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Digital revolution could put us on Mars

Go back 50 years or more and the future looked to be full of flying cars, atomic-powered robots and holidays on space colonies. Even during the Apollo era, Mars seemed likely within a decade or two, with human exploration around Jupiter a cinch by 2001, or so Arthur C. Clarke implied. That sense of post-Apollo letdown many felt in the following years has tended to persist, but all the while networking technologies were transforming our lives.

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Grandma wants to roll Coverdell IRAs into 529 plans for all 10 grandkids

Q. I have been contributing to Coverdell IRAs for my grandchildren for several years. It now seems apparent that they will all go to college and money for K-12 education will not be required. I am also contributing to 529 plans for all of them. Just to simplify the paperwork as I get older I’d like to get rid of the Coverdell IRAs. Do I have to cash these out to add to each of their 529 plans? If so, who pays the taxes and any penalties? Is there a way to roll the Coverdell IRAs directly into the 529 plan? Do you see any benefit to keeping the Coverdell IRA’s? I have 10 grandchildren so keeping up with 10 accounts would be much easier than my current 20!

Wake County

NC’s nonprofits need succession plans

When Marjorie Menestres announced in January 2015 that she was stepping down as executive director of SAFEchild, Wake County’s child abuse prevention organization, the nonprofit’s employees and supporters had every reason to be nervous.

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Turning a hobby into a business could help with taxes

Q. I have a real passion for photography and if I say so myself, I’m pretty good at it. I’ve had a few nature scenes published in magazines and friends and family have hired me to document special events. The money I make is insignificant but my equipment is pretty expensive. A friend suggested that I turn my hobby into a business so I can deduct all of my equipment and other expenses. My husband’s income is pretty high so could this help our tax situation and if so, how do I go about declaring my hobby as a business?

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Websites that act like apps – only better – are a gift to mobile users

Mobile gadgets like smartphones are liberating when they help us do things that would have required a desktop computer otherwise – I learned this lesson again when the power was out after the hurricane. But they’re also confining in that we’re working with the mobile web, a small browser on a midget screen. Getting things done on some mobile websites can be like pulling teeth, a complicated, painstaking process in which you don’t want to make a mistake.

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