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Features by Sally Herships

Coal miners still die from Black Lung in 2013, but new rules could change that

This month federal regulators are expected to come out with new rules around Black Lung. Mine owners have argued against stricter regulations. It's been decades since major changes were made in standards for coal dust exposure.
Posted In: coal, black lung, regulations

Happy anniversary, Bernie Madoff. Five years ago this month, he was arrested

Victims of Madoff's scheme are still struggling to adjust to their financial losses -- and also their loss of trust.
Posted In: madoff, ponzi

There are communities where Prohibition still exists, and it's costing them

More dry counties have been phasing out Prohibition-era laws, in part to attract more businesses.
Posted In: Prohibition, beer, liquor sales

A tall tower threatens to darken New York's Central Park

A glut of new luxury towers going up in Midtown Manhattan has some residents worried their beloved Central Park will be overshadowed.
Posted In: New York City, luxury

The air up there

Air rights, and zoning rules, are what gives cities like New York their skylines. And air rights are worth big money these days.
Posted In: New York City, air rights, real estate

The economy is getting better? I quit!

A report out today shows more people are quitting their jobs.
Posted In: economic recovery, Obamacare

Instagram promises ads will fit 'Instagram aesthetic' -- whatever that is

Instagram wants to put ads into our social media feeds, but it promises those ads will mirror the "Instagram aesthetic."
Posted In: instagram, photography, advertising

Will Samsung always be Pepsi to Apple's Coke?

No matter how many handsets Samsung sells, Apple may always dominate the conversation.
Posted In: samsung, apple, iPhone, Google Android

Free shipping? I got your free shipping, right here

As online retailers fight for a piece of the customer pie, the ability to deliver goods quickly and cheaply is key.
Posted In: Amazon Prime, Target, shipping, Christmas shopping

A day in the life of a Federal mediator for the BART strike

It takes a lot of people skills and knowledge of the intricacies of labor contracts to be a Federal mediator, like those called in to try to resolve the BART strike in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Posted In: labor, mediators, BART

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