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Aug 10,2007
David McDonough remembers flying home to San Diego on Jan. 18, 1976, and thinking to himself, "I think I just got clipped for two grand."   UP AND DOWN - Former ComputerLand franchisees David McDonough (left) and Norm Dinnsen in the workshop of Computer Technology Resources, their San Diego repair business. The business partners have survived more than 30 years in the personal computer industry. CNS Photo by Nelvin C. Cepeda. McDonough and his colleague Norm Dinnsen ... [full story]
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Aug 03,2007
When California vegetable grower Jack Vessey surveyed one of his late-winter spinach fields several months ago, he knew he'd never raise the crop the same way again.   KEEPING GREENS CLEAN - Workers pulled weeds by hand from a spinach field near Holtville, Calif. Harvesting safety precautions will be mandatory under a new Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement. CNS Photo by Laura Embry.    FOOD SAFETY - Jack Vessey of Vessey & Co., one of the California's largest spinach ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Each morning, Francisco Rodriguez buys a slab of ice at a downtown Tijuana, Mexico, factory that he cuts up and places inside a small pushcart to keep his custard pastries fresh and soft drinks cool.   COOL BIZ - Worker Felipe Careas walks among the giant blocks of ice at a Grupo Glacial facility in Tijuana, Mexico. CNS Photo by John Gibbins.    DEMAND HEATING UP - Solomon Alcaraz (left) loads a block of ice onto the cart ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
KABUL, Afghanistan - Mark McCord of Cleveland, Tenn., has a gift for understatement. He claims he doesn't feel unsafe working or traveling in and out of this chaotic capital city of 3 million people that's not served by U.S. airlines or hotels and is a political hot spot. McCord, who works and lives in a guarded compound in the center of Kabul, is forbidden to hail a cab and he'd never get behind the wheel ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2007
When Boeing rolled out its new 787 jetliner in Everett, Wash., on July 8 (on 7-8-7, get it?), Goodrich Corp. employees in Chula Vista, Calif., watched the ceremonies by satellite amid a celebration of their own.   THE RIGHT PLANE - Goodrich technician Miguel Joya works on a thrust reverser at the Chula Vista, Calif., plant. CNS Photo by Nancee E. Lewis.   The Goodrich Aerostructures Group has been responsible for designing and building the nacelles, or jet ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2007
Business travelers and vacationers should fall to their knees and thank the god of mergers and acquisitions that US Airways never got its clutches on Delta Airlines in its $8.5 million buyout offer last year when the Atlanta carrier was fighting for its life. Chances are that shotgun marriage, an end-run wooing of bankrupt Delta's non-secured creditors, would have been a catastrophe for passengers. The fact is the US Airways Group and America West Holdings ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2007
When it comes to making money, there's little doubt that macabre sells. Just take a gander at the financial reports for Premier Exhibitions, the Atlanta-based company with a controversial traveling show, "Bodies ... The Exhibition," now in San Diego. The exhibit features real human corpses that have been dissected, plasticized and posed.   BODIES BRINGS THE BUCKS - A preserved running corpse is one of the offerings in Premier Exhibitions' traveling series of exhibits called 'Bodies ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2007
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Take equal parts of Berkeley, Calif., Santa Fe, N.M., Boulder, Colo., and Seattle, put them in blender and flip the switch. You have Asheville, a North Carolina mountain town well worth a visit if you're in the arts as a buyer, seller or aficionado, or looking for a place where friendliness and fair prices trumps arrogance and astronomical markups. I consider a good local bar as a barometer of a town's soul, ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2007
CALEXICO, Calif. - In the pre-dawn hours during the harvest season in the Imperial Valley, a parking lot abutting the border fence buzzes with activity. Diesel exhaust and the hum of engines fill the air as hundreds of buses idle in the dark, surrounded by farm workers waiting to be hired by labor contractors. Many are legal border crossers who have commuted from neighboring Mexicali, some rising before 2 a.m. Workers huddle outside the buses, ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2007
SAN DIEGO - Whole Foods said Wednesday it plans to sell the Henry's Farmers Market chain to a private equity firm if a planned acquisition of Henry's parent Wild Oats passes government muster. The potential buyer is Apollo Management, a firm that recently purchased the Los Angeles-based warehouse food chain Smart & Final for about $813 million. In addition to Henry's, which has 15 stores in San Diego County, Whole Foods plans to sell 20 ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2007
Heavy consumer demand increases prices and acreage Consumers want them, Oregon growers are providing them. Blueberry harvest is underway with another year of expected good prices and record-breaking production putting a smile on the industry's face. How long will the good times last is anybody's guess, but the state's 300 or so blueberry producers are going to enjoy it while they can."It means we can actually farm and make a profit," says St. Paul blueberry grower ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2007
Oregon’s Governor, through the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD), awarded Ameritech Machine Manufacturing a $33,000 forgivable loan from the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund (SRF).  The SRF loan will help to fund the purchase of property in Redmond, where the company is currently located. Ameritech will construct a 26,500 square foot building on the 2.5 acres of purchased land.  Ameritech, the largest fabrication and manufacturing machine shop in Central Oregon, has outgrown its existing ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2007
Governor Kulongoski has announced the state of Oregon has granted a $30,000 flexible loan from the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund (SRF) to the Breedlove Guitar Company.  The SRF loan will assist in the relocation of Breedlove to a new company-owned facility and is driven by the addition of 15 employees over the next three years.  Administered by Oregon Economic & Community Development Department (OECDD), SRF grants are made by the Governor to help create a ... [full story]
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