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Advocates say there’s an ‘unholy alliance’ between banks and colleges and hiring has slowed for construction workers

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By Elisabeth Buchwald

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Bad news for house hunters: Hiring has slowed for construction workers

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My friend set up a GoFundMe to pay for her sick pet, instead of getting a refund on our vacation. I canceled the trip. Who’s right?

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