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Welcome to the business page, a blog where I'll take you behind the scenes of greater Rochester's fast-changing economy. My name is Ben Rand, and I intend to introduce you to some of the personalities, concepts and events that make news in business here. I've been a business reporter for eight years in Rochester and a journalist for 18, working in four states. I grew up in Pittsford, but moved away after college for about a decade. My wife and I live in Irondequoit with our two children.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Business Stories to Scope

My Monday morning business reading list for March 6:
  • So much for landmark court decisions. More than two decades ago, a judge ruled at AT&T was too large and needed to be broken up into pieces -- seven individual companies, to be precise. With AT&T's proposal to buy BellSouth, that number has been reduced to three: AT&T, Verizon and Qwest. Proves again that what comes around, goes around in business. (New York Times.)
  • Don't ask me to explain the Enron mess in layman's terms, but the trial of its former CEOs will get interesting this week with the testimony of its former chief financial officer. (Houston Chronicle.)
  • In the name of progress: A New Hampshire town is struggling with what to do now that it has learned that a 1799 bridge is in the way of a high school construction project. (Boston Globe.)
  • Another reminder of a selling point of living in Rochester: More often than not, you can find a place to park at the airport. Not always true in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune.)
  • Games of the rich and famous. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, is having trouble with a prominent set of business ventures in Portland. (Seattle Times.)
  • Here's a job that's a no-win: Replacing Warren Buffett. Apparently his successor has been chosen. (L.A. Times.)


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