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Business Pulse: 8-31-14

Business Pulse: 8-31-14

Labor Day came early last week inside a Walmart in Roswell, Ga. On Tuesday around 5 a.m., a woman gave birth inside the store, giving new credence to the claim Walmart really does offer a little of everything.

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Sexual assaults and the truth

Long ago and far away, a woman we hardly knew presented herself bruised and weeping on our doorstep one night. She told a vivid tale of woe. An old friend of our family she'd been dating had supposedly beaten her and thrown her down stairs. Why she'd come to our house instead of police headquarters wasn't entirely clear.

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Employment outlook bleak in Spain

RIOFRIO, SPAIN -- Sunday in Spain and time for lunch.

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The nightly geriatric news

The first ad in the first commercial break of the nightly news is for adult diapers. The second is for a drug that will lower your cholesterol. The third ad is for a drug that will let you have sex. The fourth is for facelifts that will make you look 20 years younger.

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Holder leads rush to judgment

One thing an old Ivy League revolutionary can't stand is people noticing he represents the Establishment. He will go to great lengths to convince himself, if not others, this is not so.

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Highway to the danger zone

Remember MacGyver? He was the fictional secret agent of 1980s television who would get out of world-threatening jams using only duct tape and a Swiss Army knife. Listening to Pope Francis in Korea the other day, I had some flashbacks to the prime-time show.

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Playing chicken with China

Remember that old joke, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Here’s a new one: Why does a dead chicken cross the ocean twice? The answer is because it’s cheaper to process U.S.-raised and slaughtered chicken in China than it is in the USA.

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Business Pulse: 8-24-14

Business Pulse: 8-24-14

Industrial Development Board director Don Alexander has been a busy man in recent weeks. At Thursday’s monthly IDB meeting, Don briefed board members about all the companies that have expressed interest in locating in Warren County.

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What did Hillary really say?

For the 2016 presidential race, I'm assuming Hillary Clinton's running because of how ostentatiously she's not made up her mind. By sitting tight, she basically freezes potential Democratic rivals in place, passively using her lead in opinion polls to prevent others from raising money.

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We should tolerate immigrants

Murrieta, in southern California, attracted a lot of TV cameras last month when protestors blocked three busses carrying illegal immigrants to a processing center.

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Stock guru will work for food

"At the height of its power, the photography company Kodak employed more than 140,000 people and was worth $28 billion. They even invented the first digital camera. But today Kodak is bankrupt, and the new face of digital photography has become Instagram. When Instagram was sold to Facebook for $1 billion in 2012, it employed only 13 people."

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Frantic Dems seek more money

I've been getting a lot of email from Democratic fundraisers lately. They seem very worried about November's elections.

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