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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.

2009-11

Regional Report Eastern November 2009

Residents of Eastern North Carolina might be skeptical about an ivory-tower institute in Chapel Hill taking on the work of a homegrown foundation formed to boost the largely rural local economy.

2009-11

Regional Report Triad November 2009

For a company that keeps up with every package it handles, Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. has a hard time saying when it will deliver a fully operational sorting hub to Piedmont Triad International Airport, near Greensboro.

2009-11

Regional Report Triangle November 2009

Scott Custer knows how it looks to outsiders when a subsidiary of a big bank announces that its 52-year-old CEO is retiring and will be replaced by someone from corporate.

2009-11

Regional Report Western November 2009

Bears didn’t boogie in the woods, but the yearlong 75th-anniversary celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hasn’t been a bust.

2009-11

What ails doctors

He walks in minutes before closing time Friday, a rangy, white-haired man in green golf shirt and khaki Bermudas. “I could make an appointment for you Monday,” the receptionist volunteers.

2009-11

All a Twitter?

Here goes, another refrain from The Old Fart’s Lament: It was different back then, 41 years ago when I started in this business.

2009-10

Dwelling on the bottom

With a bedroom as the office and his garage the warehouse, Bob Luddy started what became Captive-Aire Systems Inc. 33 years ago in Raleigh.

2009-10

Made from scratch

My dad bought an interest in a bakery in Burlington in 1941, so we moved there from Greensboro. The bakery had a retail store and about a half-dozen wholesale routes. The first Christmas there I worked setting up carryout boxes.

2009-10

Mall change

Heat shimmers from the pavement, and shards of a Bud Light bottle glint in the gutter. The few dozen cars school in shoals of shade cast by gingko trees growing in concrete islands amid a sea of asphalt

2009-10