2006-11

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Better late than never

We’ve been trying to do this month’s cover story for more than five years, and it had been assigned for more than five months. But Ed Martin didn’t get to talk to the subject until after he had finished writing it.
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Cash over flash

As Bank of America’s CEO, Ken Lewis thinks performance trumps personality. And he has the numbers to prove it.
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Cashing the first stone

Even with summer slipping away, greenery envelops Hiddenite, sheathing the hills sliding down from the Brushy Mountains and the pastures flanking the two-lane highway leading into the Alexander County hamlet, about 15 miles northwest of Statesville.
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CEO Seeks fans to flame hotter image for this bank

Scott Custer likes sports. But that’s not why Raleigh-based RBC Centura Banks Inc. and its parent, Toronto-based Royal Bank of Canada, pour money into sports sponsorships. It’s a way to try to stand out when you stand in the shadows of two Fortune 100 members. “We can’t outspend Bank of America,” says RBC Centura’s CEO. “We can’t outspend Wachovia. You’ve got to be more targeted in how you spend your marketing and public-relations dollars.”
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Cities will be up the river without a ladle

Parting the water may have been easy for Moses, but parting with it can be hard for anyone else. A preacher testifying at a hearing in Valdese on a proposal to divert 22 million gallons a day from the Catawba River to Concord and Kannapolis asked, “What would Jesus do?” He was booed off the stage.
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Consultant has auto motive for this plan

Though he’s 60, Dick Dell never got over hot cars, particularly his first new one, a glacier-blue ’63 Falcon Sprint with four on the floor and a high-revving V-8 under the hood. Now he’s the driving force behind the Advanced Vehicle Research Center of North Carolina, an R&D center on 630 acres in Northampton County. It will, he says, put the state on the international automotive map.
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He wants products to show some class

Phelps Sprinkle knows some parents might cringe at what his Charlotte-based business does: It helps customers get their messages into classrooms.
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Owners fear being tithed to the tracks

Dené Rich has a message for The North Carolina Railroad Co.: “I am not stupid.” Certainly not stupid enough to pay the railroad rent for property she says she, her husband and uncle own — site of a Sprinkle Gas station — within 100 feet of the tracks along Market Street in Greensboro. “You know the old phrase, ‘You’ve been railroaded’? It has quite a bit of significance to me now.”
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Prof can't make students pay more than attention

Back in the day, a college student who skipped class but cared about what he had missed borrowed a classmate’s notes. A few beers or bucks might change hands, and everybody was happy. Not so this fall when N.C. State University professor Robert Schrag decided to offer competition.
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State should press the sales tax into services

The state tax system hasn’t changed much since the 1930s, and some say it needs an overhaul. It worked well enough for the manufacturing economy of the 20th century, but services dominate the state’s economy now.
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