Marketplace PM for October 27, 2004

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Pssst. Want to buy a flu shot?

The New York Times reports today that Washington has set up a web site for state and local health officials to track where, when and how many flu shots are available. The laws of supply and demand suggest the short supply of vaccine will tend to go where the money is. And a lot of that money is in a growing black market. From the Marketplace health desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer checks it out. (Photo: Getty Images)

Can you hold this check for a day or two?

Timing is everything. Just ask someone in the habit of floating a check. Managing cash flow is not just an issue for those who live paycheck to paycheck: its a big deal for many small businesses. As of tomorrow, you'll want to be very careful about having enough money in the bank to cover that check. Kim Clark, a senior writer at US News and World Report tells us it's called Check 21 and it's designed to speed up the processing of the 40 billion checks written each year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Attracting the female voter

A new Reuters/Zogby poll says President Bush leads John Kerry by three points nationwide. Kerry is holding on to some traditionally Democratic voting blocs like African Americans and union members. But, the poll says, Senator Kerry trails President Bush when it comes to women. Commentator and family advocate Karen Kornbluh attributes this to the way Mr. Bush has packaged his message.

Marketplace Letters!

It's time to open some mail, here at Marketplace.

Sending in the A Team

With six days left til election day, the candidates are bouncing all over the electoral map - sometimes hitting several states in a single day. Despite the brevity of these visits, there's a lot to get done. Someone has to drum up the crowds, rent a public address system, and make sure the camera risers are in just the right place. For those on the advance teams, it's a lot of work for very little glory. Brian Watt reports. (Photo: Getty Images)

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