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CVS to rebuild Baltimore locations damaged in protests

CVS to rebuild Baltimore locations damaged in protests

West Baltimore store became symbol of unrest after reference by President Obama

Social media stocks took a beating last week. And they still haven’t bounced back.

Social media stocks took a beating last week. And they still haven’t bounced back.

Can social media stocks figure out how to make money as users shift to mobile?

EU moves to help tech companies compete with US giants

EU moves to help tech companies compete with US giants

The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon.

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Buffett and Vanguard: Different paths to the same financial destination

Buffett and Vanguard: Different paths to the same financial destination

The sage of Omaha is a showoff, while Vanguard is boring. But there’s a lesson in that comparison.

Business Rx: How to manage a rapidly growing team

Business Rx: How to manage a rapidly growing team

Growth is great. But what happens when one-on-one management and mentorship becomes impossible?

Periscope and other new apps threaten TV’s golden egg: Live sports

Periscope and other new apps threaten TV’s golden egg: Live sports

New spate of web firms allow users to easily set up illegal live streams to reach a mass audience.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Educating graduates on their new fiscal reality

They need information on retirement planning, homeownership and credit card debt.

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

The remarkable life and lessons
of the $8 million janitor

The Vermont gas station attendant who quietly accumulated a fortune.

Allan Sloan

Allan Sloan

Buffett and Vanguard: Different paths to the same financial destination

The sage of Omaha is a showoff, while Vanguard is boring. But there’s a lesson in that comparison.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Physicist-turned-businessman seeks opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa

He persuaded rich U.S. families to invest in generating jobs and profits instead of just giving funds to charity.

Market News

US stocks close lower after weak jobs data; oil prices rise

US stocks close lower after weak jobs data; oil prices rise

U.S. stocks are closing lower as investors worry about the economy, interest rates and stock valuations.

Wonkblog

How Baltimore and cities like it hold back poor black children as they grow up

How Baltimore and cities like it hold back poor black children as they grow up

America has pockets of real upward mobility — but they’re not where many blacks live

How growing up poor changes politicians

How growing up poor changes politicians

Democrats from humble backgrounds more often vote for economic policies that help the lower class. For Republicans, upbringing doesn’t matter.

Your favorite organic brand is actually owned by a multinational food company.

Your favorite organic brand is actually owned by a multinational food company.

With annual sales rising about $32 billion, the organic food companies have been swallowed up by larger corporations best known for conventional products. The effects of “organic” food remains a matter of debate.

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On Leadership

How federal leaders should thank their employees

How federal leaders should thank their employees

A number are finding ways to do so during Public Service Recognition Week.

Why is it still so taboo to talk about what we make?

Why is it still so taboo to talk about what we make?

More and more people see pay transparency as a way to reduce inequality in the workplace, but few want to take the leap.

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Get There

Always negotiate pay — even on your first job out of college

Always negotiate pay — even on your first job out of college

About 60 percent of new graduates don’t negotiate their first job offer, according to Nerd Wallet. Those lost earnings could pile up over time.

A silver lining for retirement savers

A silver lining for retirement savers

Target-date funds — one of the most popular retirement funds — are growing less expensive. People are smarter about using them, too.

The Switch

FCC chair defends net neutrality, blocking Comcast

FCC chair defends net neutrality, blocking Comcast

FCC chairman defends Comcast decision, clashes with cable industry.

How Google and other tech firms fight child exploitation

How Google and other tech firms fight child exploitation

Google’s Eric Schmidt accepted a major award Tuesday night from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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Protests over state budget cuts

Protests over state budget cuts

Facing major budget problems, governors around the nation are proposing cuts to education, health care and state employee benefits.

The hard road back

The hard road back

One of the defining features of the Great Recession is the magnitude and duration of unemployment. These stories depict the crisis for workers and explain the pressures that have stalled the creation of jobs for them.

Foreclosure system in chaos

Foreclosure system in chaos

During the housing boom, millions of homeowners got easy access to mortgages. Now, some lenders have discovered many mortgage documents were faked, forged or otherwise mishandled.

CES 2011

CES 2011

Washington Post coverage of the tablets, cameras and other new technology unveiled at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Post 200

The Post 200

The Washington Post ranks the top Washington-area businesses in 2010.