Features by Gigi Douban

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico could run out of money in three months

The economy crashed when corporations moved out, but the government kept spending.
Posted In: Puerto Rico, government, shutdown
Plastic bottles and cans took over glass bottles as the drink holder of choice for beverage distributors in the late '50s.

How the humble glass bottle lost its appeal

Plastic proved more convenient than glass. Now it's easier to recycle, too.
Posted In: recycling, glass, plastic, waste

Why NBA is first U.S. pro league to go to Cuba

The NBA plans a basketball clinic in Cuba for later this month.
Posted In: NBA, cuba, basketball
An oil rig extracts petroleum.

Oil layoffs start at wellheads and work their way up

Unemployment claims have doubled in Texas as the oil industry sheds workers.
Posted In: oil industry, Unemployment, texas
Etsy, the online store known for handmade trinkets from around the world, has filed to go public with a $100 million IPO.

A crafty IPO

Etsy plans to target small investors and keep big ones at a minimum.
Posted In: Etsy, investors, socially responsible investments

Shelling out for a BG takeover

Two giants team up for a combo the likes of which hasn't been seen since ExxonMobil.
Posted In: Shell, Oil, Mergers and Acquisitions, BG group

Alabama confuses taxes for same-sex couples

Only one state doesn't advise same-sex couples on how to comply with state tax laws.
Posted In: gay marriage, tax returns, federal taxes, equality
 Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana.

How discrimination fits into the business model

Businesses can bounce unwanted customers, but not whole classes of customers.
Posted In: Indiana, gay rights, customer service
A house clearly marked for sale in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Do higher home prices mean the market is rebounding?

The answer is complicated, thanks to that basic economic rule: supply and demand.
Posted In: Housing, home sales


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