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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Regional Report Charlotte October 2009

GMAC Inc. is based in Detroit. It says so on the automobile lender’s Web site. It says so in its regulatory filings. But CEO Al de Molina lives and works in Charlotte.

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Regional Report Eastern October 2009

When commercial fishing and seafood processing foundered in the mid-’90s, industry hunters turned to another traditional maritime trade to help buoy the coastal economy.

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Regional Report Triad October 2009

At first glance, it might seem far away and of little consequence to North Carolinians: US Airways Group Inc. wants to swap 125 round-trip slots at New York’s LaGuardia Airport for 42 that Delta Air Lines Inc. owns at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

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Regional Report Triangle October 2009

Three years ago, David Joyner got into his car and went to see some mayors in western Wake County about making a planned bypass around Raleigh’s west side a toll road.

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Regional Report Western October 2009

Anglers cast for rainbows and brownies, but the trout in western North Carolina waters are all green: Fishing for them has an economic impact of $174 million a year, including motel rentals, guide fees and tackle sales, a state Wildlife Resources Commission study estimates.

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Sleeping with the enemy

So much for government not negotiating with terrorists. A decade ago, Bruce Marks billed himself a “bank terrorist,” and he hasn’t backed away from the label.

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The realities of realty

On Sept. 17, 2007, a for-sale sign was jammed into the front yard of my home, which I had bought just 2 1/2 years prior (which is to say, near the peak of the housing market). Thus began my education in real estate.

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A say on pay

After the lackluster year Bank of America Corp. had in 2007, Kenneth Steiner figured it was time shareholders had a say in executive compensation.

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Bad news travels fast

You never know how many friends you have until tragedy strikes. Well, tragedy might be a bit strong. “Some woman backed into me,” my wife whimpers over the phone.

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Economic outlook

Recession has hit North Carolina’s job market harder than most. The gap between the state’s unemployment rate and the nation’s widened late last year, and Matthew Martin says the U.S. economy will recover quicker than North Carolina’s

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Figuring a return on incentives

Whenever some big-name company takes the bait — the big money the state uses to lure them — it seems to happen. The governor and secretary of commerce grin widely as they announce how North Carolina landed the trophy with tax breaks, grants and other financial incentives.

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Larry Allen

Larry Allen helped start the Greensboro office of Michael Baker in 1998.

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Michael Creed

How times have changed. When Michael Creed, 61, co-founded McKim & Creed engineering firm in 1978, he and partner Herb McKim needed little in the way of equipment.

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Pam Townsend

Pam Townsend, 49, took over this summer as president of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina

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Pat Ivey

For most people, planning a project involves looking ahead a few months or maybe a year. But for Pat Ivey, 46, a division engineer with the state Department of Transportation, deadlines can be years in the future.

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Regional Report Charlotte September 2009

EpiCentre, with its 15-story hotel, movie theaters, bowling alley, bars, stores and offices, covers a block of downtown Charlotte. Developer Afshin Ghazi estimates it has cost about $180 million.

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