Cars We Remember: Reader’s ‘cherry’ T-Bucket and Hot Rod memories
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Cars We Remember: Reader’s ‘cherry’ T-Bucket and Hot Rod memories

Q: Hello Greg I am the owner of a T-Bucket hot rod and have enclosed photos. It has a 350 Chevy V8 small block, Competition Cams cam, Weiand blower, 350 Turbo automatic, 8-inch Ford rear, Centerline wheels all around, Corvair steering, Painless wiring and front spindles from my grandfather’s 1954 Chevy sedan. My girlfriend Cindy Fenstermacher and I did all the work ourselves from a blueprint by Total Performance (now part of Speedway Motors, Lincoln, Nebraska). The headers I got from a flea market at a car show several years ago.
I enjoy your column and see it weekly in our newspaper. I would like to know your opinion of the popularity of these types of hot rods and it was fun meeting you at the Bloomsburg Nationals. I’m starting to see a few more T-Buckets at car shows with the ’32 Fords and other rods, like Rat Rods. Can you give us some of your memories and opinions on hot rods?
Tony Karpovich, Dushore, Pennsylvania

Test Drive: 2020 Subaru Legacy
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Test Drive: 2020 Subaru Legacy

Entry price: $22,745
Price as tested: $30,090
This week, we’re driving the new, seventh-generation midsize 2020 Subaru Legacy, a four-door sedan that debuted in 1989 and is the automaker’s flagship sedan. Along the way, Legacy has been a trendy choice thanks to its popularity with numerous generations, including teens heading to college all the way to retired baby-boomers.
All Legacy models are built on the Subaru Global Platform, this one located in Lafayette, Indiana. As home to Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) North American, it is responsible for production of the Ascent, Impreza, Legacy and Outback models.

Whole Foods ending health benefits for part-time workers
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Whole Foods ending health benefits for part-time workers

Hundreds of part-time Whole Foods Market employees just got some incredibly bad news.

The grocery chain, which is owned by e-commerce giant Amazon, will no longer provide them with access to health insurance as of Jan. 1, according to Business Insider.

The move affects about 2% of the retailer's workforce. Whole Foods says it has 95,000 workers worldwide.

Previously, anyone who worked more than 20 hours each week could buy health insurance through Whole Foods.

Full-time employees will retain their health insurance, a company spokesperson told Business Insider.

 

"In order to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model, we are moving to a single-tier part-time structure," Whole Foods said in a written...

Jeff Shuford: 7 skills to turbocharge your digital marketing performance
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Jeff Shuford: 7 skills to turbocharge your digital marketing performance

If you want to improve your digital marketing performance in 2019 significantly, one of the smartest moves you can make is to increase your skill level. Working on your skills not only allows you to enhance the quality of your marketing, but it also gives you an unfair advantage over competitors who aren't upgrading their brand-building skills continually. If you're a brand marketer, who hopes to leave competitors in the dust in 2019, following are seven essentials skills you should be upgrading.

Improve your data analysis skills

Marketing without data analysis is like fishing with your eyes closed and an empty hook. You might get lucky enough to land a fish or two, but your success rate is going to be severely limited. Marketers who make it their mission to become stellar data analysts have a much higher chance of increasing annual sales than those who market without data. If you do only one thing to increase your odds of marketing success in 2019, doubling down on...

GameStop lays off 14% of workers, closing up to 200 stores
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GameStop lays off 14% of workers, closing up to 200 stores

GameStop is the latest struggling retailer to make drastic moves to stay afloat, according to published reports.

Already, the chain has cut 14% of workers at its headquarters near Dallas and in select other locations, according to The Holywood Reporter. Now comes word 180-200 stores will soon be closed for good.

Sales at GameStop were down 14% during the company's fiscal second quarter, The Hollywood Reporter says. For all of 2019, the video-game retailer is projecting a sales drop "in the low-teens."

CEO George Sherman said in federal filings that he has a four-point plan to turn things around.

That plan involves "optimizing the core business by driving efficiency and effectiveness, creating the social and cultural hub of gaming within each GameStop,...

Dave Ramsey: The partnership, not the family, is the problem
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Dave Ramsey: The partnership, not the family, is the problem

Dear Dave,

My two brothers-in-law and I have been thinking about going into business together as a side project in the real estate world. One of them is an architect and licensed general contractor, one has a successful painting business and I’m a chief financial officer with a CPA background. Plus, I had a lot of construction experience as a young man. I know you’re not a big fan of business partnerships, but how do you feel about a family business like this?

Dan

Dear Dan,

Going into business with family isn’t my big concern here. I’ve said many times that partnerships are the only ships that won’t sail and I’m a firm believer in that philosophy. I would encourage you guys to set up a situation where one of you is the owner, then figure out a plan where the other guys get paid off the bottom line - as if they were owners. Trust me, anything with three heads is going to end up being a monster at some...

Dear Monty: Pros and cons of buying from the listing agent
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Dear Monty: Pros and cons of buying from the listing agent

Reader question: I have found a home and I want to make an offer. There are stories about why and why not it is a good idea to use the listing agent. What are the pros and cons of going directly to the listing agent to make an offer?
Monty’s answer: Some homebuyers never realize there are pros and cons. Some will seek out the listing agent because they believe they can save money by negotiating the buying side of the commission down. Some agents promote this choice in very subtle ways.
The broker divides commission internally to the listing and selling agents

United Way launches campaign to 'Give Hope'
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United Way launches campaign to 'Give Hope'

HANNIBAL — Officially, this year's United Way of the Mark Twain Area fundraising goal is $425,000, but Executive Director Denise Damron knows “the real goal” is to help fund important community services.

Cars We Remember: A look back: Crosley sub-compact and military vehicles
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Cars We Remember: A look back: Crosley sub-compact and military vehicles

Q: Greg I enjoyed your “First Compact Cars” feature and I owned two Crosleys in my day. On Christmas day many years ago, when I was only nine-years-old, I was given a 1948 Crosley station wagon that my father and I then restored. It was only a 26-horsepower engine at the time. My second car was a 1950 Crosley roadster and it went through another restoration. I drove that car for many years. Can you tell us more about the American built Crosley and the military vehicles they built during World War II?
Don Smith
A: Don thanks for the kind comments. Let’s revisit some of the Crosley inventions and that great bunch of little Crosley vehicles, including military efforts.

Test Drive: 2020 Buick Enclave SUV
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Test Drive: 2020 Buick Enclave SUV

Base price: $41,195
Price as tested: $49,780
This week, we’re driving Buick’s new generation 2020 Enclave, delivered in Essence AWD trim. Front drive Enclaves start at $41,195 for Preferred, then move up to Essence at $43,195; Premium at $49,995 and top line Avenir at $54,995. The AWD versions (not available on the Preferred) add $2,000 more to the base price.
Now competing with upscale full-size SUVs, this new generation debuted in 2018 and is now the longest wheelbase vehicle of the Buick family. It shares some similarities with Chevrolet Traverse, but overrides the bowtie model in side-by-side luxury comparisons.
Although the latest model still shares some of the genes of the previous Enclave, its longer wheelbase (by 2 inches) and redesigned exterior deliver a more aerodynamic motif thanks to a lower roofline and improved front fascia and three-dimensional grille.