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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. [...]

2013 auto sales: From subprime to costly collectible cars
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2013 auto sales: From subprime to costly collectible cars

Automakers are expected to post new-vehicle sales on Thursday, and if you haven’t done a car-related story lately, the monthly numbers are a useful springboard for all sorts of economy and personal-finance reports.   That’s especially so at this period, in which manufacturers and dealers are motivated to clear off lots of the expiring sales year’s models and [...]

Marketing, advertising firms stand to gain big explaining Obamacare
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Marketing, advertising firms stand to gain big explaining Obamacare

A few weeks ago I was chatting with my hair stylist while she did a color touch-up; somehow the topic segued into health care and being self-employed; somewhat sheepishly, the stylist, a 40-something mother of four, admitted that she doesn’t carry any health insurance for herself.  Her kids have it via their dad, but like [...]

Who stands to gain or lose from the AMA’s ruling on obesity?
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Who stands to gain or lose from the AMA’s ruling on obesity?

My first reaction last week upon hearing news that the American Medical Association has decided to classify obesity as a disease was “Cha-ching!”   Not on my own behalf, of course, but in thinking of practitioners, drug makers, weight-loss program providers and all sorts of other entities that likely will cash in on an increasingly medical [...]

Find a range of stories tied to the pending farm bill
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Find a range of stories tied to the pending farm bill

The farm bill limping along in Congress is back in the news again. The Senate is expected to pass its version of the legislation next week and then the bill would go to the House of Representatives.  Studying the massive, five-year bill (an extension expires Sept. 30) is a big project, but you can likely [...]

Tornado follow-up stories, from preppers to personal finance
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Tornado follow-up stories, from preppers to personal finance

With the deadly Oklahoma tornados still top of mind — some meteorologists now say the storm had far more power than the atomic bomb the United States released on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II — you might want to contemplate another day or so of related business angles. Even if you’re far from the [...]

Response, impact, scams: A few angles following tornado devastation
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Response, impact, scams: A few angles following tornado devastation

It’ll be a while yet before the true toll of the past days’ destructive tornados in Oklahoma is known but you may be wondering about how to tackle the business and financial angles of a disaster. I can’t provide as many links as usual to stories you may want to emulate, because they haven’t been written [...]

Angelina Jolie’s surgery highlights the growing genetic testing industry
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Angelina Jolie’s surgery highlights the growing genetic testing industry

It’s hard to overlook the buzz created by this week’s revelation by actor and activist Angelina Jolie that she had preemptive surgery to remove both breasts, because she carries a gene that makes cancer likely.  News of Jolie’s decision, which she wrote about in a first-person New York Times essay on Tuesday, has generated a great [...]

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