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Downtown LA businesses still hoping AEG lures football stadium – Los Angeles Times

In the nearly 20 years that Fernando Ojeda has owned a downtown restaurant, he’s seen the expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center and construction of the Staples Center and LA Live. Each time, the increased foot traffic boosted sales at his restaurant, Fernando’s Taco Inn, which sits directly across from the entertainment complex. […]

UK Lawmakers Discourage Proprietary Trading – Fox Business

U.K. lawmakers on Friday called on Britain’s new financial regulator to discourage deposit-taking banks from making risky bets in financial markets with their own money. A parliamentary commission examining standards in banking said it is concerned about the risks to commercial banks’ financial health and culture from such proprietary trading. The commission said U.K. banks […]

EU finance experts burn midnight oil over Cyprus deal – Reuters

By Luke Baker BRUSSELS, March 15 | Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:00pm EDT BRUSSELS, March 15 (Reuters) – EU and IMF officials planned to work on a rescue package for Cyprus through the night in Brussels with the aim of presenting the outline of a bailout programme to euro zone finance experts on Friday morning, […]

Why the Election of Pope Francis Is Important for Latin America – TIME

Victor R. Caivano / AP Worshipers pack the Metropolitan Cathedral during the evening Mass in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 13, 2013. Latin America is Catholicism’s great bulwark. From the moment Spain’s first boat arrived on the shores of the Western Hemisphere, the Catholic Church’s influence permeated the region, and its longstanding influence has yet […]

The America that works – The Economist

The America that works – The Economist

“THE greatest nation on earth—the greatest nation on earth—cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. We can’t do it,” fulminated Barack Obama last month. The crisis of the moment, the “sequester” (a package of budget cuts designed to be so ghastly that Congress would pass a better version), […]

A Budget That Gets America Working Again – Huffington Post

Budget. Congress. Hope; now, those are three words that you don’t often see together. With all of the political drama around our nation’s economy, it’s easy to forget that the federal budget process offers a tremendous opportunity, not just a tremendous headache. Our leaders in Congress have a chance right now to help ease our […]

America’s March Madness Problem – Foreign Policy

With March Madness rolling into view, the sports website Grantland ran a brilliant bracket of the most hated college basketball players in the last 30 years. It presented one bracket each for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s … and one just for Duke. It says something profound about the national loathing for my alma mater […]

GOP Divided on Proper Role for US Abroad – New York Times

Now, a new generation of Republicans like Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is turning inward, questioning the approach that reached its fullest expression after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and signaling a willingness to pare back the military budgets that made it all possible. That holds the potential to threaten two wings of […]

HIV rampant among South African schoolgirls – Aljazeera.com

As many as 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive, because older men are exploiting them, according to the country’s health minister. Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday that four percent of schoolboys have the virus, proving it is “sugar daddies” who are responsible. “It is clear that it is not young […]

In ‘Miriam,’ Nora Chipaumire considers Africa and women – Boston Globe

Though the Zimbabwe- born dancer and choreographer Nora Chipaumire has been working and living in America for years, her native land, its people, and its politics are often central in her art. Her 2012 dance “Miriam” is, in part, an investigation of assumptions and stereotypes about Africa, as well as those of the female body. […]