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Mailbag for April 2, 2005

| Apr 2, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week advice on fighting late fees, researching long-term care insurance, selecting an online broker, and declaring bankruptcy.
Posted In: Investing

"Change for a Buck": Professional Baseball Game

| Apr 2, 2005
<i>Crackerjack, hot dogs and a view of third base.</i> Baseball's Opening Day is upon us. On this week's installment of our occasional series Change for a Buck...we track every penny of what you might spend on a game this season.

Being the Market

| Apr 2, 2005
This was a week of economic numbers. Fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 3-point-8 percent. The Labor Department reported the economy added 110,000 jobs in March. Wall Street, of course, reacted way before those numbers went public. Case in point... last week, the dollar rallied against the euro and the yen. Exactly how does that happen? Economy dot com's Mark Zandi explains.
Posted In: Economy

Health Care Benefits

| Apr 2, 2005
Many health care plans cover more than doctor's visits and prescription drugs. With premiums rising, we think folks should be getting their money's worth. Marketplace's Scott Tong reads the fine print.

Pope John Paul II is near death

| Apr 1, 2005
It has been 26 years. The third longest papacy in the nearly 2,000 year history of the church. Pope John Paul II is head of one of the wealthiest institutions in the world. To advance the causes dearest to him, he's managed a Vatican budget estimated at $300 million a year. From the Marketplace Foreign Desk, Julie Small looks at what the numbers tell us about his character and his likely legacy.
Posted In: Canada

Hollywood, Sin City, and creative control

| Apr 1, 2005
The big movie this weekend is likely to be Sin City. Not just because it's full of stars, comic book action and graphic violence. But there's how the film was put together. See, it costs so much to make blockbusters, many directors have trouble turning a profit for the studios. Director Robert Rodriguez likes his movies to be different. From KUT in Austin, Julie Moody reports.

The week that was on Wall Street

| Apr 1, 2005
It's Friday, which means it is time to check the week on Wall Street with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.
Posted In: Wall Street

China: environmentally friendly or just pretending?

| Apr 1, 2005
This week the Chinese government hosted its first ever international conference on green buildings. These are houses and offices that consume less energy and raw materials. If anything, the economic boom has made the country more ravenous. Last year China used as much steel as the U.S. and Japan combined. It's now the biggest coal consumer in the world. Second in oil consumption. Just how serious is China in going green? Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Canada

Recycling -- and when not to recycle

| Apr 1, 2005
Not all environmental standards already on the books are well-designed. So says commentator and engineer Bill Hammack. He proposes a simple design fix to make recycling more efficient.<br><p>Bill Hammack teaches chemical engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana.

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