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The Times
  • Morning Jolt: 100th birthday of Julia Child

  • Daily roundup of what you need to know this morning with news on Julia Child, gas prices and more.

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    Today is the 100th birthday of Julia Child, the trailblazer chef who brought French cooking to America. In honor of Child, today's Google doodle (on the home page) features an animated Julia Child with her best dishes spelling out the word Google. Click the link above to read more about Julia, see the doodle and watch a clip of her TV show.
    Gas prices
    Today's lowest gas prices are in South Carolina at $3.38 a gallon and Arizona at $3.39 a gallon.
    Motivational quote
    "This is what athletics and working hard is all about." -- What one viewer commented on the YouTube video of Marc Panu, a fourth-year walk-on on Vanderbilt University's football team, who was surprised by his coach with a full scholarship.
    Watercooler talk: 'Welcome Back Kotter'  star dies
    Ron Palillo, who played Horshack in the classic '70s sitcom, passes away suddenly at the age of 63. Hear the sad news. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch the video.

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