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Do movie critics still matter?

| Mar 23, 2007
Fact is, many of the top box office draws are widely panned by critics. Now that we can watch trailers and read reviews from regular people online, are film critics are becoming irrelevant? Not exactly, says Daily Variety's Mike Speier.
Posted In: Entertainment

Bad for pets, good for pet stores. . . sort of

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Mar 23, 2007
Last weekend's massive pet food recall has turned many nervous pet owners away from big box stores and big name brands. But organic suppliers and pet stores are having a hard time keeping up with the booming new demand.
Posted In: Health

'Election' in Hong Kong this weekend

Scott Jagow and Scott Tong | Mar 23, 2007
It's not the kind of democracy we're used to, but Hong Kong's business community will vote Sunday to keep Donald Tsang as head of government there. It's pretty much a no-brainer considering the booming economy.
Posted In: Canada

Senate chews on new tobacco tax

Hilary Wicai | Mar 23, 2007
A vote is expected today on a plan to hike tobacco taxes again. This time the increase would be used to boost funding for a health insurance program for low-income children.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Fighting an antibiotic resistance — with taxes

Helen Palmer | Mar 23, 2007
Antibiotics are so cheap and easy to prescribe, there's little incentive for doctors not to, even though resistance grows with each use. But now a think tank has suggested novel approach: If you can't cure the behavior, tax it.
Posted In: Health

All grapes are not created equal

Lisa Napoli | Mar 23, 2007
The truth in labeling movement is seeping into vineyards. Winemakers from the U.S., Europe and Australia were on the Hill this week asking lawmakers and trade officials to protect the integrity of their labels.

Grand theft corporate

Janet Babin | Mar 23, 2007
Oracle is suing rival software giant SAP, saying it hacked into its support sites with Oracle customer logins. SAP allegedly accessed proprietary information and then used it to undercut Oracle rates in order to steal its customers.
Posted In: Crime, Science

Golden anniversary in Europe

Stephen Beard | Mar 23, 2007
The European Union turns 50 on Sunday and people will be celebrating its history with free beer and sausage in the streets of Berlin. But as in many relationships, there's squabbling about the future behind the happy facade.
Posted In: Canada

Battle continues over war funding

John Dimsdale | Mar 22, 2007
The House is debating President Bush's request for emergency Iraq war funding. Neither the president nor some lawmakers are pleased with the bill's language requiring a troop pullout. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Borders says its future is online

Alisa Roth | Mar 22, 2007
Borders Books — struggling against Barnes & Noble,, and even Costco — plans to do more business on the Web. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Retail