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Daily Archives: December 1, 2000

Iraq stops oil exports in showdown

Iraq stopped exporting oil today after insisting buyers pay a surcharge outside the terms of the United Nations oil-for-food program. Baghdad is trying to regain direct control over its oil

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U.S. manufacturing activity dips

U.S. manufacturing activity declined for the fourth straight month in November, offering new evidence the world’s largest economy is slowing. The National Association of Purchasing Management’s index of manufacturing activity fell to 47.7 in November from 48.3 in October. A ...

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Recap of 2000 finds that often the old is new again

Whether you think the year 2000 was the last of the old or the first of the new, it has been a year where the old became new again. “Charlie’s Angels” (1976) and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” ...

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’20/20′ cameras go with execs behind Attica prison walls

Do business leaders have something to learn from prison inmates? ABC’s "20/20 Downtown" recently ventured behind the walls of Attica Correctional Facility to find out. The weekly news program accompanied John Engels, president of Leadership Coaching Inc., who for the ...

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When to watch ’20/20′

"20/20 Downtown" correspondent Bill Ritter’s segment on business executives’ visits to Attica Correctional Facility is tentatively slated to air on Monday, Dec. 25, at 8 p.m. on ABC affiliate WOKR-TV 13. The Rochester businesspeople to be featured in the program ...

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American Rock Salt’s difficulties create temporary crunch for area

American Rock Salt Co. LLC could temporarily throw the region into a slippery mess. The 2-year-old company is having trouble fulfilling contracts for road salt, but officials vow they have adequate salt to keep area roads clear. "I feel kind ...

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Business owners make time for philanthropy

  Entrepreneurs may work eight days a week-but it’s not only for themselves and their families. Nine out of 10 business owners (92 percent of women and 88 percent of men) contribute money to charities, compared with a giving rate ...

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Blues seek to raise rates by 18 percent

Most Blue Choice premiums would rise 18.4 percent under a rate-hike request Blue Cross Blue Shield of the Rochester Area submitted to the state Insurance Department today. The Blue Choice health maintenance organization accounts for 75 percent of Blues premiums ...

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Critical condition

After a string of single-digit premium rate increases, Rochester’s insurers announced 10 percent hikes for 1999. This year brought no relief. Now, the news gets worse. In late October, Preferred Care said it would seek an average premium rate increase ...

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A losing equation for the customer

Here is a proposition. Please give it some serious consideration, because I think you’ll agree with the concept. As I suggest it, however, I realize that those directly involved may resent the idea, but that’s too bad, because I don’t ...

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Boards can put success within companies’ reach

Dynamic boards of directors and advisers are a critical necessity to a high-growth company. To grow a business quickly, you must learn from others’ mistakes to avoid repeating them. A carefully selected board of directors provides the experience you need ...

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New eatery delivering tastes of southern Italy

A group of Italian immigrants and first-generation Rochesterians missed their homeland fare enough to do something about it. They opened Ristorante Lucano, a southern Italian eatery on East Avenue, two weeks ago. "We wanted to create something very, very authentically ...

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City closes portion of Mortimer Street Garage

The city’s shutdown this week of half of the Mortimer Street Garage, idles a facility that sits at the center of controversy over a proposed downtown bus terminal. Citing public-safety concerns, city officials said last week it would close a ...

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Strong economy, demand swell ranks of local sports franchises

With the addition of professional indoor football and outdoor lacrosse teams in recent weeks, Rochester’s traditionally small market for sports would seem to be stretched to-or perhaps beyond-its capacity. Seven teams call the Flower City home, or plan to, in ...

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Manager is always looking for the big show

Hosting a concert or sporting event that draws a crowd in excess of 10,000 is a lot like throwing a party at his house-only on a larger scale, says Jeff Calkins. The general manager of the Blue Cross Arena at ...

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