ON THE MOVE

Wooster-based firm

adds three attorneys

The Wooster law firm of Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston has hired Samuel J. Warden as a litigation-focused attorney and Cameron M. Hilling as a business and transactional attorney. Bradley J. Proudfoot joined the firm's Medina office as a civil litigation, employment law and school law attorney.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Cleveland Clinic specialist

receives national recognition

Cleveland Clinic Akron General pharmacotherapist Tim Brown was chosen by the Continuing Medical Education Division of the American Academy of Family Physicians to receive the Outstanding Live Activities Faculty Award. The award is given to only one practitioner in the country.

EXPORTS

State seeking partners

for internship program

The Ohio Development Services Agency is accepting applications from businesses for its annual export-internship program.

The program matches companies interested in increasing exports with college students who have taken export-focused coursework.

This year, 52 students from 12 universities in the state were selected.

The agency will pay half of the wages of the intern, up to $3,600.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 1. The program runs from May 13 through Aug. 9.

To apply, go to eip.development.ohio.gov.

SHOES

Payless pranks fashionistas

with bogus store opening

Payless taught fashion influencers a lesson about shoes by opening a fake store that sold Main Street shoes at Madison Avenue prices.

Payless ShoeSource held a launch party in Los Angeles for the bogus label Palessi and invited the fashionistas to sample the merchandise. Payless posted a video of what happened on Facebook.

The VIP shoppers paid as much as $645 for shoes that sell from $19.99 to $39.99 at Payless. The store rang up $3,000 before Payless came clean with the reveal.

One shopper exclaimed, "Shut up! Are you serious?"

The pranked shoppers got their money back and were allowed to keep the shoes.

Their reactions will be featured in a series of commercials.

WALL STREET

Stocks make modest gains

a week after 6-month low

The U.S. stock market jumped this week after falling to a six-month low the week before. The rally helped the market finish with a modest gain in November, but the S&P 500 is still 5.8 percent away from the all-time high it set in late September.

The S&P 500 index gained 22.41 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,760.17. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 199.62 points, or 0.8 percent, to 25,538.46. The Nasdaq composite jumped 57.45 points, or 0.8 percent, to 7,330.54. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 7.88 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,533.27.