 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Famous For His Hates: The Cool, Witty Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal arrives at the premiere of Alexander at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Calif., on Nov. 16, 2004.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Chris Bram is the author of the novel Gods and Monsters.

Gore Vidal was famous for his hates: academia, presidents, whole portions of the American public and, most notably, Truman Capote. Yet he could be incredibly generous to other writer friends. He wrote beautiful, appreciative essays about Tennessee Williams and Dawn Powell.

He was a man of many facets and endless contradictions.

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The Two-Way
5:49 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Pew: Over Three Decades, Residential Segregation By Income Has Increased

A new analysis released today finds that residential segregation by income is rising in United States.

NPR's Jennifer Ludden filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The Pew Research Center studied Census figures for the 30 largest metropolitan areas. Director Paul Taylor says economic segregation is up in all but three.

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The Two-Way
5:31 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

From Our Readers: Kindness, A Tipping Point

Yesterday we posted about Seth Collins' last wish for his family to make a difference in the life of a waiter or waitress by leaving a $500 tip — an act of kindness that his family has thus far carried out, and documented, three times.

When it comes to generous tips, our readers have been on both the giving and receiving end.

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It's All Politics
5:15 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Romney Adviser Defends Candidate's Statements About Palestinian Culture

Dan Senor, senior national security aide to Mitt Romney, speaks to the press en route to Israel from London on Saturday.
Jason Reed Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 1:05 pm

A top foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended statements the Republican presidential candidate made in Israel about the cultural differences between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Shots - Health Blog
5:01 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Bites From Rabid Vampire Bats May Not Be A Death Sentence

In the village of Truenococha, Peru, some people may be naturally protected against rabies infections
Sergio Recuenco

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 6:50 pm

Rabies is arguably one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world. When left untreated, it's almost always fatal, and it's not a pleasant way to go.

But now a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention challenges rabies' reputation as a killer — at least for some who get rabies from vampire bats.

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