To persuade, put passion on mute
9/26/2016 SmartBrief/Leadership

Passion may be what fuels leaders to achieve greatness, but research suggests trying a different approach when trying to persuade someone of a particular point of view. Instead, try to understand the other person's point of view and terminology, and then seek common ground, John Baldoni says in this blog post and video.

Va. 9th-graders engaged in team-taught, cross-curricular class

Educators at a Virginia high school are team-teaching some subjects to ninth-graders who were identified as needing additional support. Teachers in the 20/20 program, modeled after another district program, plan interdisciplinary lessons and projects in world geography, English, Algebra I and physics for a daily three-hour class block.

FSOC to track response to money market rules

The Financial Stability Oversight Council plans to monitor the way markets react to Securities and Exchange Commission rules for money market mutual funds, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told the House Financial Services Committee. Investors have moved hundreds of billions of dollars out of funds covered by the rules to funds that aren't, he said.

Poll: Savings drive sales of ugly produce

Price was the top reason consumers opted for ugly produce during the past year, with shoppers age 45 and older a bit more comfortable with less attractive produce, according to a Harris poll. Across all age groups, 76% of respondents said they would expect to pay less for less-than-perfect produce.

How Trump and Clinton would change US health care
9/23/2016 BloombergCNBC

Under a Donald Trump presidency, more than 25 million Americans would lose their health insurance, while up to 9.6 million additional people would gain coverage under Hillary Clinton, according to a study. The Trump campaign dismissed the study as "ludicrous" and called it a "distraction from the disaster that is Obamacare."

MillerCoors says raise the right beer

In an effort to revitalize falling beer sales, MillerCoors has launched a campaign that targets the company's biggest competitor, Bud Light. In response to Bud Light's tagline, "Raise one to right now," MillerCoors tells fans to raise the right one -- Miller Lite.

Handmade at Amazon expands to 5 EU countries
9/26/2016 CNET

Amazon's artisan crafts marketplace, Handmade at Amazon, expanded beyond the US last week, launching in five European countries. The site has grown since debuting almost a year ago, but it's smaller than leader Etsy, which boasts almost a total global presence.

Snapchat hopes to avoid Google Glass' fate
9/26/2016 TechCrunchBloomberg

Snapchat has designed a $130 pair of glasses capable of recording video that can be transferred to a phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections. But questions remain about potential privacy issues, whether consumers really need another camera and whether the new product can overcome the "Google Glass stigma," writes Josh Constine.

USDA approves Okanagan's biotech Arctic Fuji apple

The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has granted deregulated status to Okanagan Specialty Fruits' biotech nonbrowning Arctic Fuji apple. The biotech apple was deemed "as safe and nutritious as conventional apples," according to the firm.

Freeform to enter late-night TV
9/26/2016 Multichannel News

Freeform will become the latest entrant in the late-night TV category with the development of a new show starring Iliza Shlesinger. Shlesinger will also act as an executive producer, alongside Richard Allen-Turner, Kara Baker, Jon Thoday and David Martin.

Commentary: We need a 21st-century infrastructure plan

With both presidential candidates advocating spending on infrastructure, lawmakers should think about what kind of infrastructure we need for the next six decades, contends Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He suggests it's time to come up with a "compelling vision of a smart, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable infrastructure."

Gas production skyrockets in Ohio's Utica Shale

There's been a significant increase in energy companies tapping the Utica Shale for natural gas over the last four years, which has driven up production numbers, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration. Utica well production has skyrocketed from 0.1 billion cubic feet per day in December 2012 to 3.5 billion cubic feet per day in June 2016.

Atlanta airport leads nation in found guns

Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Georgia's Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport discovered 126 guns in the first eight months of this year; 144 guns were found at the airport in all of 2015.

Danish scanner speeds up airport security screening
9/26/2016 The Irish Times (Dublin)

Danish tech company Exruptive has developed a hand luggage trolley with a touchscreen display that directs users to the shortest security line. The system also eliminates bottlenecks caused by travelers placing items on a standard scanner belt.