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And he did it on a dime...
Riding Alfresco, Motorcyclist Sets Record With 311.94 M.P.H. Run -- Despite Mr. Warner's high terminal velocity, his budget was very low. While the motorcycle started out as a stock Suzuki, nearly every part was reconfigured by Mr. Warner or replaced with a donated hot-rod alternative. The motor, which originally generated about 160 horsepower, was turbocharged, fueled with methanol and refined to handle as much as 1,000 horsepower.

The effects of outsourcing everything...
Rustbelt ghost-towns: Ruins of Gary, Indiana -- Many American rustbelt cities are contracting radically as we enter the second decade of life in a WTO world, where industrial production has moved to China, India, and other developing nations. This has created a new kind of American ghost-town, on the outskirts of once-thriving midwestern cities -- or, in the worst cases, in pockets right in the middle of town.

Sophisticated goods.
Manufactured Goods Lead Surge in Indian Exports -- Mr. Date's company is emblematic of a recent surge in exports of engineered and other sophisticated goods from India -- a country perhaps better known for exports of skilled services like software outsourcing. But in fact, Indian exports of goods are now nearly double exports of services, growing 37.5 percent, to $245.9 billion, in the 12 months that ended in March. Leading the way are high-value products like industrial machinery, automobiles and car parts, and refined petroleum products.

"Must be currently employed."
The Help-Wanted Sign Comes With a Frustrating Asterisk -- The unemployed need not apply. That is the message being broadcast by many of the nation's employers, making it even more difficult for 14 million jobless Americans to get back to work. A recent review of job vacancy postings on popular sites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder and Craigslist revealed hundreds that said employers would consider (or at least "strongly prefer") only people currently employed or just recently laid off.

- Sheena Moore

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