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Back-to-school retail sales to hit $68B

Pencil it in: Back-to-school shopping is the second biggest retail sales time of the year, behind the Christmas season.

The all-time greatest Phillies

In honor of Jimmy Rollins' return to Philadelphia this week, albeit as a Dodger, here is a list of the all-time greatest Phillies:

Obsessions of a junk food junkie

Today is National Junk Food Day, or, as we called it most days in college: lunch and supper.

The worst journos in movie history

“Never Been Kissed” was a decent romantic comedy with a major flaw: the protagonist, a copy editor at a newspaper, had her own office.

The 10 worst household and yard chores

In honor of the Fourth of July weekend, when I plan to do exactly nothing but rest and have fun – here are 10 of the worst household and yard chores, in no particular order (except for the first one):

Apple seeks stricter privacy

One day, we'll look back at the early 21st century as a time when much of our privacy was washed away like the shoreline in a hurricane.

What is happening to the beautiful game of playground hoops?

( A warning to younger generations: This is one of those stories akin to how, in our day, we walked three miles to school. In the snow. Without a coat.)

LeBron and the Four Ringos

Random shots and second thoughts:

Money, soccer and corruption

Looks like it took a nation not that into soccer to potentially bring down the rascals who run international soccer.

The best work-day of the year

There are good reasons why there’s a bounce in your colleagues’ steps today.

The cost of just showing up for work

Work anniversaries. Baby and wedding showers. Birthdays and holidays.

A-Rod is no Willie Mays

“The only man who could have caught it, hit it.”

Talk. Laugh. Live.

Two decades ago, a great basketball player from East Stroudsburg High School died from prostate cancer at age 19.

Test driving the Wonderlic

Easy questions. No time to finish the test.

The most trusted brands in America

Digital rules the day when it comes to the most trusted brands in America.

Selling liquor a bad idea at Citizens Bank Park

Decades ago at Penn State's Beaver Stadium, the most popular guy in the student section of the stands was the Coke man.

There is life after daily newspapers

A mind is a terrible thing to race.

Biggest employer in Pennsylvania? Says here it's a retailer

The organizations with the most employees in the Greater Lehigh Valley are health systems.

There is no Next Silicon Valley

Whether it be from desperation or because of strategic marketing, communities, cities, regions and even states occasionally try to rebrand themselves to capture business, industry, new residents and/or tourists.

Twitter has cachet, but advertising has yet to follow

The folks on Twitter relish in saying that Facebook long ago jumped the shark and is no longer cool.

'It's a gorgeous view from the moon here, Chet'

Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams is taking time off as the network investigates his credibility issues with respect to claims made about his reports from the Mideast.


Pete Carroll vs. Bill Belichick.

Five things you owe your employees

Managing or supervising people is never easy. Unless, perhaps, you are coaching Michael Phelps or Michael Jordan.

Google unveils self-driving car

Last month, we wrote about potential business opportunities when driverless cars get the green light – possibly just two decades from now.

Top 10 dubious excuses for calling in sick

Ever wake up in a good mood and not want to ruin it by going to work?

HR power on the rise

Don't know exactly when it occurred, but human resources departments have gained a lot of power in corporate America.

Thankful as thankful can be

Please indulge this list of 10 things to be thankful for as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.

How low will oil go?

Regardless of their politics, most Americans would agree that something should have been done by now to wean the U.S. off its dependence on foreign oil.

The sweet science of candy marketing

Candy makers are nothing if not savvy when it comes to marketing to the calendar.

The computer. The automobile. And the Frosty.

One person's half-serious, half-fun list of mankind's greatest inventions of the past 200 years:

One fan's sports bucket list

(Warning: No good phrases – only clichés – were harmed in the writing of this blog.)

Back in my day? No one wants to hear it

The story usually begins: “When I started in this business, I used a manual typewriter and had to write a story on deadline in 30 minutes. Try doing that.”

Marketing customized to the individual?

A principal premise of the George Orwell novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is that citizens in the year 1984 will be under constant surveillance by the government/authorities.

Three years later: A monster in jail and misconceptions remain

Penn State students and fans Saturday showed support for late coach Joe Paterno with a “Joe-Out” – wearing clothing or displaying images of the Hall of Famer at the Nittany Lions' football game.

It's not always about the money

Several small-market teams with below-average player salaries – such as Milwaukee, Kansas City, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Baltimore – have strong-to-decent chances of making the playoffs in Major League Baseball.