The Wall Street Journal


Hot Lips, Gravely Ill, Gets Elaborate Care At the Fish Hospital

Page 1A, September 9, 2002

RALEIGH, N.C. – Three veterinarians stood over a $4.95 goldfish named Hot Lips, prepping her for surgery. The senior vet, Craig Harms, slipped a syringe into the nine-inch-long fish’s swollen belly. He drew out clear fluid – a bad sign.

Dr. Harms retreated to the hallway, pulled out his cellphone and called the owners in New York’s Catskill Mountains. It was Wednesday morning, Aug. 14.

“Hot Lips is doing OK,” he said, before delivering the bad news about the liquid. “It puts the possibility of liver disease or kidney disease back in the picture. . . . We’ll keep you posted as we move along.”

Dr. Harms and his colleagues are among about 20 vets in the nation who perform surgery on pet fish. Not one of them makes it his sole practice. But the need for such services is growing. Americans are building more backyard fishponds, stocking up on pets that they swear have their own personalities.

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Just Sell It: Where Gang Members Are Shoe Salesmen

Page 1A, February 19, 1999

CHICAGO – Eric Lymore walked into John Park’s shoe store on Chicago’s South Side four years ago looking for a job. Mr. Lymore was a little vague about his background – and who could blame him? The 19-year-old was a member of the Gangster Disciples, the infamous urban gang; he had stolen clothes while working at Sears, sold drugs and stuck up a Burger King. And he had just gotten out of the Cook County jail.

Mr. Park, then 23 and one of the youngest franchise owners in the international Athlete’s Foot chain, was also making a name for himself. The second-generation Korean-American was selling shoes briskly from his small shop at the corner of 63rd and Halsted – just the kind of violent neighborhood where Athlete’s Foot executives had long been scared to open stores.

As the two men looked at each other, Mr. Lymore made his bid. “Just give me a week,” he said, “and I can outsell anyone in here.”

This kid’s a loudmouth, Mr. Park remembers thinking. He asked him if he could start the next day.

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With Small U.S. Bills, Soldiers in Baghdad
Attract New Vendors
Page A1, April 21, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq – In their march into this city, soldiers from the U.S. Army’s First Armored Division took over a Scania truck-parts dealership, welcomed by an owner who figured the troops could protect it from looters who had already smashed the windows.

But there isn’t much business for truck parts here these days. So a couple of employees, still wearing navy blue Scania coveralls, have diversified – into chickens.

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In North Carolina, Furniture Makers Try to Stay Alive

Page 1A, February 20, 2004

THOMASVILLE, N.C. – A little more than a year ago, Rick Stanco was handed the reins of a creaky old factory here in the heart of U.S. furniture-making country. His challenge: Show the bosses at Furniture Brands International Inc. why they shouldn’t just shut the place down.

Furniture Brands, the largest residential furniture company in the U.S., had recently shuttered 17 other plants in the U.S. as part of a major shift toward importing more products from China. The shutdowns eliminated several thousand jobs and closed the plant Mr. Stanco, 39 years old, previously managed. Now Mr. Stanco oversaw another 335 workers, in a town so linked to making furniture that a 30-foot wooden chair rises above Main Street in tribute to the industry.

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Magic Fingers Lost Its Touch Long Ago, But Not for Mr. Gill;
Few People Plunk Quarters In Vibrating Bed Gizmos
Page 1A, April 9, 2002
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Fraught Couture: Shirts for the Dead Are
the New Rage In Some Inner Cities

Page 1A, February 4, 1999
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A Drag Racer Turns His Yugo’s Handicap To His Advantage
Page 1A, May 25, 1999
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Faith and Hope … As Fraud Trial Nears an End,
Scrushy Preaches in Church

Page A1, May 13, 2005
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GNC Resisted Offering A Hot Pill …
Boom From McGwire’s Bat
Page 1A, August 16, 1999
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Minutiae Man: You Think You Have An Obsessive Boss?
Meet Mr. Reuning
Page 1A, August 16, 1999
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Olympic Games Coverage from Athens
August 2004, Page A10, A8
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If You Can’t Smoke In the Office,  Snuff Can Be a Secret Vice
Page 1A, February 11, 2000
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In the Hot-Sauce Biz, When You’re Hot, It May Not Be Enough
Page 1A, May 15, 2000
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Kentucky Answered Call of the Future – But Got Bad News
Page 1A, March 9, 2004
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The Ab Wars: Infomercials became a staple in the ‘90s
Page R22, May 24, 1999
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