Marketplace for Thursday, October 11, 2012

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The space shuttle Endeavour will travel through South L.A. this weekend on its way to its final resting place, and some residents feel more inconvenienced than intrigued. After nearly 30 years, fast-food chain Wendy’s has decided to update its logo. South Carolina's governor says that colleges should earn the money they get from the state. San Bernardino’s bankruptcy struggles have caused a division among its citizens. The infamous Central American gang MS-13 received the designation of international criminal organization by the Obama administration. And we hear about the rise of plus-size fashion.

Vice presidential candidates debate 6% unemployment

Weekly Wrap: Can we get to 6 percent unemployment? Banks reports big profits. And the EU wins the Nobel.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap

South L.A. has mixed feelings about shuttle route

Organizers say Endeavour's road trip through the neighborhood is an event; some locals and business owners say it's an inconvenience.
Posted In: shuttle, los angeles, South LA, Small Business

Bank profits could hinge on bad-loan reserves

Hit by new regulations and low interest rates, banks are likely to dip into reserves for bad loans again to boost third-quarter profits.
Posted In: Banks

High fashion begins to adopt plus sizes

Plus size clothing for women -- namely, size 14 and up -- is no longer just the domain of budget American clothing. Some of the most prestigious European houses, including Balenciaga and Oscar de la Renta are getting into the business.
Posted In: fashion

V.P. debates draw us in, but don't influence voters

Despite increased interest in vice presidential debates -- from Sarah Palin and Joe Biden to tonight's Biden-Ryan showdown -- polls show these debates don't really change the vote in November.
Posted In: debate, vice president, Joe Biden, Paul Ryan

Obama administration targets Latino street gang MS-13

The MS-13 gang that started as a local street gang in El Salvador will now be designated a transnational criminal organization. That means the U.S. Treasury Dept. can target its financial assets.
Posted In: MS-13, El Salvador, street gangs

S.C. governor pushes college funding reforms

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says state college funding should be tied to graduation rates and whether grads get jobs.
Posted In: college, South Carolina

The challenge of governing a bankrupt city

Since San Bernardino declared bankruptcy this summer, tensions have been rising and elected officials have been struggling to agree on a big idea to fix the city's problems.
Posted In: San Bernardino, municipality

'Old-fashioned' has lost its chic for Wendy's

The hamburger chain is updating its logo and look for the first time in 30 years, trying to rise above its fast-food competitors when fast food has lost some of its appeal.
Posted In: wendy's, fast food, marketing, logo

Resale value for a canceled wedding?

A company offers a second life for called-off nuptials.
Posted In: wedding

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