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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.
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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.
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Old racing horses get a second chance on the track

Apr 1, 2005
Seabiscuit... Chances are you've read the book or seen the movie. If you haven't, it's the story of a washed up horse that is nursed back to health and ends up becoming a champion racer. It might sound a little cinematic for the modern track. But Marketplace's London bureau Chief Stephen Beard found a British stable which is doing just that. And it's paying off...
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Baseball is upon us - Will money win the World Series?

Mar 31, 2005
Baseball's Opening Day is Sunday, when the Boston Red Sox meet the New York Yankees to begin the season. Both teams are front-runners to win the World Series this year, and both have sky-high payrolls. Sports commentator Diana Nyad explains the connection.
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Zimbabwe votes, Mugabe wins, economy stinks

Mar 31, 2005
Zimbabweans cast their votes today in a parliamentary election. We can safely project a winner. President Robert Mugabe and his party. This despite the fact that his country's economy is not what you'd call healthy. You may have heard of Mugabe's land reform program... The one to transfer farm ownership from whites to blacks. The scheme has been riddled with allegations of corruption. Still it looks like the President's managed to squeeze political profit out of this. Gretchen Wilson has the story.
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Zimbabwe's elections, and a bad economy.

Mar 31, 2005
Voters go to the polls today in Zimbabwe for parliamentary elections. Most will not be surprised if President Robert Mugabe's ruling party wins by a wide margin. The opposition has seized on the failing economy as a campaign issue. As Gretchen Wilson reports, even those earning money feel like losers.
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Jobs are plenty - in the world of closed captioning

Mar 30, 2005
Starting next year virtually all television programs will have to be closed captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing. That's job security for hundreds of trained stenographers who do the work. Problem is, there aren't enough of them to meet demand. Cathy Duchamp reports from Seattle.
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Israel's budget - Ariel Sharon makes his play

Mar 29, 2005
It was budget day in Israel. If the budget doesnA¹t pass, the government automatically falls. Serious business. And this year, even more at stake. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has a plan to pull out of Gaza. Opponents tried to use the budget battle to derail that plan. It now appears Sharon outmaneuvered them all. The budget's been approved. As Nancy Updike reports, all it took was political savvy - and a lot of money.
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