Marketplace for Monday April 28, 2014

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Ronald McDonald looks into the stands from the court
Episode Description 
The NBA operates a bit like McDonalds – the owners of the teams are basically franchisees. And the franchisees run the NBA. So could the other owners oust Sterling because he threatens their bigger business model? Plus, high school graduation rates in the U.S. have hit a new high, 80 percent, after a nearly decade-long campaign to raise graduation rates. What was done to raise the rate, and how valuable is the degree that more teenagers are getting. Also, new U.S. sanctions target the head of the state-controlled Russian oil giant Rosneft. We explain how U.S. and multi-national companies with U.S. ties, including BP, Exxon and Shell, are finding themselves affected by the move, and what options they have to protect themselves.
Logo of state-owned oil company Rosneft

How Russian sanctions could pinch Western companies

New sanctions take aim at the head of a Russian oil company in which BP has a big stake. BP’s stock fell after new sanctions were announced.
Posted In: sanctions, Russia

Coal ash = environmental win (when you recycle it)

The toxic discharge from coal plants beats Portland cement when used in concrete.
Posted In: coal, concrete, waste
Commencement ceremony at Cypress Bay High School

High-school graduation rate hits 80 percent for first time

High school graduation rates in the U.S. have reached 80 percent. What was done to raise the rate, and how valuable is the degree that more teenagers are getting?
Posted In: Education, high school, graduation
Team owner Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers

Clippers owner Donald Sterling suspended, fined

Why Donald Sterling matters to the NBA: Franchisee-owners are in charge.
Posted In: NBA, Donald Sterling
Bao Bao

Can pandas jump the shark?

What it takes to reach "peak panda".
Posted In: panda, Giant Panda, Washington D.C.

Border towns hit hard as fewer migrants cross

Fewer migrants crossing Arizona’s border mean a slump for towns that relied on the smuggling economy.
Posted In: Immigration, migrant workers
Sociometric Solutions

If your company ID badge was a tracking device...

Inventors say badges let your boss know "how you really feel".
Posted In: workplace culture, employee monitoring

Will Jupiter align with Mars?

Marketplace Datebook for Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Posted In: hair, Age of Aquarius, Seinfeld
Team owner Donald Sterling

What if you found out your boss made racist remarks?

The NBA is investigating the legitimacy of a recording said to be of the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Posted In: NBA, Donald Sterling

In which Dove's 'Real Beauty' campaign faces real backlash

Dove's most recent ad campaign has been called "patronizing" and "hypocritical".
Posted In: Dove, branding

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Det Haster!
Casiokids
The Repudiated Immortals
Of Montreal
The Kids Don't Stand A Chance
Vampire Weekend
Fast As You Can (Album Version)
Fiona Apple
In Particular
Blonde Redhead
Hot Cakes
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