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Special Report | The War on Thanksgiving, November 26, 2014

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Think Progress

 

  • Thanksgiving is slowly becoming just another shopping day as many major retailers are planing to open then.
  • Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: Opening stores on Thanksgiving doesn't boost sales

Heather Long, CNN Money

November 26, 2014 | They justify opening on the famous American holiday because of competition. Others are doing it, so they have to as well or they'll lose out on sales.

"It's absolutely appropriate that we open at 6 p.m. [on Thursday]," WalMart's U.S. CEO said in defense of the practice that has been criticized widely.

Yet opening on Thanksgiving does little to boost sales, according to the data from recent years. Instead, it merely shifts some shopping that would have been done on Black Friday to Thursday.

Heather Long is an editor at CNNMoney. She was formerly assistant editor for Comment is free US and opinions editor of the Patriot-News.

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Part 2: Here Are the Stores That Won't be Open Thanksgiving Day

Here are some of the national chains that are choosing to stay closed this Thanksgiving.

Susanna Kim, ABC News

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November 25, 2014 | While some stores are beating each other to the punch to open their doors as early as possible on Thanksgiving, others are encouraging their workers to enjoy turkey at home.

Stores like Costco and Nordstrom are choosing to stay closed on Thanksgiving, while companies like Kmart will open at 6 a.m. that day.

Here are some of the national chains that are choosing to stay closed this Thanksgiving.

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2014 Black Friday Walmart Protests, Black Friday Walmart Protests

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  • Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever

 

 

Bill Cosby loses control: Comedian no longer dictating the narrative — and it’s about time.

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As Barbara Bowman and other women continue to speak out, the press is finally catching up. Here's what happens next.

Katie McDonough, Salon

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Monday, Nov 17, 2014 | This weekend, NPR “Weekend Edition” host Scott Simon did his job. He covered the news. During an interview with Bill Cosby about the comedian’s recent philanthropic work, Simon asked about the rape allegations that have been following him, publicly for more than a decade and privately since the 1980s. Simon asked because the allegations, though not new, are, in fact, news. And, as he explained on-air, “I’m in the news business.”

Cosby’s response was, as ever, total silence. His lawyer then released a statement saying Cosby “does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice.

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Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

  • Economists — at least those not associated with host committees — find that economic impact studies overestimate the benefits of events like the All-Star Game or the Super Bowl. 
  • Part 1: 2014 All-Star Game was a hit, but not up to the hype
  • Part 2: Minneapolis' final bid for Final Four goes 'flawlessly'
  • Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: 2014 All-Star Game was a hit, but not up to the hype

Projections of a $75 million boost to state’s economy being revised to $21 million to $55 million.

Mike Kaszuba, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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November 12, 2014 | Four months removed from the glow of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, the economic benefits that the event was supposed to bring to Minnesota appear to have shrunk.

Meet Minneapolis, the city’s tourism arm, had initially predicted the game would mean a $75 million boost for the local economy, but based on closer study has now revised the figure to $50 million. The state Department of Revenue, reviewing sales tax data for Minneapolis, added that the true figure could be as high as $55 million, or as low as $21 million.

Mike Kaszuba has been a reporter at the Star Tribune for 29 years and has covered a wide range of topics, including sports, government agencies and the state of Minnesota.

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Part 2: Minneapolis' final bid for Final Four goes 'flawlessly'

  • The steering committee for Minneapolis’ bid for a Final Four presented its final pitch to the NCAA men’s basketball committee Tuesday in Indianapolis.
  • Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

Amelia RaynoMinneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

November 12, 2014 | The steering committee for Minneapolis bid for a Final Four presented its final pitch to the NCAA men’s basketball committee Tuesday in Indianapolis, and now it must wait until Friday to hear whether they struck a winning nerve.

“Our presentation went off flawlessly,” Michele Kelm-Helgen, steering committee spokeswoman and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman, told the Star Tribune on Tuesday afternoon. “We presented everything we wanted to in the way we wanted it to be presented. The committee seemed to react positively. Obviously, we won’t know until Friday.”

Amelia Rayno: Sports reporter | College basketball

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Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it? Louis D. Johnston, MinnPost <http://www.minnpost.com>

  • Economists — at least those not associated with host committees — find that economic impact studies overestimate the benefits of events like the All-Star Game or the Super Bowl. 
  • Here's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers

 

Goodbye, Tom Magliozzi, and Thanks for All the Science

To all of the well-deserved praise being showered on the late Tom Magliozzi, I'd like to add this: thanks for bringing science to millions of listeners along with a hefty serving of laughter. You will be missed.

Ann Reid, Huffington Post

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tumblr_nehowoHG0b1qzlyjeo1_1280.jpg11/06/2014  | Just a quick note to say goodbye and thank you to Tom Magliozzi, one half of Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, and co-host, with his brother Ray, of the popular NPR call-in show "Car Talk." Tom's death from complications of Alzheimer's disease was announced yesterday.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, complete with fuzzy dice I guess you either loved Car Talk or hated it. (You've been in a sensory deprivation tank for the last 25 years if you've never heard the brothers' incessant and raucous laughter erupting from a nearby radio -- it was instantly recognizable if, to some, highly irritating.) But I count myself in the "loved it" category. While the show was ostensibly about car repair -- a topic that generally leaves me cold -- in fact, the brothers took on marital disputes, wildlife challenges, financial decisions, vacation planning and whatever else their callers brought to their attention. They brought self-deprecating humor and often embarrassing personal experiences to bear on any and all topics, putting their listeners at ease (no matter how ridiculous the questions) by suggesting that no one knew less than they did.

Ann Reid: Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, Huffington Post

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Who Rules Public TV?

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  • Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards
  • Public TV: Where the One Percent Rule
  • PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary

Aldo Guerrero, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

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Oct 1, 2014 | The corporate and financial sectors have an overwhelming presence on the governing boards of major public television stations, a new FAIR study finds.

The study looked at the occupations of the current trustees of WNET (New York City/Newark), WGBH (Boston), WETA (Washington, DC), WTTW (Chicago) and KCET (Los Angeles).

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PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary, Alesa Mackool, SEIU.org

  • Sign our petition to PBS: Koch money shouldn't influence our media.  We want to see "Citizen Koch" aired.
  • The Corporate Dictatorship of PBS and NPR

 

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