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The most popular method of assessing the stock market’s performance, past and potential, is to look at data, and if that’s your approach, you’re in luck – only sports can rival stocks for generating towers of numbers to ponder.
How can you know where you want to go if you don’t have some idea of what you’ll find when you get there?
Every so often a remark made in passing jumps out from a news story to smack the reader, prompting a response of “that can’t really be so.”
Updated version of an old joke about another profession that has on occasion been held in disrepute:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – at least for politicians and those in the road-construction business – that festive season of handing out presents, paid for by voters and motorists, to various regions and corners of the state.
This column is being written for publication on Jan. 20, which means that somewhere north of 90 percent of the New Year’s resolutions made by readers have by now been abandoned or forgotten.
In the museum business, the word “industry” is usually coupled with the word “science,” not surprisingly because the former depends so much on the latter.
The educationese buzzword of the moment is STEM, as in science, technology, engineering and math. So to get back to the business of learning in the new year, let’s exercise our STEM brain muscles by working on a simple calculation.
Some News Tribune readers could be heard grousing about the $95,000 Tacoma city government shelled out to a consultant to tell it the blindingly obvious – trying to land an NBA or NHL franchise for the Tacoma Dome is, to put it politely, not realistic.
The biggest and most reliable generators of business news around these parts used to be giants such as The Boeing Co. and Weyerhaeuser. Later, Microsoft elbowed its way onto the scene; add in other high-profile producers of news such as Starbucks and Costco, and there wasn’t a lot of oxygen left for other businesses, even those of some heft.
Sightings of gas prices in the Puget Sound region as low as $3.20 a gallon have some motorists giddy with anticipation of stations finding out if their electronic signboards can still display the numeral 2 to the left of the decimal point.
The encroachment of Black Friday shopping into Turkey Thursday continues apace. Target will open its stores at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night. Sears and Walmart are going that one hour better, opening at 8 p.m. that day.
If you want to be a nurse, an engineer or an aerospace machinist, there are programs all over the state, at two- and four-year institutions, to learn your trade.
Amid all the uproar over DaVita’s plan to shift 350 workers from downtown Tacoma to Federal Way, it’s instructive to remember why we have downtowns full of office towers to be filled in the first place.
Ever slide into the driver’s seat of an unfamiliar car, only to be swept by a bout of momentary paralysis as you try to figure out how to operate the contraption?
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