Features by Curt Nickisch
Posted In: Law
The tough economy has forced lawmakers to reform antiquated rules. In Massachusetts, that means cutting out lifetime payments to former spouses.
In a move to bring back local advertisers, daily papers like the Boston Globe have created their own group-buying sites to compete with Groupon and LivingSocial.
Posted In: Environment, Jobs
The renewable energy company Evergreen Solar spent millions of dollars building a high tech plant to make solar panels. But after three years, the company is closing its Massachusetts factory.
Posted In: Auto
The Massachusetts legislature could vote on a bill to force carmakers to share repair information with independent mechanics.
Posted In: Housing
That "American Dream" thing? It's got good staying power. The belief that owning a home is financially superior to renting is still strong. But thousands of homeowners are losing their homes. And that can be an eye-opening experience as to how chasing the American Dream can lead you deep down a rabbit hole. Curt Nickisch reports.
Posted In: Health, Jobs
Half of America's private-sector workers don't get paid sick leave. So, even when they don't feel well and could infect others, many of them still show up at the office. And that's not what the doctor ordered. Curt Nickisch reports.
Posted In: Health
Tension from the bad economy is taking a toll on many people's teeth. And dealing with stress-related dental problems can lead to big bites out of their pocketbooks. Curt Nickisch reports.
The European Union has begun to phase out incandescent light bulbs so consumers can move on to compact fluorescents. But Curt Nickish reports the ban is touching off a run on incandescent bulbs.
Posted In: Retail
Some sneaker makers are giving national advertising campaigns the boot. To get more traction, they are increasingly turning to a tactic known as hyper-local marketing. Curt Nickisch reports.
Posted In: Economy
Some cash-strapped cities and towns are nixing Fourth of July celebrations because they can't afford expensive fireworks displays. But one Massachusetts town won't let the economy ruin its holiday. Curt Nickisch reports.