Marketplace for Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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This year, President Obama, Mitt Romney and the super PACs supporting them are expected to air millions of dollars worth of ads during the Olympic Games. In the U.S., there's a new report out today that says home prices have actually risen, but banks aren't ready to start increasing their loans to homebuyers. Manufacturing company Caterpillar recently reported some pretty good earnings -- so why are they pushing for employee concessions? Sesame Street is moving into the franchising business, opening preschools and after-school clubs in India. And Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died yesterday. We look at the progress women have made since her historic flight.
Posted In: Sesame Street, preschool
Sesame Street has long licensed toys. Now it has entered the for-profit preschool market in India by franchising its curriculum.
Posted In: 2012 election, London Olympics, Olympics 2012, 2012 campaign
But is there a risk negative ads will turn off viewers?
Posted In: Whats up Europe, italy, Germany
A number of Southern Italian cities, including the entire province of Sicily, are on the verge of bankruptcy.
Posted In: NASA, women, Science, space
The passing of astronaut Sally Ride is occasion to mark the gains women have made in math and science since her historic space flight, and reflect on the challenges that remain.
Posted In: Penn State, football
As of last weekend, 18-year-old cornerback Ross Douglas was headed to Penn State to play football as a Nittany Lion; he's now de-committed in the wake of the NCAA sanctions on the school. He and his mother talk about the difficult decision.