If the U.S. economy were a patient in a hospital, its doctor might be admitting it for close observation.This week's release of the gross domestic product figures for the fourth quarter showed the economy growing at an anemic 1.4 percent, the lowest growth rate in five years.
Jack Welch wanted everything to be perfect. The celebrated chief executive has spent 20 years turning General Electric into America's most admired company, and as the clock ticked toward his retirement next year, the race to succeed him had become the most closely watched CEO sweepstakes in history.
For more than a decade, Pleun Bouricius spent summers prepping for classes as a doctoral student and lecturer at Harvard University. But last August, after a fruitless, four-year search for a university teaching job, she began a different course of study, at the United Tractor Trailer School in central Massachusetts.
Ohann Schleier-Smith and Greg Tseng, both juniors at Harvard College, don't look like outlaws. But when they had to buy a $112 textbook called "The Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics" from Harvard's bookstore for a course last year, a rebellion was born.
A few weeks ago Antoine Sorice and six other would-be entrepreneurs had nothing but a top-secret draft of a business plan. The 32-year-old Frankfurt consultant is a cofounder of Snacker.de, a still hush-hush Internet portal and e-commerce platform soon to roll out in Germany.
Inside Chicago's top-ranked Whitney Young High School, the posters started appearing last December. LET'S BE #1! GIVE IT 110%! Usually this sort of rah-rah propaganda supports the basketball team, but this campaign by the principal had a different aim: urging kids to score high on the Illinois Goal Assessment Program, a standardized test that students would take in February.