Boeing Woes

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According to Business Insider, Boeing’s nightmare year got even worse this weekend as the manufacturer warned that hundreds of its 737 planes, including 159 of its troubled 737 Max jets, might have faulty parts on their wings. Questions: What are slat tracks? Who produced the defective slat tracks? What are ten airlines demanding from Boeing?… Read more »

Tech splits U.S. Workforce

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According to the New York Times, within the technology industry a small group of well-educated professionals enjoys rising wages, while most workers toil in low-wage jobs with few chances to advance. Questions: What is responsible for this great divide in the U.S. workforce at places like Intel’s $7 billion plant in Arizona? Why are start-up… Read more »

Rural wireless service threatened

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According to the New York Times, many small U.S. wireless carriers depend on inexpensive equipment from the Chinese company, Huawei, but must soon rethink expansion plans and other replacements of existing gear. Questions: Why did President Trump ban Huawei’s sale of equipment in the U.S.? How extensively is Huawei’s equipment used across the globe? Do… Read more »

Little-noticed provision in new tax law

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Unfortunately, a little-noticed provision in President Trump’s sprawling new tax law is treating middle- and low-income college students like trust-fund babies – a tax law established 33 years ago to prevent wealthy parents from funneling money to their children to lower their tax burdens. Questions: What does this provision do to students? How many undergraduates and graduate… Read more »

Loan Forgiveness at Morehouse College

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Billionaire Robert F. Smith surprises 2019 Morehouse graduates with a pledge by his family to eliminate the class of 400 students’ debt with a grant. Questions: White students pay down their debt by 10 percent a year compared to what percent by black students? How many generations have Mr. Smith’s family been in this country?… Read more »

Trump may owe more fines

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According to the Guardian,  if Trump Tower and other Trump sites do not cut emissions, the Trump Organization will owe $2.1m a year from 2030. Questions: How many Trump properties in New York City do not comply with new regulations designed to slash greenhouse gas emissions? Which body passed these fines? What will be required… Read more »

Maybe a way to save U.S. shopping malls

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Teenagers from Gen Z keep confounding Corporate America. And as Bloomberg points out, they may hold the key to saving U.S. shopping malls. Questions: As opposed to a three-month period in 2018 when 75 percent of millennials and 58 percent of Gen X’ers went to shopping malls, what percentage of Gen Z frequented these physical… Read more »

Just write NM a check

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According to the Associated Press, a powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state’s largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting. Questions: What is the total cost for the transmission project for… Read more »

Cars To Go

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According to Buzz Feed News, police are questioning more than a dozen people over the theft of 100 expensive automobiles in Chicago after a car sharing company reported that some of its fleet was stolen using its mobile app, forcing it to temporarily shut down the service in the city. Questions: What are most of… Read more »

Benefits for Contractors

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Google employees are rewriting workplace rules at one of the world’s largest tech companies. Questions: What precipitated Google’s requirement for contract companies to provide some benefits to the thousands of contract employees who work every day with Google’s full-time employees at company offices around the world? What approximate percentage of workers at Google are contract… Read more »