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The China opening

The Clinton administration’s decision to revive, and now extend, negotiations on China’s bid for membership in the World Trade Organization demonstrates an awareness of what already seemed obvious to most observers: that Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji came to Washington ...

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How to get beyond the buzzword

Complaints that the concepts of learning organizations and knowledge management are fuzzy at best are understandable. It’s too bad that such concepts become buzzwords akin to flavor-of-the-month recipes. When we make a noun phrase out of a concept, the meaning ...

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Saving Midtown

When California developer Peter Arnold purchased Midtown Plaza in November 1997, the news brought a round of cheers from downtown supporters. The acquisition, coupled with the developer’s choice of well-regarded LaSalle Partners Inc. to manage the plaza, was seen as ...

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Patten’s penchant
for speaking out

During Chris Patten’s term as Hong Kong’s 28th and last British governor, the Chinese government and its media cohorts branded him a serpent and a whore. After Britain’s July 1997 handover of the colony to Beijing, Patten wrote a book, ...

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Progressive costs

When Rochester’s health care insurers announced 10 percent premium hikes for 1999, it marked the end of a string of single-digit annual rate increases. Last week removed all doubt that the situation could get considerably worse before it gets better. ...

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Hold firm on
grad standards

As new test results released two weeks ago revealed, the reality is likely to be a shock: Our new standards could well mean that thousands–probably tens of thousands–of next year’s high school seniors in New York won’t get the on-time ...

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The price equation

The U.S. economy these days is like a remarkable machine churning out high growth with low unemployment and almost zero inflation. But the goods turned out by this prize piece of equipment appear to be short on a key part: ...

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UR ignores
students, faculty

Dear Editor: The University of Rochester has made another impressive decision: It has decided to cancel the nation’s 14th-ranked public policy program. Known for preparing students for careers in responsible public service for nearly 20 years, the public policy program ...

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Repositioning
boosts lowly carrot

This humble root never got much respect, probably because it was considered so ordinary and unattractive. It isn’t as colorful as the beet. Always struggling for recognition, it has none of the regal composure of the cauliflower, and it has ...

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On a roll at High Falls

The opening of Jillian’s, a new bar and entertainment complex, is a significant milestone for the High Falls district. A redevelopment project that for years soaked up ever-increasing amounts of public money, High Falls has become a key asset in ...

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Myths obscure upstate
economic rebound

The New York comeback has been shrouded by misinformation. Here is the essence of the myth: Upstate is mired in low growth, falling behind the nation, other industrial states and downstate. The myth says jobs are scarce and houses remain ...

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After Dow 10000

In the late summer of 1994, stock market bears warned investors to pocket their profits and take cover. Thirteen months and 1,300 points later, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had topped 5000. Once again, the skeptics predicted a market comeuppance. ...

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Misinformation rules
for investors online

What I found was a woeful hodgepodge of misinformation and speculation, and an emotion-driven willingness to accept almost any posting as the investment equivalent of the Holy Grail. This volatile mix of greed, hubris, temptation and inexperience likely will spell ...

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New world order

Last summer, Frontier Corp. president and CEO Joseph Clayton described his vision for the company this way: “What I am trying to do is change a 100-year-old telephone company into an integrated-services provider driven by data for the 21st century.” ...

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RTS takes taxpayers for a ride

Dear Editor: It’s a subtle, innocent-looking heist by a business operation that needs to be arrested immediately before more taxpaying private enterprises decide New York is not a good place to do business. Please consider this scenario: You help cover ...

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