Farms, Schools Link Through Food

Limp, greasy pizzas are out; locally grown beets and acorn squash are in.REGION - For the first time in 15 years, public school lunches across the country were revamped this year to combat growing childhood obesity. One major change: Students are now required to take...

Shaking It Up

Getting fit in 2013 means putting your money where your mouth is, because nutritionally packed supplements, bulk items and healthy shakes are trending big in the region. But it's tart cherry concentrate that takes the cake for optimizing wellness, according to celebrity health advocates.The ruby...

Mowing, Yes. Dredging, No.

Following changes in state law this year, it appears that waterfront landowners remain confused about what type of beach grooming is allowed under the legislation."What I've found is that people find it confusing," said Michigan Department of Environmental Quality District Representative Robyn Schmidt of the...

Shaking the Lethargy in 2013

One of my favorite bands is Rush. In the song "Circumstances," the second stanza goes: "All the same we take our chances/ Laughed at by time/Tricked by circumstances/plus ça change/plus c'est la même chose/The more that things change/The more they stay the same." ...

Estate Tax Debate Intensifies

Year-end is often a time for tax planning for individuals, families and businesses. Planning is especially important in 2012 due to the current economy and the recent election.The estate tax is frequently debated. Often referred to by journalists as the "death tax," the estate or...

Fiscal Voodoo and Planet Earth

The fiscal cliff is a crisis to scare the public into accepting failed policies. Instead, we need to focus on how the economy is linked to the environment.The Economy, we are told, is a machine. It churns, slows, and heats up. It drives political discourse...

Profile of an Embezzler

Four years' data compiled on 1,583 major embezzlements in the US between 2008 and 2011- Major embezzlers begin their schemes in their early 40s. - The average major embezzlement spans a 4.7-year period.- By a significant margin, embezzlers are most likely to be individuals who hold bookkeeping or...

Embezzlement a Devastating Impact

REGION - Embezzling funds is practically a cottage industry in Michigan, which had the dubious honor of reporting the second-highest number of cases in the nation after California in 2011.Boston-area consulting firm Marquet International found between 2008 and 2011, there were 83 cases of embezzlement...

A Slice of the Pie

★★★★Running a restaurant is believed to be one of the most businesses to maintain. So, imagine managing two restaurants during turbulent economic times. Against the advice of his financial advisors, Nick Sarillo, owner of the popular Nick's Pizza in suburban Chicago, does just that. In...

Trophy Taggers on Target for Big Money

What do you get when you mix an outdoor gear superstore and social networking? You get Trophy Taggers, an online association of hunters and fisherman that buy their gear, share their pictures from deer camp and recruit their friends to join to do the same.Trophy...