Marketplace PM for April 1, 2005

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Pope John Paul II is near death

It has been 26 years. The third longest papacy in the nearly 2,000 year history of the church. Pope John Paul II is head of one of the wealthiest institutions in the world. To advance the causes dearest to him, he's managed a Vatican budget estimated at $300 million a year. From the Marketplace Foreign Desk, Julie Small looks at what the numbers tell us about his character and his likely legacy.
Posted In: Canada

Hollywood, Sin City, and creative control

The big movie this weekend is likely to be Sin City. Not just because it's full of stars, comic book action and graphic violence. But there's how the film was put together. See, it costs so much to make blockbusters, many directors have trouble turning a profit for the studios. Director Robert Rodriguez likes his movies to be different. From KUT in Austin, Julie Moody reports.

The week that was on Wall Street

It's Friday, which means it is time to check the week on Wall Street with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.
Posted In: Wall Street

China: environmentally friendly or just pretending?

This week the Chinese government hosted its first ever international conference on green buildings. These are houses and offices that consume less energy and raw materials. If anything, the economic boom has made the country more ravenous. Last year China used as much steel as the U.S. and Japan combined. It's now the biggest coal consumer in the world. Second in oil consumption. Just how serious is China in going green? Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Canada

Recycling -- and when not to recycle

Not all environmental standards already on the books are well-designed. So says commentator and engineer Bill Hammack. He proposes a simple design fix to make recycling more efficient.<br><p>Bill Hammack teaches chemical engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana.

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