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Film: The Queen of Versailles

Review: The Queen of Versailles


You couldn’t invent a better metaphor for America’s economic injustice and insanity.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2012
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Even More Unemployment Survival Tips

Big Fat Whale
Build your own couch-cushion cubicle today!
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  July 19, 2012

Advice for Curt; unrest by the sea; Mr. Walton blows out the candles

Out-of-business plan
In case Curt Schilling is reading, here are a couple things you should never do as a businessman: 1) bounce a check to a state government; and 2) fail to meet payroll, especially when you have billed yourself as a jobs creator.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 23, 2012
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Lemonade: it’s not just a lark anymore

Starting Young
If you remember when a lemonade stand involved a folding table, pitcher, lemons, and a parent who was tired of hearing "I'm bored!" you'll find those lazy summer days are over.
By  |  May 23, 2012
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The punk business plan of Cock Sparrer

Oi! To the World
If you play in, work with, or write about bands, you've doubtlessly listened to dozens of wheeler-and-dealers pitch purportedly clever plans to "make it" in the music biz.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 15, 2012
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How They Lost $2 Billion

Big Fat Whale
Let's start with the magic bean derivatives ...
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 16, 2012
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The quiet side of A Place To Bury Strangers

Sonic bids
When you are surrounded with those jagged barbs of sheer bloody noise for the first time, do you run for the hills or continue to stick your head in the acid bath? It only takes a few seconds of luxuriating in the stinging audio hailstorm that is A Place To Bury Strangers to know how a young Oliver Ackermann reacted to the noise threshold test.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 27, 2012
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Can manufacturing save the state's economy?

Making It in Rhode Island
As the economy coughs its way toward something resembling recovery, politicians and economists are pointing to a surprising elixir: manufacturing.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 22, 2012
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Sixth-grader starts egg-ceptional small business

Entrepreneurship
Students in the Yarmouth public schools have been eating fresh, local eggs regularly for about a month. Each Tuesday a local farmer delivers about five dozen eggs for the school nutrition staff to use in each of the schools' cafeterias.
By AMY ANDERSON  |  February 22, 2012

At union request, Sussman steps up for Press Herald

Cash Injections
It was not the owners of the Portland Press Herald who sought out Maine hedge-fund mogul S. Donald Sussman to proffer a cash infusion to save the ailing newspaper. Rather, it was the idea of the Press Herald 's unionized employees.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 15, 2012

Out of control

Convenience stores
Would you want a business like this in your town?
By AL DIAMON  |  October 12, 2011
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FairPoint layoffs were always part of the plan

We Told You So Dept.
While FairPoint executives are saying that the 400 layoffs the company announced last week are related to "workload" and "competition," they're hoping everyone forgot that their business model — especially in northern New England — requires regular downsizing to have a prayer at success.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 14, 2011
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Is Rhode Island a paywall mecca?

As the ProJo Turns
Media analysts say Rhode Island could be especially fertile ground for a declining newspaper industry's primary survival strategy — charging readers for access to its heretofore free web sites.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 17, 2011
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Heavy burden

More than any other city on the East Coast, Boston is addicted to property taxes. Could the Hub be hitting a crippling tax-levy ceiling soon?
In 2012, collections on homes, buildings, and private infrastructure will feed more than 65 percent of Boston's $2.4 billion budget.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 17, 2011
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Sallie Mae not

As federally sponsored student-loan giant Sallie Mae prepares to go private, it’s squeezing every last penny from student borrowers while opening up scads of new businesses. How can you protect yourself?
If you have had to borrow money to pay for school, chances are good you've borrowed from Sallie Mae, the largest student-loan company in the US, which currently handles between 40 and 45 percent of the business.
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 25, 2011
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Will Kindles kill libraries?

In this corner: libraries struggling to bring in patrons. In the other: Kindles looking to expand their market. Will it be a bloodbath, or can they hug it out?
This week, OverDrive itself will host its own conference to help libraries deal with a massive onslaught of patrons clamoring to check out books on their Kindles. Can embattled public institutions handle such a drastic change?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 27, 2011

Tips for young artists

Express your self; bus fumes; bands behind bars
This region of the country is, and always has been, a magnet for artists. If I spent some time thinking about why this is the case, I could probably conjure up a few convincing theories. But that's not my purpose today.
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 13, 2011

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Talking politics
"Government should be run like a business."
By AL DIAMON  |  July 13, 2011

Business-led Haiti-aid group shuts down

Seeking relief
What happens when lawyers, public-relations experts, bankers and accountants, construction contractors, insurance brokers, and manufacturers join forces to get involved in emergency disaster relief in one of the most underdeveloped countries in the Western Hemisphere? Much less than they hoped, it turns out.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 22, 2011
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GOP lawmakers want to do DeCoster 'a favor'

How Soon We Forget Dept.
Jack DeCoster is possibly the most infamous Maine businessman of all time.
By COLIN WOODARD  |  April 27, 2011

Rewriting the history of capitalism

Revisions
Brown University president Ruth Simmons has made it hard to ignore the school's ties to slavery — and by extension, the ties of well-known Providence families.
By MARION DAVIS  |  March 30, 2011
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LePage’s numbers

Gubernatorial scorecard
This week, we introduce a regular feature, Gubernatorial Scorecard. We'll evaluate Governor Paul LePage's recent moves.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 09, 2011

Talk time

Press releases
The state's largest newspaper company is about to negotiate its contract with its employees. With workers seeking a share of the company's newfound profitability, and owner Richard Connor striving mightily to stay in the black, this could go very smoothly, or be a bloody, destructive battle — with the quality of information available to Mainers hanging in the balance.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 09, 2011
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Political fodder

Will the GOP save the restaurant industry?
Despite some notable successes described here last week, 2010 was a sobering year for the restaurant business.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 29, 2010

Brave the new world

Press releases
Maine is in crisis — big budget shortfalls, lots of people unemployed, a cold winter approaching. And there's this new governor, talking about making life easy for business.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 16, 2010



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Paraphernalia paranoia: Allston head shops shut down

Busted
Who is responsible for the wave of "functional glass art" shop raids that has recently taken place throughout Allston?
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 02, 2010



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Just hold it

Portland loves its tourists, so why won't we give them relief?
To Portlanders, they're a familiar sight: out-of-town victims potty-dancing around town, pained expressions on their faces, one sip away from having polished off an iced coffee the size of a small child.
By ANGELIQUE CARSON  |  June 16, 2010

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