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Lion of the Senate

Be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare -- Twelfth Night Shakespeare would have had a field day with the Kennedy brothers. There were four of them, driven into a life of public service by their Lear-like father, Joseph, who pushed them to grab for power that was beyond his grasp. Joe Kennedy instilled in his so ...

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Bait and switch

The ''credibility gap'' at the new General Motors seems to be growing a lot faster than the pile of old cars GM has absorbed in the cash-for-clunkers program. Last week, we reported in this space that GM's much-ballyhooed announcement that its Chevy Volt has received an incredible 230 mpg fuel economy ranking shriveled under close inspection. The new electric car can only achieve this standard if you don't ...

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Business Facilities 2009 State Rankings

This year’s annual Rankings Report arrives as every state in the nation is struggling with the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. The downturn adds an increased urgency to the competition between the states to maintain the economic base they have, and to move as quickly as possible to establish the emerging industries of the 21st century. As in past years, we have continued to refine and up ...

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Saft America to Build Lithium-Ion Battery Plant in Florida

Saft America, Inc., a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-technology batteries, was awarded a $95.5-million federal grant to construct a LEED-certified factory that will produce lithium ion batteries. President Obama announced this grant as part of $2.4 billion in allocations to accelerate the manufacturing and deployment of U.S. batteries and electric vehicles. Jacksonville, FL is moving for ...

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Juiced

While we were watching the Yankees sweep the Red Sox over the weekend, the former slugger, David Ortiz, came up to bat. Suddenly, one of those electronic advertising signs behind home plate flashed a strange message: the number 23 next to what looked like a happy face, on a green background. For a few minutes, we thought perhaps the Yankees were preparing to re-retire Don Mattingly's uniform number. Then we ...

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2009 Metro Rankings

The economic squeeze has intensified the competition between localities at all levels. Here we give our annual assessment of the best of the best--the cities, towns and MSAs which have executed the most successful strategies and deserve to take a bow as our rankings leaders. ...

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