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MMarlene Kennedy is a freelance columnist. Opinions expressed in her column are her own and not necessarily those of the newspaper. Reach her at marlenejkennedy@gmail.com.

Down to Business: Fewer jobs, fewer ‘gum occasions’

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Consider for a moment, if you will, a stick of chewing gum. The confection dates to ancient civilizations — Greeks in 50 A.D., Mayans in the second century — that chomped on tree resin to clean their teeth. Native Americans introduced spruce resin to settlers in New England, who then created the first commercial chewing gum by selling and trading the lumps, according to the International Chewing Gum Association. Today, chewing gum is a multibillion-dollar ...


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