2009-03

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Economic outlook

Mark-to-market accounting forces companies to value securities at their current market price, but some bankers want the rule changed, arguing that it undervalues assets and needlessly depletes capital.
2009-03

Got his number

Not that I’m tight, but while some executives fret over whether they can muddle along on $500,000 a year, I fail to understand spendthrifts who throw away dental floss they’ve used only once. So it seems that somebody is forever trying to separate me from what little money I do have.
2009-03

How a hospital had to heal itself

It’s early, but the hospital parking lot in tiny Clyde is full.
2009-03

Like déja vu all over again

BofA went from a relatively stable bank to the subject of speculation as to whether it or Citigroup would be the first nationalized.
2009-03

Regional Report Charlotte March 2009

During a weeklong seminar for newly elected judges in December, Bill Belk posed a delicate question: Can judges In North Carolina sit on corporate boards?
2009-03

Regional Report Eastern March 2009

Ten months after a Greek company announced it would build one of the nation’s biggest cement plants just north of Wilmington, not a shovel has turned but a lot has been churned up.
2009-03

Regional Report Triad March 2009

The rivalry between Durham and Winston-Salem is nothing new. The two cities once dominated the U.S. tobacco industry, with American Tobacco Co. in Durham squaring off against — and for a time controlling — R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in the Twin City.
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Regional Report Triangle March 2009

Nearly 30 years ago, the predecessor of Nortel Networks Corp. opened its largest U.S. plant in the Triangle to make digital switching systems for phone networks.
2009-03

Regional Report Western March 2009

Fortune finally has frowned on Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Eleven years after opening, the casino has dealt its first layoffs, dropping employment from 1,800 to 1,700 after revenue slipped 8.5% last year.
2009-03

Standing in the shadow

As evening comes to the hollow at the bottom of Stowe Lane, a crowd gathers. Under red canopies, tables bulge with burgers, chicken, corn on the cob, boiled new potatoes, desserts. A master of ceremonies hops on a low stage painted in a checkered-flag design. “Dale, Jimmie — y’all come up here.” Race driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes his place beside teammate Jimmie Johnson.
2009-03

The upside of downloads

“If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet ...”
So far, Tar Heels have avoided the fate predicted by The Beatles in their 1966 hit ”Taxman.” But North Carolina might indeed tax your index finger when it clicks a button to get a song off iTunes or an online movie offering.
2009-03