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The Marijuana Show

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There's a new show in town; and it's looking for people with high aspirations.

The creators of a new reality show are hoping to cash in on the legal marijuana industry in Colorado. It's called “The Marijuana Show” and is being pitched as a cross between “Shark Tank” and “The Apprentice.”

A week ago about 200 people turned up in Denver to pitch their ideas for a marijuana related business. Those range from pot themed movies to a flower business where marijuana is part of the designs. The creator of the show says she is tired of marijuana being illegal.  read more »

Christmas Toys

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We might be smack dab in the middle of September; but for retailers it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

In an effort to get a jump on the holiday shopping season Toys “R” Us has released its list of the hottest toys for 2014. The annual list of 36 items is determined by the company’s play experts after months of research. While those exact methods of research aren’t clear, the company says it has a successful track record of making sure parents walk away with gifts to satisfy the kids come Christmas day.  read more »

Segregated Sidewalks

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China is segregating its sidewalks; and the division is based on cell phone use.

One of the busiest sidewalks in southwestern China now has two lanes. One for people that on their cell phones and one for people that are not. The lanes are 50 meters long and three meters wide and have white warning signs painted on the ground.

A spokesperson for the developer who came up with the idea says the separate lanes are mainly meant for tourists who aren’t used to China’s crowded streets. He says this could save people from potential safety hazards or embarrassing situations.  read more »

The Wine Industry

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Every business has its obstacles; especially when you're dealing with Mother Nature.

Since 1977 Robert Foley has been making wine in California’s Napa valley. Now he is the vintner for a number of small wineries while also producing his own blends.

“It is a tough business, truth be spoken if you want to make a small fortune start with a large fortune.

This year winemakers in California are facing an extra challenge because of the long term drought. But so far Foley says the fruit being harvested looks promising mainly because they knew what to expect. Then the recent earthquake in Napa delivered another setback with damage to vineyards and wineries. But no matter how tough the business might get, wine makers know the customers will always be there.  read more »

Topless Tanning

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Summer is winding down and the French women are taking topless tanning with it.

When it comes to vacationing in France topless sunbathers are as common as fine dining and a lot of attitude. But now people say the days of an even tan are fading as more women opt out of baring their top half.

Feminists say the latest trend is disappointing. They say in the 1960's and 70's there was a huge push by the Vatican and the Spanish church to ban topless sunbathing; something France refused to do. But now women are willingly covering up and feminists say the swimsuit and smartphone industries are too blame.  read more »

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Podcast: The Wine Industry

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  • Title: The Wine Industry
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