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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

Opening Bell: Credit Crunch Hits Poor Students

Want a loan for community college? Good luck; foreclosures are rolling; NYT Company’s fat dividend; etc.

The New York Times says the credit crunch is hitting students at two-year colleges and “other less competitive institutions” as... More

Opening Bell: Oil Slicks

As prices soar, U.S. looks for scapegoats; UBS ready to roll over; Jimmy Cayne, pariah; Rachael Ray, jihadi; etc.

The U.S. said it is investigating whether soaring oil prices are being unfairly manipulated, the papers report. The Wall Street... More

Opening Bell: Lying About Libor

Journal calls out banks on distortion; free wireless for all?; the back story of $2 a share for Bear; etc.

The Wall Street Journal uses an interesting bit of enterprise reporting to suggest on A1 which banks are lying about... More

Opening Bell: About That Loan…

Investors want lenders to take back loans; home sales up but also down; choking the brokers, etc.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing number of investors, including big companies, are trying to force companies that... More

Debits & Credits: the FT Investigates

Welcome to the fight, FT; Awol on Ranieri; counter-intuition discharge, etc.

A Credit to the Financial Times for a rare investigative piece, a well-executed probe into a bungled debt rating by... More

Opening Bell: Bear Stearns Saga, In Three Acts

Journal says firm could have saved itself; housing bargains; car trouble; truckers feel the pain; etc.

The Wall Street Journal kicks off a three-part series on “The Fall of Bear Stearns” with a story, accompanied by... More

Opening Bell: Don’t Like Your Credit Rating?

Moody’s, S&P will fix it; Amtrak’s moment; “short squeeze” in oil market; domestic drillers want more; etc.

The Wall Street Journal on its Money & Investing cover looks at another shady practice of the credit-ratings firms—switching out... More

Opening Bell: Happy Summer Driving!

Oil inventories down, prices up; air travel to get much worse; time to pull Pfizer’s antismoking drug?; etc.

The price of oil continues to rise like an uncapped gusher, soaring 3.3 percent to more than $133 a barrel... More

Opening Bell: Thomson Atop Journal

On its way to being just another newspaper; military thinks green; small cities, no flights; etc.

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Rupert Murdoch installed his pal Robert Thomson as the top editor... More

Opening Bell: Is Housing Bill Tough Enough?

May not ‘put a floor’ under the market; stimulus checks have little impact; former AOL execs indicted; etc.

The Senate finally nailed down a deal on a housing bill, something The Wall Street Journal deems worthy of page... More

Opening Bell: Banks’ Creative Accounting

It’s all legal, and yet…; trouble in dairy land; Microsoft and Yahoo, round II; Chinese workers stay home; etc.

Bloomberg says banks are “hiding” more than $35 billion in losses in (not so) plain sight. The wire service in... More

Opening Bell: Bad Numbers On Blackstone

Papers swallow company spin on losses; Dick Armey and Steve Forbes are angry renters; etc.

(The headline for this post was corrected at 1:55 p.m.) Blackstone Group had a bad first quarter. Just how bad?... More

Opening Bell: Down The Rabbit Hole…

with Freddie and Fannie; bad week for Countrywide; what’s the truth about inflation?; etc.

Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprise that along with Fannie Mae underpins the entire housing market, reported a smaller-than-expected $151 million... More

Opening Bell: Did We Dodge A Recession?

Conventional Wisdom now says yes, maybe; tax the rich, teach the vets; UBS official indicted; etc.

Well, that was fast. The Wall Street Journal on page one says economists are hedging their bets on a recession,... More

Opening Bell: Clear Channel Deal On

Lawsuit avoided, pain is shared; cigarette regulation, Bush style; small-biz loan crunch; etc.

Leveraged buyouts are back in the news this morning. The papers write that the Clear Channel Communications deal, which collapsed... More

Opening Bell: Payday Loan Scams

Not just for the poor anymore; the Dolans and Newsday; will Dems pay for helping home owners?; etc.

The Chicago Tribune this morning reports on an insidious new phenomenon: online payday loans. One woman, Rochelle Parker, landed an... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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