Features By Peter O'Dowd

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Can Phoenix un-suburbanize?

A Phoenix developer says new plans could bridge high-rise downtown and the Latino barrio of Grant Park.
Posted In: gentrification, urbanization
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Don't have a credit history? Utility bills could soon help

Congress is considering a bill, the Credit Access and Inclusion Act, that would make it easier for nontraditional borrowers to build a credit history.
Posted In: credit access
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Hotels seek added revenue in service fees

Following the huge financial windfall of airline fees, hotels and resorts are now charging fees for things that used to be free.
Posted In: hotels, Travel, room service
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Costa Rica retirement not always tropical paradise

Americans retirees are drawn to Costa Rica's biodiversity, political stability, and cheap health care.
Posted In: Retirement, costa rica
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Travelers may run into delays due to FAA furloughs

Some groups have filed suit to stop the furloughs of air traffic controllers. The FAA must cut hundreds of millions under federal budget sequestration.
Posted In: sequester, FAA, air traffic controllers, furloughs
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The guy who tried to sell his Google Glass? He just wanted to pay his student loans

The bidding reached $95,000 before the seller, who says he was hoping to pay off student loans, removed the glasses from auction.
Posted In: Google Glass, ebay
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Counting what's in freight cars, as Union Pacific reports earnings

If you could see inside the cars on a freight train, you'd know more about which parts of the economy are up -- or down.
Posted In: railroad, Economy, energy, fuel
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Citizenship can make a difference in your paycheck

A new study links citizenship for undocumented workers to better pay and working conditions. But other experts say newly legalized low-wage workers still run the risk of poor treatment on the job.
Posted In: Immigration, citizenship, low-wage workers
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Arizona kids line up for free McMuffin on test day

McDonald's franchises in Arizona say they want kids to eat a healthy breakfast to help them ace their statewide standardized tests. The promotion also builds customer loyalty.
Posted In: McDonalds, nutrition, breakfast
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Identity theft and the top 12 tax scams of 2013

Every tax season the Internal Revenue Service puts out a list called the 'Dirty Dozen' which ranks the worst tax schemes of the year. In 2013, identity theft is the dirtiest of them all.
Posted In: Taxes, IRS, fraud, tax forms

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