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HABITAT: Become Donald Trump in One Day!

Or, just know what your real-estate agent is talking about.

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You think to yourself: It's not like real estate terminology would be that hard to learn. Savvy people always seem to know something clutch about "closing costs" or "mortgage insurance." But they migh ...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 David Shafer

HABITAT: Sweat Equity?

Fixing up your broken home can pay off—sort of.

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While signing a boot-high stack of papers that indenture you to faceless finance corporations, you might be tempted to think: "Once I install that tile backsplash behind the kitchen sink, I'll just si ...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 David Shafer

Kinji Fukasaku

Sympathy for the Underdog

If those of you who read this column on a regular basis haven't figured it out yet, Kinji Fukasaku is one of my all-time favorite directors. Fukasaku's career spanned five decades and spawned more tha ...   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2005 David Shafer

Nike's Achilles' Heel

How activists leveraged a global brand in the battle of the sweatshops.

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In 1998, a young Thai woman named Lern went to work stitching clothes for the Bed and Bath Prestige company, a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangkok that produced clothes for Nike, Reebok, Adida ...   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2005 David Shafer


Portland teachers blast arts "outsourcing."

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In 2003, Jason Owens, in his third year of teaching music at Vestal Elementary on Northeast 82nd Avenue, figured his job was pretty safe. After all, Principal Susan Foxman was married to a violinist f ...   More
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 David Shafer

Dream Academy

And you thought your degree was useless...

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Even over the phone, Arnold Mindell is beguiling. Though we've never met, never even spoken before, he calls me by my first name 20 times in as many minutes. He sounds as though he's in the middle ...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2001 David Shafer
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