2006-12

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Cigarette maker takes up the Penns'

Calvin Phelps sees a bit of himself in Jeff Penn. Like that fellow, whose family started Penn Tobacco in Reidsville in the 1870s, Phelps is a tobacco executive. His Mocksville-based Renegade Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries make cigarettes and filters as well as refurbish and sell cigarette-manufacturing and -packing machinery.
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Duke ponies up to seal deal for street

Here’s an update on the old quid pro quo: Write an agreement that promises politicians money they can use for their pet project and a bonus if they approve yours by a certain date. Then sit back and watch as the pols defend themselves against accusations of impropriety.
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Ex-exec tries to run the table

Around High Point, Harvey Dondero is the modern equivalent of a cowpuncher who sold out to the rustlers.
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Flights of fancy

Metal buildings line Gribble Road in Matthews, east of Charlotte, housing a private garbage-collection service, car repair shops and other businesses. In one, Kevin Schoolcraft pushes through a door from offices into a shop that covers a quarter of an acre. It is filled with the smell of wood — Brazilian cherry, walnut, white oak — and the whine of saws.
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High Fliers - It creates figures of speech

Our panel of professional stock pickers predict which Tar Heel shares will be the top performers for 2007.
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Investor's portfolio gets fine tuning

Real estate is Chris Smith’s area of expertise. He’s president of Charlotte-based Allegiance Realty Corp., which owns about 2.1 million square feet of office space and 1,700 hotel rooms around the U.S.
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On exhibits

It takes a lot of effort and not a little artifice to maintain a sense of reality at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.
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Law could curb excess of access by lobbyists

Lobbyists had long been like the weather in North Carolina. Everyone, it seemed, complained about them, but nobody did much about them.
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Paper losses

My buddy Doug Warren, travel editor of The Boston Globe, was telling me how it had just won a national award for best travel section among newspapers of 500,000+ circulation. “And if we keep losing readers the way we have been, we can win the gold award in a different category next year.”
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To make bread, he kneads East to rise

Twenty years ago, Al Delia narrowed his job search to Eastern North Carolina or rural Hawaii. He was living in New Jersey, looking for a rustic place where he could put to use what he had learned during four years working with economic-development agencies.
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Union trips up member's trip to India for surgery

This is a story about Carl Garrett’s gallbladder — a tale that might have meandered in obscurity from the forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the plains of India and back if not for the griping of a Pittsburgh-based labor union. It is a tale of sickness and health, of globalization and collective bargaining. And like many Southern yarns, it is a tale of a lost cause.
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