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Holiday gifts for athletes that are really worth the money
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Holiday gifts for athletes that are really worth the money

As we reported recently, running a marathon can be a really pricey venture. Even shorter races can add up, and other sports aren’t all that cheap either. We know many reporters will be asked by editors to write holiday gift guides, and you may not know where to start. Here are our ideas for stories […]

Entertaining Business: the real deal of real estate on Buying and Selling
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Entertaining Business: the real deal of real estate on Buying and Selling

HGTV’s Drew and Jonathan Scott have parlayed their sibling banter into multiple home improvement shows Property Brothers, Buying and Selling and Brother vs. Brother. The themes of these shows slightly vary, but most involve taking some sort of fixer-upper home, remodeling it, and selling it. They are among a host of shows on HGTV that […]

Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 25
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 25

Read Ferguson documents here. Last night, a grand jury declined to issue an indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown. There were lootings in Ferguson, Mo., burnings of several stores and police cars, and protests in other parts of the country. St. Louis Public Radio posted all the documents related to the grand jury’s decision. […]

Must Read Money Stories, Monday Nov. 24
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Must Read Money Stories, Monday Nov. 24

Marketing Katniss on a relative shoestring. The New York Times reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 sold an estimated $123 million in tickets this weekend. That was the strongest movie opening since last November, when another Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, took in $158 million in its debut weekend. Hunger Games is produced […]

Entertaining Business: The financial impact of bad behavior (Bill Cosby etc.)
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Entertaining Business: The financial impact of bad behavior (Bill Cosby etc.)

The latest string of rape allegations against Bill Cosby, and the surrounding bad press in the media, have caused NBC to cancel its development deal with the comedian who was at work creating a new family-oriented sitcom. Cosby’s deal is reported to have a clause guaranteeing him a payout regardless of whether the show went […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Consumers soon may be boiling over higher pasta prices
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Consumers soon may be boiling over higher pasta prices

There is word from Italy that may send tempers bubbling among foodies. Reuters reports that Italy’s durum crop – the type of wheat used for pasta – was the smallest in 13 years. As a result, pasta makers face the highest costs in four years for the prized wheat variety, which is milled into the […]