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Friday, August 29, 2008

More U.S. Energy Deals

Dimitra DeFotis says small oil-and-gas drillers that operate in shale regions like tempting targets for reserve-hungry majors. Offerings for St. Mary? (Aug. 29)

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A Lasting Headache

Barron's Andrew Bary says more disasters could hit debt-laden companies owned by private-equity shops Apollo, Blackstone and KKR. A look at 13-troubled deals. (Aug. 29)

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A Bottom-Up Look at Hanesbrands

Barron's Alexander Eule says investors should consider slipping into apparel maker Hanesbrand's struggling shares. Hanesbrands' mass-market, nondiscretionary focus positions the company for tough times. (Aug. 29)

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After Katrina, In Search of Coffins

After Katrina hit Louisiana, Mike and Barbara Mudge went to work on recovering bodies, coffins and vaults displaced from cemeteries by the hurricane. Stephanie Chen reports. (Aug. 30)

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'Samurai Girl'

Scene from "Samurai Girl." Video courtesy ABC Family. (Aug. 30)

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Looking Ahead- Short, Full Week

John McCain's speech at the Republican convention may run into the NFL's kickoff game as well as Hurricane Gustav. There's also two rounds of jobs data. Stacey Delo reports.

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Employers Respond to Rising Gas Prices

Employers are going beyond carpools and shuttles to help workers deal with gas prices, looking to offer four-day workweeks and more telecommuting options. Anthony Lazarus reports. (Aug. 29)

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John McCain's Summer Tour

Join WSJ's Elizabeth Holmes on the campaign trail with John McCain. The Arizona senator traveled to Arizona, Florida, South Dakota, West Virginia and Iowa in the month of August. But despite the travel found fun along the way. (Aug. 30)

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Sous Vide Cooking

WSJ's Katy McLaughlin tells us about a revolutionary new way of cooking called sous vide, that has already changed the way top chefs cook their meals. Today, there are even appliances to help you cook sous vide.(Aug. 30)

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Savings Plan Helps Mom Launch Business

See how one single mother of three turned $2,000 in savings into a consulting business. Andrea Coombes reports. (Aug. 29)

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From the Muppets to Digital Puppets

Jim Henson Company has created some of history's greatest puppets, including Kermit the Frog, but it's latest character, Sid the Science Kid, is completely digital. WSJ's John Jurgensen reports. (Aug. 30)

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Democratic Convention- One Woman's Journey to Invesco Field

Follow 80-year-old Joan Stanley of Chevy Chase, Md., as she makes her way to Denver's Invesco Field to see Sen. Barack Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination. Andy Jordan reports.

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Brad Meltzer's 'Book of Lies'

As WSJ's Bob Hughes learns, Brad Meltzer's "Book of Lies" is a story that brings together the mythological stories of Cain and Abel and Superman through the prism of two murders thousands of years apart. (Aug. 29)

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Video Trail Mix- The Long Road to Invesco Field

Getting in to see Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver, CO, was an experience in itself. CQ Politics blogger Craig Crawford takes you behind the scenes.

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Pete Hegseth at the Pepsi Center




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Investor Sentiment Toward Russia Sours

Alexander Kliment, analyst at Eurasia Group, discusses rising tensions between Russia and the West and explains why investor sentiment toward Russia has soured in recent weeks. (Aug. 29)

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John McCain Picks Sarah Palin

John McCain picked first-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, adding a little-known but reform-minded woman to his ticket. Video courtesy of Fox News. (Aug. 29)

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Democratic Convention- One Woman's Journey to Invesco Field

Follow 80-year-old Joan Stanley of Chevy Chase, Md., as she makes her way to Denver's Invesco Field to see Sen. Barack Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination. Andy Jordan reports. (Aug. 29)

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Not So Happy Labor Day For Al Franken's Employees


As an employer, Al Franken failed to provide workers' compensation insurance to his own employees for nearly three years. Franken was even fined $25,000 by the state of New York.

More at www.FranklyFranken.com.

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Video Trail Mix- The Long Road to Invesco Field

Getting in to see Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver, CO, was an experience in itself. CQ Politics blogger Craig Crawford takes you behind the scenes.

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John Kimelman on Amerco and Sallie Mae

Barron's Online Managing Editor John Kimelman says that insiders are finding value in shares of Amerco, the parent of U-haul, and Sallie Mae. (Aug. 29)

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The Week Ahead in Asia

Australia takes the stage, with the central bank expected to make its first interest-rate cut in years and with GDP data coming later in the week. Also, Japanese automakers release U.S. sales figures. Michael Kitchen reports. (Aug. 29)

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What is Slow Food?

Gardens in front of City Hall in San Francisco are meant to encourage folks to adopt the "slow food" lifestlye. But what exactly is slow food? Stacey Delo reports.

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The Week Ahead in Europe

Profits could decline at Vivendi and Ferrovial, which are both on next week's earnings calendar, while the market awaits three interest-rate decisions. MarketWatch's Steve Goldstein reports.

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Barack Obama's Big Night

On Thursday night, Barack Obama became the first black man nominated for president of a major party. In his speech, he defended his record and attacked John McCain. Video courtesy of Fox News. (Aug. 29)

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Stocks Today with Bob O'Brien- Waiting for Gustav

Stocks Editor Bob O'Brien for Barron's Stocks Today speaks about Hurricane Gustav and the implications it holds for crude oil stocks, and the demand for new energy products. (Aug. 29)

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Democratic Convention- One Woman's Journey to Invesco Field

Follow 80-year-old Joan Stanley of Chevy Chase, Md., as she makes her way to Denver's Invesco Field to see Sen. Barack Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination. Andy Jordan reports.

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McCain Picks Palin as Running Mate

Sen. John McCain chooses Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. She will be the first female vice-presidential nominee on a Republican presidential ticket. Video courtesy of Fox News. (Aug. 29)

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Friday's News Roundup

Stock prices suffer from weak consumer spending and income data, while a profit drop at Dell drags on the tech sector. Outside the markets, attention turns to Republican John McCain's pick for vice president. Michael Kitchen reports. (Aug. 29)

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'Trouble the Water'

See a clip from the film "Trouble the Water." Video courtesy of Zeitgeist Films. (Aug. 29)

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The Movie 'Traitor'

See a clip from the film "Traitor." Video courtesy of Overture Films. (Aug. 29)

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Bangladeshi Ship Breakers Face Death, Disease, Injury

Ship breakers in Bangladesh, who reduce huge vessels to scrap metal and recyclable parts, risk their lives daily. Some of these workers are now getting safety equipment and training, but it's not universal. Video courtesy of Reuters. (Aug. 29)

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Commodities Ride Isn't Over

Michael Cuggino of the the Permanent Portfolio Fund says rumors have contributed to the recent drop in commodities prices and fundamentals support a further run and buying opportunities. (Aug. 29)

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Japan Deluge Forces Thousands to Evacuate

Waist-high waters sweep through vast areas of central Japan after days of heavy rain. One woman has died and half a million people have been ordered to leave their homes. Video courtesy of Reuters. (Aug. 29)

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Democratic Convention- Obama Takes on McCain

On the final night of the Democratic National Convention before 75,000 flag-waving supporters, Barack Obama launches a sharp assault on Republican presidential rival John McCain. Video courtesy of Reuters. (Aug. 29)

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How to Build an Award-Winning Wine List

Bobby Arifi, of Cafe Lucci, swirls, sniffs and sips his way through Napa Valley in a quest to develop his restaurant's wine list. MarketWatch's Jennifer Waters follows him on his journey. (Aug. 29)

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Cheers for Obama, memories of King

(Boston Gobe) At the Yawkey Club in Roxbury, Ron Gibson emotionally reacts to Barack Obama's acceptance speech and its historical significance. (By David Abel, Globe Staff)

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Introducing Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin, John McCain, Vice Presidential Nominee Speech

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AP Rough Cuts- Denver's Colorful Characters

Associated Press photojournalist Rick Gentillo takes a final look at the colorful characters who came to the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

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Thai Protests Close Airports

CBS News RAW: All scheduled flights which were set to depart from several airports in southern Thailand were canceled after a groups of anti-government protests blocked roads and traffic.

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America- Meet Sarah Palin

In Full: Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, speaks at a GOP rally in Dayton, Ohio following her introduction by John McCain as his pick for vice president.

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Sarah Palin Addresses America

In GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin's acceptance speech in Dayton, Ohio, she discussed her background; praised John McCain's ability to lead and recognized Hilary Clinton's historical campaign.

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Notebook- Campaign Showdown

As the Democratic National Convention comes to a close, CBS News chief political correspondent Jeff Greenfield examines the struggle that the Dems will face during the presidential campaign season.

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McCain Introduces VP Choice

In Full: John McCain spoke at a rally in Dayton, Ohio to officially introduce his VP choice, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

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Atlanta Sees MLK In Obama

Activists who remember 'I have a dream...' talk about what it took to get Sen. Barack Obama onto the national stage. Randall Pinkston reports and Harry Smith talks to Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.

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With Cameras, Delegates Report

First Eye: Three points of view from Democratic delegates who recorded their own experience at the Denver convention.

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McCain Picks Female VP

Sarah Palin, a 44-yr-old first-term governor in Alaska, will become the first GOP female VP candidate. Tara Mergener reports.

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What MLK Would Think

Only On The Web: Rev. Joseph Lowery talks with Byron Pitts about how he thinks his friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., would have responded to Barack Obama's nomination.

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Eye To Eye- Michelle Obama

Only On The Web: Michelle Obama talks about the historical significance of Barack Obama's nomination as the Democratic candidate for president. Katie Couric reports.

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Portland Workers Bare It All

Workers at a Portland, Ore. LUSH store have stripped down to virtually nothing in order to raise awareness of environmentally friendly products. KOIN's Ken Boddie reports on this naked promotion.

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Historical Night For U.S.

Barack Obama is the first African-American candidate for the president of the United States. Byron Pitts reports on the historical significance of his candidacy.

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DNC Webcast, 08.28.08

Only On The Web: Making history, Barack Obama accepted the nomination for president as the first African-American candidate. Katie Couric reports on the road ahead for Obama and John McCain.

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Gore Lauds Obama's Experience

Al Gore said that the environment depended on Barack Obama's election as president. Gore said that Obama knows that "inconvenient truths" must be recognized for an administration to be wise.

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Rating Obama's DNC Speech

Only On The Web: Katie Couric speaks with several top political commentators about Barack Obama's historic acceptance speech during the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

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Weighing In On DNC Finale

Katie Couric and a team of political correspondents talk about the finale of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

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Ollie Eviction Surprise

Julie Chen interviews Bryan Ollie, the second evictee in this week's "Big Brother 10". Though he didn't win the grand prize, he feels he is a winner in his "showmance" with April.

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Obama Answers Critics

Sen. Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in an historic speech in Denver. Bill Plante reports and Harry Smith talks to political analysts.

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Quantifying Image Politics

Maggie Rodriguez asks author Joe Navarro to explain the imagery Democrats used at the national convention to convey their message to voters and viewers.

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Obama Pledges To Restore U.S.

Sen. Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president, outlining how he would restore the American dream. Obama harshly criticized John McCain's policies as being outdated.

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Palin's Possible Impact

The Palin pick may help John McCain close the gap in support with Barack Obama among white, female independents.

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