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Water, water, everywhere: Environment, health, big business
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Water, water, everywhere: Environment, health, big business

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, so to speak, and between Colorado’s tragic floods, killer amoeba in Louisiana’s water system causing deadly brain infections, and Mrs. Obama’s new campaign to get people to drink more water, good old H20 is at center stage these days. And with World Water Monitoring Day (an [...]

Football season means game on for business of sports stories
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Football season means game on for business of sports stories

Ready or not, the 2013-2014 football season is upon us, and that means plenty of topics for financial writers hoping to tackle business of sports stories. College football kicks off on Aug. 29, according to this ESPN schedule, and the National Football League pre-season is already underway, with the official 2013 fall season scheduled to start on Sept. [...]

Heat waves add sizzle to dog days of summer business stories
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Heat waves add sizzle to dog days of summer business stories

In an otherwise somewhat doldrum-y time of year for business writers, the current heat wave will definitely add some sizzle to financial pages and websites. It’s difficult to think of a sector or industry that isn’t affected by this sustained hot weather — meteorologists say two-thirds of the continental United States will be in the 90s today [...]

Road construction: Spotting local stories in orange-barrel season
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Road construction: Spotting local stories in orange-barrel season

Orange-barrel season is in full swing (though actually, the season seems to last year-round lately), and why not put the time you spend in bumper-to-bumper construction traffic to good use?  Creeping along in traffic lately, gazing through the windshield, I’ve spotted a number of potential story angles that would resonate with readers, highlight interesting aspects [...]

How are local companies managing carbon dioxide emissions?
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How are local companies managing carbon dioxide emissions?

Recent news that carbon dioxide levels in the air have reached milestone levels (or near-milestone; some numbers were revised) got me to pondering some possible business stories related to the gas itself rather than to the larger and more amorphous topic of climate change. If you need to brush up on your science, here’s the entry [...]

Earth Day: Finding companies’ marketing and promotional tie-ins
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Earth Day: Finding companies’ marketing and promotional tie-ins

  Earth Day 2013 will be here on April 22. Organizers say more than 1 billion people observe the eco-friendly event; it was just announced that this year will feature the global theme “The Face of Climate Change.”  Stateside, entities from government offices like the Environmental Protection Agency and the USDA to corporations to communities are commemorating [...]

How are merchants juggling the genetically modified food debate?
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How are merchants juggling the genetically modified food debate?

You never know when TV commercials, radio spots or even junk mail will turn up a business story or two. Driving along the other day I realized the CEO of a regional upscale grocery chain in Michigan was, in one of the folksy ads he is known for, announcing that his stores from now on [...]

From checkered flag to red carpet: Local angles to big weekend
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From checkered flag to red carpet: Local angles to big weekend

Sunday’s double-header of the Daytona 500 and the 85th annual Academy Awards isn’t just for sports and showbiz writers; the big spectator events offer plenty of spin-off angles and scope for business journalists of all stripes. Even if you aren’t near Florida or Hollywood, you can tap in to some related action.  Obviously viewing parties [...]

Cruise ship saga: Business story angles and resources
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Cruise ship saga: Business story angles and resources

As the most telegenic first-world problem in  years continues to play out in the saga of the powerless Carnival Triumph and its hungry, mostly incommunicado and sewage-dodging thousands of passengers, you may be looking for more business angles to the story. Since power knocked out the ship’s power off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, discomforts have escalated and [...]

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