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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.

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.

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'.

Indian economies make progress

Feb 11, 2005
Casinos have provided a major boost to the economies of Indian reservations. But other kinds of development are also helping to turn things around. Daniel Kraker reports.

Will NHL owners and players find common ice?

Feb 11, 2005
It's likely we'll learn the fate of the pro hockey season this weekend. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace Business of Sports commentator Diana Nyad about whether NHL players and team owners are any closer to settling their sticky salary cap issue.

Hit comedies elude networks

Feb 11, 2005
The need to find new hit comedies is no laughing matter for the TV networks. Many of their popular sitcoms have had their run and as "Variety's" Stu Levine tells host Tess Vigeland, the networks are scrambling to find the next big thing.

Travel Expo

Feb 10, 2005
Today representatives from airlines, employee unions, and passengers groups held a news conference. They were protesting a White House proposal to hike security taxes on airline tickets. Under the plan, ticket fees would be boosted by 3 bucks to help raise an extra 1.5 billion dollars for the Department of Homeland Security. This week one Senator accused the President of trying to balance the budget on the backs of travelers. Marketplace's Cash Peters doesn't take this very seriously. To be honest, he seldom takes *anything* seriously.

IRA Bank Raid

Feb 10, 2005
Northern Ireland's ceasefire watchdog agency has announced that a $50 million December bank robbery was carried out by Irish Republican Army guerrillas. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports that some critics see the robbery as an indication that the IRA's normal channels of financing have dried up.

Indecency fines

Feb 10, 2005
Broadcasters may have to pay $500,000 the next time they air material considered to be indecent. A House committee approved raising the fines for indecent broadcasts yesterday and the new laws would also institute a "three-strikes" rule. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports that means the FCC would be required to look into revoking the license of TV or radio stations that are fined three times.

India China oil

Feb 10, 2005
The price of oil is down from record highs in November, but scarcity always remains an issue. Now, countries like India and China are teaming up to lock down new oil markets for themselves. Marketplace's Miranda Kennedy reports.

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