Marketplace PM for January 3, 2006
This month marks the 300th anniversary of Ben Franklin's birth. Ever wonder how he could pay the bills while he was flying his famous kite or charming the French? Professor Blaine McCormick tells Tess Vigeland about Franklin's hidden entrepreneurial smarts.
Today lobbyist Jack Abramoff pled guilty to federal criminal charges in a growing influence-peddling scandal. As John Dimsdale reports, Abramoff's willingness to cooperate means he's likely to testify against several members of Congress.
Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff announced a new plan for distributing anti-terror funds to American cities. Only certain cities will be eligible for funds, and they'll have to detail how they plan to spend it. Alisa Roth reports.
Hong Kong startup Oasis Airline promises discount fares to its home city from Europe and the US. European Bureau Chief Stephen Beard reports.
In Dalton, Georgia, there's a booming Latino population but a shrinking number of Spanish-speaking teachers in schools. Sarah Gardner reports about Dalton's teacher apprentice program for bilingual high school students.