The Rundown: A Family Goes Debt-Free, Elizabeth Warren Stands Up for Small Business

August 7, 2012  |  

-Not that we want to know any more, but additional information about Wade Michael Page, the gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple over the weekend, is coming to light. Page, who was 40 years old, was discharged from the Army about 10 years ago after being demoted. He said he was a member of a skinhead group, “Hammerskins Nation,” posted messages on the webpages for white supremacist groups, and played in a band that sang about the deaths of minority groups. There’s still no definitive motive for his attack on the temple, and one may never be found.

-The picture above was taken on Mars! We have more details about the Curiosity rover and its trip to The Red Planet. For instance, Curiosity is the size of an SUV, traveled 354 million miles and it reached a speed of 13,200 miles per hour when it reached Mars’ atmosphere. If you’d like to see the rover’s descent, NASA has made footage available. Now, the search for life begins.

-One family tells U.S. News & World Report (via Business Insider) how they paid off more than $26,000 in debt. Now they’re buying a house without taking out a mortgage.

-So, of course, now that gold-medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas is world famous, people are digging into her private life and that of her family. TMZ and the Associated Press report that Douglas’ mom, Natalie Hawkins, filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy earlier this year, claiming $80,000 in debts, mostly from a home mortgage. Hawkins is paying off the debt. “It shows that even though I didn’t like to have to do it, I’m glad there was something there for me to be able to protect my home,” she said.

-Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Massachusetts, has written a column for Politico chastising Washington politicians for saying they’re on the side of small business to appeal to voters, and then doing nothing about the ways that the “game is rigged” for big business.

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