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Features by Shannon Mullen

Maine lobster could get a marketing boost

The lobster industry in Maine has proposed higher fees in order to spend big bucks on advertising. Some lobstermen say that’s a waste of money, but others hope it will increase demand.
Posted In: maine, lobster, marketing, Food

U.S. ambassadors tapped for their connections, cash-raising

Forty percent of politically appointed envoys are big campaign donors. And unlike career diplomats, they get posts in desirable destinations, like Europe and the Caribbean. Caroline Kennedy's potential appointment in Japan would have more challenges.
Posted In: Ambassador

Is the housing recovery leaving too many behind?

According to a report in the Washington Post, President Obama's administration is worried that the housing recovery is leaving too many people, including young people, behind.
Posted In: Housing, real estate, credit, home loans

NRA's plan for school guards: Who, how much, and how trained

The NRA reveals its plans to protect schools from shooters like Adam Lanza. What are the plans? And who bears the costs?
Posted In: gun violence, NRA, guns, gun control

Consumer watchdog bares it all; Banks complain

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has dumped over 100,000 complaints, in 11 computer languages, for “civic hacking.” Banks complain that it’s not filtered for accurate complaints.
Posted In: CFPB, big data, federal government, Credit Cards

Billionaire Steven Cohen buys a Picasso: Vanity or investment?

Hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen has just bought himself another painting -- this time a Picasso -- for $155 million.
Posted In: art, investment

Can we all just agree that SkyMall is now officially dead?

The Federal Aviation Administration could, by July, recommend new rules about stowing your iPad and Kindle during takeoff.
Posted In: airplane travel, FAA, iPad, tablets

Realtors ask: "What can I do to get you OUT of that house?"

With housing inventory at its lowest point in 13 years, realtors are trying new tactics to add listings.
Posted In: housing market, real estate

Parking meter headaches? There's an app for that

More cities are turning to handheld devices and smartphone apps to make it easier for you to feed the parking meter.
Posted In: parking, Transportation

No cash when the collection plate arrives? No problem

More churches are adopting devices that allow cashless worshipers to donate digitally.
Posted In: church, philanthropy, giving

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