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    GM Says New CEO Will Earn 60 Percent More Than Male Predecessor

    General Motors took the unusual step of releasing full details of their new CEO's pay package.

    All told, Mary Barra could make $14.4 million this year, or about 60 percent more than her male predecessor.

    As Bloomberg reports, last week the automaker was criticized for paying Barra too little. Her compensation, which news reports put at $4.4 million, was seen as living proof that corporate America pays women a lot less for doing the same job as a man.

    Today, GM released the figures saying it wanted "to correct misperceptions created by comparisons that used only a portion of Barra's overall compensation."

    USA Today reports:

    "After becoming the first big car company to put a woman in the corner office, GM definitely didn't want to be seen as underpaying her, as some reports last week had said.

    "Those failed to note her long-term compensation, because GM had not disclosed that at the time. CEOs get a large portion of their compensation in awards tied to stock performance, to ensure their interests and stockholders' are the same.

    "Barra's package is $1.6 million in salary, $2.8 million in short-term incentives and long-term compensation of $14.4 million."

    Bloomberg adds that her total compensation could put Barra among the top three car executives. Ford's Alan Mulally earns $21 million; VW's Martin Winterkorn earns $19.8 million; Diamler's Deiter Zetsche earns $11.1 million.

    The Detroit Free Press says former CEO Dan Akerson:

    "... was paid about $9 million in his final year as CEO. His compensation was capped by the U.S. Treasury Department while the government still owned GM shares. The U.S. Treasury lifted those restrictions when it sold the rest of its shares in January."

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    After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

    Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.
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    Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

    If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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    Cutting Local Taxes in The District

    The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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    Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

    A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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