Amid a backlash against foreign investors, some executives are banned from leaving the country
The Camry, last overhauled for the 2011 model year, just got another face-lift
Laws require companies to pay state taxes on sheltered profits
Financial filings reveal the pay package Henrique de Castro received upon exit from the company.
Wal-Mart's new money transfers shows how the retailer can use its reach to push down costs
Skipping Rocks Lab develops a green alternative to all that plastic
Alessandro Borgognone wooed Japanese chef Daisuke Nakazawa to open the four-star New York eatery
Administrators quashed their food delivery service. Now they're focusing on other colleges
Prices are low, but there’s plenty of red tape
As economies imploded, unemployment soared, companies went bust, and so-called experts threw up their hands and admitted they hadn't a clue, one could be forgiven for thinking that 2008 was unremittingly bleak. Not so. Though it's ending on a sour note, the year had plenty of highs that round out the lows. For a reminder, kick back with this BusinessWeek list of the best and worst in just about everything—from global economics and sports to design and entertainment, from advertising and food to medicine and efforts to go green.