8:54am

Fri August 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Markets Open Higher, As Investors Weigh Positive Retail Numbers

Many investors are probably about ready for this week to end. It's been a cardiac-inducing one that set a record yesterday: For the first time in history the markets swayed more than 400 points four days in a row.

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8:40am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

Beyond Bulls And Bears: A Wall Street Bestiary

A vintage illustration of Wall Street, 1908
Library of Congress/Prints and Photographs Division

Lions and vultures and bears, oh my.

Animal imagery has been used since the early 18th century to describe human behavior on Wall Street, says Charles R. Geisst, a professor of finance at Manhattan College and author of Wall Street: A History.

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8:30am

Fri August 12, 2011
Garden Report

Fall is a Great Time for Planting

Fall is a good time to plant some perennials
Google Images

Perennials and woody plants planted between late August and the end of October hit the ground growing the next spring.  It’s also a good time to get plants on sale.

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8:30am

Fri August 12, 2011
Transportation

Travel Numbers Up at Denver International Airport So Far this Year

Photograph provided courtesy of Denver International Airport.

2011 is shaping up to be another record-breaking year for Denver International Airport, the traditionally busy summer travel period has not disappointed.

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8:20am

Fri August 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Usher Who Took Foul Ball From Boy Was Only Joking, Say Dodgers

Imagine you're a kid — maybe 10-years-old. And you're at a Dodgers game sitting in a prime spot, behind home plate, close enough to hear the grunts of the umpire as deals verdicts on balls and strikes.

Then you hear the crack of a bat, you look up and there it is, your shot at a Major League foul ball. It lands near you, you scramble, you've got it. You're so happy, you jump to your seat clutching a ball that barely fits in your fist.

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7:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Politics

Debate Over, Iowa Prepares To Winnow GOP Field

Voters put corn kernals into jars with their favorite Republican presidential candidates on the first day of the Iowa State Fair August 11 in Des Moines.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

They traded attacks and insults, argued about war funding, and disparaged the man in the White House whose job they want.

The two-hour, eight-candidate Republican presidential debate Thursday in Iowa, coming just days before the state party's presidential straw poll and in the midst of a national financial crisis, had the potential to matter — to elevate or, perhaps, eliminate a contender or two.

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6:57am

Fri August 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Postal Service Considering 120,000 Job Cuts

A U.S. Post Office in Bristow, Virginia.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The United States Postal Service, which has been facing tough financial times, is proposing to cut 20 percent of its workforce and moving its retired workers out of federal health and retirement programs.

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6:44am

Fri August 12, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: NY Times' Well-Deserved Backlash

Dave Channon of Shandaken, N.Y., shouts during a rally against hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region of the state, at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. in April. Pundits and news organizations have become critical of recent New York Times coverage of the fracking controversy.
Mike Groll AP

The Scrapbook is a special section from The Weekly Standard.

While the New York Times can barely conceal its glee at the phone-hacking scandal embroiling the rival Murdoch empire, The Scrapbook confesses to a certain schadenfreude of its own at the Gray Lady's latest embarrassment. The Times's slanted coverage of the natural gas industry continues to generate radioactive fallout.

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6:44am

Fri August 12, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Biased Slant Misses Point On Education

Primedia chairman and CEO Tom Rogers, left, talks with Steven Brill after a New York news conference announcing Brill as the chariman and CEO of a new subsidiary, Media Central, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001. magazine publisher Primedia Inc.
Ed Bailey AP

Dana Goldstein is a Puffin Foundation writing fellow at The Nation Institute and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation.

Steven Brill, the journalist and media entrepreneur, has come a long way since he helicoptered onto the education beat in 2009.

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6:44am

Fri August 12, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Deja Vu — UK Riots Nothing New

Burnt out cars are seen following attacks on police and firefighters in Tottenham in London, October 1985. Riots in London in August 2011 seem to mirror attacks like this.
Robert E. Dear AP

Sophia Jones blogs for Foreign Policy.

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