2006-06

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Founder: Indoor football has it made in the shade

American Indoor Football League founder Andrew Haines insists that he is still enthusiastic about the future of his sport in North Carolina. So far, five indoor-football franchises, from his league as well as two others, have failed in the state.

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Home wreckers

Before putting up a multimillion-dollar monster manse at the right address, builders often tear something down.
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Horizon skipper is a big fan of boxing

The business Chuck Raymond is in is on the sea. But the president and chief executive of Horizon Lines Inc. has spent much of the last three years on the road and in meetings. Since 2003, the Charlotte-based container-shipping and logistics company has been through two leveraged buyouts and an initial public offering. “It’s been a pretty exciting 31 months.”
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Lax attitude won't nuke Duke's repute

It’s too early to tell if the Duke University lacrosse players accused of raping a stripper will have any impact on donations to the school, student applications, faculty recruitment and the like. But some experts think the economic effects of the incident may not last long.
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Leaving lost wages

With furniture manufacturing moving overseas, Las Vegas bets on winning the world’s biggest market — High Point’s.
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N.C. office supplies are cheaper by the doesn't

Chances are, when you need paper clips, you have two concerns: price and speed. Lots of vendors carry them, so you want the one that will get them to you cheapest and quickest.
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Road rage

I grew up on wheels. My family has a picture of me steering a big John Deere tractor when I was 4. Now, even though I’m old enough to know better, I still get excited about road trips. I plug in a vintage Creedence Clearwater Revival CD — Big wheel keep on turnin’ / Proud Mary keep on burnin’ / Rollin’, rollin’ — and crank up the bass. Reporting takes me from one end of the state to the other. Over and over.
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She believes her software can size up manufacturing

Ping Fu thinks a lot about your shoes. As president and CEO of Geomagic Inc., a Research Triangle Park software developer, she sees a future when manufacturers will turn out goods customized for each buyer. Your shoes will be made to fit the contours of your feet. Your jeans, that of your seat. “Mass customization is all about combining the customized part of craftsmanship with the efficiency of mass production.”
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State pays a high price for low minimum wage

State Treasurer Richard Moore wants the General Assembly to increase the minimum wage in North Carolina to $6.15 an hour.
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Town makes sure its boat slips stick

“I think it’s highway robbery.” That’s Topsail Beach Mayor Butch Parrish’s opinion of municipalities using eminent domain — forcing property owners to sell land to the government — for private projects. But he has no qualms about using it to prevent his town’s loss of a vital privately owned amenity.
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VF's new president expands wardrobe

Greensboro-based VF Corp. looks different from when Eric Wiseman joined the apparel giant in 1995. Long known for its jeans and intimate apparel, it now also outfits skateboarders with studded belts, preppies with polo shirts and students with backpacks.
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