Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: unexpected uses for laundry detergent, debt lessons from dictators, how to learn a language for free, how to avoid scholarship scams and nine important ages for retirement planning.

Ask Stacy: Which Is Better — Dividend or Growth Stocks?

This reader wants to know whether he’s better off buying fast-growing stocks or stocks that pay dividends. Here’s why it’s useful to have both types, and even better to have the rare stocks (like Apple) that offer growth and dividends.