Business

2:53pm

Fri March 27, 2015
The Salt

Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:00 pm

A health inspection grade is posted outside a Manhattan eatery. In several cities, Yelp users can now find out how a restaurant scored on its health inspection well before they walk through the door.
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Log onto Yelp, and you'll find what all your neighbors have to say about your favorite restaurant. You'll find prices, locations, menus, photos, even parking tips.

And if you're in the right city, you'll also find the restaurant's health inspection score.

"What we're trying to do ... is reduce foodborne illness [by] warning consumers when they're in the middle of making a decision," Luther Lowe, Yelp's director of public policy, tells The Salt.

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9:25am

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Airlines Worldwide Rush To Adopt '2-Person' Cockpit Rule

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 10:14 am

A Southwest Airlines pilot and co-pilot preparing for a flight from Dallas last year. In the wake of the Germanwings crash this week, many European airlines are rushing to adopt a two-person cockpit rule similar to the one already in place in the U.S.
LM Otero AP

The global aviation industry is moving swiftly to change policies to reassure the traveling public in the wake of the apparently deliberate crash of airliner into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard.

Airlines from around the world have announced that they will begin requiring two crew members in the cockpit at all times after investigators on Thursday announced that the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 occurred when the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit and placed the Airbus A320 into a deliberate descent.

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7:40am

Fri March 27, 2015
Business

Examining Right-To-Work Laws Impact On Income And Economic Growth

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:00 am

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6:29am

Fri March 27, 2015
Television

Evaluating Whether It's Time To Cut The Cord

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:00 am

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5:02am

Fri March 27, 2015
The Salt

Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:04 pm

A 3,000-ton cargo ship at Thajeen Port in Samut Sakhon, Thailand, 15 days after it set sail from Benjina, Indonesia. The company that owns the ship said it is not involved with the fishermen. "We only carry the shipment and we are hired, in general, by clients," said owner Panya Luangsomboon. "We're separated from the fishing boats."
Wong Maye-E AP

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food may have been caught by Burmese slaves. That's the conclusion of a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press.

The AP discovered and interviewed dozens of men being held against their will on Benjina, a remote Indonesian island, which serves as the base for a trawler fleet that fishes in the area.

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5:02am

Fri March 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 2:55 pm

The Hartford Police Department is one of a number of police departments across the country that are offering up their parking lots as "safe zones" for Craigslist transactions.
Courtesy of the Hartford Police Department

The online classified site Craigslist updated its safety page this week, encouraging users to make exchanges at local police stations. Some police departments across the country are already offering up their headquarters as voluntary "safe zones" for Craigslist deals.

Sebastian Rivera likes to ride BMX bikes. And when he's customizing his ride, he says he'll hop onto Craigslist to look for free stuff or to trade bike parts with people in his area.

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5:44pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Sports

Did You Place Your Bet? March Madness Betting Could Surpass Superbowl

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $9 billion over the course of this year's March Madness tournament, more than double what they bet on the Super Bowl. NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Jay Rood, vice president of racing and sports books at MGM Resorts, about this busy time of year for betting in Las Vegas.

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5:42pm

Thu March 26, 2015
The Salt

Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:47 am

Not so ugly, eh? Supposedly imperfect produce rescued and reclaimed for consumption by Bon Appetit and Better Harvests.
Far left and far right: Courtesy of Ron Clark/Better Harvests. Center three images: Courtesy of Bon Appétit Management Company

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl who never gets noticed takes off her eyeglasses and — voila! — suddenly, everyone can see she was beautiful all along?

Well, a similar sort of scenario is starting to play out in the world of produce in the U.S. (minus the sexist subtext).

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3:32pm

Thu March 26, 2015
The Salt

Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:31 am

A drone built by Agribotix, a Boulder startup, flies over a farm in Weld County, Colo. The drone has a camera that snaps a high-resolution photo every two seconds. From there, Agribotix stitches the images together, helping the farmer see what's happening in a field.
Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media/KUNC

Colorado is famous for its beer and its beef. But what about its farm drones?

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2:46pm

Thu March 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:17 pm

If you live in a town still dotted with dirty piles of old snow, this is not going to come as good news:

The U.S. Census Bureau today listed the nation's fastest-growing metro areas. And it turns out, Americans prefer Florida's sunshine, lakes and beaches to your cloudy, cold climes.

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