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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

According to a new report by the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, landlords are illegally raising rents to make up for bogus renovation costs. Benjamin Dulchin, deputy director of ANHD, and Jack Freund, executive vice president of a property owner's group, debate the issue. Plus, restructuring the auto industry; and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Abraham Lincoln’s views on race.

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Benjamin Dulchin and Jack Freund

Auto Restructuring

William Holstein, business reporter and the author of Why GM Matters: Inside the Race to Transform an American Icon (Walker & Company, 2009), looks at the GM and Chrysler’s restructuring plan and the long-term prospects for the Big Three.

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Smart Roads

Scott Belcher, president and CEO of Intelligent Transportation Society of America, looks at the ways technology can make for "smart" roads and bridges.

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Rating Doctors

WellPoint Insurance announced plans to team with Zagat Survey and rate doctors on things like "trust" and "office environment." Weigh in on the idea of a consumers' guide to healthcare.

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Lincoln for Today

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., editor-in-chief of The Root and co-host of the PBS series "Looking for Lincoln" and author of Lincoln on Race and Slavery (Princeton University Press, 2009), examines Abraham Lincoln's views on race.

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Renting Rules

The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development released a report today about landlords illegally raising rents on rents for bogus renovations. Benjamin Dulchin, deputy director of ANHD, and Jack Freund, executive vice president of the Rent Stabilization Association, which represents property owners and managers, debate the ...

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Tarnished Sports Heroes

Barbara Barker, Newsday sportswriter and columnist, talks about which is worse for parents -- explaining Michael Phelps' or A-Rod's drug use. Question for parents and kids: How have your discussed A-Rod and Phelps in your family? Comment below!

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Picture Your Uncommon Economic Indicator

Photo submitted by Alexander Rapaport

Photo submitted by Alexander Rapaport

Sure a picture is worth a thousand words, or perhaps it just serves to describe that feeling about the economy you can't put your finger on. Thanks to Alexander for sending us this and ...


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