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How Wall St Greed Tanked The Newspaper Industry

June 29th, 2011  |  Source: Business Insider

An NYT media column by David Carr reviews former L.A. Times editor James O’Shea's new book “The Deal From Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers.”

The book focuses largely on the deal that lead to Sam Zell's disastrous takeover of the Tribune Company -- which owned the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times among many others and is now in bankruptcy -- in 2007.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers File for Bankruptcy

June 27th, 2011  |  Source: WSJ Blogs

Whoa. Everyone’s least favorite troubled baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, just filed for bankruptcy protection, as Deal Journal colleague Matt Futterman is reporting.

CLICK HERE to read the Dodgers bankruptcy court filing.


The Beer Archaeologist

June 26th, 2011  |  Source: Smithsonian Magazine

By analyzing ancient pottery, Patrick McGovern is resurrecting the libations that fueled civilization

It’s just after dawn at the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where the ambition for the morning is to resurrect an Egyptian ale whose recipe dates back several hundred centuries.

The Business of Values

June 25th, 2011  |  Source: HBR Blog Network


I recently spent a few days at the Harvard Business School with a group of Deans and Professors from around the globe. The event was a symposium that HBS has run for several years, as a way of reflecting on and improving the field of leadership at a macro level.

The focus of this year's event was "values." The sticky issue of ethics, of the responsibility business leaders have to "do the right thing."

Appetite for Change

June 24th, 2011  |  Source: SustainAbility

Reinventing the Global Food System

The global food system is under scrutiny for environmental impacts including habitat degradation, greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater use. Half the world’s farmers go hungry, while around a billion people are clinically obese. Demand for food is growing and yields are falling. Radical and rapid systemic change is required.

Design school equips grads with entrepreneurial toolkits

June 23rd, 2011  |  Source: Springwise

During tough economic times, the academic challenges of college can pale next to the difficulty of finding a job afterwards. Aiming to help make its graduates’ lives easier in this respect, the Rhode Island School of Design has begun equipping them with a kit of business-oriented tools upon graduation.

Saab Auto Workers' Union Raises Bankruptcy Threat

June 23rd, 2011  |  Source: WSJ

A Swedish labor union Thursday threatened to force car maker Saab into bankruptcy proceedings over workers' unpaid wages.

Union IF Metall said it now is gathering from its members pay slips that haven't been honored in order to prepare requests for payment that will be sent to Saab Automobile. When Saab Automobile receives the requests, likely sometime next week, it will have a week to pay the claims.

"If it does not have the money at that point, there is only one thing left to do," said Berko Davidovic, lawyer at IF Metall.

From a Latte to a Life: 'The Price of Everything'

June 17th, 2011  |  Source: K@W

In the months following September 11, 2001, Congress approved a fund to compensate the victims of the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon that claimed nearly 3,000 lives. Unlike most bills passed by Congress, this one had an unlimited budget. Money, in the grand scheme of things, was not an object when it came to the largest terrorist attack ever to occur on American soil.

A New Immigration Consensus

June 15th, 2011  |  Source: WSJ

A bipartisan coalition of business leaders and mayors have joined together to make the case that visa reform is an economic imperative.

Key points made by MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG


Renewable Energy at a Crossroads

June 14th, 2011  |  Source: strategy + business

The wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy sector has grown in fits and starts during the last 30 years — but now may finally have the momentum to become a self-sustaining industry.

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