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America’s Becoming Totally Hemp Crazy!

America’s Becoming Totally Hemp Crazy!

  World-renowned marketing expert Harry Drnec talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about his new role at Totally Hemp Crazy Inc. Sales of energy drink beverages are expected to top $13 billion this year in the United States alone. Based on sales in 2013, the key players in this growing market ...

A Media Empire Built On Local Business News

A Media Empire Built On Local Business News

Based  in Charlotte, NC, American City Business Journals (ACBJ) is the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies in the U.S. With over 1,600 employees, the company publishes 40 publication each week. In addition, ACBJ offers specialty publications for sports fans, sports business readers and classic car enthusiasts. The company’s specialty publications ...

Glendale Securities, Inc.: The Firm That Wants Small Businesses To Succeed

Glendale Securities, Inc.: The Firm That Wants Small Businesses To Succeed

Glendale Securities, Inc.’s CEO Eric Flesche talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about the changes he has seen in the industry through the years and what makes his company unique.   Capital markets have undergone some pretty major changes in the last few decades. Technology has played a major role ...

Cracking Down On Cybercrime

Cracking Down On Cybercrime

Mark Gray, Chairman and CEO of Cybergy Partners, Inc., talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about his company’s role in cybersecurity, the smart grid, and renewable energy. The FBI ranks combating cybercrime one of the nation’s top law enforcement activities. The Center for Strategic and International Studies estimates that cybercrime ...

“Janice Dean, the Weather Machine”

“Janice Dean, the Weather Machine”

FOX News’ Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about hurricane season, her Freddy the Frogcaster book series and why she’d prefer not to face a storm head-on. The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and, according to Janice Dean, 2015 isn’t likely to produce ...

“Chef Robert Irvine has 2 days and $10,000 to do the impossible!”

“Chef Robert Irvine has 2 days and $10,000 to do the impossible!”

Using the above statement as its premise, Food Network’s reality program Restaurant: Impossible premiered in January 2011. Within those time and dollar constraints, Chef Robert Irvine must resuscitate a failing restaurant, and hopefully, launch it to profitability. Irvine’s culinary training began with the Royal Navy, and he later cooked in the White ...

Republican Pollster Frank Luntz Discusses Upcoming Nominations

Republican Pollster Frank Luntz Discusses Upcoming Nominations

Republican pollster Frank Luntz, president and founder of Luntz Global Partners, talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about his fascination with words and communication, who he thinks could win the GOP nomination, and whether he sees a female president in America’s future. Frank Luntz has counseled the who’s who ...

Bar Rescue-Giving Failing Bars A Second Chance

Bar Rescue-Giving Failing Bars A Second Chance

Reality TV series Bar Rescue premiered on the Spike Channel in 2011. It stars Jon Taffer, an industry consultant specializing in nightclubs and pubs. Taffer and his team of industry experts use their considerable expertise for their rescues, focusing on everything from specialty drink recipes to physical makeovers. In addition, ...

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark Takes The Side of His Fellow Law Enforcement

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark Takes The Side of His Fellow Law Enforcement

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about why he will continue to speak out in support of his peers in law enforcement and why he believes dissent is healthy for democracy. In the nearly nine months following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown ...

CNBC’s Sharon Epperson: Taking A Fresh and New look At Your Financial Health

CNBC’s Sharon Epperson: Taking A Fresh and New look At Your Financial Health

CNBC’s Sharon Epperson talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about what Americans can do to ensure their financial health, the importance of savings and why it’s good to be honest with your kids about money. April is National Financial Literacy Month and what better time than spring—the season of new ...

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Sardar Biglari Takes Control Of 49% Of Biglari Holdings Shares In Controversial Tender Sardar Biglari Takes Control Of 49% Of Biglari Holdings Shares In Controversial Tender

The following is an excerpt from Antoine Gara | July 2, 2015 | Forbes.com | Sardar Biglari, the highly criticized CEO of Steak ‘n Shake parent, Biglari Holdings, has increased his control over the company significantly through a successful tender offer made by a shareholder funded investment vehicle he controls. On Thursday morning, Biglari Holdings disclosed that 620,679 shares, roughly 29% of its outstanding stock, were tendered at a price of $420 to The Lion Fund, a related party investment fund controlled ... Read More

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The Cloud Explained The Cloud Explained

The following is an excerpt from Kaye Foley | July 1, 2015 | Yahoo.com | We’ve all heard of it. And chances are good you’ve come across it in some way or another if you use the Internet. (And I’m assuming you do, since you’re reading this right now.) I’m talking about “the cloud,” and so far, forecasts have called for recognition but little understanding. So let’s clear it up. The cloud is actually a network of computers that work together, performing different ... Read More

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Will Americans Buy Unlocked Phones From Chinese Brands? Will Americans Buy Unlocked Phones From Chinese Brands?

The following is an excerpt from Jessica Dolcourt | July 1, 2015 | cnet.com | The historical relationship between phone buyers and wireless carriers in the US is one of codependence. Traditionally, providers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have been the major gateway through which anyone bought a new phone: two-year contract a virtual given. Over the past two years, T-Mobile led the charge to blow up service agreements and sell phones without contracts, a move that rippled throughout the industry. That ... Read More

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Polar Bears May Die Off Unless Global Warming Is Reversed, Report Says Polar Bears May Die Off Unless Global Warming Is Reversed, Report Says

The following is an excerpt from Marc Thiessen | July 2, 2015 | Time.com | They rely on ice in the Arctic (ANCHORAGE, Alaska)—Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said. “The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a draft recovery plan, part of the process after the agency ... Read More

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Hillary Clinton Email Release Reveals An Inside Look At State Dept Life Hillary Clinton Email Release Reveals An Inside Look At State Dept Life

The following is an excerpt from Reena Flores | July 1, 2015 | CBSNews.com | Of Hillary Clinton's nearly 3,000 pages of emails released Tuesday night by the State Department, a vast portion seemed less concerned with politics than with the mundane aspects of office life. But while information about Benghazi may have been lacking in these emails -- the majority date back to before the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya -- what they do provide is a look into the ... Read More

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Chrysler, Ford Sales Rose in June; GM’s Fell Chrysler, Ford Sales Rose in June; GM’s Fell

The following is an excerpt from CHELSEY DULANEY | July 1, 2015 | WSJ.com | Several top auto makers posted higher U.S. sales in June, as strong demand for trucks and SUVs continued to drive the market. Ford Motor Co.’s sales ticked up 1.6% to 225,647 vehicles, topping Edmunds.com expectations for a 1% increase. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Wednesday that its U.S. auto sales rose 8.2% in June on strength in its Jeep and Chrysler brands, while robust SUV and truck sales ... Read More

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First on CNN: Macy’s dumps Donald Trump First on CNN: Macy’s dumps Donald Trump

The following is an excerpt from MJ Lee | July 1, 2015 | CNN.com | CNN)Macy's is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after the Republican presidential candidate's recent controversial remarks created a public uproar. The department store has come under intense pressure to cut ties with the real estate magnate and businessman after he referred to immigrants from Mexico and other countries "killers and rapists." In a statement Wednesday morning, Macy's said the company "stands for diversity" and that it ... Read More

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Supreme Court Breakfast Table Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the East conference room at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Aug. 30, 2013. The following is an excerpt from Mark Joseph Stern | June 29, 2015 | Slate.com | Dear Dahlia, Walter, Judge Posner, Kenji, and Marty, Justice Antonin Scalia may have been the worst-behaved justice in the courtroom this morning, Dahlia—but the chief was the most obnoxious on paper. The Arizona redistricting case brought out the worst in Chief Justice John Roberts, ... Read More

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Siri Has Sassy Response When You Ask What’s Zero Divided By Zero Siri Has Sassy Response When You Ask What’s Zero Divided By Zero

The following is an excerpt from ALYSSA NEWCOMB | June 30, 2015 | abcnews.go.com | A snarky Siri has the Internet all fired up. After asking Apple's trusty virtual personal assistant "What's zero divided by zero?" she delivered a scathing response that got personal. While the answer is mathematically indeterminate, Siri didn't stop there from explaining why. "Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends," she says. "How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn't make ... Read More

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Oil Prices Drop After Greece Defaults On IMF Payment Oil Prices Drop After Greece Defaults On IMF Payment

The following is an excerpt from Henning Gloystein | June 30, 2015 | Thefiscaltimes.com | SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell in early trading on Wednesday after Greece became the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund. Greece, as expected, was not able to repay 1.6 billion euros it owed to the IMF, in what was the largest missed payment in the Fund's history. Greece's default pushed up the dollar versus the euro , with the stronger ... Read More

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