Earnings are skyrocketing at drug stores — Walgreens alone saw its earnings grow nearly 70 percent in the last quarter. Drug stores no longer handle just prescriptions and selected sundries. Big chains now compete with grocery stores and sandwich shops. Consumers are also shopping there for holiday gifts.
A generation after Mexico, Canada and the United States signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, cross-border business is flowing. Some Canadians were fearful of their southern neighbors, but Bombardier Aerospace, with plants now in the U.S. and Mexico, illustrates one way NAFTA changed business.
As the city of Detroit tries to emerge from bankruptcy, the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Arts — a collection appraised at more than $850 million — might wind up on the auction block. But a federal judge mediating the city's bankruptcy has a plan that just might keep the art in the city — and reduce cuts to the pensions of retirees.
Students thinking about the road ahead for transportation look to everything from flying cars and hovercraft to crowdsourced car design and driverless vehicles. One key part of planning, says the program's head, is that changes must not only make life better for commuters, they must be done in a way "that this planet can support."