A New Editor Takes the Reins of the Struggling’Burlington Free Press’ | Media | Seven Days

click to enlarge Luke Awtry Aki Soga at Free Press headquarters in Williston Playful pit bulls, White House holiday traditions and summer reading reviews: That’s the skimpy fare provided these days by the once-proud Burlington Free PressIt’s a jarring step down from the news and analysis that once made the state’s flagship newspaper a must-read. … Read more

The taste of Juneteenth | Food Features

click to enlarge On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived with federal troops at the far reaches of what was then the settled boundary of freshly united United States of America. The reading of General Order No. 3, that all enslaved persons were now free, sparked As Springfield historian Kathryn Harris put it, “What … Read more

How Amazon plans to fix its massive returns problem

Amazon is handling a rapidly growing number of returns that are causing a massive problem for the e-commerce giant and the planet. A National Retail Federation survey found a record $ 761 billion of merchandise was returned to retailers in 2021. That amount surpasses what the US spent on national defense in 2021, which was … Read more

As states consider gas tax holidays, don’t expect big savings

A sign reflects the price per gallon of fuel at a gas station on March 10, 2022 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Americans are feeling the pinch of rising gas prices. Now two states — Maryland and Georgia — are temporarily suspending their gas taxes in order to help their residents save … Read more

With 11 Applicants Per Job, China’s College Grads Face Tough Prospects

Facing a weak job market, Chinese college graduates are taking another look at work in the public sector, with a record number signing up for the country’s national civil service exam. But the lure of tech riches is still strong for those who can secure a declining number of jobs. China’s peak recruiting season kicks … Read more