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A Governor Wore a Blue Dress. It Somehow Became a Big Deal

February 17, 2019 |

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talked about infrastructure, drinking water, and LGBT rights during her State of the State address on Tuesday, but a good number of viewers were apparently hyperfocused on something else: the cobalt blue dress she was wearing. And, per the AP , a segment on Detroit TV station…
Newser

How Michael Jordan became a brand

February 14, 2019 |

Michael Jordan remains the OG signature shoe king 16 years after his last NBA game and 21 years after his last championship.

His Air Jordan brand, introduced by the Chicago Bulls superstar in 1984 and launched by Nike in 1985, created the basketball sneaker branding market. In fiscal 2018, Nike…


L.A. Times – Business

CNN

How Zimbabwe became world’s most expensive place to fuel a car

January 16, 2019 |

In the Fall of 2017, Zimbabweans took to the streets in mass protests against a regime that was presiding over a broken economy and collapsing living standards.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – World

How Microsoft Quietly Became the World’s Most Valuable Company

December 2, 2018 |

Microsoft tried through the years to compete in a range of buzzy consumer businesses, but it was Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s focus on selling humdrum yet fast-growing computing services to companies that allowed it to reclaim the title of world’s most valuable company.
WSJ.com: US Business

CNN

Starving girl who became symbol of Yemen crisis dies

November 2, 2018 |

Amal Hussein, a 7-year-old Yemeni girl whose photograph in the New York Times became a symbol of the country’s long-running conflict has died, Yemen’s Houthi-held Health Ministry has confirmed.
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After Shooting a Goat, She Became the Target

October 26, 2018 |

It’s a predictable cycle: A hunter posts a photo of themselves beaming over the carcass of a fresh kill only to become the target of international condemnation (like this , this , and this , to recall a few). This time, the ire-inducing image shows American Larysa Switlyk, host of Larysa Unleashed on…
Newser

Marijuana Became Fully Legal in Canada at Midnight

October 17, 2018 |

A dream came true at midnight for Newfoundland man Ian Power: He became the first person to legally buy marijuana in Canada for recreational use. Power was the first in line at a new store in the country’s easternmost province—and earliest time zone—when recreational marijuana officially became legal,…
Newser

How a Trump decision on trade became a setback for democracy in Vietnam

October 13, 2018 |

It was one of President Trump’s very first acts: to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping 12-nation trade agreement that had been the centerpiece of President Obama’s strategic “rebalance” toward Asia.

Trump had alleged that such deals hurt American manufacturing, and on Jan. 23,…


L.A. Times – Business

How a reluctant artist became a Westside design force

October 7, 2018 |

Kim Gordon is an artist and founder of Kim Gordon Designs, a Venice-based design and development firm specializing in custom homes tailored for open, functional living. In a sea of new development projects, Gordon has carved out a following for her stylish touch, which emphasizes spaciousness and…


L.A. Times – Business

Sen. John McCain, the War Hero Who Became a Political Titan, Dies at 81

August 26, 2018 |

Sen. John McCain, an admiral’s son whose rebellious streak nearly got him expelled from Annapolis but helped him survive North Vietnamese torture and rise to the top of the Republican Party, has died. He was 81.
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