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Mar 14,2008
ALPINE, Calif. - The designer of the Bellagio, Wynn and other huge casino resorts has been chosen to design the $800 million Viejas casino-hotel resort. Las Vegas-based Marnell Corrao Associates will present concept drawings of the proposed resort later this year, and the public will have a chance to comment before the plans are finalized, a Viejas spokesman said. Neighbors have said they're worried about how the proposed resort would affect traffic and water. Viejas ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
The Chrysler design studio in Carlsbad, Calif., that produced such iconic vehicles as the Plymouth Prowler and the Dodge Challenger concept car will be closed and empty by the end of the week. Chrysler notified the staff Friday at the Pacifica Design Center that the operation would be merged with the company's advanced design facility in Auburn Hills, Mich. About 20 employees will be affected by the closing, Chrysler said, including designers, clay modelers and ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
SAN DIEGO - Qualcomm has purchased Irish cell phone marketing company Xiam Technologies for $32 million, the San Diego company said at its annual meeting Tuesday. Dublin-based Xiam uses information about online behavior and demographics to send targeted offers to consumers' cell phones. Its acquisition marks Qualcomm's second significant purchase of a mobile commerce firm in less than a year. Qualcomm Chief Executive Paul Jacobs remained upbeat in his presentation to shareholders following a year ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
When exactly the tip jar became a staple of the decor in coffeehouses, restaurants, bars, or dry cleaners isn't really known. Not even Wikipedia has an entry for the term. But the humble tip jar is at the center of a potentially multimillion-dollar case in San Diego Superior Court involving coffee giant Starbucks and an estimated 120,000 of its baristas, the workers who grind the beans and froth the milk for lattes and cappuccinos. The ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
All But Five Oregon Counties Report An Increase In Ag Sales Thirty-one of Oregon's 36 counties reported an increase in agricultural sales last year according to preliminary statistics released by Oregon State University. Many counties reported dramatic growth in 2007 buoyed by high prices and good yields. The latest figures continue to emphasize the importance of agriculture to both the local and state economy. Oregon's total agricultural sales for 2007 is up more than 10 ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- In a unique strategic move, Oregon’s leading winery has moved some of its offices from the winery to the building owned by the Oregon Restaurant Association (ORA). The new Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVV) offices are also across the hall from the Northwest Grocer’s Association headquarters. WVV Founder & President Jim Bernau said the two business associations represent more than 90 percent of all fine wine sales in Oregon. He added that the ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
Noted Oregon Entrepreneur To Share Lessons LearnedBEND, Ore. -- Ray Davis, CEO and President CEO of Umpqua Bank will speak at Central Oregon PubTalk on Thursday, March 20,  from 5-7:30 p.m. at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, in Father Luke’s Foundation Room, 720 Bond Street in Bend.     Ray Davis, Pres. & CEO of Umpqua Bank You'll hear the story of how Davis has built a small company into an $8 billion powerhouse, expanding the Roseburg-based bank ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
WASHINGTON - U.S. Postmaster General John Potter told a U.S. Senate subcommittee the postal service is on line to lose $1 billion in 2008 due to decreasing business."We would never be able to dig out of that hole," Potter told senators Wednesday. The postal service is threatened by a drop off in first-class mail -- from 98 billion pieces in 2004 to 96 billion in 2007 -- and by increased pressure from states, 18 of which ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
Avoyelles on the River has a history as colorful and mysterious as Louisiana itself. This cavernous upstairs bar in Baton Rouge used to be the tailoring and mending room for Joan Eddy's Dress Shop back in the early 20th century. You can almost see rows of foot-powered sewing machines and steam pressers, and seamstresses nipping and tucking away, cinching waists and fluffing up bustles. Today, Avoyelles (333 Third St., 225-381-9385; avoyellescafe.com) is probably the best ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
SAN DIEGO - For the second time in less than a week, Qualcomm has lost a round in its extensive patent battle with the world's largest cell phone maker, Nokia. On Monday, the British High Court ruled that Nokia is not infringing on Qualcomm patents covering power saving and power control in cell phones. The court said that one Qualcomm patent was not valid, while the other was partially invalid. Last week, the U.S. International ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
The call came in the morning of my birthday. Had to be Mom, I figured. Mom always calls on my birthday. Or maybe it was one of my two brothers, or my best friend from Baltimore.   BUSINESS BIRTHDAY GREETINGS - These days, some companies are doing a better job of remembering and sending birthday wishes than family and friends. CNS Illustration by Cristina Martinez Byvik.   Or maybe still it was my buddy Jeff, from work, who ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
The recent seizure by Dutch authorities of three exotic cats that a U.S.-based "designer" pet company says it created has sparked allegations by some cat breeders that the felines aren't what they are advertised to be.   DESIGNER CATS - LifeStyle Pets says the Ashera cat, shown on the company's Web site, is the result of a 'proprietary blend' of exotic bloodlines. CNS Photo courtesy of LifeStyle Pets  On Jan. 17, customs officials confiscated three so-called Ashera ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
TIJUANA, Mexico - A Chinese automaker's announcement last June that it would build a $300 million factory in Baja California was greeted warmly by officials working to turn the state into a car and truck manufacturing center. But eight months later, the Hebei Zhongxing Automobile Co. and its U.S. partner, Chamco, are looking to build their assembly plant elsewhere in Mexico. Chamco's chairman, William Pollack, said Tuesday that the main reason for the change of ... [full story]
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