The benefits of giving

A recent study using data from 136 countries suggests that spending money for the benefit of others promotes a feeling of happiness in the giver. This may not be surprising to the many people who donate to charity. Almost three-fourths of charitable giving in the United States comes from individuals.

Charitable contributions could also help ease your tax burden; therefore, it's important to keep appropriate records and follow IRS guidelines.

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Daytime TV talk: more Steve and ‘less’ Wendy

I look forward to the day when I get that call from Hollywood saying, "Myron. We'd like to give you your own daytime talk show! We would also like to pay you a truckload of money to do it!" However, until that time comes, I guess I will settle for checking out the daytime TV talk show hosts who have already gotten that call.

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First Lady’s lineage a most-intriguing, multiracial mosaic

"On November 4, 2008, Michelle Obama stood before a crowd of thousands of roaring, singing and weeping supporters in Chicago's Grant Park... It was Election Night and her husband had just become the first African-American President of the United States...

(She) was... the poised picture of a sophisticated, self-assured woman prepared to take her place in history. The truth was, though, that she knew very little about her own (history)...

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/23/2012

For movies opening August 24, 2012


"The Apparition" (PG-13 for terror, frightening images and sensuality) Haunted house horror flick about a young couple (Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan) who enlist the help of an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton) to rid their home of a ghost that arrived in the wake of an experiment in parapsychology gone amuck. Cast includes Julianna Guill, Rick Gomez and Anna Clark.

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‘Sparkle’ sizzles as Whitney Houston’s cinematic farewell

Sparkle-Whitney-HoustonEmma Anderson (Whitney Houston) didn't want her daughters to follow in her footsteps by having babies as teenagers while squandering their future in the futile pursuit of celebrity and bad boys who wouldn't treat them like ladies. That's why the overprotective single-mom feels fortunate to be able to raise them in a middle-class suburb of Detroit where she keeps them on the straight and narrow path via a steady diet of Christianity and high expectations.

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