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Chasing stories

My insomnia continues. The Boss wrote about it 16 months ago in this space and how it played into a change in our Web site — www. That’s when I started posting The Daily Digest, a roundup of links to the top business and politics newspaper articles across the state. One thing I’ve learned since: Negotiating newspaper Web sites is hard work, whether you’re poring through them on deadline at 5 a.m. or browsing casually during the day. But that’s what creates value in what I do.

I read the news today, oh boy

One of North Carolina’s highest-profile industries is deeply troubled, shedding jobs and watching revenue melt away like ice in August. Who mourns for this industry? Not thee. Not me. We don’t have to. The newspaper industry mourns for itself so loudly that we can barely get a word in edgewise.


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

WCU’s Kimmel School forms a bridge between the academy and the economy

Engineering students develop skills through project-based experience
while entrepreneurs get prototypes for new products and processes.

Leaving the nest

If you ever had cause to visit the Durham headquarters of Motricity Inc., the software company that found itself with a pile of investor cash last year, you surely marveled at the place.

Keith A. Luedeman

With a bachelor’s in math and computer science from Clemson, Keith Luedeman, 43, worked for IBM and several up-and-coming high-tech companies before starting in 1999. With a staff of 45, it now operates in 16 states and lends more than $500 million a year.

Tipping point - Electronics

Jim Goodnight left the faculty of N.C. State University in 1976 and started what would become the most successful software company in North Carolina. Cary-based SAS Institute Inc. grossed nearly $2 billion in 2006 and routinely ranks among the top five private companies in the state.

It's as simple as X, Y and Z

Ping Fu set out to answer an esoteric question from a colleague. She wound up creating — and then running — a company that expects to gross about $20 million this year.

Trading big blue for girl scout green

It’s not the way the cookie usually crumbles, but Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair, 55, stepped down as IBM’s top Tar Heel executive — the first woman in that post — to be CEO of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, created by merging two councils covering 41 counties in the eastern half of the state.