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

By on Apr 03, 2014

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 [...]

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Assess the vacation home market as getaway season draws near
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Assess the vacation home market as getaway season draws near

Whether a lakeside cabin, desert ranch, riverside RV or beachfront cottage, owning the getaway home is many a consumer’s dream. And as summer draws near, a new spate of information indicating an upswing in buyer demand makes this an opportune moment to take a look at trends in the sale of second homes and other [...]

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 [...]

The importance of a good lede
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The importance of a good lede

Before I pick at the splinters in your writing, let me roll out a few of my logs. Here are a week’s worth of ledes from my column and daily blog: It is not true that the recent session of the Washington Legislature failed to accomplish anything. In fact, legislators delivered a sledgehammer to state [...]

Money Monday: Story ideas for reaching parents, kids and teens
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Money Monday: Story ideas for reaching parents, kids and teens

Welcome to Money Mondays! April is widely recognized by the financial industry and various consumer protection groups as National Financial Literacy Month, and in honor of it we’ll kick off each week with posts about a variety of hot topics in personal finance as well as resources to help reporters tackle them. Some financial matters [...]

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 [...]

Heat is on for parents lining up affordable summer kid care
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Heat is on for parents lining up affordable summer kid care

Some of us still are bracing for snowstorms as winter clings to spring with icy fingers — but for some working parents, the balmy days of June and beyond loom uncomfortably close.  That’s because vacation time for school-age children brings up the need for supervising and entertaining kids too young to hang out alone, and it’s [...]

Parachuting in for a story: 17 tips to getting it right
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Parachuting in for a story: 17 tips to getting it right

Nothing beats boots on the ground. With staff and budget cuts, newspapers do less “parachuting in” on stories away from their hometown. That’s too bad because in an interconnected world “local news” is everywhere, and reaching out to another place in your state or region can provide some of the most compelling journalism. So here’s [...]

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 [...]

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