Local retailers fare well compared to chains Most retailers were not expecting a jolly holiday shopping season as the recession continues. Throughout the season, we have been checking in with three Minnesota retailers. For an early look at how they did, we have called them again.7:40 a.m.
Dina Vierny, Model And Muse For Art's Masters
Henri Matisse made drawings of her, with spare, pure lines. Aristide Maillol sculpted her in bronze. Now, Dina Vierny, the muse of those 20th-century artists, is 89 years old; she still speaks of them with affection and clarity.
Steve And Justin Townes Earle: Life Lessons
Justin Townes Earle went into the same business as his father, country-rock singer-songwriter Steve Earle, who taught his son a lot about rebellion and making music. Together, they talk about the parallels between their lives growing up.
The Best African Music Of 2008
This has been a strong year for African music, with two big trends emerging: the continuing integration of African music into the U.S. and European mainstream, as well as the ongoing unearthing of treasures from Afropop's "golden era," particularly the '70s.
Israel Presses On With Gaza Offensive
Israel conducted a third day of intense bombing against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip Monday. More than 300 Palestinians have been killed in the air raids. Since the attacks began Saturday, Israel says it has limited Hamas' ability to launch rocket attacks into southern Israel. Several hundred Israeli reservists have been called up.
Airstrikes Worsen Gaza's Humanitarian Situation
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency is the main provider of basic services for Palestinian refugees in Gaza. Spokesperson Christopher Gunness says there have been a lot of civilian casualties, and hospitals are stretched to their breaking points. He also expects the situation to get worse as the bombing raids continue.
Coal Ash Cleanup Is 24-7 In Tenn. Neighborhood
In Kingston, Tenn., around-the-clock cleanup operations continue at the site of a major spill of coal ash. The ash sludge broke through an earthen dam at the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal burning power plant last week. Ash now covers some 300 acres, including a river and a small lake.
FDA Reverses Cephalosporin Ban
The Food and Drug Administration had planned to ban the use of a popular antibiotic from use in animal feed. At the last minute, the agency pulled back. Cephalosporin is one of the most important drugs for treating infectious diseases in humans.
Charges For Vaccines Vary Widely, Study Finds
A study published in this month's Pediatrics journal found that there was an exceedingly wide variation not only in what pediatricians and family practitioners paid for vaccines, but also in the reimbursements they received from insurers and managed care organizations.
2008 Shaping Up To Be A Bleak Trading Year
The year just ending is expected to show one of the biggest-ever stock market falls. With only three trading days left, the S&P 500 is down 41 percent. Economic reports this week are expected to bring more bleak news.
Post-Holiday Sales Won't Fix Spending Doldrums
Retailers offered deep discounts over the weekend, trying to make up for the lackluster holiday shopping season. A spokesman for the National Retail Federation says the weekend after Christmas is becoming just as critical for the industry as Black Friday. That's the traditional start of the holiday shopping season on the day after Thanksgiving.