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Archive - May 16, 2013
Bubbles can be bad for your financial health - and bad for the health of the economy, too. The dot-com bubble of the late 1990s left behind many vacant buildings and many more failed dreams. When the housing bubble of the next decade burst, the result was the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s - a crisis from which we have yet to emerge.
From reports, the entrance was what one imagines of a drug lord who isn’t used to waiting for a table in Guadalajara. Only this was in Washington.
Stepping out of the elevator, a wedge of bodyguards shoved people out of the way, one pinning a cameraman against the wall.
The story of three girls grabbed from the streets of Cleveland and caged in their neighborhood for some 10 years demands scrutiny beyond expressions of shock. We can't let this gruesome tale of Ariel Castro allegedly imprisoning, impregnating and tormenting young women simply pass into the annals of true crime -- not just yet. But how are we to process it? The man was clearly a sicko, but what kind of sicko was he?
Are we loosing our direction as a nation? So many things that we long held as basic principles seem to be falling by the wayside.
The report from the Arlington, Va., Police Department is, on its face, hardly newsworthy:
Is there such a thing as a "right business climate" to draw offices, industries, jobs -- and in their wake, prosperity -- to a state?
Judging by the number of organizations that add up and then score and compare taxes, regulations and labor costs for each of the states, one would have to think so.
Brenda Heist wanted to run away from life. Naturally, she went to Key West, Fla.
The first time I was down there, I saw a highway sign that, for me, perfectly captured the meaning of that place. North, it said, with an arrow pointing the way.
It should've been the shot heard around the world. Chances are, you didn't hear it.
If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hoped she could segue quietly into private life as she pondered a presidential bid in 2016, that fantasy has been abruptly harpooned in the resurrection of the political squabble over the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.
The capital is in the throes of deja vu and preview as it plunges back into Clinton Rules, defined by a presidential aide on the hit ABC show "Scandal" as damage control that goes like this: "It's not true, it's not true, it's not true, it's old news."