2008-07

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Dollars and scents

David Mann jokes that the 10 years he spent in Hollywood as an assistant editor on Lethal Weapon 2 and other movies prepared him for his current career. But instead of taking crap from showbiz egomaniacs, he handles the real thing. He’s a poop scooper for hire, scouring the backyards and common areas of the Triangle for dog droppings.
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Economic outlook

The U.S. economy has softened, but there's no hard evidence it's in recession - defined by many economists as at least two straight quarters of decline in real gross domestic product.
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Elsie Garner

Elsie Garner, 61, has made a career of television, yet the WTVI president and CEO spent her early years without one. The daughter of missionaries in Trujillo, Peru, she got rare glimpses of TV when the family made trips to Lima.
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FTCC

Fayetteville Technical Community College’s center will train technicians
in simulation modeling for employment in a number of industry sectors
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H.A. Wheeler

Such prestigious titles as president and chief operating officer may have preceded his name, but make no mistake: Humpy Wheeler was, above all, a world-class entertainer.
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His heart is in it

In one of the three straight years that Ed Martin won the Alliance of Area Business Publications gold medal for best body of work by a magazine reporter, the judges wrote: “His biggest talent? Telling a story. The concept sounds simple, but all writers — and especially business writers — seem to have a great trouble doing it. Martin knows reporting is the key to good storytelling and brings an intense level of investigation to stories.”
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James O'Brien

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NCCCS BioNetwork

No CEO or plant manager can deny enjoying hearing the words, “Yes, we can,” from employees. The same is true for life-sciences industry calls for training and other help from the professionals at the N.C. Community College System’s BioNetwork. Many of BioNetwork’s staff are industry veterans whose can-do attitude toward the challenges faced by life-sciences companies continues to garner statewide and national attention.
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Pat Whalen

Talk about impressing the right people. In April, Pat Whalen got a phone call from Rolling Stone magazine telling him that The Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club had made its list of the five best rock clubs in the country.
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Paul Beard

Though Fayetteville native Paul Beard retired from the entertainment industry at the ripe old age of 18 — his parents owned the local speedway, and he grew up selling tickets and concessions — he couldn’t stay away.
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Pull of the public purse strings

The last time North Carolina legislators decided to borrow money with voter-approved general-obligation bonds, the late Harlan Boyles was state treasurer. These days, the honorables issue more-expensive certificates of participation— $554 million just last year.
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Regional Report Charlotte July 2008

If your mother says she loves you, aspiring journalists are often told, don’t take her word for it. Check it out. Investors would do well to treat announcements from Charlotte-based Wachovia Corp. with similar skepticism. In April, the bank cut its dividend by 41% — after executives promised it wouldn’t. In May, it stripped Ken Thompson, 57, of his chairman role in response to the the bank’s $350 million first-quarter loss and alleged regulatory indiscretions.
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Regional Report Eastern July 2008

PCS Phosphate’s clock is ticking, but only time will tell if the countdown by one of Eastern North Carolina’s largest employers is cause for alarm. Ross Smith, environmental manager of PCS Phosphate, says the company needs federal permission — soon — to mine about 4,000 acres of wetlands near Aurora. “We don’t have that much reserve remaining in the currently permitted boundaries. So if this thing were prolonged for another matter of years, we’d have no choice but to shut down.”
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Regional Report Triad July 2008

Earlier this year, Greensboro-based yarn maker Unifi managed its first profitable quarter since 2003. It did so partly by consolidating production, closing factories and slashing jobs in North Carolina and other states. The profit wasn’t much — just $12,000 — but compared with a $13.2 million loss in the same quarter last year, it’s a promising start for CEO William Jasper, who was promoted in September from vice president of sales.
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Regional Report Triangle July 2008

For years, Durham has played Raleigh’s little brother, tagging along and getting less attention. It’s Raleigh-Durham International Airport, not the other way around. Until a few years ago, they were part of the same metropolitan statistical area, in which Raleigh, of course, got top billing. When national magazines compile best-of lists, they usually think of Raleigh first.
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Regional Report Western July 2008

Appalachian State University’s football team has gotten national attention for putting points on the board, and it’s not too bad at putting coin in the school’s coffers. When it shocked college-football fans last September by beating the University of Michigan Wolverines at The Big House in Ann Arbor, one of the shrines of the game, ASU pocketed $400,000. This year’s opener? Another road game against a history-rich team in college football’s top division: Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. ASU’s take will jump to $550,000.
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Rolling in the “D’oh!”

One of the many unhealthy similarities between journalists and politicians is that both run the risk of becoming wedded to a particular policy or point of view. Intellectual flexibility is a desirable quality in both professions, yet intoo many cases when the circumstances change … Oh, hell. Enough of the throat clearing and pussyfooting. I need to just man up here and say it: The state’s Global TransPark might prove to be a success after all.
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Tall order

Western North Carolina boosters say the region’s quality of life will
help it achieve its economic-development goals.
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The turning point

It’s dark. I try to move, but I’m wrapped like a mummy in warming blankets. A second ago, it seems, it was daylight and a nurse was asking me my name. Tubes protrude from my right side. They feel like garden hoses. Smaller ones sprout from my arms. One is in the big vein in my neck, the one that bulges when I laugh, except I don’t laugh as much as I used to, before my heart began failing.
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University researchers target projects to meet industry needs

Charlotte Research Institute uses its strengths in eBusiness technology,
precision metrology, life sciences and optoelectronics to boost the region.
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