From directors to designers, almost everyone in beauty pageants turns a profit. But not most of the contestants. Many can wind up spending thousands of dollars for entrance fees, the perfect gown and top-notch coaching. For most contestants, it's an expensive hobby with little or no financial reward.
Weekend Edition host Scott Simon speaks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about the latest boardroom struggle at Hewlett Packard, where questions are being asked about the over-priced acquisition of the U.K. company Autonomy.
Residents of Summit, N.J., waited weeks for the power to return after Superstorm Sandy. That's in stark contrast to the nearby town of Madison, where the lights were on in just a few days. Madison owns its own utility company — and after its shining performance, Summit is weighing the idea, too.
The country's ultra-Orthodox Jews control kosher certification, but some restaurants are raising objections and forming their own rival certification association. The dispute is part of a wider debate over how Israel should manage the relationship between church and state.
A tiny comic strip has wrapped each piece of gum since 1953. But the company says it's redesigning its packaging to be more relevant to today's bubble-blowing kids. Instead of comics, there will be brainteasers and codes that unlock onilne content, The New York Times reports.
The 8th annual Downtown Holiday Market returns from Nov. 30 through Dec. 23, 2012, on 8th and F Streets Northwest. Hundreds of diverse gift items, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles will be offered by 60 exhibitors each day.
It's not just Twinkie hoarders and Ding Dong lovers that feel the pain of the Hostess factory closings. For the first time in about 40 years, Booches Billiard Hall in Columbia, Mo. has to go elsewhere to source the buns for its famous burgers. Regulars say they are adapting to the change.
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