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Licensing for music played in small businesses (access required)

Many small business owners play background music in their businesses. Many restaurants and bars also feature live music. Whether hosting an “open mic” night featuring local musicians or simply playing the radio, business owners need comply with copyright laws. Among ...

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U.S. Export-Import Bank walks the plank (access required)

The Export-Import Bank, a legacy of the New Deal that helps thousands of small businesses and some very large ones compete in foreign markets, teeters on the brink of extinction because it has become a symbol of big government largesse ...

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Does Sackett flush the Clean Water Act? (access required)

 The United States Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous decision in Sackett v. EPA. The court found that Michael and Chantell Sackett had the right, pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, to seek judicial review of a compliance order issued ...

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Protect your law practice from difficult clients

Keeping control of clients who become difficult to manage — and making sure you filter out the not-so-good clients in the first place — are essential to maintaining a successful law practice and holding onto your sanity. This can be ...

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The art of connecting (access required)

In “The Tipping Point,” Malcolm Gladwell writes, “sprinkled among every walk of life … are a handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack of making friends and acquaintances. They are connectors.” In the highly competitive field of architecture, construction ...

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Outrageous construction law cases (access required)

People involved in litigation rarely find it amusing. Few are detached enough to find it even interesting. Most find it at best a necessary evil and at worst an unmitigated disaster. Lawyers worth their salt feel their clients’ pain and ...

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Unleash the power of Thor: Why aren’t more people talking about thorium? (access required)

Thorium, element number 90 in the periodic table, was named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor. The name, bestowed in 1828, was perhaps prescient, foretelling of the energy this slightly radioactive metal is capable of producing. So, why have ...

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The spam that brings us together

Last Friday, in the middle of the workday, spammers used our family e-mail account to send out a bogus work-at-home offer. I don’t know how it happened, and I really don’t know why. But I know exactly when it started ...

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The ripple effects of inefficient management (access required)

A friend of mine (let’s call him Tom) was heading to the airport the other day to catch a flight for his next training assignment when his cell phone rang. His boss said he needed to skip the trip and ...

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Viral ‘wind map’ aims to promote wind energy (access required)

Two media artists moonlighting from Google’s “Big Picture” visualization lab have created a “wind map” to show where, when and how powerfully the wind blows, in real time, all over the lower 48 states. The project is intended to promote ...

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