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This week's selection of articles and essays covers a surprising economic fact about seniors, the psychological damage done to juveniles in solitary and a look at the South Carolina church shooting.
Dylann Roof appeared via videolink for a court hearing today, where he stood expressionless as victims' family members poured out their emotions.
Over the past few months, case tallies have dipped toward zero, only to bounce back up. Health officials worry the outbreak could never end if people keep hiding cases and dead bodies.
We rounded up a few sharp thoughts in the wake of Wednesday night's horrific attack on a historic black church.
We rounded up a few sharp thoughts in the wake of Wednesday night's horrific attack on a black church.
The sign was erected by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón as a protest to the illegal trade of weapons with the U.S. In recent years, the drug violence in the city has receded.
The two executives, at Odebrecht SA and Andrade Gutierrez, were taken into custody in early morning raids linked to a scandal involving Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras.
Couples hoping to walk down the aisle this summer may incur some hidden expenses. From tax penalties to prenups, navigating your new life can be a tough row to hoe. In many cases, getting married might not make financial sense.
CBS News Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger joins Lizzie O’Leary to talk about what you need to know.
For Indian millennials living in the U.S., a wedding may be the biggest party of their lives. Combining ancient tradition and American extravagance, these events can last for weeks and run well over six figures. It’s a booming industry, and venues across the country are all vying for a piece of the action.
“When hotels hear ‘Indian weddings’ they think, ‘cha-ching!’ ” says Ani Sandhu, owner of Ace of Events in the District of Columbia. He’s one of the area’s most successful Indian wedding planners. In order to plan a successful Indian wedding, he says you must first understand the cultural significance of the event. “In the Indian community, there are two things on their mind: one is education and one is marriage,” Sandhu says. “It’s not just the bride and groom getting married, it’s two families coming together … it’s a party that lasts a very, very long time.” Understanding the context, however, is just the prerequisite. The real heavy lifting happens when bringing together hundreds and even thousands of different elements to make each wedding a unique experience for each couple.
As lavish South Asian weddings grow in popularity, more venues are rolling out the red carpet to the wealthy client base. “On an average … we’re usually over a quarter-million dollars when it’s all said and done,” Sandhu says. Three-hundred- to 400-person guest lists are just the start. “By the time you are flying back and forth from India, you have jewelry that’s coming in, then you have all these events that are happening, all these traditions that need to take place, the total value that clients are spending towards weddings adds up to be a quarter million, three-hundred thousand plus.” Many hotels have started training their staffs in Indian traditions and customs in an effort to make families feel more welcome.
Sandhu often gets some pretty out-of-the-box requests. One groom asked to arrive on the back of an elephant. Another asked to arrive in helicopter. But when a groom came to him two years ago asking to make his entrance on a jet ski in the Maryland harbor, Sandhu had to do some brainstorming. “And I’m like, 'How do you expect to get off a jet ski, take off your wet suit, and be in your traditional Indian gown and not need it to be ironed or anything?' ” He managed to talk the groom out this idea and found a compromise: “For that specific client then we rented a private yacht that could accommodate about 30 guests, and the groom and his groomsmen made their entrance on the yacht.”
At the courthouse and beyond, the American wedding is more than just a legal act or even a big day— it's a massive business. The wedding industry brings in about $80 billion a year.
Businesses across the country reap the benefits: venues and florists, caterers, tent rental companies, dressmakers — they're all making big money.
David Wood, president of the Association of Bridal Consultants, spoke about the wedding industry and how to make the price of a wedding fit into a budget.
To hear the full interview, tune in using the player above.