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  • Delia Ephron, numbers worrier
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    Delia Ephron, numbers worrier

    Books, News

    Delia Ephron is a humorist, author, producer, and, oh yes, the sister of the late director and writer Nora Ephron. It also turns out that she worries about numbers. Recently, she appeared in New York with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal as part of the public radio program’s live road shows. Ephron, the author of  Sister […]

  • Get ready for a new airline fare: Basic Economy
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    Get ready for a new airline fare: Basic Economy

    Beats, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    To first class, business class, economy plus and plain old economy, add a new airfare terminology: basic economy. That might sound like an oxymoron, but the idea has been hovering for a while now. In June 2012, I wrote a post on my personal blog about how Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines was going to start […]

  • How data is changing our brains
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    How data is changing our brains

    News, Story ideas, Technology

    Anything data driven is all the talk of journalism — and the rest of the world — these days. But how is all that data affecting us physically? This weekend, the Ted Radio Hour on NPR took a look at how our species is evolving. One particularly interesting segment featured Juan Enriquez, author of the […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Oct. 27
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    Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Oct. 27

    Featured, Must Read Money Stories, News

    Gas just keeps getting cheaper. The price of gasoline has fallen by 18 cents in the past two weeks to the lowest level in nearly four years. The weekly Lundberg survey says the average price of a gallon of unleaded fuel is $3.08 nationwide, the first time it has been that low since December, 2010. […]

  • What is a baseball player really worth? All about WAR
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    What is a baseball player really worth? All about WAR

    Featured, News, Sports

    When we analyze the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants — the two teams currently dueling in the 2014 World Series — it’s not too difficult to figure out their most valuable players. For Kansas City, Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis and their entire bullpen come to mind; Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Hunter […]

  • More Awesome Than Money, a book about a social network "failure"
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    More Awesome Than Money, a book about a social network “failure”

    Books, Technology

    Do you remember Diaspora? You might even still be a user. Maybe you donated to its wildly successful Kickstarter. Or sadly, you remember when one of its founders committee suicide. Diaspora was (and still is) a social media network that was supposed to out-Facebook Facebook. It promised to make coding public and keep your information […]

  • Must Read Money Stories Friday Oct, 24
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    Must Read Money Stories Friday Oct, 24

    Economy, Featured, Investing | Banking, Retail | Lifestyle, Technology, Uncategorized

    The dominant online retail model takes a hit. Sure, sure, it’s earnings season, and every morning there’s a new quarterly report to digest, which may or may not have any impact on anyone’s lives beyond today. But the reaction to Amazon’s earnings yesterday is something worth watching. First, as the Wall Street Journal reports, it […]

  • The big jobs boost from America's airports
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    The big jobs boost from America’s airports

    Beats, Featured, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

     Nearly 500 U.S. commercial airports support 9.6 million jobs, create an annual payroll of $358 billion and produce an annual output of $1.1 trillion, according to a new report from Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). The economic impact study, The Economic Impact of Commercial Airports in 2013, analyzed contribution U.S. airports made to the nation’s […]

  • Join the #MoneyNerds at Reynolds Week 2015
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    Join the #MoneyNerds at Reynolds Week 2015

    Biz Journalism Professors, Reynolds Week, Strictly Financials Seminar

    Whether you’re covering money or teaching it, YOU are the kind of person who should attend Reynolds Week 2015. Choose from two tracks, for #moneynerds of all stripes: • Strictly Financials, a deep dive into financial and business topics for journalists, whether you cover money topics as a regular beat, or just on an occasional […]

  • As smog increases, tourism to China drops
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    As smog increases, tourism to China drops

    Energy | Utilities | Mining, Featured, News, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    You’ve all seen the pictures, like this one, of smog enveloping Beijing and other cities in China. And you’ve heard stories about how smog affected the recent Beijing marathon, causing some runners to drop out. (There’s some amazing video at the end of this story.) Now, there’s evidence that pollution is having an economic impact […]

  • Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 23
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    Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 23

    Economy, Featured, Green | Sustainability, Investing | Banking, Media | Advertising, Technology, Uncategorized

    On Wednesday, a group of major companies pledged to offer their workers discounted solar systems. The New York Times reports that Cisco Systems, 3M, Kimberly-Clark and National Geographic will extend these solar benefits to its employees. Solar Community Initiative — a Geostellar program conceived by the World Wildlife Fund — will give more than 100,000 […]

  • Now taking off: new runways
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    Now taking off: new runways

    Beats, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    Runway construction is big business for the country’s airports, as both a driver of jobs and an economic impact.  Two cities recently opened new runways that both claim will be a benefit to travelers and the local community. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida recently opened the $719 million, 8,000-foot South Runway, built to help […]

  • Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Oct. 22
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    Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Oct. 22

    Economy, Featured, Investing | Banking, Must Read Money Stories, Technology

    Low credit? You’ll pay more. The New York Times reports this morning that several states have recently passed laws allowing higher interest rates and fees on customers with low credit scores. The states include Missouri, Kentucky, Arizona, Indiana, Florida and North Carolina. In North Carolina, higher fees and rates were initially opposed by an unlikely […]

  • How big spending on campaign ads affects the economy
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    How big spending on campaign ads affects the economy

    Economy, Featured, News

    Less than a month before Election Day, campaigns across the country are dialing up their last-minute efforts to win voters. Especially in battleground states, get-out-the-vote measures are saturating the airwaves with campaign advertising, and those ads don’t come cheap. This cycle, candidates for the U.S. House have already racked up total election-year spending of more […]

  • Farewell to a fashion magician, but not to his empire
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    Farewell to a fashion magician, but not to his empire

    Fashion, Featured, News

    The fashion world let out a collective, “oh, no!” on Monday night at the news of Oscar de la Renta’s death. He had been ill from cancer for some time, but the word still shook celebrities and less heralded consumers alike. De la Renta was famous for his ladylike clothes, especially cocktail dresses and ballgowns, […]

  • 770 Accounts: an alternative to a slumping market?
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    770 Accounts: an alternative to a slumping market?

    Featured, News

    With the stock market plummeting in the United States, a number of investors are looking for a certain and productive place to put their money. One place that is under fresh scrutiny is the 770 account — not really a savings account, but a whole-life policy that some are marketing as an alternative investment tool. […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21
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    Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21

    Economy, Featured, Health care, Insurance, Sports, Technology, Uncategorized

    Apple sold 39 million iPhones last quarter, shattering last year’s sales. The technology company made $8.5 billion in profit, according to the New York Times, which was 13.3 percent higher than 2013’s fourth quarter earnings. Analysts point to Apple’s skyrocketing sales of its new iPhones as one of the major reasons for its success, as […]

  • Airport restaurants get a major upgrade
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    Airport restaurants get a major upgrade

    Beats, Featured, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    I’m of an age when I remember when airport eateries were utilitarian affairs, where you were lucky to get a snack bar, a generic fast-food joint and an unbranded, Soviet-style restaurant as your only food options. Those days passed after airports realized that one, airline revenues continue to drop as carriers consolidate and cut service. And two, with […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Oct. 20
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    Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Oct. 20

    Featured, Must Read Money Stories, News

    Business jet demand is slowly climbing. The National Business Aviation Association convention opens on Monday, and there is some cautious optimism that orders are picking up. An annual forecast from Honeywell International Inc. estimates global deliveries of as many as 9,450 new business jets valued at about $280 billion between 2014 and 2024, according to […]

  • The money tale of two World Series teams
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    The money tale of two World Series teams

    Economy, Featured, Media | Advertising, Sports, Uncategorized

    After a lot of extra-inning games, the 2014 World Series matchup has finally been decided. The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants have some things in common regarding how they got so deep into October — both reached the Series via wild card games and strong bullpens. But that’s where the similarities between these […]