Business

Shops Small, But Mighty

Friday, November 28, 2014

Norwich — Will plaid become the new black? To offset the gravitational pull of people into big-box stores during the post-Thanksgiving frenzy known as Black Friday, Norwich Bookstore co-owner Liza Bernard is inviting community-minded customers to don an item of plaid clothing — a shirt, skirt, scarf or socks — in recognition of “Plaid Friday,” which celebrates “the diversity and creativity of independent businesses” on the busiest shopping day of …

Snow Makes Thanksgiving Travel ‘A Little Hairy’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mineola, n.y. — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington to Boston corridor. By early evening, more than 700 flights had been canceled, the bulk …

Nestle’s Next Food Frontier: Exercise in a Bottle

Monday, November 24, 2014

Zurich — Tucked away near Lake Geneva, a handful of Nestle scientists are quietly working on realizing every couch potato’s dream: exercise that comes in a bottle. The world’s biggest food company, known for KitKat candy bars and Nespresso capsules, says it has identified how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13, a potential first …

Social Security Q&A: Extra Help for Medicare Drug Costs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: I want to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Can state agencies also help with my Medicare costs? Answer: When you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug (Medicare Part D) costs, you also can start your application process for the …

Wheels: Mercedes Hatchback Smooth in Traffic

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cornwall, n.y. — The season had changed from late sunlight to early nightfall. We were in a sea of red flashes moving north on Interstate 287. We weren’t moving fast — about 50 mph, as fast as anyone …

Nuts and Bolts: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bottom line: It is an excellent urban runner. It fits well in the city, can handle most small-to-moderate hauling chores and will do well in the Mid-Atlantic region’s generally moderate winters. It is built with Mercedes-Benz quality, but keep in mind that Mercedes-Benz also builds taxis and trucks …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 23, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

D-H CEO Named to Leaders List Lebanon — Dr. James N. Weinstein, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of the top 100 physician leaders of hospitals and health systems in …

Money Talk: Disabled Nephew Has Student Loan Options

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: My nephew was persuaded by a recruiter to attend a for-profit technical college. Then, once he entered, his “advisers” persuaded him to take many, many classes — at full price — always handing him student loan paperwork to get more loans. Then they persuaded him to change …

Consumer Confidential: CVS Program Isn’t Rewarding for Customers

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If companies want to reward customer loyalty, offer a real reward. Don’t make a nifty-sounding promise and then renege when the customer tries to cash in. Airlines are notorious for moving the goal posts. United, for example, announced in June that it would follow Delta in switching to …

Holiday Hams To Cost More

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Chicago — Eating ham has never been more expensive than this year, partly because U.S. pigs are too fat. Hogs in the U.S. weigh the most ever after farmers fed them longer to make up for losses caused by a virus that killed millions of piglets. While heavier …

Morality and Self-Driving Cars

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Los Angeles — A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for …

N.Y.’s Payphones of the Future

Sunday, November 23, 2014

There are few pieces of infrastructure in any city more iconic than the payphone. Clark Kent used it. So did Colin Farrell. And Bill. And Ted. The payphone has been a time travel machine, and a safe haven, and a comedic device. It has not, however, for a …

Why It Matters That Modern Tech Culture Lacks ‘Humanity’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Startup culture, rarely known for its self-awareness or tact, appears to have suffered a particularly strong bout of poor judgment last week. First Mahbod Moghadam, formerly of lyric-explication site Genius, wrote a guide on shoplifting from Whole Foods for the notorious website Thought Catalog. (“I have probably stolen …