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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 27, 2006

Good Reads

My weekly Monday Morning Must-reads:
  • All right, it's not really about business, but who can resist the story of the little engine that could? Talking, of course, about George Mason University and its participation in the Final Four of the NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament. It's an epic run, a feel-good story and, depending on how it all turns out, a future Hollywood movie. Read some regional coverage from around the campus here, here, and here.
  • The New York Times takes a pretty good run at explaining the delay in the new Windows operating system. Those of us who still use Windows '98 are relieved.
  • It's a big day at the Federal Reserve, providing Alan Greenspan's replacement his first chance to raise or lower interest rates. (NY Times.)
  • The high-end department store chain Nordstrom, which has an extremely loyal following, is edging closer to our region. Pittsburgh shoppers are getting a store. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)
  • Not sure what this young man wanted to prove, but here's an intriguing way to spend your spring break. Drake University student spent 41 hours straight inside a Wal-Mart. (Des Moines Register.)
  • Boosters of a casino in Rochester: Apparently only Pennsylvania is on the radar screens of the nation's gambling companies, according to this report. (Las Vegas Review-Journal.)
  • Many municipalities in our region are considering or have taken steps to build wireless Internet networks for their citizens. Here's a story about a community in Colorado that has several years of experience at it. (Rocky Mountain News, Denver.)

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