The cautionary tales of outlandish tax evaders and executives who build their empires on shoddy accounting have always had their fair share of big names.

It's out of those more recent scandals that the accounting profession has seen its ranks swell and the business pages have seen a corresponding surge in media accounts of the CPA as the new hot, sexy degree for college graduates. That attempt at gaining some street cred -- whether born of a public relations push, or the media's need for a new angle -- looks like it might finally be turning the corner from fluffy feature story to harder news.

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