The global credit meltdown and Shanghai's slowing economy are chasing away big-time renters from the world's second-tallest building.
Led by young Tyrone Stevenson, they create two wheelers from tricked-out scavenged frames, recycled rims, and Oreo cookie wrappers.
A writer caught up in the calm of an ancient art form finds kinship with Louis Armstrong, whose other instruments were scissors and tape.
The Monitor's language columnist looks at marketers' artful use of the term 'countries' to make it seem as though they're serving more of them.
Although commodity prices for a wide range of crops have fallen by as much as 50 percent from record highs in June, the financial crisis is expected to make food shortages dramatically worse.