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Features by Gigi Douban

ABC's newest ratings pitch: Celebrities on a high dive!

"Dancing with the Stars" meets the diving board. The new reality show "Splash" tries to grab viewers with a lineup of C-list celebrities. We look at the show, but also at the reality TV equation: There’s not a whole lot to lose on these shows. They’re cheap to produce and if they hit, they can be worth a fortune.
Posted In: reality tv, Entertainment, abc

Tiger Woods may be back on top, but will Nike buy it?

Since his marital indiscretions more than three years ago, it's been a long road back to the top. But the buzz around the golf course says there's no question -- Tiger has returned.
Posted In: Tiger Woods, Golf, Sports, endorsements

Betting money on a dead horse: Seriously

Some in Nebraska are pushing for betting machines of 'historical horse races' at thoroughbred race tracks. The machines allow wagering on the outcomes of past races. Critics say they’re basically slot machines and would constitute expanded gambling.
Posted In: Nebraska, gambling, Sports, horse racing

Internet piracy rehab: The latest push to curb illegal downloads

Internet service providers roll out a 'six strikes' policy to educate rather than punish people for illegal downloads.
Posted In: piracy, Internet, Tech

When it comes to personal trainers, buyer beware

Plenty of Americans will resolve to get in shape with the help of a personal trainer in 2013. But the personal training field is unregulated, and clients may not always know what they're getting.
Posted In: exercise, personal trainers

Alabama on the fence about taking money for Medicaid

Alabama joins a slew of lawmakers who are ambivalent about taking funds from the Fed to cover the millions more people who will become eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare.
Posted In: health care, medicaid, Affordable Care Act

Scaled-back newspapers leave older readers behind

As more newspapers scale back production to just three or four days a week, what will come of subscribers who prefer paper to pixels?
Posted In: newspapers

Retailers want online Memorial Day shoppers

You've heard of Cyber Monday in November. Well, retailers now want an online holiday for Memorial Day.
Posted In: online shopping, online retail, Memorial Day

Even in Alabama, it's hard to get a home loan

Alabama wasn't hit hard by the housing collapse, and prices are now rising. But it's still difficult to get a home loan there.
Posted In: Housing, Alabama

Postal Service layoffs will hit minorities

Working at the post office has long been a way for African-Americans and others to rise up to the middle class. But at least 35,000 USPS jobs will soon be lost.
Posted In: minority unemployment, Postal Service

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