Spirit Airlines’ secret and the rest of the best business stuff this week

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Here at Grid we spend a lot of time reading what the Internet has to say about business. Or, as journalists like to call it, “working.” Every Friday, we let you benefit from our diligence by collecting the most interesting and entertaining stuff we’ve encountered this week.

That’s the Spirit

Spirit Airlines has come to symbolize all that’s wrong with flying. The seats don’t recline, carry-on bags cost $50, and bless your sweet heart for thinking there’ll be an in-flight beverage. But they’ve also raised employee salaries by 50 percent and maintained their margins since 2008, even as fuel costs have jumped nearly 60 percent. Matt Present

Hells Angels Litigation Woes

Hells Angels — the motorcycle club and organized crime syndicate — have been spending a lot of time in court lately. Not in criminal court, but in civil court suing to protect its registered trademarks. The group sued a teenage girl for selling an embroidered design that looked like Hells Angels’ “Death Head” logo. Scary. Joyce Lee

If it wasn’t already apparent, cats rule the world

Cat’s already control the Internet, but that was just a byproduct of making us their slaves! Kidding, but not really. The real overlord is the parasite Toxoplasmosis gondii that reproduces in cats. At least 60 million Americans have it and The Atlantic has a great article detailing how it can control the behavior of its host (us/mice). It may sound like a YA novel, but it’s science. Rex Chekal

The Mustang may be Ford’s heart and soul, but it’s not its wallet

I have a lot of feelings about the Mustang, most of which come from having spent my entire life with the terrifying 1987 version. But it never really occurred to me that the ubiquitous pony car isn’t exactly a success for Ford. Here’s hoping the new look will help it win much-needed hearts overseas, even if it is a little too aggressive for my tastes. Sarah Collins

Chicago’s tech scene faces competition from all sides

We might be more worried about Detroit and Denver than the coasts … but not really. Either way, this musing from Mashable comes with a nice infographic to sum up Chicago’s startup scene and remind us that the money’s still in health care. Sara White

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