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14:46 UK time, Wednesday, 9 March 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

Proving popular with Guardian readers is Tanya Gold's search for the real chalet girl. She says they are stereotypically "posh, rich and randy". She went to the French Alps to meet some real chalet girls ahead of the release of the film by the same name. The film tells the story of a working-class girl who falls in love with a posh guest and wins an international snowboarding competition to win him over. But, for Tanya Gold, the real chalet girls were "a bit dull".

The Times' most popular story says Kate Middleton has always had the drive to get to the top. It takes a portrait of her when she was three-and-a-half years old and comments "just look at her: good pose, hands and feet nicely positioned for perfect balance, charming but wilful smile, and eyes absolutely focused on the target ahead."

The Sun's most read story is headlined "canoe man's wife released from jail". According to the article Anne Darwin, the wife of "back-from-the-dead canoeist" John Darwin, has been released from jail. It goes on to say Mrs Darwin was released today after serving less than half of her sentence for six counts of fraud and nine of money laundering.

Hollywood actor Tony Curtis left his five children out of his will according to the Telegraph's most read story. Mr Curtis died from cardiac arrest at the age of 85 at his home in Nevada in September. CBS TV obtained a copy of his will which says he had "intentionally and with full knowledge chosen not to provide" for his children including actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

Daily Mail readers prefer to catch up on the latest children's sex education scandal. The paper says a "disturbing dossier" drawn up by the Christian Institute has "exposed" booklets aimed at children. One book for children has a cartoon image of a couple in bed in an "intimate embrace". It is accompanied by an explanation "using frank and adult terminology of the act of intercourse".

Joseph Stiglitz is dreaming of Indian Ocean island life in Slate's most popular article. But, not for the sunbathing but for what Mauritius can teach the US on how to run a country. Consistent economic growth over the last 30 years, a house ownership boom without a property price bubble and free education though university are a few things he says the US should learn from. "The question is not whether we can afford to provide health care or education for all or ensure widespread homeownership" he says.

"If Mauritius can afford these things, America and Europe - which are several orders of magnitude richer - can, too. The question, rather, is how to organize society. Mauritians have chosen a path that leads to higher levels of social cohesion, welfare, and economic growth - and to a lower level of inequality."

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