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Astoria Characters: The History Buff

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Alfred C. Ronzoni Jr. arrives at the Greater Astoria Historical Society right on the dot. Al, in case you didn't know, is one of the pasta-making Ronzonis.

Good News for Real Estate: The Probable Scenario

Alan Schram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Schram

A raging debate has been taking place concerning the health of real estate, and how long it will take to absorb the excess supply. Here is a probable scenario.

Grocery Chain's Crackdown To Blame For Salvation Army's Donation Drop?

The Washington Post | Paul Schwartzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For more than two decades, bell-ringing Salvation Army volunteers collected donations outside Giant Food stores, a holiday season ritual that gave sho...

Christmas Letter 2010

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spirits are in me), I have once again decided to follow in that great tradition of boring everyone silly by writing a Christmas letter.

Home Depot Ups Outlook Slightly

Businessweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Home Depot Inc. raised its 2010 earnings guidance for the second time in two months as November sales came in better than expected. But revenue growth...

Nate C. Hindman

Just In Time For The Holidays, A Startup Plans To Fix The Broken Gift Card Industry | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Evidence shows that if you bought a gift card for a family member or friend, there's a strong chance you inadvertently gave a gift to the retailer or ...

Shun The Mega-Retailers

Jeff Milchen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Milchen

Just as the U.S. government has subsidized the largest global banks at the expense of smaller competitors and taxpayers, the rise of the mega-retailers owes partial thanks to the invisible hand of Uncle Sam. Those government policies should be reversed.

The Faithful Shopper: Superstore Savings

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

The big-box revolution (aka superstores) that took over the suburbs years ago has come to the five boroughs. Save time and money by taking care of multiple needs in one big store this season.

Creating Chemistry

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

When my group of park friends set about fixing Nettelhorst, our neighborhood's underutilized and underperforming local school, the infrastructure team had a clear mandate: conjure up some chemistry on a budget of nothing. And fast.

Where It All Began: Chain Retailers' First Locations

Wallet Pop | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Before your favorite retail chain had locations all across America, they had to start somewhere. Some "birthing" stories are fairly well-known. For ex...

Garbage Moguls: God Bless the Eco-Capitalists

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrea Chalupa

While these eco-capitalists are pouring their blood, sweat, and presumably some tears into the next great industrial revolution, Colin Beavan has a handy list of tips on how you and I can create less trash.

American Values

Karl Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Karl Grossman

The wedding at T.J. Maxx featured last week on NBC's Today show has to make one wonder about values in the United States.

The Forgotten Cemetery at Home Depot

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr


Father-of-the-Bridal Registry

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Many fathers, as well as their future sons-in-law, are often clueless when it comes to items in a bridal registry.

A Dangerous Pattern: Rewarding Failure

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Ashkenas

Cross-posted from Harvard Business Online Over the past few months there has been growing anger and frustration about outsized Wall Street bonuses aw...

Haitian Business Crushed--Not by Earthquake, But by Home Depot

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

A Haitian immigrant who built a multi-million business in New Jersey is now fighting to survive financially -- a victim not of the recent earthquake in his native country -- but of racial discrimination in America.

Obama: 'Insulation Is Sexy Stuff' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

President Obama laid out an appeal to Congress to pass temporary incentives for homeowners who make their homes more energy efficient at a Northern Vi...

The Right's Bogus War on Christmas

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

What's in a greeting? With Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and Christmas all going on this time of year, one would think that an all-inclusive se...

Obama's Next Economic Push To Be Staged At Home Depot

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House announced on Saturday that President Obama will be hosting a discussion about his new home retrofitting proposal at a Home Depot store...

Five Items You Should Always Recycle

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Recycling is one of the easiest steps you can take toward living green--but some recycling matters more than others.

California: Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joseph A. Palermo

Scwharzenegger and the Republicans who control California's finances have concluded it's not even worth trying to compete with India and China anymore, as evidenced by the "restructuring" of the California State University system.

Big Hurt In Store For Retail

New York Post | James Covert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

After the worst holiday season in five years, Wall Street is bracing for a slew of ugly profit reports from retailers and downbeat forecasts for 2008....

Home Depot Launches 'Eco Options' Label

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Wednesday on CNBC CFO Carol Tome discussed the launch of Home Depot's Eco Options label, which appears on 3,700 products. According to the company, th...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Betting Against the American Middle Class

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Unionization is how the middle class re-emerges. America could do without a few filthy-rich boys lolling on yachts in the Mediterranean.

Depression in California's Inland Empire Shows Need for Employee Free Choice Act

Tom Woodruff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Woodruff

An economic tragedy is unfolding in the Inland Empire region of southern California. We need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act to give workers a realistic shot at the American Dream.