Marketplace for Monday, November 19, 2012
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There's optimism that a congressional compromise to avoid tripping over the fiscal cliff is all but a done deal. So what's changed? Cranberries are big business in Massachusetts, but climate change is forcing growers there to rethink operations. The juggernaut that is Black Friday just keeps growing. And now it has extended beyond just sweaters and electronics. Plus, the oil boom in North Dakota has brought thousands of workers to the state, but there's not a lot to do except work. So one promoter brought mixed martial-arts fights to town.
Posted In: Oil, North Dakota, Black Gold Boom
North Dakota's oil boom has drawn thousands of workers to the state, overwhelming small towns. Rents are sky high. Workers live in barracks called mancamps. And there's not much to do besides work. One promoter brought martial arts fighting to town -- the Williston Basin Blowout.
Posted In: China, Communist Party, Mao
Sidney Rittenberg is one of the few Americans to join China's Communist Party. The one-time translator for Mao Tse-tung hopes China's new leaders have the courage to reform.
Posted In: Hostess, Twinkies
Hostess will hold talks with its bakery workers union to try to avoid the company being shut down. Bad news for people who may have bid thousands of dollars on Twinkies.
Posted In: Retail, advertising, marketing, Black Friday
Businesses from insurance to over-the-counter medicine see the crowds attracted by Black Friday shopping and figure out ways to cash in.