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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

Opening Bell: Ax Falls At Lehman

Prez and CFO demoted, CEO may be next; KeyCorp cuts dividend; Zell loses publisher; more trouble for AIG; etc.

Heads rolled at Lehman Brothers as the Wall Street bank took action to restore its tattered credibility after a brutal... More

Opening Bell: Are Your Chemicals Safe?

New Euro regs push U.S; will the Belgians brew Bud?; fugitive CEO living large in Namibia; etc.

The Washington Post on A1 writes that a tough new European law regulating the chemical industry is affecting the way... More

Opening Bell: Bernanke Talks Tough on Inflation

Says developing countries can do more; Libor reform lite; Sam Israel’s suicide solution; etc.

Inflation is the topic du jour at The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times this morning. The... More

Opening Bell: Lehman’s Big Loss

Second-quarter hit a sign o’ the times; corporate ‘golden coffins’; a dark side of free trade; etc.

Lehman Brothers troubles deepened as it projected it would lose $2.8 billion in the second quarter—far more than already dour... More

Opening Bell: New Fronts in the Credit Crunch

FT and WSJ make predictions; gas prices crushing rural poor; about that AOL whistleblower; etc.

The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal pull out their crystal balls to predict what the credit crunch will... More

Opening Bell: The Incredible Shrinking Tribune

Zell slashes pages, people; foreclosures gone wild; UBS ready to sing; AIG faces criminal investigation; etc.

The Tribune Company is slashing its papers’ newshole and employees in a bid to stay afloat under its staggering debt.... More

Opening Bell: Bond Insurers Headed South

Moody’s set to downgrade MBIA, Ambac; kinder, gentler Wal-Mart; bizarre doings at the FCC; etc.

Prospects of another downturn in the credit crisis continued to increase, this time on an old standby: a credit-ratings firm... More

Opening Bell: Will Americans Drop the SUV?

Carmakers think so; GM may unload Hummer; WaPo’s hyperlocal Web site experiment bombs; etc.

(Sub-headline corrected on 6/8/08) The nation’s car market continued to suffer from high gas prices, with sales tumbling 11 percent... More

Opening Bell: Ken Thompson Kicked To Curb

Wachovia says, No mas!; Lehman loss is coming; where are they now: Dick Grasso; Google angers big advertisers; etc.

Wachovia dumped its CEO Ken Thompson after a series of bad moves over the last few years culminated in a... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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