According to the New York Times, while other brands that thrived with customers in quarantine have dropped off, sales of the easily slipped-on clogs are up nearly 200 percent since 2019. Questions: Source: Holman, J. (2023). People Started Buying Crocs During the Pandemic. They Can’t Stop. The New York Times, March 27 (Retrievable online at… Read more »
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According to the Washington Post, a new study shows that hundreds of banks in the United States would be in danger of failing if they were hit by runs similar to the one that recently brought down Silicon Valley Bank. Questions: Source: Werner, E. (2023). Hundreds of banks would be vulnerable in SVB-style runs, researchers… Read more »
Forensic Phone Tools
You might think that data extracted from a phone in a lab or police station can be a good thing. But what if the owner is a journalist? Questions: Source: Earp, M. (2023) Forensic Tools Open New Front for Using Phone Data to Prosecute Journalists. Global Investigative Journalism Network, Jan. 6 (Retrievable online at https://gijn.org/2023/01/06/forensic-tools-open-new-front-for-using-phone-data-to-prosecute-journalists/)
Don’t Believe Everything You Hear or Read!
You try to help those you know that are struggling with serious diseases or addiction, but can you believe treatment promises? Questions: Source: Rayo, A. (2023). Before you believe addiction or cancer claims, read this. The FTC.gov, March 16 (Retrievable online at https://consumer.ftc.gov/consumer-alerts/2023/02)
Three Long Years!
According to The New York Times, the Securities and Exchange Commission ended its investigation into former Senator Richard Burr, three years after he sold more than $1.6 million in stocks following Covid-19 briefings. Questions: Source: Kelly, K. S.E.C. Inquiry Into Former Senator’s Stock Sales Is Closed Without Charges. The New York Times, Jan. 6 (Retrievable… Read more »
A Yeezy Problem?
According to the Washington Post, Adidas has more than $500 million of Kanye West sneakers, with no good options for getting rid of them. (See the video for new developments.) Questions: Source: Mark, J. (2023). Adidas has $500 million worth of Kanye West sneakers and no good options. The Washington Post, Feb. 27 (Retrievable online… Read more »
The Bond Documents Tell the Story
Pharell Williams, Grammy-winning singer and producer, pitched his idea for a surf park in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2017. Now there’s a bit of action on the long-awaited project. Questions: Source: Smith, A.N. (2023) Pharrell Williams-Backed Surf Park to Tap $121 Million of Bonds. The Washington Post, Jan. 31 (Retrievable online at… Read more »
Now Your Free Perks Are Going to Cost More!
According to the New York Times, recent changes to restaurant rewards programs at places like Dunkin’ and Starbucks mean that customers must pay more before their perks kick in. Questions: Source: Creswell, J. (2023) Restaurant Chains Make It Cost More to Be Loyal. The New York Times, Feb. 28 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/28/business/restaurant-reward-programs.html)
Dilbert Canceled By Many Newspapers
According to a number of sources, Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, has sabotaged his brand through racist rants he made on a weekday morning show. Questions: Source: Rhaman, K. (2023). Dilbert Creator Takes to Twitter After Comic Dropped Over Race Comments. Newsweek, Feb. 27 (Retrievable online at https://www.newsweek.com/dilbert-creator-twitter-comic-dropped-race-comments-1783856)
TD Bank settles Ponzi Scheme case
According to the New York Times, TD Bank agreed to pay $1.2 Billion to settle a Ponzi Scheme Case. Question: Source: Goldstein, M. (2023). TD Bank Agrees to Pay $1.2 Billion to Settle Ponzi Scheme Case. The New York Times, Feb. 27 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/27/business/stanford-ponzi-scheme-settlement.html).