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Daily Archives: September 11, 2008

Gasoline prices spike as Ike heads toward Texas

Gasoline prices jumped to unprecedented levels in the wholesale markets Thursday as Hurricane Ike tore across the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to strike Texas and its refineries, AP reported. The wholesale price of gasoline ranged from $4 to nearly $5 ...

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Trade deficit surges to 16-month high in July

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that America’s trade deficit rose by 5.7 percent to $62.2 billion in July, much worse than the $58 billion deficit that Wall Street expected. It is the highest level in 16 months, AP reported.

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New applications for unemployment fall less than expected

The Labor Department reported Thursday that applications for jobless benefits dropped to a seasonally adjusted 445,000, down by 6,000 from the prior week and above analysts’ expectations of 440,000, AP reported.

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FDA hires 1,300 new doctors and scientists

The Food and Drug Administration has recently hired more than 1,300 professional staffers in a move that officials hope will help it better protect the public health amid rapid technological and scientific change, AP reported. The staffing drive will result ...

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Syntec receives patent for technology

Syntec Optics Inc. announced Thursday it has been granted a U.S. patent for its High Refraction Diamond Turning technology. Most Syntec HRDT projects have been defense-related, officials at the Pavilion firm said, adding that the technology can be used in ...

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FLCC awarded $500k to reform curricula

A $500,000 grant will allow the Finger Lakes Community College biology faculty to lead a national effort to reform undergraduate biology curricula at community colleges. James Hewlett, FLCC professor of biology, was awarded the grant from the National Science Foundation. ...

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S&P index replaces Energy East

Energy East Corp. will leave the Standard & Poor’s MidCap 400 index upon its acquisition by Spanish power producer Iberdrola S.A. and be replaced by FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE: FDS), an information technology firm in Norwalk, Conn. S&P announced ...

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Initiative to help minority contractors secure work

Rochester City Council member Adam McFadden has scheduled a news conference for noon Friday on the steps of City Hall to announce an initiative designed to give minority contractors and building trade businesses more equitable opportunities to secure work. The ...

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Schumer calls for energy trading investigation

Sen. Charles Schumer will meet Wednesday with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Joseph Kelliher to press for a more thorough and public investigation of an alleged energy trading scam that allowed New York energy providers to reap huge profits at ...

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Capstone Information Technologies buys building

Capstone Information Technologies Inc. closed on a deal to purchase a new home on Plymouth Avenue. The IT firm is moving its headquarters in Corn Hill to 252 Plymouth Avenue from an office it was renting at 260 Plymouth Ave. ...

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Yankees are living proof that you cannot buy chemistry

Don’t know about you, but I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, now that the 2008 New York Yankees are dead in the water, toast, done for, kaput, R.I.P. As you read this, there are maybe 15 games left ...

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McCain and Obama commemorate 9/11 anniversary

Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama placed their partisan contest on hold Thursday and spoke as one in New York City, honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, AP reported.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 Rochester Professional Consultants Network Seminar—“The Top Ten Low-Cost (or No Cost) App’s You Can’t Live Without”—Presenter: Emily Carpenter—$5 for members, $8 for non-members—7:45 a.m.—Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave.—Call Carol McManus at 248-3886 for additional information. Digital ...

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Schumer calls for energy trading investigation

Sen. Charles Schumer will meet Wednesday with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Joseph Kelliher to press for a more thorough and public investigation of an alleged energy trading scam that allowed New York energy providers to reap huge profits at ...

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