2006-05

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Are you experienced?

As managing editor of The Charlotte Observer, a job he held 13 years, Frank Barrows ran a newsroom 250 people strong. As Business North Carolina’s new executive editor, he supervises three editors — four, once we fill a vacancy — and tries to keep an editor in chief at least somewhat focused and on task. Small in number we might be, but we’ve spent a combined 161 years in journalism, probably one of the most experienced staffs of ink-stained wretches you’ll find working anywhere.
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Down Mexico way

Illegal immigration is suppressing Tar Heel wages, but this boon to business also is creating a new underclass.
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He has developed an edifice complex

From his sixth-floor office in the Masonic Temple Building, Greg Hatem has a front-row seat for downtown Raleigh’s makeover. It’s a change that Hatem, 46, helped start 11 years ago when his Empire Properties LLC bought and renovated an empty warehouse nearby.
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He's all talk

But that’s creating a lot of action for radio’s Mark Packer, who’s syndicating his sports gabfest across the Carolinas.
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Kayak manufacturer: I'm back in the paddle again

No man ever steps into the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said that in the sixth century B.C. Now, a High Point man who founded a kayak factory that left the Triad last year will embody the old Greek’s saying by opening another one there this spring, thanks, in part, to the newfangled notion of economic incentives.
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Official gets boot for going country

Country singer Randy Parton has plans to turn Roanoke Rapids into an entertainment hub next year. Dolly’s brother is working on a project near Interstate 95 that includes a theater, stores, hotels, a convention center and aquarium in a town where the entertainment options don’t get much glitzier than CJ’s Bingo and Roanoke.
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She finds smoother selling in America

Lori Jarrett is an easy target. Her company, VirtuosoWorks Inc., was one of those software companies, moving to India in early 2003 for the cheap labor. On top of that, its signature software could take jobs from musicians.
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State should sink money into water

To Bill Holman, it’s what you can’t see at Falls Lake that shows why North Carolina needs a billion-dollar bond issue for its water systems. The director of the state’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund is talking about the water supply for half a million residents of Raleigh and environs. What’s missing, at least in the lake’s upper reaches, is water.
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Summertime, and living is easier for tournament

Greensboro’s professional golf tournament once again has survived the cut. But organizers are a long way from striding up the 18th fairway to tap in for a major victory. When the PGA Tour announced its schedule for the 2007 season — shrunk from 48 to 38 tournaments — the Gate City was on it.
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The China trade

The state lands the headquarters of a company from a country many Tar Heel manufacturers love to hate.
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The east, with the least, remains much the same.

Eastern North Carolina has done little to improve its economy in the past five years, according to a report from the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, a Raleigh think tank.
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Wachovia CFO's job is a Wurtz case scenario

Tom Wurtz insists he’s “not a terribly exciting person.” He’s a number cruncher and since February has been Charlotte-based Wachovia Corp.’s chief financial officer, in charge of budgeting, financial reporting, treasury management, taxation and other brain-busting duties at the nation’s fourth-largest bank.
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