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Ground Round

Feb 14, 2005
If your idea of a good burger is one that weighs as much as your plate you might have the folks at Ground Round to thank. But one year ago this week the Ground Round went down for the count. Franchise operators were not expecting it. And no-one expected what would happen next. Amy Mayer reports.
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Mergers and heartbreaks

Feb 14, 2005
A lot is happening in the telecom industry. Quest communications wants to buy MCI ... then along came Verizon with a deal worth a half billion dollars less. Some argue the consolidation in telecom is inevitable, given the scale of these businesses.But Harvard Professor Rakesh Khurana thinks the recent wave of corporate mergers is sure to break some hearts.Harvard business school professor Rakesh Khurana is a contributor to the book "Restoring Trust in American Business."
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Daytona 500

Feb 14, 2005
This weekend one of the biggest events in NASCAR racing -- The Daytona 500 -- is run. Marketplace's David Brown talks with Dan Neil, who writes about cars for the Los Angeles Times.
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Harlequin Enterprises

Feb 14, 2005
Today is the third biggest retail holiday of the year. Ask the people at Harlequin Enterprises. Their romance books did more than $450 million bucks in business in 2003. Now Harlequin's making eyes at the movie industry. Marketplace's Cheryl Glaser prepared our story.
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Love investment

Feb 14, 2005
Love is in the air, but should it be in your portfolio? After all, Americans shelled out 13 billion dollars on treats for their sweeties last year. That's big money for companies selling chocolates and flowers. Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith takes a look at a variety of romantically inclined businesses.
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"The Sloan Sessions": HP and more

Feb 14, 2005
Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan looks back at the firing of H-P head Carly Fiorina, the current state of the Medicare debate, and more.
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Sharper Image

Feb 11, 2005
Demand for laser pointers and two thousand dollar massage chairs may be slipping. Last night the Sharper Image company predicted a dull 2005. Today shares fell as much as sixteen percent. As tempting as it is to blame it on gadgets that people have grown weary of, there's more to this story. Marketplace's Amy Scott tells us not even the hot-selling iPod could pump up the volume for Sharper Image.
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Cell phone wars

Feb 11, 2005
More rumors today that Verizon is now a serious suitor for MCI. It's a sign of more consolidation in the fiercely competitive telecom industry. From South Dakota, Curt Nickish looks at how cell phone carriers are trying to sell advanced features -- like a video streaming technology called V-Cast -- to win the cell phone wars.
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Christo in Central Park

Feb 11, 2005
At 8 o'clock Saturday morning, workers will stream across New York City's Central Park. They'll hang thousands of yards of saffron-colored fabric from trestles spanning more than 20 miles of walkways. The result will be a "visual golden river" -- according to the artists Christo and Jeanne - Claude. You may remember 10 years ago the duo wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin in silvery fabric. The price tag for this new work of outdoor art -- 21 million dollars. But not a penny came from the City of New York, or from any of the other usual grant-making foundations. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
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Wal-Mart singles

Feb 11, 2005
Unions for thousands of Canadian workers have organized a boycott of the world's largest retailer. This week, Wal-Mart announced plans to close its first unionized store in North America, a store in Quebec. Little love is lost between organized labor and Wal-Mart. But at a Wal-Mart in Germany, one might find the love of one's life. Kyle James reports on a strategy to win over folks 'in the market'.

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