Slate: The secret to Southwest Airlines' success
The airline industry is notoriously brutal. Yet Southwest Airlines just recorded its 39th consecutive year of profitability — a business sector where profits can be excruciatingly tough to come by. How do they do it?
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Companies taking greater role on campuses in producing skilled students
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Slate: 'Smart' food packaging
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Consumers continue to use more credit
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Public workers in fiscal, political bull's eye
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Wedding season: Make it stop already!
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Lawmakers press Zuckerberg on Facebook users under 13
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