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The Press Drives Out to the Country

USA Today adds to Times on gas hit to rural U.S.

The press has written quite a bit about how the price of gasoline is making the exurban lifestyle cost prohibitive... More

Costco vs. Wal-Mart

Slate asks why their labor practices are so different

Over at Slate, Liza Featherstone asks a good question: Why doesn’t Wal-Mart pay its employees as well as Costco does?... More

Opening Bell: Moodier and Moodier

Ratings firm pushes out exec; Grasso keeps riches; bust makes Starbucks contract for once; etc.

Moody’s got rid of an executive after finding “inappropriate” and “deeply disappointing” conduct in his staff’s ratings of financial derivatives.... More

Blackstone vs. the Bean Counters

CEO likes fair-value when prices go up but not when they go down

Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times scores an interview with Blackstone Group chief Stephen Schwarzman, who’s running around... More

A Bear Raid?

Vanity Fair talks to lots of Bear Stearns execs who think—surprise!—outsiders did them in

Was Bear Stearns murdered? Vanity Fair asks that provocative question in a riveting but overdone piece on the demise of... More

Opening Bell: Swiss Mess

U.S. seeks UBS client list; casino bubble bursting, too?; IndyMac in peril; etc.

The U.S. is trying to upend the secrecy of the Swiss banks. The Justice Department asked a federal court to... More

Water Boggle

The Washington Post goes above the fold on page one with about as good a slap-down of the bottled-water industry... More

Housing Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

So says BusinessWeek in its cover story

BusinessWeek takes a look in its good cover story at why the housing crisis is just going to get worse:... More

Unloading Bad Securities

UBS may also soon stand for Undone By Scandals

Gretchen Morgenson in the Sunday Times shed some more light on the UBS auction-ratings securities soon-to-be-scandal (That would make at... More

Opening Bell: A Ground Zero Black Hole

WTC delayed yet again; Hoarding hurts food prices; Is this bear ‘94 or ‘74? etc.

Editor’s note: Welcome to the new, right-sized Opening Bell. Since February, our young-yet-wizened Ryan Chittum has toiled in the wee... More

Opening Bell: Bear Country

Dow downers; Fed scrambles; one more Countrywide postmortem, etc.

Stock markets plunged on Thursday on worries about the health of the financial system and the economy as a whole.... More

Opening Bell

Exxon’s $2 billion win; Fed stays put; States pile on Countrywide; etc.

The Supreme Court handed a $2 billion victory to Exxon Mobil, saying the punitive-damages award for the Exxon Valdez disaster... More

Opening Bell: Wrong Track

Consumer confidence dives again; so do home prices; real estate crimes; Buffett on porn; etc.

Consumer confidence plummeted, raising fears of a deeper recession if the pessimism translates into lower spending. The Wall Street Journal... More

Opening Bell: GM’s Gas-Guzzler Blues

Zero percent financing rides again; 100 percent financing rides again; Google News is overrated; etc.

General Motors continued its struggles, going back to its same old bag of tricks for another round of zero percent... More

Opening Bell: At Least It Wasn’t a Bridge Tournament

SEC’s Cox sunned while Wall Street burned; Big bank layoffs; Saudis pump more, Nigerians less; etc.

The Wall Street Journal takes a withering A1 look at the performance of Securities and Exchange Commission chairman during the... More

Opening Bell: Perp Walk

Plus, “Operation Malicious Mortgage”; Swiss cheats; an RV chase scene, etc.

The Bear Stearns Two got their perp walk yesterday after a federal grand jury indicted them on criminal fraud charges,... More

Opening Bell: GAO Smacks Down Air Force

Says it improperly awarded major contract; bad news at FedEx; Pfizer sticks it to us on Lipitor; etc.

The Government Accountability Office handed Boeing a huge win, finding that the Air Force improperly awarded a $35 billion contract... More

Opening Bell: What’s Goldman’s Secret?

Firm weathering credit storm; stagflation alert; tougher toy regs; lenders screw poor students; etc.

Goldman Sachs continued to navigate the credit crisis better than any of its peers. It reported just an 11 percent... More

Opening Bell: Fed Says Markets Too Optimistic

August rate hike unlikely; more evidence that KBR ripped us off in Iraq; rethinking privatization; etc.

The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times both go page one with apparent leaks from the Federal Reserve that... More

Opening Bell: Crimes at Bear Stearns

Feds ready indictments; the toll of write-downs; AIG to sell some operations?; etc.

Federal prosecutors are preparing to indict two Bear Stearns executives who ran hedge funds there that collapsed last summer in... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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