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A business plan made in jail

| Aug 7, 2007
An ex-con in Italy hatched a smart business plan while he did time and turned it into a $250,000 a year business selling T-shirts and other goods under the Made in Jail label. Megan Williams has the story.

Are private prisons the answer?

Stacey Vanek Smith | Aug 7, 2007
In the last decade, states have been coming down harder on crime and that's caused a prison population explosion. Many are running out of places to put them. Enter the booming private prison industry. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Crime

Ad dollars flow from papers to Web

Jeremy Hobson | Aug 7, 2007
It's now estimated that more than half of the $200-billion-plus U.S. advertising market will flow to online sites and away from newspapers. More folks are simply getting their news online. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Box office rebound didn't come cheap

Stacey Vanek Smith | Aug 7, 2007
Audiences have returned to movie theaters in huge numbers this year. We may even see record-breaking attendance, but studios had to shell out big bucks to produce the blockbusters that are reeling people in. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

Don't forget talking points, Congress

Jill Barshay | Aug 7, 2007
August recess begins this week, so lawmakers will be out and about back in their home states and the political spin doctors sent each and every one home with a packet full of things to talk about. Jill Barshay tells us what we can expect to hear.
Posted In: Washington

UK firm gets into ticket resale biz

Stephen Beard | Aug 7, 2007
One week after StubHub signs an exclusive deal to sell MLB tickets, a British company called Viagogo teams up with the Cleveland Browns. But critics say the deals only encourage scalpers. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Sports

Underinsured America

Helen Palmer | Aug 7, 2007
With health care costs rising faster than inflation, a new study reveals that more and more under- and uninsured Americans have to use credit cards or drain savings accounts to pay their medical bills. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Star Tribune column

Chris Farrell | Aug 6, 2007
I do a monthly column for the Star Tribune. The paper doesn't archive it. So, I'll try and remember to post it when it comes out. Here are the last...

Economic Fundamentalism

Chris Farrell | Aug 6, 2007
Thanks to Tyler Cowen's blog, I've recently read two intriguing articles about carbon footprints. The "Localvore's Dilemma" from the Boston Globe...

Subprime fallout pumps oil-market fears

Bob Moon | Aug 6, 2007
A week after crude oil prices reached record highs, the oil markets are looking as jittery as stocks. Oil traders are hoping the subprime mortgage spill-over doesn't become a gusher. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street