Valarie Merrill-Cooke

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Protestants Can Work, But Atheists Mean Business

The Protestant work ethic gets a drubbing in a new study.<p>When it comes to entrepreneurship, the Protestant work ethic might not be all it’s cracked up to be. A recent academic study shows that atheists are more likely to be entrepreneurs than either Protestants or Catholics.<p>The reasons behind this …

Europe’s Solution Factories

Until about a decade ago, the best way to make your manufacturing operations competitive was to apply the practices of lean management. But as those practices have become more universal, they are yielding less differentiation in cost and quality.<p>This presents an acute challenge for manufacturers in …

Toyota's Harsh $1.2B Punishment Must Be Sending Chills Through GM's Mary Barra

The timing is incredible: one week after opening a criminal investigation into why General Motors delayed issuing a safety recall on some of its vehicles, the U.S. Justice Department showed it is deadly serious about holding companies accountable, leveling a criminal fraud charge against GM’s …

Co.Design Bracket Madness: Who Is The World’s Greatest Living Designer? [Round 2]

Welcome to Round 2 of Co.Design Bracket Madness! With your help, we’ve compiled a bracket featuring some of the greatest designers alive. Your job is to help crown a winner.<p>Readers submitted more than 50,000 votes in the tournament’s first round, which ended last night. Florence Knoll edged out …

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Two injured in South Side incinerator fire

A small blaze in a basement incinerataor sent smoke through a 24-story building on the South Side early Thursday morning, sending two people to a hospital with smoke inhalation.<p>The fire was reported about 4 a.m. in the high-rise in the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue in the Ida B. Wells / Darrow …

'Divergent' review: Good or What?

Swedish American Museum loses its iconic water tower

An iconic Andersonville landmark, the water tower atop the Swedish American Museum, is coming down at least temporarily. 48th Ward Ald. Harry …

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Reader's Agenda Thu 3/20: Literary Rock and Roll, High School Hockey Championships, and Queenie Pie

Looking for something to do today? Agenda's got you covered.<p>Columbia College's Story Week comes to a close tomorrow, but not before Chicago's …