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Nonlitigation matters dominate attorneys’ workload

Whether working on mergers and acquisitions or succession plans, attorneys practicing corporate law spend most of their time on matters besides litigation. Various factors have shaped their duties in recent years, from legions of business-owning baby boomers who are retiring ...

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Firms retool to answer call for continuous connectivity

With an eye toward helping clients manage costs, telecommunications companies are retooling their business models to meet future needs and a desire to be connected at all times.   In an increasingly wired world, the days of simply having a ...

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Though team approach works, social media need a boss

For social media use, a team approach often makes sense to get the job done. But every team needs a leader, experts say, to ensure that the content engages audiences, adds value, remains transparent and stays on point.   Inclusive ...

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In a world of change, safety initiatives are a constant

Meeting federal mandates to maintain a safe environment at every job site can be costly and time-consuming. But builders say it is a worthy investment in the long run and contributes to success.   LeChase Construction Services LLC goes so ...

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How much of a leap of faith does it take to revamp Sibley?

The Sibley Building is big. I mean really big.   In fact it is the largest building in downtown Rochester, with more leasable area than the Xerox, Chase or Bausch & Lomb tower. So how much of a leap of ...

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Abandoned sites get new life as development bears fruit

Workers in hard hats are now a common sight on side streets near the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, where preliminary construction has begun on long-abandoned buildings.   Mixed-use developments have come to the neighborhood within the past ...

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Rochester proves it’s a rich environment for eco-friendly firms

Jennifer Indovina has an interesting take on why more businesses are focusing on sustainability than ever before.   "I think it’s because sustainability opens up the opportunity to literally redesign everything," says Indovina, CEO of Tenrehte Technologies Inc. "It’s insane. ...

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With a long-term outlook, energy efficiency slides into focus

Technological advances and a growing willingness to invest in energy-efficient buildings are helping architects and developers try new things.   The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that by 2015, almost half of all nonresidential construction will be green projects, representing ...

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Gynecologists likely to cut back on annual cervical cancer test

The Pap smear is widely used to screen for cervical cancer, but new guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend that testing be much less frequent.   In the 1930s, cervical cancer was the deadliest cancer in America, affecting 32 ...

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Early detection, awareness help ease burden of diseases

Women are not always on equal footing with men in the attention given to their health problems. Add musculoskeletal diseases to the mix and the disparity can be even more apparent.   Still, increased awareness, early detection and advances in ...

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Fertility treatments offer hope but require fortitude

Single at 40 but still wanting kids, Mary Trusilo M.D. decided to try in vitro fertilization.   The process had plenty of twists and turns, from combing through sperm-bank profiles containing minute details, such as the donors’ collar size and ...

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Demand for high-end homes sees uptick, brightens outlook

Local builders and designers of high-end homes expect solid demand this year due to baby boomers’ evolving needs, rising confidence in the economy, low interest rates and other factors.   Yet customizing homes still has its share of challenges, like ...

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Decades of architectural, personal histories dress up East Avenue

Millionaire’s row? Any decent-size U.S. city has one of those.   But an Avenue of Presidents? That name has been used to describe Rochester’s East Avenue.   Local historian Don Hall calls the avenue "one of the best-preserved gateway streets ...

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With an eye to permanence, restoring grandeur of yore

Amy and Robert Tait might not have fully realized what they were taking on when they decided to buy Woodside, the former headquarters of the Rochester Historical Society.   First there was the public outcry over making a private residence ...

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