Marketplace for Monday, Dec. 24, 2007

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Churches rely on Christmas rush, too

Retailers aren't the only ones counting on the Christmas rush. December is high season for church going. And while year-end isn't exactly make-or-break time for churches, the way it is for stores, it is a key time to fill up those coffers. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Charity

Drive for profit, salvation haunt 'Blood'

Among the films opening this week is "There Will Be Blood." Daniel Day-Lewis stars as a wildcat oil driller in this loose adaptation of an Upton Sinclair novel. Commentator John Brady says the film offers a look at some uniquely American themes.
Posted In: Entertainment, Entrepreneurship

Zimbabwe children fend for themselves

With Zimbabwe's inflation out of control and about 80% of its workforce unemployed, thousands of its citizens are crossing into South Africa illegally to find work. Many of them are children who make that journey by themselves. Gretchen Wilson reports.

Turning good works into good business

A community of Cistercian monks in Wisconsin has developed a Web business reselling ink and toner cartridges for printers at a discount. Sarah Caniglia wrote a book about her experiences helping the "laser monks" run their website. She talks with host Amy Scott.
Posted In: Books, Charity, Entrepreneurship

More shoppers wait till last minute

If you were getting in your last-minute shopping today, chances are you're either a hardcore procrastinator or you're looking for deep discounts just before Christmas. Jeremy Hobson took a look at the holiday's final retail rush.
Posted In: Retail

MAXjet is maxed out on debt

MAXjet Airways filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, leaving some passengers stranded on Christmas Eve. Nancy Marshall-Genzer takes a look at what sent the airline into freefall.
Posted In: Economy, Travel

Merrill turns to Singapore, others for help

Merrill Lynch, which lost more than $2 billion last quarter on bad subprime mortgage investments, got some help today from Singapore's Temasek Holdings, Davis Partners, and GE Capital. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

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1958 London Sessions
Oh, Inverted World
There Will Be Blood
Jonny Greenwood
Christmas Is 4 Ever