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Marketplace for Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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With the end of summer nearing, we look at the economics of the ice cream man. Retailers are catching the marriage bug. After a month long vacation, European politicians are back at work. Kai Ryssdal talks to Myles Porter from the American judo team about what it's like to be legally blind and compete in this year's Paralympic Games. Reporter David Gura stops into Port Orange, Fla., where tax problems and plummeting land prices are creating major issues for those who live there. And we learn how the Times Picayune's role in the community has evolved since Katrina, even among downsizing.

As eurozone leaders return to work, worries resurface

Europe's politicians are back at work after long summer vacations, but the economic woes that beset the continent then are now back in the headlines.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis

The economics behind the ice cream man

Kids across the country are getting in their last licks from their neighborhood ice cream man. But while they and their parents have chocolate eclairs on their minds, their drivers are making a complicated economic calculus.
Posted In: ice cream

Facing Isaac, Times-Picayune looks to digital to cover hurricanes

How have the changes to New Orleans' newspaper affected its ability to cover Hurricane Isaac? NOLA.com's James O'Byrne discusses the Times-Picayune's digital strategy.
Posted In: Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Katrina, newspapers, New Orleans, hurricane

New Orleans' $14 billion levee system holds for now

The $14 billion invested in the New Orleans levee system after Hurricane Katrina has begun to pay off in the latest storm, but what lessons have we learned about cost, benefit and risk?
Posted In: Hurricane Isaac, New Orleans, levee, Isaac

Legally blind, and competing in the Paralympics

The 2012 Paralympic Games opened in London on Wednesday. American judo athlete Myles Porter tells us what it's like to compete in world's second largest sporting competition.
Posted In: Paralympics, sponsorship, athletes, judo, blind

Marriages fail, but there'll always be wedding dresses

Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice's proposal to buy David’s Bridal for $1.05 billion is a reminder that wedding wear is still a big retail business.
Posted In: wedding dresses, David's Bridal, weddings

For Florida town, growth at what price?

The mayor of Port Orange, Fla., has been a cheerleader for growth, but now has second thoughts.
Posted In: Florida, growth, development

President Obama answers questions on Reddit

Users asked the president a variety of questions -- serious and not.
Posted In: Barack Obama, reddit

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Be Easy
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Vase
Miike Snow
Beat It (Single Version)
Michael Jackson
Whats Your Priority
D-Tension
Outta Your Mind (Album Version (Explicit)) [Feat. Lmfao] [Explicit]
Lil Jon
Ice Cream (Instrumental)
Battles