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JOSH MABUS — Give ‘em something to talk about


Word of mouth is the best form of advertising. We’ve all heard. Likely, we’ve all said it. I don’t believe this is true — or at least fully true. Word of mouth isn’t the best form of advertising. Word of mouth is advertising. This theory developed while I was waiting in line at a coffee shop. The fellow behind me ...

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BOOK BIZ — Hard questions about humanity set against the Holocaust


Writer and conservationist Peter Matthiessen’s last book, In Paradise, was published just a few days after his death in April 2014. He was known for writing both fiction and nonfiction, and for being the only writer ever to win National Book Awards for both. However, Matthiessen himself believed that he was primarily a fiction writer at heart, so it’s fitting ...

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TODD SMITH — Social media shooting clips spark violence debate


Twitter and Facebook became part of the story when video of the shooting on live TV that killed a Virginia news reporter and a cameraman was posted on social media platforms, enflaming debate over when it’s OK to show violence on social media. Two videos were uploaded showing the shooter’s perspective of the incident on Facebook and Twitter, where they ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Fed’s artificially low rates unfair to CD owners


Are you a senior citizen or other conservative saver frustrated with the low rates banks have been paying on CDs?  Since the Federal Reserve controls these rates, now may be the time for you to weigh in with your senator and congressman.   The Fed is charged by law “to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate ...

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Is commercial real estate really back? A Q&A

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The National Association of Realtors  recently reported that sales of commercial properties rose 9 percent on a year-over-year basis, with the average estimated transaction hitting the $2 million mark, and residential sales in July 2015 remained at the highest pace since February 2007. Home sales have now increased year-over-year for 10 consecutive months and are 10.3 percent above a year ...

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BOOK BIZ — A TV journalist finds solace in an unlikely place

» 10% Happier
By Dan Harris 
Published by Dey St
$15.99 softback

Television journalist Dan Harris was reading news headlines and stories for Good Morning America one June morning in 2004 when something scary happened to him: he had a panic attack on live national TV. Millions of people watched him stumble through his words and they then saw him end the segment early and awkwardly. Harris was not new to the ...

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