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Tinkers tailor innovation

It hasn’t been a good year for research and development. In and around Research Triangle Park, which is old enough (51 this month) to be admired for its longevity and to feel the occasional ache in its bones, there were a couple of significant twinges in November.

2010-01

Behind the green door

Cree Inc., the Durham company that has spent most of the 22 years since its founding trying to get the world to appreciate the potential of its light-emitting-diode technology, had an enviable October.

2009-12

Bringing it to a boil

A chance car ride in the ’80s helped Dick Storm shape the business he would start. Returning to Charlotte, his flight was diverted to Greensboro by bad weather. Arriving after midnight, he and a fellow passenger decided to rent a car together.

2009-12

Building on the past

In good times, Doug Allen’s company needed to beat only two or three other contractors to win an industrial construction project. But when Asheboro-based J.H. Allen Inc. recently went after a job in Eden, it was one of 60 companies looking for work.

2009-12

Comes with age

Watching Pete Verna hobble from his office to his sport utility vehicle, Senior Editor Frank Maley wondered whether he should try to keep him from getting behind the wheel. “Walking seemed such a struggle for him.

2009-12

From rugs to riches

Customers assume that retailing depends on creative selling. But it really turns on shrewd buying, Rakesh Agarwal says. A retailer who buys the right goods at the right price can make a plump profit.

2009-12

Regional Report Charlotte December 2009

Even Charlotte’s most ardent backers admit that the Queen City is, in many respects, an Atlanta wannabe.

2009-12

Regional Report Eastern December 2009

Population rankings may not be so much about dollars as sense — a sense of pride. It’s nice to be able to say yours is one of the 10 largest cities in North Carolina, but because more than one government agency estimates population, 11 cities legitimately can claim that distinction.

2009-12

Regional Report Triad December 2009

Fall has been a season of rising fortunes for Targacept Inc. In October, the Winston-Salem-based drug developer netted $44.4 million in less than 24 hours by selling 2.2 million shares of stock.

2009-12

Regional Report Triangle December 2009

Until Talecris Biotherapeutics Holdings Corp. broke the ice in October, no Triangle company had gone public in more than two years.

2009-12

Regional Report Western December 2009

It was bad enough that rain fell seven of nine weekends during western North Carolina’s late summer and leaf-watching seasons.

2009-12

Tension over pensions

Things could be worse for Janet Cowell. Instead of entering office during the Great Recession, she could have been elected in the Great Depression.

2009-12

The essence of time

I’m gonna ask you a couple of silly questions,” an emergency responder tells the small, gray-haired man settled into a metal chair on a sidewalk. “Do you know what today is?”

2009-12

Tin man has a heart

Scott Hickman grew up in San Francisco and, after graduating from Stanford and earning a Harvard MBA, was a corporate nomad in such places as New York, Geneva and Budapest, where he led Sun Microsystems’ operations in Eastern Europe.

2009-12

To hive and to hold

There’s not a lot of cleared land in these parts, and apple and peach orchards going bare this time of year take up most of what there is. Through gaps in the dazzling red and yellow of the forest’s oaks, maples and poplars, Wilkesboro nestles in the deep valley below and, farther west, the Blue Ridge rises.

2009-12

Data errata

Talk about leading with your chin: On this page last month, I lamented the loss of craftsmanship and commitment to getting it right in much of what passes for journalism these days.

2009-11

Going green by degrees

In 2002, supporters of what was deemed model clean-air legislation saw new requirements on the state’s power companies as something unimaginable a few years earlier.

2009-11

Grading U.S. choice

Without meaning to, two North Carolina banks this year turned themselves into unwitting participants in a business-school case study that MBA candidates will chew on for years to come.

2009-11

Readers Write Nov 09

Without a doubt Charlotte-Mecklenburg elected leaders, past and present, contributed to the demise of Eastland Mall.

2009-11

Regional Report Charlotte November 2009

For months, critics hollered for Ken Lewis’ scalp, and even some supporters wondered how long he could keep his job as CEO of Charlotte-based Bank of America Corp.

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