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Bittersweet new law fights copyright and piracy: Hollywood happy ending?

| Apr 19, 2005
Imagine lobbying Congress and getting what you want - but with a twist. That's exactly what's happened to Hollywood. New legislation passed today that some folks in the industry feel is bittersweet. We asked Marketplace's Lisa Napoli to take a look...

Chinese, American forces battle piracy together - with mixed reviews

| Apr 19, 2005
A court in Shanghai today ordered two Americans to serve jailtime and pay more than $60,000 in fines.Their crime - hawking pirated DVD's over the Internet. Some of them sold for as little as three bucks. As Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports, this is the first time American and Chinese officials have joined forces to crack down on violators of intellectual property laws. But not everyone is giving the arrangement rave reviews.
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French cooking with an American inner-city flavor

| Apr 19, 2005
When I say "French cooking", what do you think of?Beef bourguignon? Coq au vin? You probably don't think of inner-city school kids taking home economics. But courses in French cooking are now on the menu at schools in eight cities across the country.The idea is to help students move from the classroom to the restaurant biz. And as Ashley Milne-Tyte reports, it's all thanks to a man who brought his love of French cuisine out of the kitchen.

Marketplace Letters!

| Apr 19, 2005
The Marketplace mailbag is full, so it's time to open it up and hear what you all have been thinking about ...

Community Sabbaticals

| Apr 19, 2005
Universities and their surrounding communities often have a hard time maintaining warm relationships. To improve "town-gown" contacts, schools often let the community experience their scholarship through lectures and night classes. But several universities are turning that equation around-and trying to learn more from their surrounding communities. As Larry Schooler reports from Austin, it's an experiment with an uncertain outcome.

Zimbabwe land reform

| Apr 19, 2005
When Zimbabwe launched its land reform efforts five years ago, the media focused much of its attention on the white farmers who were targeted for removal. But it's not just farm owners who've fled the country. Gretchen Wilson reports that as Zimbabwe's economy has collapsed, its farm workers have found that leaving the country is one of the only ways left to survive.

Vatican in the red

| Apr 18, 2005
The conclave of cardinals met in Rome today to begin the business of choosing a new pope. But black smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel--indicating the cardinals so far haven't agreed on a successor to John Paul II. Once a new pope is elected, not only will will he have to care for the souls of more than a billion church followers worldwide, he'll also have to pull the Vatican out of the red. From Rome, Megan Williams reports.
Posted In: Canada

Make mine metal

| Apr 18, 2005
Hasbro, the country's number two toy manufacturer, reported an unexpected first-quarter loss today. The maker of Mr. Potato Head and Star Wars action figures has been hit by competition from video games and iPods. But Hasbro also says the price of oil--used in plastics--is cutting into profits. Higher oil prices aren't the only reason some manufacturers are turning away from the synthetic stuff. Dennis Nishi reports.

Phillip Purcell won't leave Morgan Stanley

| Apr 18, 2005
Once upon a time there was a magical investment bank called Morgan Stanley. It made lots of money giving advice on corporate mergers and helping companies sell new stocks and bonds. But then some former executives decided they didn't like CEO Phillip Purcell, and they asked him to leave.Mister Purcell said no.So several of Morgan Stanley's big dealmakers quit. Here's where it starts to get scary. 200 pensions funds are now calling for a meeting--as early as this week--to talk about the company's future. The drama all dates back to 1997 when Morgan Stanley hooked up with the humdrum Dean Witter, which made some of its money selling mutual funds at Sears. David Wells of the Financial Times says this is one case where Cinderella's prince may have turned into a frog.
Posted In: Wall Street

The Loh-Down: TransEthnics

| Apr 18, 2005
Looking for a way to de-stress after a week of tax anxiety? Commentator Sandra Tsing-Loh says odds are, you picked up some soothing green tea over the weekend or signed on for a few sessions of tai-chi. In this edition of the Loh-Down, she says an ethnic trend has hit ever-trendy Los Angeles and show signs of spreading:

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