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Bolivia's Carlos Mesa - should he stay or should he go

Mar 8, 2005
It's one thing to resign...and hope the boss will beg you to stay. But Carlos Mesa seems to be testing the limits of this strategy. Especially considering that he's the boss. On Sunday, he tendered his resignation as President of Bolivia. It was his response to months of street protests and highway blockages. Many are upset over Mesa's plans to let foreign companies tap Bolivia's natural gas reserves. Today a question before Bolivia's lawmakers. Should we beg Mesa to stay? From the Marketplace America's Desk at WLRN, Dan GRETCH reports.
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China's development - moving too fast?

Mar 8, 2005
China's Congress gathers in Beijing this week for its annual meeting. One of the concerns is the growing number of disgruntled people who are losers in China's rapid economic development. Often because the powerful don't play fair. Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford visited a village on the outskirts of Beijing where farmers have a beef with their village leaders.
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Counting New York's homeless ...

Mar 8, 2005
Just a few hours ago, for the first time ever, New York City counted its homelesss population. Marketplace's Amy Scott was there to explore why it's so difficult - and economically important for cities to have an accurate count of those living on their streets.

Flexibility at the office

Mar 7, 2005
As the baby boom generation gets closer to retirment, some major U.S. firms are offering some flexibility incentives to retain the best talent. It's a lot harder than it sounds, and companies are now hiring more consultants than ever to help them. From the Marketplace Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai reports

Land rights in China?

Mar 7, 2005
We could use a little more "social harmony". That seems to be a theme as China's two-week long National People's Congress gets underway. Couldn't everyone use a little more social harmony? Sure, but in this case, the phrase has a specific meaning.It seems to be China's way of saying 'we need a kinder, gentler gentrification'... From what you might call a 'transitional neighborhood', Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports.
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Training Iraq's new police

Mar 7, 2005
Last week, more Iraqi police died in several attacks. Insurgents have targeted police and killed hundreds of them in the last two years. The U.S. spent more than 70 million dollars on a police training facility near Amman, Jordan to train thousands of new officers. But as Nancy Updike reports, the facility may inadvertently be training some of the wrong people.
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Prepping for the new SAT's

Mar 4, 2005
We have reports of widespread nail-biting right now. One week from tomorrow, 300,000 high schoolers sit for the new version of the SAT. There's a new advanced math section. And a 25 minute essay portion with questions like... 'Are people more motivated by money and fame or by personal satisfaction?' Answering "yes" will lower your score. That's our tip.If you're looking for some real test-taking advice, it'll cost you. Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports.

Seven habits of a highly effective business writer

Mar 4, 2005
Hey, did you get into business school? Some may know their status even though admission letters haven't gone out. Someone posted directions on the web on how to hack admissions records at some prestigious biz schools.Harvard, Stanford, Duke and Dartmouth among them. Today Harvard said the school views this as electronic breaking and entering. The school also said it knows the identities of the roughly 100 people who tried to crack the database. No word yet on whether Harvard's rethinking its list of those admitted to business school. What we do know is that someone who used to teach there is feeling rather ripped off. Commentator and management consultant Martin Kihn tells us that story. <p>Consultant Martin Kihn is author of a book about marketing - called "House of Lies".

Training Iraq's new soldiers

Mar 4, 2005
In Iraq the death toll of U.S. soldiers reached 1500 this week. But the the number of U.S. soldiers killed has fallen noticably over the past month. The U.S. says it's making progress helping Iraqis provide for their own security. Though much of the training is not being done in Iraq. It's being done at a state-of-the-art camp much closer to the West Bank than Baghdad.From a facility near Amman, Jordan, Nancy Updike reports.

The week that was ... on Wall Street

Mar 4, 2005
Friday means it's time to check in, David with David. Host David Brown talks to Dallas stockbroker David Johnson about the week that was on Wall Street.

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