Robert Benincasa en Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap A payday loan is a costly form of credit operating on the fringes of the economy. That's why the target of a new crackdown by federal regulators may surprise you: Instead of a forlorn-looking storefront with a garish neon sign, it's your familiar neighborhood bank.<p>A small but growing number of banks, including some major players, have been offering the equivalent of payday loans, calling them "deposit advances."<p>That is, at least, until bank regulators stepped in Nov. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 52588 at Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play Remember running around the playground when you were a kid? Maybe hanging from the monkey bars or seeing who could swing the highest?<p>It wasn't just a mindless energy burn. Many have called play the work of childhood. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:17:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 48877 at For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play A Baseball School For Big League Dreamers If you have ever dreamed of playing big-league baseball, chances are the dream started to fade sometime in high school.<p>It gradually becomes clear: You won't be starting in Game 7 of the World Series, and tipping your cap after hitting a walk-off homer. So at some point you go from player to fan — watching others chase greatness on the diamond.<p>But not every baseball dreamer is willing to give up so early. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:42:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 32213 at A Baseball School For Big League Dreamers Where Dollars Are Born DALTON, Mass. – If you were driving through this small town along the Housatonic River in the Berkshires, here's something you might not think about: All the bills in your wallet are visiting their birthplace.<br /> <br />The paper for U.S. currency, the substrate of everyday commerce, has been made here since 1879 by the Crane family.<br /> <br />Crane & Co. vice president Doug Crane represents the eighth generation descended from Stephen Crane, who was making paper before the American Revolution.<br /> Wed, 23 May 2012 18:24:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 27755 at Where Dollars Are Born Should We Kill The Dollar Bill? Our story begins last month inside a busy Washington, D.C. subway station plastered with posters of giant dollar bills. One of them says: "Tell Congress to stop wasting time trying to eliminate the dollar bill." Another asks: "Do you heart the dollar?"<p>Political fights in the nation's capital normally involve billions or even trillions, not single dollars. What's going on here?<p>This being Washington, there's a back story. The $70,000 ad blitz was part of a small lobbying war over the fate of the dollar bill. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 19:53:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 25924 at Should We Kill The Dollar Bill?