Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 21, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 21, 2008

Starbucks suit tips in baristas' favor

Starbucks baristas in California have won $100 million in back tips from a class-action lawsuit forbidding supervisors to share lower-level employee gratuity. Dan Grech reports where baristas draw the rank lines.
Posted In: Crime, Jobs, Retail

London hedge fund uses dirty tricks

A dirty tricks unit in the U.K. was manipulating stocks by spreading false rumors and making huge profits from short-selling. Doug Krizner talks to Stephen Beard about the "trash and cash" operation that got them in trouble.

Earmarks create a Web collapse

A new online earmark tracking system shut down the day requests were due because of an overload of traffic. John Dimsdale reports this could be an indicator of the House's inability to track and prioritize these projects.

The long journey into Taiwan

Getting across the Taiwan strait these days is a major hassle, even though there's plenty of business back and forth. Scott Tong recreates the journey of one American businessman who travels almost all day to get to his destination.
Posted In: Jobs, Travel

Discounts can't prevent retail pinch

Off-price retailers are set to release earnings reports next week, and they may be starting to feel the pinch of recession. Sally Herships reports analysts have high hopes, but even discount retail might suffer.
Posted In: Retail

Dogs on the uptick in NCAA

The Drake Bulldogs are a potential Cinderella story in the NCAA tournament this year, which could mean big money for their school. Dan Grech reports on the possible increases in merchandise sales and out-of-state applicants.
Posted In: Sports

Future cars in a present recession

The New York Auto Show opens today, and there will be a lot of talk about cars of the future. Janet Babin reports playing with the balance sheet is might be all U.S. automakers can do to weather an economic storm.
Posted In: Auto

The economy is a funny thing after all

While getting his PhD in economics, Yoram Bauman discovered how to approach the subject from a humorous side. Scott Jagow talks to him about his career as the world's premiere stand-up economist.
Posted In: Economy, Entertainment

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Wrecking Ball
Gillian Welch
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Beth Orton