Category Archives: Original reporting

Cities aren’t the only ones facing major pension costs

While my focus here on Budget Crunch is public agencies’ financial woes, I thought that to be fair I provide a bit of context that I have recently gained while covering corporate business news at Business Insider. Since I started … Continue reading

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A tale of two cities: How Jersey City is getting in its own way

By Melanie Hicken After years of planning, longtime Jersey City chef Nicole Puzio saw her dream of opening her own restaurant quickly turn into a nightmare. Puzio and her business partner Edward Radich thought they had dotted there i’s and … Continue reading

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Best ways for companies to capitalize on social media tools are still up for debate

NEW YORK CITY — Four months since its June founding, flash-sale website Fab.com has gained 850,000 followers – a meteoric rise that the company’s co-founder attributes to an effective use of social media. “We’re adding 10,000 users a day, most … Continue reading

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Why I’m willing to bet $20 that you’ve stolen something in your lifetime

Have you ever stolen something? My guess is that the overwhelming majority of you reading this would answer with a fairly emphatic “no.” But let me rephrase the question. Have you ever taken something for your school or workplace for … Continue reading

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Thomas Friedman for 20-somethings

Author Thomas Friedman has important things to say to 20-somethings about the future of the U.S. economy, but for a variety of reasons, we’re not really listening. At least that’s the argument that drove my friend and former colleague Max … Continue reading

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Hollywood rides out the recession relatively unscathed

Authors note: This is one in a series of blog posts related to business reporting class assignments.  While interesting (I hope!) they will likely not have much to do with municipal finance. Starbuck lattes. The new best selling book. Movie … Continue reading

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Consumers cutback amid growing economic doom and gloom

Authors note: This is one in a series of blog posts related to business reporting class assignments.  While interesting (I hope!) they will likely not have much to do with municipal finance. NEW YORK CITY — Twenty-four-year-old Orlando Estrada makes … Continue reading

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