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All Tech Considered
2:01 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Want To Dine Out? You May Need To Buy Tickets — Or Bid On A Table

Restaurant reservations are changing with technology — now some restaurants are selling prepaid tickets, while others are considering holding auctions.
Richard Thomas iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 2:16 pm

The practice of making a restaurant reservation, outside of a tiny minority of extra snooty places, is egalitarian. Tables are given on a first-to-reserve basis, and then, at the appointed time, diners are directed to their seats and the meal begins.

But reservation technology is changing, led by a new set of companies and some of the hottest chefs in America. And as they offer alternatives to the standard method of reserving a table, the new technological possibilities force us to examine a cultural practice that first got going in 18th century France.

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The Two-Way
9:53 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Ending Decades Of Family Leadership, 'Washington Post' Names New Publisher

The Washington Post announced Tuesday that Frederick J. Ryan Jr. would take over as publisher.
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:18 pm

Ending decades of family leadership, Washington Post owner Jeffrey Bezos announced on Tuesday that Frederick J. Ryan Jr. would be taking over as publisher of the venerable journalism institution.

Ryan, a former Reagan administration official and founding member of the website Politico, will take over for Katharine Weymouth.

The Post reports:

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

After Just Two Years, Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down

A woman gathers shells along the ocean near the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., early Tuesday. The casino resort has closed, a little over two years after opening with the promise of helping to renew Atlantic City.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 10:24 am

After operating for only two years, the Revel Casino Hotel has closed down, part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September. It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel facility.

"It's a tragedy," massage therapist Lori Bacum, who worked at the resort's spa, tells NJ.com. "There were some warnings, but none of us thought it would happen. We felt so safe, because this was the place that was going to take (the city) to a new level."

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Business
5:14 am
Tue September 2, 2014

German Bakers Threaten To Go On Strike

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:24 am

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Business
5:06 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Revel: Atlantic City's Most Expensive Failure

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:24 am

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Politics
5:01 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Politics Of Calling In Sick

Women are more likely to take time off to care for a sick child or elderly adult, making mandatory paid sick leave a hot partisan topic.
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 11:23 am

Got the flu? Or a new baby? Perhaps a little one with chicken pox? In most countries, your employer must pay your wages if you stay home sick or to care for others. Not in America.

But a growing grass-roots movement aims to change that — starting with paid sick leave.

Already the movement has met some success. This past weekend, California became the second state in the country to mandate sick leave for employees.

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Business
4:58 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Neighboring States' Casinos Cast Bad Luck On Atlantic City

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:24 am

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Business
3:13 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Summer Box Office Receipts Are The Worst In 8 Years

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:24 am

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Business
3:07 am
Tue September 2, 2014

What's In A Name? Former Arthur Andersen Employees Spell It Out

Courtesy of Prime Group

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 8:01 am

Arthur Andersen is back. Or at least the old accounting firm's name will be, for the first time since its association with accounting scandals at Enron more than a decade ago.

The firm was criminally convicted — a decision that was later overturned, although that came too late to save the company.

As of Monday, a company called WTAS is adopting the Andersen name and, in doing so, hopes clients will have forgotten the bad associations.

'That Was The End'

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Around the Nation
1:31 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Battle Begins In Federal Court

The murals by Diego Rivera and other works at the Detroit Institute of Arts would be safe from creditors under the plan before a bankruptcy judge Tuesday.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 8:04 am

Detroit's historic bankruptcy case is entering the home stretch. The crucial, final trial phase begins Tuesday in a Detroit courtroom.

The trial will decide the fate of a plan to wipe out billions of dollars in debt and help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy as a new, revitalized city.

This trial is a big deal, but don't expect anything with lots of courtroom drama. For one thing, it's federal bankruptcy court — and there's no jury.

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It's All Politics
12:36 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank

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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 9:07 am

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week begins working at the boutique investment bank Moelis & Co.

Cantor will serve as vice chairman and managing director, and will also be elected to the firm's board of directors.

Cantor, 51, and firm founder Ken Moelis announced the decision in a joint interview Monday.

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Around the Nation
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

As Casinos Close, Atlantic City Tries To Pivot Focus Elsewhere

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Digital Life
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Why Do We Blindly Sign Terms Of Service Agreements?

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The Two-Way
9:08 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Showboat Casino Is Latest In Atlantic City To Close Its Doors

A security guard blocks entrance to the closing Showboat Casino Hotel on Sunday in Atlantic City, N.J.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 3:38 am

The iconic Showboat casino in Atlantic City closed Sunday, the latest casualty of competition from gambling in other states.

Denise Miller of New Jersey says she was an employee on the first day in 1987 when the Mardi Gras-themed Showboat opened. Although she no longer works there, Miller came down to watch the closed sign hung on the boardwalk entrance.

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Economy
7:21 am
Mon September 1, 2014

It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange last week in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:44 pm

As they always do on Labor Day, political candidates will begin their campaign sprint to Election Day.

And for years, they have been running on simple advice: "It's the economy, stupid." But this time around the track, they may discover that many Americans want to hear about other issues as well.

Wait. What?

The economy is not the No. 1 issue?

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Business
3:25 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Another NFL Season, Another Year LA Is Without A Team

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

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NPR Story
2:58 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Deborah Rutter Becomes Kennedy Center's First Female President

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

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Business
1:18 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract

Nancy Becker, an Amazon employee in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, speaks at a protest rally outside the company's headquarters in Seattle in December.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 7:51 am

Only about 11 percent of U.S. workers are in unions — down from 20 percent just three decades ago. It's different in Germany, where most workers are covered by collective bargaining.

That cultural difference is causing a clash between Amazon, the Seattle-based online retail giant, and its German workers.

Bad Hersfeld is best known as a picturesque festival and spa town in central Germany. But it's also home to two Amazon fulfillment centers that employ more than 3,000 people.

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Food
10:19 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Oklahoma Joe's Restaurant Comes Home

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 11:31 am

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Business
5:50 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Topping $11M, Coolest Cooler Breaks Kickstarter Record

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 11:31 am

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The Salt
3:40 am
Sun August 31, 2014

The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel

Across Washington State, hydroelectric dams are blocking salmon as they migrate to their spawning grounds. Enter the salmon cannon.
Ingrid Taylar Flickr

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 4:40 pm

Ever since rivers have been dammed, destroying the migration routes of salmon, humans have worked to create ways to help the fish return to their spawning grounds. We've built ladders and elevators; we've carried them by hand and transported them in trucks. Even helicopters have been used to fly fish upstream.

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Books
3:11 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Francisco Antolin, the driver and co-founder of Tell A Story, speaks to a couple of Danish tourists who purchased some books from his mobile bookstore. The converted van travels around Lisbon and sells translations of Portuguese literature.
Laura Secorun Palet Ozy.com

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:23 pm

You're probably well-acquainted with the idea of the food van. The more sartorially minded may have even visited a fashion truck. Now, it's translated into literature aimed at tourists.

In June 2013, three entrepreneurial literature lovers from Portugal's capital created a nomadic bookstore that moves around the city all year long, bringing Portuguese literature to international visitors.

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Around the Nation
5:37 am
Sat August 30, 2014

The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:33 am

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The Salt
4:48 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

A campaign called Behind The Brands, led by Oxfam International, is trying to make the inner workings of the 10 biggest food companies in the world more visible to consumers.
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It's not always easy to connect the dots between the food we consume and the people who grow it, or the impact of growing and processing that food on the health of our planet.

But a campaign called Behind the Brands, led by Oxfam International, an advocacy organization dedicated to fighting poverty, is trying to make the inner workings of the 10 biggest food companies in the world more visible.

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The Salt
1:03 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

Three scoops of vanilla ice cream made with vanilla beans from Mexico, Tahiti and Madagascar.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 9:49 am

Banish the phrase "plain vanilla" from your lexicon.

Why? Because vanilla is one of the most complex spices around, boasting at least 250 different flavor and aroma compounds, only one of which is vanillin, the stuff that can be made artificially in a lab (and is used in a lot of processed foods).

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NPR Story
3:23 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Student Attendance Drops At College Football Games

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 6:00 am

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Business
3:23 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Retailers Entice Shoppers To Get Ready For New School Year

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 6:00 am

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Law
3:23 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Case Could Jeopardize Washington State Recreational Pot Law

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 6:12 pm

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Business
3:23 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Barclays To Finance Detroit's Exit From Bankruptcy

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 6:00 am

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Business
1:38 am
Fri August 29, 2014

As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

Patrick Roy's company, Coastal Rental Equipment, used to rent these large pumps to offshore divers who work for oil and natural gas drillers. After the BP oil spill, when the government introduced a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Patterson, La., business suffered losses and eventually shut down.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted business all along the coastline. Through the end of July, the oil giant paid more than $13 billion to compensate people, businesses and communities affected. The company is disputing some of those claims in court battles that could drag on for years.

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