The more things change... Dan Gillmor of The San Jose Mercury News says Apple Computer is again headed for obscurity. (Macheads will want to read this Seattle Times review of the soon-to-debut OS X, however.) Turning to a technology with a future, the Merc sees a miracle: Internet by satellite.
Heres another story were doomed to read every few years: The Cleveland Plain Dealer says the trade deficit is ballooning, meaning that whats good for American consumers is bad for American manufacturers, particularly steel makers. The Cincinnati Enquirer elaborates on steel's troubles.
What do mad cow disease and bioengineered plants have in common? Absolutely nothing. Yet the European public has added the former to its already long list of reasons to oppose the latter, according to The Los Angeles Times.MODEL-LESS BUSINESS. You already knew that energy prices are leaping. Did you know, however, that utilities could be doing something about it? The Denver Post says wind power is suddenly cost-competitive.
Impartiality shouldnt imply ignorance, and in the case of Magdalena Jacobsen, it doesnt. In a profile of the mediator between American Airlines and its flight attendants on a labor contract, The Dallas Morning News says Jacobsens experience as both a flight attendant and an airline executive has earned her respect from both sides.
What, oh what, went wrong with Employee Solutions, a company once lauded in The Arizona Republic and national publications? I'll tell ya what. Read the seventh paragraph of this article. Now, can you say what, exactly, was the companys business model? Thought not.
Money may or may not be the root of evil, but some of it certainly is the fruit of evil. The St. Petersburg Times says bankers and regulators dont think they can stop money laundering, but theyre trying.AMAZIN' AMAZON? Talk about vertical integration! A Maryland entrepreneur wants to establish a helicopter ferry service that, for some clients, could be cheaper than using the roads, says The Baltimore Sun. The Minneapolis Star Tribune tells of another startup based on a simple goal: odor removal.
From the never-would-have-thought-of-that-in-a-million-years file: What happened to the food aboard the U.S.S. Cole after the ship was bombed? It rotted something awful, until a Milwaukee company got a contract to clean it out, says The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
This Boston Globe article about Amazon.com reminded me of the bring-out-your-dead scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Its stock price tailspin notwithstanding, Amazon in many ways remains a huge success, and Jeff Bezos remains the prophet of a new retail age, the article argues.
Lately, more and more workers have gotten stock options. Now, some companies are extending the once exotic perk to union workers, says The St. Paul Pioneer Press.DRUG WITHDRAWALS. Plenty of towns think they can milk travelers for their sustenance. The difference between success and failure in tourism often isn't local scenery, but the locals' knowledge, The (Portland) Oregonian says.
Yanking a product off store shelves always means something wrong has happened. When the product is a pharmaceutical, you're talking tragedy. The Philadelphia Inquirer says drugmakers have withdrawn 11 products in four years after they were shown to do more harm than good.
They make the stuff sound like heroin! The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the town has discovered the highs and lows of Red Bull, an extremely caffeinated energy drink.
Finally this week: The Kansas City Stars Jerry Heaster ruminates on a sobering milestone: becoming the oldest person at his workplace. Hübler reports for The Denver Post