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Disney’s ticket prices climb as consumers watch the other parks
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Disney’s ticket prices climb as consumers watch the other parks

OK, let’s bite. News that Disney is raising admission prices to its Magic Kingdom – another $4 to $99 for a day pass at its Orland theme park – created a bit of a stir this week, with parents’ blogs and pundits weighing in indignantly on the increasing cost of a pass to the iconic [...]

Massive beef recall prompts a look at local food-safety concerns
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Massive beef recall prompts a look at local food-safety concerns

News that a staggering 9 million pounds of beef are being recalled by Northern California processing plant, apparently due to incomplete inspection, is the sort of stomach-churning headline that catches readers’ eyes. It follows last month’s tainted-chicken problem, also in California, that eventually sickened prison inmates in Tennessee, according to CorrectionsOne.com, a site with news [...]

What do retailers gain, lose by kicking tobacco from their shelves?
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What do retailers gain, lose by kicking tobacco from their shelves?

CVS Caremark Corp. fired up business news this week with word that it’s kicking tobacco products out of its stores this fall, in favor of what it says is a wellness-oriented business model. The company’s press release said it will lose $2 billion in annual sales by the move – a relative drop in its [...]

Focus on early childhood education: An opportunity for entrepreneurs?
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Focus on early childhood education: An opportunity for entrepreneurs?

The costs and benefits of pre-school education for young children has been making buzz lately, with President Obama mentioning it in his State of the Union address, the new New York City mayor and that state’s governor offering plans to beef up education for all toddlers. According to the New York Times, enrollment in early [...]

Quicktip stories: Home-prices to cruise ship inspection details
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Quicktip stories: Home-prices to cruise ship inspection details

Time flies on news-heavy weeks and the “ones that got away” pile of good stories to localize is growing at an annoying clip.  (Among the missed opportunities, to my chagrin, was this Ragan’s PR Daily piece on tacky MLK Day marketing if you want to add it to next year’s tickler file.)  So before the following are added [...]

As the winter freeze deepens, the effect on businesses and consumers does too
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As the winter freeze deepens, the effect on businesses and consumers does too

There’s so much happening this month and next for business writers to focus on, but sometimes you need to bow to the forces of nature. Record-setting winter weather like most of us haven’t experienced in quite a while is on the tip of most tongues and as it persists for weeks, is rippling through pretty [...]

NBA to Macy’s to Twitter: The Year of the Horse is embraced
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NBA to Macy’s to Twitter: The Year of the Horse is embraced

With icy temperatures still gripping a large swath of the United States, we all could use a little springtime.  And if you’re looking for an interesting business feature and perhaps a way to showcase companies, cultures and entrepreneurs who don’t normally make your radar screen, how about a marketing or consumer story tied to Lunar [...]

Still a good time to write about the multi-billion-dollar self-help industry
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Still a good time to write about the multi-billion-dollar self-help industry

Before that fresh new-calendar feeling wears off, you might want to take time in this early part of the year to check up on the various practitioners in the self-improvement industries.  Coaches, counselors and purveyors of wellness products are enjoying their peak season right now, and whether you seek advice and caveats for consumers shopping [...]

Quicktips: Cute CEOs, not-so-cute kids, tragic movie texting
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Quicktips: Cute CEOs, not-so-cute kids, tragic movie texting

Snippets of news translated into audio memos on my smartphone or notes scrawled on the margins of my planner represent a number of timely story nuggets that many not merit their own long post but are too good for the recycle bin.  Here are a handful of eye-catching headlines and related resources you might consider [...]

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