Rolled-over car loans are the new ridiculous mortgages, says the LAT. Buyers are rolling outstanding debt from one vehicle to the next, saddling themselves with cars loans worth a great deal more than their car.
A boom in the use of off-road vehicles on public lands has created a whole new set of headaches for government administrators, environmentalists, and off-road enthusiasts, according to the NYT.
The WP reports that children are showing an interest in charity earlier than ever, as philanthropic efforts by kids, acting both solo and in groups, are on the rise.
The NYT writes that the Chinese government may allow Hong Kong to elect its leader … in 2017.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to redefine the poverty line and hopes other areas will follow his lead, says the NYT.
The NYT reports on the almost masochistic lure that Division I basketball holds for small colleges.
The WP fronts an excellent feature on a raucous, violent game called ba' that's only played twice a year in one small town off the cost of Scotland.
… And Never Brought to Mind ...
The NYT Magazine features obituaries of some less famous, but still quite interesting, people who have died in the past year.
Jesse Stanchak is a writer living in Washington, D.C.