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Sitting in clover

Ever since Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland and became St. Patrick, March 17 has been a good day to look for miracles. Well, here's a small one: United Airlines is charging $236 for a round-trip, first class ticket between Boston and Miami. The current economic calamity has clobbered the airline industry, and nowhere is this more apparent than in those plush sections up front behind the curtains -- ...

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Private hands, public money

The U.S. Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Office of Thrift Supervision issued an unusual joint statement this week assuring the public that the government ''stands firmly behind the banking system during this period of financial strain.'' The nation's top financial overlords also went out of their way to declare forthrightl ...

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FL Gov. Crist Announces Budget

Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday outlined his proposed $66.5 billion budget, which includes $4.7 billion in federal stimulus dollars. His recommendations include investments in education, workforce development and career training, transportation and energy conservation. The governor said his proposed 2009-10 budget will create or retain 314,590 jobs. Florida is slated to receive $12.2 billion of the $787 billio ...

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Oregon: A Wind Winner

Western Community Energy (WCE), a community-based wind energy developer, is already expanding its headquarters in Bend, Ore., after choosing to relocate to the state just six months ago. "Over the course of the last several years, Oregon's sustainable industries have truly begun to thrive," says Tim McCabe, director of the Oregon Economic & Community Development Department (OECDD). "WCE is just one of m ...

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World’s largest cellulosic ethanol facility to be built in Florida

Highlands County, FL, soon will be home to the world’s largest facility to make biofuels from inedible plants, including grasses, according to an announcement from BP PLC and Verenium Corp. The British energy giant is investing $112.5 million in Verenium and received a 50% stake in licensing the company’s technology as part of the project. The new facility, which will cost an estimated $300 million, will be ...

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