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The Fall of New York’s NewsRadio88: A conspicuous example of how the standards of broadcast journalism continue to collapse; often becoming a joke or irrelevant to a new generation of news consumers.

WCBS NewsRadio88, a pioneer of all-news broadcasting in New York City and a station that is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is a shell of what it once was. Actually, in some ways, NewsRadio88 is a cruel joke on the journalists and listeners who once venerated it as a superb source of news, opinion, intelligent features…

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What I Am Reading: The Tragedy of the Reformer Who Came Too Late: Gorbachev, His Life and Times

Author William Taubman (W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 693 pages) This fascinating doorstop biography documents the story of a Shakespearian figure who tried to do the impossible: Transform an evil empire with the blood of tens of millions on its hands into a parliamentary social democracy. Still, Gorbachev won many admirers in his commendable,…

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New Yorkers Love Cheap Smokes: Smuggling butts into New York by the carload

What happens when one state’s taxes are much higher than another? Economic activity moves to the low tax state or, in some cases, the high tax state becomes a smuggler’s paradise. New York City and State now have a dubious distinction: They are the cigarette smuggling capitol of the United States. Indeed, if you’re lighting…

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The Cellphone Disease Comes to the Workplace: Does that young worker have nomophobia? What is that? It is something that can become as addictive as drugs.

Lots of times we hear this in the workplace or in homes today: “Put down the cellphone and get to work! Put down the cellphone and go to bed!” Many bosses and parents are making these complaints. That is because we are now living in a world that will soon be overrun with billions of…

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Millions of Elderly Get Ripped Off: Billions of dollars stolen each year

The elderly tend to have most financial assets in the United States and in many other Western nations. So it should come as no surprise that the scammers often have them in their crosshairs. And this means that, whether you have a house or are moving or just have some financial assets, some sleazy people…

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Many Elderly Aren’t in a Rocking Chair: They won’t retire. And, as the birth rates slow down and fewer workers enter Western work forces, that can be a very good thing.

Many older American workers, with considerable skills and understanding of how to get things done, aren’t hitting the golf links, going to retirement parties or playing shuffleboard in retirement communities. They’re too busy working. Indeed, in the United States, the elderly labor participation rate is setting records, according to recent research. “More older Americans—-those 65…

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