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When Eastman Kodak Co. reported an unexpected jump in second-quarter earnings, Wall Street cheered loudly. However, some analysts seemed even more excited a few weeks later when new data showed Kodak had gained nearly 2 percentage points of U.S. market ...

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Unfinished business

A decade ago, $26 million was spent on the Main Street revitalization project. Today, anyone strolling west from Clinton Avenue on the north side of the street might wonder what that money bought. The East Main block between Clinton and ...

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Manufacturing comeback incomplete

Not so long ago, it seemed the news on this all-important sector was all bad. From 1989 through 1994, the Empire State bled an average of nearly 43,000 industrial jobs each year. In the six-county Rochester area, some 20,000 manufacturing ...

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No saving grace

On Monday, the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. savings rate in June reached a historic low of 0.2 percent. For those who failed to grasp the possible significance of that figure, the Dow Jones Industrial Average followed two days ...

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Chinese market not
for fainthearted

(Charles Goodwin, vice president of international trade and transportation with the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc. and executive director of the Chamber’s International Business Council, recently returned from a trip to Asia including the Chinese cities of Hong ...

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The hiring line

The rapidly growing information technology field now ranks as the nation’s largest industry. To continue at its current pace, the industry needs a ready supply of computer programmers and engineers. But such skilled workers are not to be found in ...

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The good life is a
series of close shaves

Shaving is an eagerly anticipated rite of passage for most boys. When the first evidence of fuzz begins to show up on chin and cheeks, it’s a welcome hint of masculinity, still barely discernible, even under intense light and magnification. ...

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Protecting Canada

The United States could find itself in another trade battle in the coming weeks. If it does, look for Rochester at the front lines–at least geographically. The Canadian government is expected to announce by the end of July its new ...

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Don’t blame
the programmers

Dear Editor: While I am in complete agreement with your assessment of the potentially catastrophic Year 2000 problem, I am disturbed by the second sentence in your July 3 article: “…short-sighted programmers who wrote software using two digits….” You later ...

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Legal services for
poor need support

At a time when our economy is booming, and the dollars are readily available, the fiscal lifeline of the programs that ensure access to civil justice for the poor–already grossly underfunded–has been severed with a stroke of the governor’s ball-point ...

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Hitting
turbulence

The effort to bring down the sky-high airfares that midsize U.S. cities have endured for years has made dramatic headway in recent months. Legislation to remedy the situation is advancing on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House of ...

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With stocks like these,
who needs profits?

What can one say when a company’s stock price has soared nearly 1,000 percent in a little more than two years and its market value is closing in on $10 billion? Yahoooo!! At least, that’s what I imagine Yahoo! Inc.’s ...

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By the numbers?

Is the Rochester economy headed for a fall? That’s the general prognosis contained in a new report by Standard & Poor’s DRI, one of the top providers of economic information and forecasting services. The firm predicts tough times ahead for ...

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Lawmakers learn
from past mistakes

Our members pay us dues so we will cut their cost of doing business in New York. Our primary objective every year is to deliver on that simple commitment. With the help of member companies large and small, we won ...

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A clear message

Ignorance may be bliss, but it will not offer companies much protection against sexual-harassment liability following a pair of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The high court last Friday ruled that employers can be held accountable for the improper behavior of ...

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