Economy & Business

Economy & Business
1:00 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Pizza Man Rises From The Ashes

Workers prepare to open the new Pizza Man restaurant on Downer Avenue
Credit Marti Mikkelson

The Pizza Man restaurant was an east side institution for decades, until a fire destroyed it in early 2010.

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The Two-Way
3:48 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Detroit's Emergency Manager: 'There's Just No Money'

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr (right) and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, at a Friday news conference in Detroit.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, defended his decision to take the city into bankruptcy. The most contentious issue regarding the city is what bankruptcy protection could mean for the pensions of some retired city workers.

In a blunt interview with All Things Considered's Robert Siegel, Orr said that saying retirees will receive no money is false.

"We're just talking about adjusting them to today's realities," said Orr.

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Business
3:28 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Residents Forced To Live Without Landlines

Saltaire is one of the vacation villages on New York's Fire Island where Verizon has replaced copper landlines with home wireless connections.
Dan Bobkoff NPR

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

Last fall, Hurricane Sandy damaged homes, buckled boardwalks and ruined much of the infrastructure of the small vacation spot of Fire Island, just off the coast of New York. The storm also destroyed many of the island's copper phone lines. But the island's only traditional phone company has no plans to replace them. Instead, Verizon is offering customers a little white box with an antenna it calls Voice Link.

"It has all the problems of a cellphone system, but none of the advantages," says Pat Briody, who has had a house on Fire Island for 40 years.

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Economy
3:07 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Obama To Lay Out Economic Vision This Week

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

On Wednesday, President Obama will return to Illinois and to the town of Galesburg. It was the site of a pivotal speech he gave about the economy in 2005, his first year as a senator. This week, the president will appear once again at Knox College in Galesburg, to lay out his economic vision as we approach the fifth anniversary of the financial crisis.

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U.S.
3:06 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Detroit Retirees Wonder How Bankruptcy Will Affect Benefits

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

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Business
2:59 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline Embroiled In Bribery Scandal In China

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Britain's largest drug maker GlaxoSmithKline said today that some of its senior executives may have broken the law in China. The company faces allegations that it bribed Chinese doctors and hospitals to buy its drugs. NPR's Jim Zarroli has the story.

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Planet Money
1:56 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

How Americans Get To Work, In 2 Graphs

How Americans Commute
Shiva Koohi NPR

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:47 pm

More than ever, Americans are getting to work by driving alone.

As the graph above shows, the share of Americans driving to work rose sharply in the second half of the 20th century, as the nation became more suburban. The rate has been flat for the past few decades — but during that time the percentage of people who carpool fell (even as carpool lanes proliferated).

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The Salt
1:38 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee

Haleuya Habagaro says she always knew her coffee was exquisite. "When I roast the coffee, people come to ask where that strong fruity smell is coming from."
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 12:17 pm

As we reported during Coffee Week in April, coffee aficionados pay top dollar for single-origin roasts.

The professional prospectors working for specialty coffee companies will travel far and wide, Marco Polo-style, to discover that next champion bean.

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Economy & Business
12:56 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Study: Post-Recession, Nonprofits Expect Growing Donations

Members of the Navy volunteer at Milwaukee's Hunger Task Force.
Credit Navy.outreach/Flickr

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Biz Times executive editor Steve Jagler and journalism students James Gutierrez and Samantha Nash.

A new study shows Milwaukee nonprofits are beginning to thrive once again.

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Parallels
8:54 am
Mon July 22, 2013

As Cambodian Factories Expand, Conditions Are Criticized

Cambodian rescuers at the site of a factory collapse near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on May 16. Two workers were killed in the collapse. The garment industry has expanded rapidly in Cambodia, but last week, a new report pointed to a deterioration in working conditions in the country.
Heng Sinith AP

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 10:14 am

We've been looking at working conditions in Bangladesh where the collapse in April of a building that housed garment factories killed more than 1,000 people.

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