1) Japanese tourist turns down free holiday offered by Italy as apology.
2) Great tips on research article writing. A paragraph says: "Give the article to a friend, ask him or her to spend 15 minutes looking at it, then ask what they think your message was, and what evidence you have for it. Your friend should read the article as a potential consumer, not as a critic. You can find typos on your own time, but you need somebody else's eyes to get a sense of the message you're sending.
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3) Very well-paid and talented photographer Annie Leibovitz hits financial hardships.
4) Maureen Dowd talks with Nora Ephron.