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Features by Sally Herships

Grocery stores squeezed by new competition

For the past 30 years Thompson shopped at her local grocery, a Keyfood that sat just a couple of blocks away. It was an easy walk -- but in June the Keyfood closed.
Posted In: grocery store, food desert

Where everything goes when 'Everything Must Go'

The East Coast discount retailer Daffy's is going out of business, giving us a look at the ecosystem that sprouts up when a company has to sell everything from shoes to shelves.
Posted In: bankruptcy, liquidation

Lego builds big profits on new girls' toys line

Despite criticism for perpetuating gender stereotypes, the Danish toy maker's first half-year sales were up 24 percent.
Posted In: lego, marketing

Pandora seeks lower royalties for musicians

To boost profits, the music streaming service is pushing a bill in the House of Representatives that would cut payments to musicians. A coalition representing recording artists plans to fight back with an anti-Pandora PR campaign.
Posted In: pandora, musician, royalties

Marriages fail, but there'll always be wedding dresses

Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice's proposal to buy David’s Bridal for $1.05 billion is a reminder that wedding wear is still a big retail business.
Posted In: wedding dresses, David's Bridal, weddings

Stealthy Silk Road website flying high

The secretive online marketplace works just like eBay or Amazon. The only difference is that its merchandise is illegal, and all of its users are anonymous.
Posted In: illegal, Internet, Silk Road, online retail, online shopping, drugs
Venus, seen as a small black dot, passes across the sun in this 2012 view from a weather observatory in Manila, Philippines.

NASA probes to study weather in outer space

Forecasting bad weather events in space can save big money down here on earth.
Posted In: NASA, weather

Office fun is serious business

Trust falls, scavenger hunts, outdoor team-building -- these are activities best left to the professionals.
Posted In: Fun At Work, workplace, office behavior

U.S. proves popular for money laundering

Standard Chartered denies passing Iranian funds through the U.S. But after other laundering cases, why is the U.S. popular for cleansing money?
Posted In: Banks, money laundering, Standard Chartered

The cost of living...on Mars

The Curiosity Rover's successful landing got us wondering: Just how much would it cost to live on the Red Planet?
Posted In: mars

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