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Features by Sally Herships

Reframing Flattery

To some, brown-nosing is a dirty business. To others, it's an art.
Posted In: Jobs, employment, flattery, promtions

Sears, Kmart to close stores after dismal holiday

Sears and Kmart plan to eliminate as many as 120 stores. Analysts wonder if their hedge fund owner really understands the retail biz.
Posted In: Retail, Sears, Kmart

A true holiday tradition: The NBA on Christmas

The NFL has its Thanksgiving tradition, and the NBA has Christmas. Ever wonder why?
Posted In: Sports, NBA, Christmas

Nonprofits using deals websites to find new donors

Nonprofits need money, deals websites e-mail people who want to spend money -- it's a natural combination.
Posted In: philanthropy, donations, nonprofits

Payroll tax cut, what payroll tax cut?

Some New Yorkers told Marketplace they don't know what the payroll tax cut is, how much money it put in their pockets, or whether they spent it.
Posted In: payroll tax

Debt crisis tarnishes the euro club

The European Union was once the hottest international club around. Does its debt crisis and infighting make less appealing to those who have waited years to gain admission?
Posted In: European Union

BlackBerry maker plays catch up

Research in Motion was the smartphone’s pioneer. But the BlackBerry’s core business customers are switching to iPhone and Android devices.
Posted In: Blackberry, Research in Motion, smartphones, business

Wheat prices down 25% this year

Farmers are hurting as wheat prices drop, but it doesn't necessarily mean the price of bread and cereal for consumers will also fall.
Posted In: wheat prices, food costs, farming

Big-box superstores as bellwether indicators

Major retailers like Costco and Walmart often act as indicators of the overall economy, because they can reveal trends for what -- and if -- people are buying.
Posted In: Costco, Walmart, Retail

Grouponing charity

Charities are using Groupon to solicit, collect and match donations.
Posted In: Charitable giving, groupon

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