Marketplace for Thursday, August 7, 2008

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Prosecutors investigate 'ice fixing'

Wholesale ice is a nearly $2 billion market in the U.S. and it's controlled by just three companies. Now federal prosecutors think they may be working together to control prices. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Crime

Scrap metal scavenging on campus

Harvard regularly puts out free office furniture so students can comb through and find whatever they need. But lately, organizers are seeing a different group of people taking advantage of the offer. Hammad Ahmed reports.

Mass. passing the hat for student loans

Governor Deval Patrick is asking major universities and the state pension fund to pitch in to save the state's college loan program. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Boston Globe reporter Casey Ross what the reaction has been.
Posted In: Education

Time to take control of markets

John McCain has a new ad out that tries to distance him from big industries. Commentator and economist James Galbraith says he's been seeing a lot of this kind of repositioning among conservatives lately.

Athletes cash in with Olympic gold

The Olympic Games officially get going tomorrow. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Diana Nyad about the financial ramifications success at the games could have for some U.S. athletes, both known and unknown.
Posted In: Sports

Site lets you peek at a startup's future

A new site called YouNoodle launched an application to help you calculate the potential success of web startups. Rico Gagliano takes the service for a test drive.
Posted In: Internet

EPA rejects ethanol waver for Texas

The Environmental Protection Agency denied Texas's request for a reduction in a federal ethanol mandate. Who gains and who loses from the decision? Janet Babin reports.

Citi to buy back $7 billion in bonds

After some nudging by authorities, Citigroup says it'll buy back billions of dollars worth of auction-rate securities to settle accusations of fraudulent sales. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Economy

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Brainfreeze: A Nonstop Live Mix of Strictly 45's and Exercise in Vinyl Destruction
Dark Sneak Love Action
Elevators & Oscillators: An Album Companion
Living in the Past
Jukebox 45's

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