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  • What Sets Apart the Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America

    Growth can be deceiving. Too often, we gape at companies with outsized top-lines or great marketing or tons of venture-capital funding and believe these are the best in breed for companies. But that kind of thinking is archaic with the access to data we have nowadays. Looking at growth rates absent a range of other factors is too simplistic and doesn’t reflect the reality in our marketplace. High growth doesn’t automatically equate to success. Fast companies crash. Hot companies burn out. It takes more than a single data point to figure out what makes a strong – and, more importantly, sustainable — entrepreneurial company. That’s why we developed the Entrepreneur360™ Performance Index, the most comprehensive analysis ever attempted on private companies in America. No other list, no other analysis has been able to really understand the world of private enterprises. The results have been profound. With the help of Gary Kunkel, senior research fellow at …

    October 7, 2015 6:37 am


  • Three Races in Which Export-Import Bank Could Be an Issue

    By Simone Pathé Posted at 6:14 a.m. today 0 Tweet Walberg opposes reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, and his Democratic opponent is ready to make it an issue in Michigan’s 7th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) In a handful of competitive races around the country, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and its Democratic recruits intend to make an issue of the Export-Import Bank charter’s lapse, especially now that large American corporations are blaming Congress for lost contracts and American jobs. The jobs that General Electric will create overseas either already exist or would have been created in Maine, New York, Texas and South Carolina. The DCCC already aired radio ads calling out Maine’s Rep. Bruce Poliquin in August for being the only member of his delegation not to back the bank, and an aide at the Democratic campaign arm told CQ Roll Call there will be more paid media against Republicans on the issue. It’s …

    October 7, 2015 6:16 am


  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea buys Stumptown Coffee Roasters

    Caffeine giant Peet’s Coffee Tea has scooped up Stumptown Coffee Roasters as it seeks to expand its reach into high-end beverages. The move, which signals the California-based company’s continued ambitions in the hot drinks market, has sent ripples through America’s coffee-loving ranks. Stumptown has attracted a loyal following for its innovations in coffee, including its cold brew. In August, it partnered with CBS to develop a special edition brew promoting Stephen Colbert’s late night talk show. Stumptown, based on Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1999 and has just ten outlets. Peet’s, founded in 1966, has more than 230 outlets across the U.S. Peet’s said Stumptown would continue to operate independently of Peet’s Coffee Tea. “Stumptown is an innovative leader in premium and cold brew coffee, and we’re excited to support and further elevate their presence while extending their reach to more consumers,” Dave Burwick, president and CEO of Peete’s, said in a statement. Duane Sorenson, …

    October 7, 2015 6:36 am


  • Blues name DiMaio director of player personnel

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have promoted Rob DiMaio to director of player personnel. The 47-year-old DiMaio had been director of scouting for three years. He joined the Blues as a scout in 2008. DiMaio also had 277 points in 894 games during his playing career with the Islanders, Rangers, Lightning, Flyers, Bruins, Hurricanes and Stars. More from FoxSports The Blues open the season Thursday against Edmonton.

    October 7, 2015 6:37 am

World News

  • Brazil to probe Rousseff’s campaign

    Image copyright AP Image caption The court will investigate alleged irregularities in the campaign of Ms Rousseff and her running mate, Michel Temer Brazil’s top electoral authority said on Tuesday that it would re-open an investigation into alleged misuse of funds during President Dilma Rousseff’s re-election campaign. The Supreme Electoral Court will try to determine if Ms Rousseff’s and Vice-President Michel Temer’s campaign drew on donations from illegal sources. The probe was requested by the opposition PSDB party. It comes at a time when Ms Rousseff’s approval rating is at a record low. Falling popularity If it were to uncover irregularities, the court could invalidate Ms Rousseff’s and Mr Temer’s election and trigger fresh polls. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrators accuse Ms Rousseff and members of the Workers’ Party of corruption But experts say in order for that to happen the irregularities would have to be so serious that the judges deem them to …

    October 7, 2015 6:36 am


  • The sweet smell of Amsterdam … and it’s not just cannabis, say odour mappers

    “It smells like Amsterdam” is a well-turned phrase. Each year, about 1.5 million tourists visit the city to legally consume cannabis in specially licensed coffee shops, and every time their doors open to welcome a new customer, a potent waft escapes with the force of a jet missile into the street. Whatever your views on the subject, the scent of marijuana and hashish is strong. The distinctive and easily identifiable smell curls along the narrow streets of De Wallen, lingers among the pubs, clubs, bars and coffee shops of the red light district and wafts across the open expanse of Stationsplein as newcomers in transit cram in a full, enhanced, poly-sensory experience of the city. As an urban smellscape researcher and mapper, I was genuinely curious to discover to what extent Amsterdam’s notoriously famous odour pervaded and to explore the other aromas floating around the city, from the constant and subtle presence of any background …

    October 7, 2015 6:36 am


  • Art McDonald and Takaaki Kajita win 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics

    Nobel winners: Art McDonald and Takaaki Kajita The 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to Arthur B McDonald and Takaaki Kajita “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass”. The prize is worth SEK 8m (£629,000) and will be shared by the two winners who will receive their medals at a ceremony in Stockholm on 10 December. Kajita is a Japanese citizen and a member of the Super-Kamiokande collaboration. He is professor of physics at the University of Tokyo. McDonald is a Canadian citizen and director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). He is emeritus professor of physics at Queen’s University. Eureka moment Speaking on the telephone from Canada after the announcement, McDonald said that “There was a eureka moment when we were able to see that neutrinos appeared to change from one type to the other in travelling from the Sun to the Earth.” He added that he is very …

    October 7, 2015 5:16 am


  • Infants Born to Drug-Abusing Mothers Often Readmitted to Hospital

    TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Newborns with drug withdrawal syndrome are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital than those without the condition, a new study finds. Drug withdrawal syndrome can occur shortly after birth in babies whose mothers abuse narcotic painkillers during pregnancy. These infants are at increased risk for breathing and feeding problems, seizures and low birth weight, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville explained. Drug withdrawal syndrome among babies is becoming more of an issue in the United States due to the epidemic of prescription narcotic painkiller abuse, previous studies have reported. In this study, the researchers reviewed information from more than 750,000 births in New York state between 2006 and 2009. They found more than 1,600 infants with drug withdrawal syndrome. These babies were nearly 2.5 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within one month after birth than full-term infants born without complications, the study …

    October 7, 2015 5:56 am


  • Gorgeous Miranda Kerr Departs From LAX All By Herself

    Posted on Tue Oct 6th, 2015 6:31am PDT       By X17 Staff Where was her billionaire beau Evan Spiegel? It seems like the two have been joined at the hip lately, so seeing her on her own is pretty weird! On Monday evening Miranda Kerr jetted out of Los Angeles International Airport, and she was all smiles as X17 photographers snapped her photo. We’re sure the Victoria’s secret bombshell will be reunited with her Snapchat founder boy toy soon enough — the duo can’t get enough of one another! From dates at the farmers market to concerts, they’re inseparable. And after taking in Kanye West’s show in LA last week, Miranda even Instagrammed a few words that were clearly about her new man. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” the Maya quote read.   Stories from around the …

    October 6, 2015 10:51 pm


  • Acting out of weakness? Why Obama’s dangerously wrong about Putin’s intentions in Syria

    In last Friday’s press conference, President Obama called Vladimir Putin’s incursion in Syria “an act of weakness.” It’s his pat answer when Putin misbehaves. The White House likes to portray the Kremlin as a place filled with petulant children who don’t understand what’s in their own best interest and will one day rue their misguided behavior. A mixture of condescension and patience may be an appropriate tactic in child rearing. But in a dangerous world, it’s a lackadaisical prescription for disaster. Mr. Obama sees Putin’s military adventure as a quagmire-in-waiting for the Kremlin. In the end, he believes, Moscow will lose more than it gains and find itself isolated and censured by the international community. This, he concludes, will leave Putin weaker than when he started. But there’s a problem with the president’s line of thinking. Actually, there are several. Sometimes it might make sense to give some actors space to “learn their lesson.” But …

    October 6, 2015 8:30 pm

Odd News

  • Police rescue Kentucky store owner from large python

    The owner of a Kentucky reptile store had to be rescued by police after a 20-foot-long (6-meter) python weighing up to 125 pounds (57 kg) wrapped around him, authorities said. Terry Wilkins was tangled up with the snake when two police officers arrived at the Captive Born Reptiles store in Newport, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, at around noon on Monday. “When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim who was total(ly) unconscious with a large snake wrapped around his head and neck,” according to a Newport police report. The officers grabbed the snake by the head and unwrapped it from Wilkins, who was not breathing, the report said. He began to breathe as rescue squad workers arrived, it said. Wilkins was treated at a Cincinnati hospital with nearly two dozen stitches to his arm where the snake bit him and went home later on Monday, according to a colleague, who declined …

    October 6, 2015 5:29 pm