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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 [...]

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 [...]

Quicktips: Mad Men kitsch, real-estate glitch, Passover product pitch
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Quicktips: Mad Men kitsch, real-estate glitch, Passover product pitch

We’re amid one of those stimulating times of year when the seasonal news pegs are so numerous it’s hard to keep up.  I missed National Love Your Produce Manager Day and going to have to take a pass on National Garlic Day; hoping to squeeze in some Earth Day ideas but meanwhile here are a [...]

New state tax revenue data gives insight into consumer spending
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New state tax revenue data gives insight into consumer spending

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau on state tax revenues are just out for the fourth quarter of 2013, with the annual summary for the full year also due out April 8. Because these figures are broken down into categories ranging from property tax to alcohol purchases, you might consider using them as a [...]

High-tech carts, speedier play: Golf industry courts new players
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High-tech carts, speedier play: Golf industry courts new players

Golf’s premiere tournament, the Masters, will be swinging into action in a few days, and it’s a great peg for a look at the fiscal health of your region’s golf industry – from resorts and courses to equipment sales and lesson. As fewer time-pressed Americans opt for a slow stroll around the links, and demographics [...]

As autism prevalence soars, which businesses strive to accommodate?
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As autism prevalence soars, which businesses strive to accommodate?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an amazing statistic last week:  One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder – up 30 percent from just two years ago, according to a CNN report. Here’s the basic fact sheet on the disorder from the CDC’s extensive autism portal; it says “People with [...]

Will 2014 new car sales build on last year’s momentum?
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Will 2014 new car sales build on last year’s momentum?

Last year’s new car sales in the United States proved a turning point of sorts, soaring 50 percent higher than the dismal post-recession slump of 2009, as CNN Money reported in January.  While the annual sales pace was still 2 million vehicles off the heyday of 10 years ago, consumers (who had been hanging on [...]

Quickhits:  Home-delivery wars, faux service animals, nation’s best tippers
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Quickhits: Home-delivery wars, faux service animals, nation’s best tippers

Every so often I like to clear my desk of the Post-It notes, scratch paper and scribbled-on envelopes where inspirational nuggets tend to accumulate; the result is a few quicktips you might find useful as reporting resources or the germs of story ideas. Here are few: Delivery wars.  Amazon.com took a lot of heat for [...]

Kick off spring by digging into lawn and garden industry trends
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Kick off spring by digging into lawn and garden industry trends

March 20 marks what might just be the most eagerly anticipated first full day of spring in memory, as the majority of consumers nationwide look forward to the end of a very rough winter.  So in a nod to the season of fresh starts, you might want to find some facet of the lawn and [...]

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