Katie Long is a contributing digital producer for Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Tech. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, on WNYC, and WNET/Channel Thirteen New York. 


Features by Katie Long

The numbers for July 1, 2013: 2013 and a half

2013 and 1/2
Happy half birthday, 2013. With the year half over, what's the economic temperature? This week's thermometers: U.S. manufacturing data and the monthly jobs report. (Marketplace)

Unlucky 13

The European Union has accused some of the biggest names in banking of anti-trust violations. Name a famous one, they're likely on the list -- Bank of America, Citigroup, Barclays -- 13 in all. (Reuters)

13 million

The number of votes Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi won in his election exactly a year ago Sunday. Protests have erupted again in Egypt, with demonstrators calling for Morsi to step down. The military has given the government 48 hours to restore order before they step in. (CNN)

Jennifer Lopez, Turkmenistan and a history of celebrity guilt-by-association

Jennifer Lopez is not alone when it comes to enjoying the lavish company of controversial figures.
Posted In: Jennifer Lopez, J-Lo, Sting, celebrities, Kim Kardashian, Turkmenistan

The numbers for June 28, 2013


Guess who's back? The good old sequester. The Pentagon will start furloughing 650,000 civilian Pentagon employees next week as part of the across the board budget cuts. (Marketplace)


According to the polling firm Gallup, one in five U.S. employees are undermining the organizations they work for. (ed note: Hmm, [looks around], I'm sitting in a room with five people.) (Gallup)


Oh, lord, won't you buy me...a bible signed by Einstein. One sold for $68,500 at an auction in New York City. Einstein included a note inside saying the book "is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently." (USA Today)

The numbers for June 27, 2013: Everybody's a winner


Oprah is once again the most powerful celebrity, according to Forbes' annual top 100 list. (Forbes)


Walmart has dropped her, so has the Food Network and Novo Nordisk, but despite the corporate exodus, Paula Deen is still number one on Amazon. Her new cook book, Paula Deen's New Testament, which won't be out for another three months, sits atop the best seller list. (Slate)

No. 1

After lawmakers overrode a Mayoral veto earlier today, New York City has officially become the biggest city to require employers to give paid sick days to their workers. (AP)


For once, interns took the prize, as they ran printouts of the Supreme Court decisons on same-sex marriage to their bosses yesterday. (Marketplace/Buzzfeed)

Running interns get some glory

There are a lot of dopey things summer interns get asked to do, but sometimes the assignment is exalted.
Posted In: Supreme Court, buzzfeed, internships

The numbers for June 26, 2013: SCOTUS score card


In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down on Wednesday the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law which denies same-sex couples the same federal benefits as opposite-sex couples. Here's a look at the economic impact of the decision. (Marketplace)


In a third ruling released today, likely overshadowed by the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions, the Supreme Court unanimously threw out the conviction of a Massachusetts financier found guilty of extortion for sending threatening emails to a New York state official. (AP)


Marc Rich, 78, died today. You may remember him as the fugitive commodities trader pardoned late in Bill Clinton's second term. In the early 80s, he fled to Switzerland ahead of indictments for trading with Iran during an embargo in what was then the biggest ever case of tax evasion. (USA Today)

$1.2 million

Swissair Flight 17, Zurich to New York's JFK, arrived a wee bit light yesterday. A shipment of $93 million in cash, en route from Zurich to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, arrived with $1.2 million missing. (Gawker)

The numbers for June 25, 2013: Double trouble


The number of words in a research note put out by an analyst at Oppenheimer Asset Management. It read, "We have no new thoughts. Sell." (WSJ)


Subprime real estate lending nearly destroyed the U.S. economy in 2008. There's news today that subprime lives on for auto loans, 15% of which are subprime. (WaPo)

$9.6 billion

In 2009, Apollo Global Management bet $2 billion on polypropylene maker LyondellBasell Industries. Now Apollo is cashing out to the tune of $ 9.6 billion, which Bloomberg calculates to be "the biggest gain ever on a private-equity investment." (Bloomberg)


Come July 1, the interest rate on new subsidized Stafford student loans could double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Curious what that means for you? Read our break down here. (Marketplace)

Talk to the hand, now you can

A new wearable bluetooth phone lets you make a call from a glove.
Posted In: cell phone

The numbers for June 24, 2013: Lucky number 7


You can rejoice, Twinkie lovers. Hostess, the Twinkies maker, which went into bankruptcy to reorganize earlier this year, in part by firing 15,000 union workers, has announced the sugary treat will be back on store shelves by the ides of July. (AP)

7 to 1

In a 7-1 ruling, the Supreme Court decided to send a high-profile affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas, back to the lower courts for a fresh look. (NYT)

Game 7

The Miami Heat's game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs came in as the second-highest-rated NBA game to ever air on ABC. A 2010 game between the Lakers and the Celtics remains number one for the network. (Hollywood Reporter)


The Financial Times reports the pay of top bankers is trending downward: The paper calculates that average pay is down 10 percent for the CEO's of the 15 biggest banks. (We can't all be lucky number 7's.) (FT)

FBI requests 'Portlandia' clip for training

The FBI has asked IFC sketch comedy show 'Portlandia' for rights to use a clip from the program in its advanced intelligence training classes.
Posted In: FBI, Portland, television, comedy


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