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Should We Pay to Rebuild?

New Jersey Army National Guard aerial views shows the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast. Photo Credit: Reuters The East Coast has barely begun to assess the cost of recovery after superstorm Sandy last month. It will be...

A Recipe for Survival

Before I had breast cancer, I had kidney cancer. They caught it early, removed my right kidney, and I went right back to work as a fashion-industry freelancer.  Three years later, at 56, I was diagnosed with (unrelated) breast cancer. This time I...

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Legal trouble. Since it acquired Merrill Lynch in 2008, Bank of America has been entangled in a series of pricey legal battles. A high note, literally, was last week's $2.43 billion payout to settle a class-action lawsuit in which plaintiffs...

I Thought We Had a Deal

I recently bought a Groupon for a haircut and color at an uber-fancy Manhattan salon. It was pricey, $150, but not much more than what I’d normally pay. I was pretty excited. I’d been letting my hair grow out for months, and I couldn’t wait to...

Face to Face with Otherness

Amanda Steinberg is the founder of DailyWorth. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, she lived four blocks from the World Trade Center. Running down the street on that warm September morning, I experienced what few Americans have: explosion,...

3 Girls + 180,000 Signatures = Wow

Emma Axelrod, Elena Tsemberi, and Sammi Siegel Want to change the world, but it's hard when you've only got a 20-minute lunch break? A growing number of mainstreet activists are using digital platforms like Change.org, a site that helps you lobby...

A Letter to Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer

Marissa, At 37, you've opted to become CEO of struggling tech giant Yahoo. And you’re seven months pregnant. With a Master's degree in computer science from Stanford, you don’t need anyone's advice on efficiency planning or systems engineering....

A Tribute to Helen Gurley Brown

I still remember when I found a used copy of Helen Gurley Brown’s landmark 1962 bestseller, “Sex and the Single Girl,” nearly 40 years after its heyday. By then it was the era of Carrie Bradshaw and “Sex and the City,” but as a newly single woman...

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