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Summer reading
A pharmacist with a mistress and a Vicodin problem; three boys lost on a snowy Blue Ridge mountain with the search called off. Even with just a few days of summer left, you'll have plenty of time to finish these two short stories, both winners of our 2011 Hook Fiction Contest.

Trader'ing up
With the new Whole Foods recently opened, and the first rendering of the Trader Joe's planned for just up the road, the Hydraulic/29 intersection is set to become a foodie mecca.

Too young?
When Real Madrid signed a seven-year-old to a professional soccer contract, some critics called it child abuse. Juanita Giles considers the steep price some families pay to see a child's sports dreams come true.

Winehouse's warning
The sudden if not entirely unexpected death of talented but troubled chanteuse Amy Winehouse has one father pondering her effect on his own teenaged daughters. Could anything good come of it?

On vacation this week:
- Sudoku
- the capsule movie listings

–author photos by Jen Fariello; Trader Joe's by the architects; book by

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