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Features by Curt Nickisch

Massachusetts abolishes lifetime alimony in most cases

The tough economy has forced lawmakers to reform antiquated rules. In Massachusetts, that means cutting out lifetime payments to former spouses.
Posted In: Law

Newspapers jump on the group-buying bandwagon

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.

The sun sets on Evergreen Solar

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: Environment, Jobs

Mass. carmakers could lift up hood for mechanics

The Massachusetts legislature could vote on a bill to force carmakers to share repair information with independent mechanics.
Posted In: Auto

A costly lesson in home ownership

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: Housing

Lack of sick pay sends colds, flu to work

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, Jobs

Recession is becoming a real grind

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.
Posted In: Health

Germans hoard incandescent bulbs

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.

Sneaker marketing tries a smaller size

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: Retail

The fireworks show must go on

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.
Posted In: Economy

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