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The editor's corner, where the day's headlines are discussed and dissected.

sustainability

Starbucks eyes lean manufacturing techniques

Can Starbucks employ lean manufacturing techniques used by fast-food rivals without becoming a fast-food joint itself? Starbucks is trying to deploy "lean thinking" used in Toyota's production system....

sustainability

NASCAR Turning New Leaf

NASCAR Turning New Leaf

education

How responsible should a college be in helping students get a job?

A scintillating story ran in the New York Post today about a jobless college graduate who is suing her alma mater for not doing enough to help her find a job. Just how responsible should a university ...