Features by Sally Herships

How a dead TV show like 'The Office' can live on

A look at the afterlife of a sitcom like "The Office," which ends this Thursday night. Can anything be gained from internet royalties and syndication?
Posted In: television, the office, syndication

Bring on the baby bloopers and family fiascos

"America’s Funniest Home Videos" is opening its 23-season deep library to advertisers. Nothing sells like pets, babies and humor.
Posted In: advertising, television, home videos

Why is my bank offering me more cash back rewards?

Banks are desperate to get new business from stable, responsible borrowers. So they're amping up the credit card perks.
Posted In: Credit card, reward cards

Summer becomes the season for college prep

As getting into college becomes ever more competitive, more students are spending the summers creating fodder for college applications.
Posted In: higher education, summer, summer vacation

Does the gun you want cost too much? There's a loan for that

Not everyone has the cash upfront to buy a new gun. We look at the world of financing a firearm purchase.
Posted In: gun sales, loans, guns

Why Apple -- cash-rich and debt-free -- is going to borrow money

An explanation to the puzzle of why Apple is borrowing funds, while also rewarding shareholders with higher dividends.
Posted In: apple

Meet Snus and e-cigarettes, the tobacco industry's new growth areas

While cigarette usage has dropped, profits for the tobacco industry are expected to be up.
Posted In: tobacco, smoking, e-cigarettes, cigarettes

We're watching you: Surveillance cameras are a hot ticket item, after Boston

After Boston, surveillance cameras are hot sellers, and it's not just businesses that are buying.
Posted In: security, surveillance, cameras, boston, boston marathon

The economics of PG-13 rated movies

The MPAA responds to calls for better policing of violence in movies, by increasing the TYPE SIZE on existing explanations. Why? To protect its business at the PG-13 level.
Posted In: MPAA, movie ratings, Entertainment, film

What's hot in housing trends these days?

Housing starts in March rose at the highest rate in five years. Which begs the question: What kind of house do people want these days?
Posted In: Housing


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