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Restaurants, retailers and consumers react to food price hikes
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Restaurants, retailers and consumers react to food price hikes

Consumers may want to savor their Cinco de Mayo margaritas and guacamole a bit more than usual this year, because reports of pending food price hikes and shortages include the avocado and lime along with other fruits and vegetables.  A platter of fajitas might strain the budget more, too, with beef prices at the highest [...]

Doctors, clinics and the pent-up demand from newly insured patients
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Doctors, clinics and the pent-up demand from newly insured patients

President Obama last week relished his announcement that some 8 million people already have signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and that milestone sets the stage for a number of business angles related to the demand for and delivery of  health care services: Where’s the pent-up demand?  Curiously, a number [...]

Security firms thrive as safety standards tighten for public events
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Security firms thrive as safety standards tighten for public events

According to news reports, some 4,000 security personnel were on hand for Monday’s Boston Marathon, the first since the 2013 bombing at the event killed three people.  From cameras to cops to bomb-sniffing dogs, and through bans on backpacks, face masks and more, officials are determined that this year’s event won’t be marred by tragedy, [...]

Detecting Corporate Fraud: Tips from a Crook and a Sleuth: S.F., June 25
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Detecting Corporate Fraud: Tips from a Crook and a Sleuth: S.F., June 25

Journalists are misled and deceived in a host of ways: outright lying, incomplete or misleading statements and plain old-fashioned spin. But nothing out there compares to the efforts of capital markets issuers – the companies that issue shares and debt on public exchanges – to portray their operations as profitable, robust and growing when they are often anything but.

Money Monday:  Don’t overlook personal finance stories for low-income families
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Money Monday: Don’t overlook personal finance stories for low-income families

One of the biggest limitations and frustrations of mainstream personal finance reporting is that it often includes nothing helpful for the people who need help the most: the poor and low-income people amid our audience. With a few days yet to go in National Financial Literacy Month, why not consider a round-up of services and institutions [...]

Helping consumers spot phony ‘green’ claims on Earth Day and beyond
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Helping consumers spot phony ‘green’ claims on Earth Day and beyond

Earth Day is April 22 and it’s not just for environmental writers.  From solid waste to clean energy to careers and more, there’s an ecology claim to scrutinize on pretty much every business beat. Even NASCAR, the embodiment of internal-combustion engine worship, tries an earth-friendly spin:  Its Race to Green initiative is encouraging tree planting to [...]

A new way to look at housing prices:  NYT’s shows what a buck will buy
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A new way to look at housing prices: NYT’s shows what a buck will buy

I always admire alternative storytelling, from video to maps to interactive graphics or just clever ways that writers use prose.  A a recent business story in the New York Times recently caught my eye and I think it’s just ripe for biz reporters nationwide to localize. In “The buck shops here,”the NYT columnist Ben Schott [...]

Forbes publishes ‘Curbing Cars’, an EBook by Micki Maynard
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Forbes publishes ‘Curbing Cars’, an EBook by Micki Maynard

The most recent Forbes EBook is by Micheline Maynard, Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University and a Forbes contributor. ‘Curbing Cars: America’s Independence From the Auto Industry,’ is the sixth book in Forbes’ EBook series.  Distributed by Vook for $6.99, the book looks at one of the [...]

So just why is 4/20 a day to celebrate pot .. and other marijuana stories ideas
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So just why is 4/20 a day to celebrate pot .. and other marijuana stories ideas

Not all of the grass enjoyed this coming weekend will be that bright green stuff cushioning dyed hard-boiled eggs. In an interesting confluence of events, Easter Sunday shares April 20 with what’s come to be known as National Weed Day, when marijuana is smoked and publicly celebrated in parks and plazas nationwide; Wikipedia calls it [...]

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