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  • Business training for chefs is on the menu
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    Business training for chefs is on the menu

    Agriculture, News, Story ideas

    Restaurants are notoriously unsuccessful businesses. Two-thirds don’t make it to three years, and many cafes and bistros find that profit margins are notoriously thin. But on the flip side, successful chefs have become business moguls in their own rights. Think about people such as Emeril Lagasse, Nobu Matsuhisa and John Besh, all masters of restaurant […]

  • Chocolate, your favorite comfort food, could be running low
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    Chocolate, your favorite comfort food, could be running low

    Agriculture, Featured, Story ideas

    Chocolate covered marshmallow trees have already appeared at See’s. No doubt chocolate Stanley Cups are on the shelves of Canadian supermarkets, or soon will be. Now comes news from the Washington Post’s Wonkblog that the world may be running low on chocolate. That word comes from the world’s two biggest chocolate makers, Mars, Inc., and […]

  • Entertaining Business - House of DVF isn't enough DVF
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    Entertaining Business – House of DVF isn’t enough DVF

    Entertaining Business, Fashion, Featured, Retail | Lifestyle, storyideas

    Legendary clothing designer Diane von Furstenberg is out looking for a brand ambassador, using the power of reality television on the House of DVF. This series has been running for a few episodes on E!, which airs new installments on Sunday nights. (It repeats, and repeats, and repeats during the week.) Essentially, like many competitive reality […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 18
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    Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 18

    2014, Economy, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Featured, Investing | Banking, Story ideas, Technology, Uncategorized

      Japan’s economy has taken an unexpected downturn. FiveThirtyEight writes that 18 economists predicted the country’s economy would have a third quarter upswing — instead, it contracted by 1.6 percent. Ben Casselman said Japan’s shrinking GDP, which also experienced a 7.3 percent contraction earlier this year, is indicative of a recession, and that’s bad news for […]

  • Airports: from users of energy to sources of energy
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    Airports: from users of energy to sources of energy

    Energy | Utilities | Mining, Green | Sustainability, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    As airlines continue to consolidate and look for ways to cut expenses from the bottom line, airports have borne the brunt of these cuts.  Airports make money from airlines through everything from space rental to landing fees that can bring in millions of dollars a year. But when that money is cut, airports still need […]

  • Andrew Cassel named 2015 Reynolds Visiting Professor
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    Andrew Cassel named 2015 Reynolds Visiting Professor

    About, Featured, Visiting Professors Program

    We are pleased to announce that Andrew Cassel is the 2015 Reynolds Visiting Professor. Here is the press release issued by Penn State University earlier this month. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A respected journalist has been selected to serve as a visiting journalism professor at Penn State during the spring 2015 semester through a program […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Nov. 17
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    Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Nov. 17

    Featured, Must Read Money Stories, News, Politics, Sports, Story ideas

    Putin hits the road, takes the G20 spotlight with him. Usually, G20 meetings are an opportunity for the leaders of major global economies to discuss common problems. But this year’s G20 summit will be remembered for the abrupt departure of Russian President Vladimir Putin, writes The Telegraph. Putin departed on Saturday, U.S. time, after being […]

  • Moxie: when the situation calls for bold and gutsy
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    Moxie: when the situation calls for bold and gutsy

    Books, Featured, Management, Story ideas, Tools

    Moxie. It’s an old-school word that either means a brand of soda or the sort of patois that brings to mind 1930s gangsters. For author John Baldoni, however, moxie means a decisive kind of management style. His new book, Moxie: The Secret To Bold And Gutsy Leadership (Bibliomotion), actually uses the letters of the word […]

  • Bike to Work Day 2013. District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell riding in to City Hall
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    An economy on two wheels: cycling’s power in Europe

    Beats, Featured, Jobs, News, Sports, Story ideas

    Here’s a statistic to wrap your head around. More people work in the bicycling industry in Europe than in mines and quarries. And, almost twice as many jobs have been created by cycling than by steel. That’s the finding of a new study by the European Cyclists Federation, quoted by The Guardian. It says 650,000 […]

  • Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Nov. 14
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    Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Nov. 14

    Economy, Featured, Health care, Must Read Money Stories

    Amazon and Hachette bury the hatchet. After a six-month dispute that pitted one of the world’s largest and most powerful companies against a french book publisher, Amazon and Hachette announced a deal yesterday. Neither side has said much of anything about the deal they reached. But the fact that there is a deal at all […]

  • The economic toll on former airline hubs
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    The economic toll on former airline hubs

    Beats, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    For the past few decades, airlines built up service at a variety of cities around the country. It wasn’t that the market required the flights. Instead, these cities were called “hubs,” places where the carriers fed traffic east-west, or north-south. The idea was to maximize efficiency, and fill airplane seats. But as airlines continue to […]

  • The cost of landing on a comet
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    The cost of landing on a comet

    Featured, News, Story ideas, Technology

    Scientists and science geeks the world over got pretty excited when the space probe Rosetta’s landing craft, Philae, made contact with a comet this week. Here is a scientist whooping it up on the BBC. But traveling into space to land on a comet is a pretty expensive undertaking. Scienceogram came up with this fabulous […]

  • Airports, always big energy users, are turning to solar power
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    Airports, always big energy users, are turning to solar power

    Beats, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    Airports are big users of energy. They need power to run everything from runway lights to food concessions.  And that power is a big part of a facility’s budget. Two airports — California’s Fresno Yosemite International and Minneapolis-St. Paul International — have created solar power projects to help generate the energy needed to power their […]

  • Robert Snell: How I covered the Detroit bankruptcy
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    Robert Snell: How I covered the Detroit bankruptcy

    Featured, News, Politics, Story ideas

    Last week, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes approved a reorganization plan for Detroit, bringing the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history to a close. Robert Snell led the team of reporters covering this once-in-a-lifetime story for The Detroit News. He also covers U.S. District Court and federal agencies in Detroit, including the Department of Justice, […]

  • Must Read Money Stories for Thursday, Nov. 13
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    Must Read Money Stories for Thursday, Nov. 13

    Economy, Featured, Investing | Banking, Technology, Uncategorized

    The Federal Communications Commission has the GOP breathing down its neck. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is being squeezed from both sides of the aisle: President Obama came down strongly in favor of net neutrality earlier this week, and now Republicans are urging Wheeler to not overstep his authority, the New York Times reports. The House […]

  • The murky economics of hosting major sporting events
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    The murky economics of hosting major sporting events

    2014, Featured, Investing | Banking, News, Retail | Lifestyle, Sports, Uncategorized

    Ever since major cities started forking over millions to build stadiums, the economics of professional sports investment have been controversial. The payoff of hosting the olympics is a common debate for this topic; countries and cities spend billions to build stadiums and facilities that are often neglected after the event, and the true economic lift […]

  • Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Nov. 12
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    Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Nov. 12

    Economy, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Featured, Health care, Must Read Money Stories, News

    Let’s make a deal. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a new agreement that binds the two nations on carbon emissions for decades to come. The New York Times describes the deal as a “landmark agreement” between the two countries. As part of the deal, the United States will agree to reduce its […]

  • Veterans Day sales: tribute or tacky?
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    Veterans Day sales: tribute or tacky?

    Featured, Marketing, News, Retail | Lifestyle

    This is Veterans Day in the U.S., known as Remembrance Day in Canada and elsewhere. Social media, radio and television abound with ads offering deals both to veterans themselves and for shoppers in general. But there’s a question, in Canada at least, whether the sales are disrespectful. According to the CBC News, The Gap sent […]

  • Can U2 market as smart as Taylor Swift?
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    Can U2 market as smart as Taylor Swift?

    Marketing, News

    It’s universally agreed that Taylor Swift is a savvy marketer. We told you about her listening parties for her fans months before her new album, 1989 came out. On Monday, she dropped a new video for the song Blank Space basically without telling anyone, and it received well over 125,000 views in its first four […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 11
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    Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 11

    2014, Economy, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Entrepreneurs, Featured, Must Read Money Stories, News, Politics, Technology

    What is net neutrality, anyway? On Monday, President Obama came down in favor of net neutrality and the FCC will likely follow his lead. But what does this all mean? The Upshot’s Neil Irwin wrote a great explainer to clear up this issue for those who are just catching up. Essentially, the internet in its […]