Black Friday Sale Craze Losing Mojo

New York — Black Friday’s death has been greatly exaggerated before. This year, not so much. True, crazed bargain-hunters will never give it up, hooked on middle-of-the-night queues for blenders and fisticuffs over beds-in-a-bag. But the shopping day after Thanksgiving is growing less appealing for all involved. Retailers like Target and Best Buy are spreading discounts through more of November, skimping on costly race-to-the-bottom...

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On Twitter, Black Activism Confronts the Racial Divide

Twenty years ago, the nation was in a fever over the digital divide. The Web was still a privileged space, and there was widespread concern that minorities would be left behind as communities — and opportunities — moved online. A Pew Research Center poll from 1998 showed that white Americans were nearly twice as likely as black Americans to use the Internet. Speaking at MIT in 1998, President Bill Clinton urged students to fight for...

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Consumer Confidential: Consumers Will Be Losers as More Businesses Hang Up on Voice Mail

Voice mail is dying — has been for years, apparently. And that’s not necessarily a good thing. JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced last week that it’s hanging up on voice mail for tens of thousands of workers in its consumer banking division. Too pricey at $10 a month per line, the bank says, and unnecessary in an age of smartphones, texts and emails. Chase is following in the footsteps of Coca-Cola, which ditched voice mail for its...

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Storybook Ending at Risk in Hanover
Jun02

Storybook Ending at Risk in Hanover

Hanover — After 15 years on Lebanon Street, Pig and Wolf, the anthropomorphic statues that schoolteacher Bill Hammond brought to life in 2001, may soon have to find a new home. Hammond is advertising his 53 Lebanon St. property for sale by owner, leaving uncertain the fate of Hanover’s landmark animal pair. If new owners are amenable, he said, the figures may continue to reside on one of the town’s main corridors, where commuters,...

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Wheels: Lincoln MKZ Sedan Offers the Luxury of Common Sense
May31

Wheels: Lincoln MKZ Sedan Offers the Luxury of Common Sense

It is a beautiful car. That is the essence of it. Forget prestige, intangible quality — all those things that have everything to do with the price inflation of an automobile but little or nothing to do with enjoyment of the car itself. Think sculpture. Think art. Think the 2015 Black Label edition of the Lincoln MKZ sedan. It is an exquisitely beautiful car, inside and out, pure and simple. Note to Cadillac chief executive Johan de...

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