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Social Security Q&A: Children Could Be Eligible for Survivors Benefits

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Question: My neighbor said my kids, 8 and 15, might be eligible for survivors’ benefits since their mother died. Are they? Answer: Maybe. Their mother must have worked and earned the required number of Social Security credits. If she did, both you and your children may be eligible for benefits. Apply promptly because survivors benefits are generally retroactive only up to six months. You can apply by calling Social Security’s …

Milwaukee Group Wants to Buy Pabst

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Milwaukee — Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst Blue Ribbon. The brewing tradition started by Milwaukee’s German immigrants in the 1800s endured for more than a century, until industry …

Pricey Wagyu Steaks Are Abe’s Answer to Imports

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tokyo — Hirotaka Sekiguchi dresses his Wagyu calves in T-shirts and jackets to protect them against Japan’s spring chill and an expected avalanche of cheap foreign beef. Sekiguchi, 59, pampers the 320 cattle on his feedlot in Kamisato township north of Tokyo with customized meals and private stalls to ensure they develop the kind of marbled, melt-in-your-mouth meat that fetches almost twice the …

Digital Pianos May Change Learning

Sunday, April 6, 2014

In what may be a revolution in experiencing music, 19-year-old Russian pianist Osip Nikiforov is recording Chopin’s Etude Op. 10, No. 1, without capturing any of its sound. Instead, a sensor-equipped piano is recording the “data” of his …

New Gulfstream Is Corporate Status Symbol

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ed Dahlberg got 40 calls in one day when he put a Gulfstream G650 up for sale in February. That’s unusual for a private jet — especially when the asking price tops the $64.5 million on the sticker. …

An Honest Living: Pittsburgh Program Helps Build a Second Chance for Job Hunters With Felony Convictions

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Months out of jail and several weeks into the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh’s masonry training program, Ryan Kelley and Scott Snyder aren’t making any excuses. Kelley’s decision to drive with a suspended license and the crash that seriously …

Vermont Sugar-Makers Go High-Tech

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Milton, Vt. — Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks. The tubes …

People in Business: April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Genevieve Cole , of Weathersfield, has been hired to manage the glass areas at Tip Top Pottery in White River Junction. Cole earned a BFA degree in glass and ceramics from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1995. Since then she has worked primarily with glass, exploring …

The Road (Slightly) Less Traveled: Route 12A Traffic Count Is Down, but Some Fear Congestion Stigma Lingers

Sunday, April 6, 2014

West Lebanon — Traffic is flowing smoothly on Route 12A more than a year since the completion of the $20.3 million project that reshaped the interchange with Interstate 89, but some merchants believe the stigma of the old …

Increasing Demand For Apartments Pushing Up Rents

Sunday, April 6, 2014

These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much. With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon. That bodes well for building owners …

Consumer Confidential: Yelp’s Tactics Feel ‘Nefarious’ and ‘Fishy,’ Even If They’re Legal

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Among the frequently asked questions on Yelp’s website, there’s this: “Will Yelp remove or reorder bad reviews if a business pays for sponsorship?” And the answer: “No. You can’t pay us to remove or reorder your bad reviews — it’s just that simple.” It’s not that simple, at …

Wheels: It’s Foreign, but the Accent Is Hard to Place

Sunday, April 6, 2014

It was conceived in Germany. The United States and Canada contributed 11 percent of its parts. Mexico gave 40 percent — including its turbocharged 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine. Japan sent the six-speed automatic transmission, which also can …

Nuts and Bolts: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bottom line: The 2014 Jetta SEL and its siblings constitute a good buy for working- and middle-class families in need of safe, reliable, comfortable, attractive and reasonably affordable daily personal transportation. Ride, acceleration and handling: Good marks in all three. Head-turning quotient: The look is conservative. This one …