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  • Why won't a grocer set up shop in South Shore?

    Why won't a grocer set up shop in South Shore?
    I never thought I would have to fight for a grocery store in my ward. When I was first elected alderman of the 5th Ward in 1999, I naively thought retailers would flock to this South Side community after taking note of all of its selling points —...
  • Need for ballot measure on health insurance rate regulation debated

     Need for ballot measure on health insurance rate regulation debated
    Kicking off a major ballot fight this year, California lawmakers pressed the state's insurance commissioner to defend a proposal that would grant his agency sweeping new authority over health insurance rates. At a legislative hearing Wednesday,...
  • Backlog of Medi-Cal applications under Obamacare cut to 600,000

    Backlog of Medi-Cal applications under Obamacare cut to 600,000
    California's ongoing backlog of Medi-Cal applications under Obamacare has been reduced by about a third since May, said officials at the state's Department of Health Care Services. In an email to The Times, department spokesman Anthony Cava said that...
  • Startup sees business in bitcoin, seeking to promote local uptake of digital currency

    Startup sees business in bitcoin, seeking to promote local uptake of digital currency
    First came the switch off of the gold standard. Then checkbooks and credit cards started the shift away from cash — but to bitcoin advocates, not far enough. As the anonymous digital currency gains favor with retailers such as Overstock.com and is...
  • Holiday sets off explosive business for Indiana fireworks shops

    Holiday sets off explosive business for Indiana fireworks shops
    Many Americans take the day off on the Fourth of July, but not Miranda Panos: She's in the fireworks business. She plans to work until midnight Friday at Uncle Sam Fireworks in Hammond. There's usually one last surge around 10 p.m., she said, when...
  • Some skeptical of new plans to develop VA site at Fort Howard

    Some skeptical of new plans to develop VA site at Fort Howard
    Eighty-eight-year-old Alfred Clasing Jr. and his wife, Marie, had hoped to spend their final years at a retirement community for veterans at Fort Howard, part of a scenic Baltimore County peninsula that juts into the Chesapeake Bay. But a developer's...
  • Supplemental healthcare policies may relieve some worries

    Supplemental healthcare policies may relieve some worries
    Nicholas Lazzarini has a pretty good health insurance policy. But as a self-employed dancer, he says he worries about becoming sick or injured and incurring extra costs. "Unless you're on a TV show, you don't have coverage," says the 29-year-old from...
  • For-profit Corinthian Colleges to sell 85 schools, close 12 others

    For-profit Corinthian Colleges to sell 85 schools, close 12 others
    Corinthian Colleges Inc., the troubled for-profit college corporation, announced it will sell off the vast majority of its campuses over the next six months amid heightened scrutiny from the federal government. As part of an agreement late Thursday with...
  • Highland Pop realizes owner's sweet dream

    Highland Pop realizes owner's sweet dream
    Kimberly Silvestri Cohen, 51, owner of Highland Pop, is originally from Elmwood Park but has lived in Highland Park for the past 23 years.Her business at 1822 Second St. in Highland Park makes popcorn, fudge, and chocolate-dipped fruit and pretzels....
  • Maryland to begin check of Medicaid rolls again

    Maryland to begin check of Medicaid rolls again
    Maryland officials are poised to again review their Medicaid rolls for those who no longer qualify. The state ceased such reviews for six months as it worked to open the new online marketplace for people to buy public and private insurance plans and...
  • California minimum wage up; policymakers push for further increases

     California minimum wage up; policymakers push for further increases
    California's low-wage workers now have a little more money to pay their rent, see a doctor or hold an occasional backyard barbecue, now that the Fourth of July has come and gone. The state's minimum wage rose one dollar Tuesday to $9 an hour. The...