Marketplace PM for October 15, 2004
You know what Friday means? Time to check the week on Wall Street with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas. And what a week it was ... (Photo: Getty Images)
George Bush's campaign chairman in New England stepped down today. James Tobin had been accused of helping jam Democratic phone lines back on Election Day two years ago, charges he's denied. Election fraud has been a touchy subject ever since the complications we saw in Florida four years ago. Congress approved the Help America Vote Act to try to avoid a repeat. But of the almost $4 billion the bill set aside for upgrading voting technology, less than 20 percent has been spent so far. And much of that's been poorly invested says John Fund, author of the new book "Stealing Elections"...
Okay fantasy buffs, listen up! Tomorrow is "Worldwide D & D Day", marking 30 years of Dungeons and Dragons. For the uninitiated, D&D is a role-playing game in which you use your imagination - along with multi-sided dice - to find hidden treasure and combat nasty monsters. But as Brian Bull reports, the franchise itself has a history of harrowing adventures.
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A new medical development could help save the lives of 700,000 children a year. New tests show a vaccine that GlaxoSmithKline developed over a decade ago could prevent Malaria from being life-threatening almost 60 percent of the time. Many in the pharmaceutical industry had questioned whether a malaria vaccine was technologically feasible. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler reports. (Photo: Getty Images)
A report out today from the University of Michigan says consumer confidence in the economy is down. Rising oil prices are to blame. But that's not stopping consumers from spending hard-earned cash. Retail sales jumped a whopping one-and-a-half percent last month. So, what's really going on here? Commentator Amity Shlaes says in election season, you can't judge consumer confidence by economic indicators.