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Shake shack

Dear Mr. Berko: I was considering opening a Shake Shack unit. So I visited several Shake Shack locations in Philadelphia and NYC and those were good experiences. But at age 66, I decided that operating a unit would be too much for me. So last May, because I was convinced that Shake Shack was going to be another Chipotle Mexican Gril ... (full story)


US Bank CEO on economy, interest rates, vanishing branches

US Bank CEO on economy, interest rates, vanishing branches

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Davis, the chief executive of regional banking giant U.S. Bank, took his job at a terrible time: late 2006, just months before the housing bubble began to pop, which quickly led to the financial crisis and the Great Recession.
While U.S. Bank weathered the financial crisis better than most large bank ... (full story)


Mobile app brings parents into the classroom

GROVEPORT, Ohio (AP) — Long ago, teachers tended to be unreachable during the day except during a dire emergency.
Fast-forward a few decades through the advent of answering machines and email and the social-media explosion, and you arrive at today's hyper-connected classrooms. Teacher Maura Elliott uses a free mobile app to ... (full story)


Big Blue

Dear Mr. Berko: How many shares of IBM does Warren Buffett own? I was told to buy IBM because it's one of his largest positions and it pays a good dividend. My broker says IBM can trade as high as $275 in the next 12 months and wants me to buy 500 shares. I'd like your take on this. GS: Bloomsburg, Penn.
Dear GS: If you believe I ... (full story)


State tells southwest Ohio water plants to reduce phosphorus

State tells southwest Ohio water plants to reduce phosphorus

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Two large wastewater plants in southwestern Ohio are appealing an order to reduce how much phosphorus is released into a tributary of the Ohio River.
Dayton and Montgomery County said changing their operations to comply with the new rules could cost up to $2 million.
Both want the Ohio Environmental R ... (full story)