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Regional Report Charlotte May 2010

Michael Jordan gained fame on the basketball court but earned most of his fortune — estimated at $800 million during the course of his career — off of it.

2010-05

Regional Report Eastern May 2010

A 58% increase in pay for a chief executive can raise a few eyebrows, even in a good year.

2010-05

Regional Report Triad May 2010

It’s no secret that the Greensboro-High Point metro area — which covers Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties — has struggled, but just how bad has the job market been?

2010-05

Regional Report Triangle May 2010

Even at $5.6 million and just a fraction of its total acreage, Peter Loftin’s estate in north Raleigh was probably a bargain.

2010-05

Regional Report Western May 2010

Pond Mountain rises 5,000 feet above sea level in Ashe County, and views from its peak take in parts of North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.

2010-05

That’s racin’

While the builders of Daytona and Atlanta made significant gambles to see their projects come to fruition and experienced their share of delays and shortfalls, these paled in comparison with the outlandish risks and the obstacles faced by Curtis Turner and Bruton Smith in constructing Charlotte Motor Speedway.

2010-05

The passionate pragmatist

People filing into the Charlotte Convention Center make their way around a small commotion. A woman robed as Lady Justice, glowing with gold paint, points her sword at a few chunks of coal on the sidewalk. Other protesters with signs and a megaphone denounce “the Hypocrite of the Year” about to be honored inside. The target of their ire: Jim Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy Corp., the Charlotte-based utility that is expanding a power plant an hour’s drive away in Cliffside.

2010-05

Executives’ power won’t wane

For several years, John Davis has been saying that the General Assembly is becoming less friendly to business.

2010-04

Eye of the needle

Scars fleck my flesh. Many were inflicted by folly, like the now nearly invisible one at the corner of my right eye, etched when I toppled into a toy box as a toddler.

2010-04

Learned behavior

It is an article of faith in Wake County, where I live, that the Triangle’s economic vitality is due in no small measure to its progressive, nationally lauded school system.

2010-04

On the ball

Four years ago — when $300 golf rounds, $500 hotel rooms and $2,000 business suits rarely raised an eyebrow — Chris Knott fidgeted in his chair when industry confidants suggested he raise the prices of the shirts, sweaters, trousers and other accouterments in his Peter Millar line of clothing.

2010-04

Regional Report Charlotte April 2010

With prominence comes privilege, often in the guise of access to powerful people.

2010-04

Regional Report Eastern April 2010

In “Up on Cripple Creek,” The Band had another kind of distilled corn in mind — and maybe down the gullet — when it sang of “a drunkard’s dream if I ever did see one.”

2010-04

Regional Report Triad April 2010

Mac Williams admits it grudgingly — after being prodded a few times. Yes, the president of the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce concedes, it hurt when Burlington-based Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings decided to put a billing center in Greensboro.

2010-04

Regional Report Triangle April 2010

Recession’s gloom might be lifting for some private-sector workers, but the downturn’s doldrums likely will linger at least another year for state employees.

2010-04

Regional Report Western April 2010

It wasn’t as bad as Peeks Creek, where in 2004 a landslide killed five people, but when mud gushed down the mountain below a Maggie Valley amusement park recently, the disaster potential was greater.

2010-04

Trauma center

He never hears the sirens or sees the black smoke billowing above the tangled metal.

2010-04

Generation app

I got a news release the other day from SBR Consulting, a Charlotte human-resources company, touting its study of how the recession has changed the views of young workers — “millennials,” specifically those in the workforce born after 1977.

2010-03

How to end the incentives war

There are certain words and phrases which, when spoken out loud, tend to provoke expressions of regret as bad memories cascade.

2010-03

More than just a bubble burst

Ponder this: Mike Easley might be a victim of the housing bubble.

2010-03