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Credit cards making a comeback after years of bank neglect

By on Oct 14, 2014

Big banks are reporting results this week. Reuters says that many are paying more attention to a neglected business: credit cards. According to writer David Henry, “JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citigroup Inc and other big banks are making more credit card loans, after years of focusing mainly on customers who paid off their balances each […]

Why aren't teens interested in driving?
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Why aren’t teens interested in driving?

The number of teens getting their licenses at age 16 is at one of its lowest points ever. But, you’d think that the sons and daughters of the men and women who work in the auto industry would buck the trend. That’s not the case, as I found out last week. I was honored to […]

The big economic story In Chicago's ATC meltdown
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The big economic story In Chicago’s ATC meltdown

    This week, the big aviation meltdown that plagued Chicago is finally expected to end. But it turned the Midwest into a nightmare for the Federal Aviation Administration, and exposed some key flaws in the FAA’s ability to handle emergencies. On Sept. 26, a disgruntled contract employee at the Aurora, Ill., air route traffic […]

The economics of bumping, Thanksgiving style
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The economics of bumping, Thanksgiving style

This Monday is Columbus Day, and many people are starting to think about making their travel plans for the holidays. But one holiday poses trouble for many travelers. When it comes to airline flights, Thanksgiving is a special time for carriers. It is by far the most concentrated flight time of the year, bar none. […]

Follow the airport money
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Follow the airport money

On Monday, we talked about why communities are so eager to get commercial air service. Here is some info in case you’d like to follow up on the story. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a program that provides government grants for improvements at the nearly 3,400 airports covered under the National Plan of Integrated […]

Airports fly high as economic engines
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Airports fly high as economic engines

Every town of any size wants commercial air service. and a new study makes it easy to understand why. Preliminary numbers from a new study released by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation found that the state’s 104 publicly owned airports accounted for a $13 billion economic impact, according to data compiled in […]

A fond goodbye and one last tip for your tool kit
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A fond goodbye and one last tip for your tool kit

To everything there is a season and after more than 1,000 blog posts on behalf of the Reynolds Center – that’s somewhere north of half a million words, I figure – it’s time for me to move along and make way for other talented business journalists to share their tips and advice. Over the past […]

How is social media changing conventional cause-marketing tactics?
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How is social media changing conventional cause-marketing tactics?

What do Scotch tape, chewing gum, golf balls and Kentucky Fried Chicken have in common?  Well, at least around October, they are among the myriad products whose packaging blooms pink. For nearly 30 years, October has been designated by activists as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM); here’s a primer on how it all got […]

CNN's Sanjay Gupta reports on TKM-Ebola, a new drug in the works. PHOTO: CNN screenshot
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As concern over Ebola spreads, how are local firms affected?

Troubling news this week from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the burgeoning Ebola epidemic:  the CDC issued a worst-case scenario forecast of as many as 1.4 million cases by January.  While still largely confined to Africa, the Ebola outbreak is of growing concern worldwide and while […]