Mary Pilon

is New York-based sports reporter at The New York Times and is writing a book about the history of Monopoly.


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Breaking Up Without Breaking the Bank »

Even for couples with fewer assets than, say, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren, that is a good recipe for frustration and anger. One St. Louis family lawyer, Marta Papa, has seen such a rise in client hostility that she purchased a Taser, which she places on a nearby end table when couples come in.

In this Weekend Investor’s cover story, I take on divorcing in a downturn (a natural chaser) and you can read all about it here

And OMG more bloggage!

When Student Loans Live On After Death »

In July 2006, 25-year-old Christopher Bryski died.

His private student loans didn’t. Mr. Bryski’s family in Marlton, N.J., continues to make monthly payments on his loans—the result of a potentially costly loophole in the rules governing student lending.

I’ve written about the consequences of student loan debt many times in the past. Most recently, a doctor who found herself $550,000 in student-loan debt, recessionary increases in borrowing, questioning higher tuitions

Click here to read more about the Bryskis and private student loans

This story, like many, was sparked by reader/commenter email. Keep it coming

Stuffed horses. JFK Bumper Stickers. Estate Tax. »

This month, Roy Rogers Jr. parted with Trigger, the horse made famous by his singing cowboy father.

Mr. Rogers and his siblings kept the palomino, mounted and preserved, in the family museum in Branson, Mo., before its doors closed last year. The horse sold for $266,500 at Christie’s in New York, one of 300-odd items, including cowboy boots, belt buckles and guitars, bequeathed to the Rogers family after their father’s death.

"I grew up with a lot of these things," says Mr. Rogers, who goes by the nickname "Dusty." "My dad told us years ago, when you get to the point where it costs a lot of money, when it becomes demanding to keep things, it’s OK to let them go. It’s been a very difficult decision."

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