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House Party! Since the late '70s, American homeowners have enjoyed positive equity (the value of their home was greater than their mortgage debt). That all changed in late 2007, when the economy began its nosedive (it also coincided with Ben Bernanke taking over as fed. chairman). For the first time in almost six years and as home prices continue to recover nationwide, home equity is, once again, superseding mortgage debt.

Healthcare.gov is popular again. More than 365,000 people have now signed up for the health exchanges—a welcome sign of improvement after the initial botched release of the government-run website.

Local restaurant, Spork is in the New York Times! We told you it was good.

Time Magazine hearts The Pope. Time named Pope Francis, "Person of the Year," calling him, "the people's pope."

Righteous tracks:
NPR releases its 100 favorite songs of 2013 (also, 50 favorite albums). They're good.

Is heroin replacing pot as Vermont's drug of choice? Vice Magazine (and Vermont law officials) seem to think so.

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