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More men entering nursing field

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
I’ll confess surprise at the number of male nurses who cared for Husband during a hospital stay last month.

Plug Power finally turning the corner?

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
If the trajectory of Plug Power’s closing stock price last week were replicated in an amusement park thrill ride, you’d get a nosebleed from the ascent — a near-vertical climb between Monday and Friday from 82 cents to $2.06 a share.

Hospitals work to lure, keep patients

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
A hidden medical issue reared its head in October, sending us from primary care doctor to multiple specialists, then to hospital admission and surgery.

Retailers taking their cues from you

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Annoyed that Black Friday has seeped into Thanksgiving Thursday, with more and more retailers kicking off holiday sales before the leftover turkey and trimmings have been put away? Want someone to blame? Just look in the mirror.

New York not out of woods on foreclosures

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
When the housing boom went bust and the bottom dropped out of the economy five years ago, state lawmakers became alarmed by the sharp rise in residential foreclosures in New York.

Challenges on the road to electric car use

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
When it comes to the infrastructure needed to support electric-car usage, Lara Kaye would like to be able to use her smartphone to reserve time at a charging station. She’d also like to see more charging stations rolled out at restaurants, train stations, supermarkets and college campuses.

CEO pay ratio proposal just a shame game?

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Tell me how this makes sense: Public companies soon could be required to compute a CEO-to-worker pay ratio for filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Putting too much stock in tax rankings?

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his business-recruiting trip to New York in June, he made a point to note his state’s favorable ranking in the Tax Foundation’s business tax climate index.

Wipes in pipes may be least of problems

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
If an Environment One Corp. sewer pump can grind up a metal toy car, it certainly won’t have problems with the disposable wipes that increasingly are flushed down toilets.

Left behind, BlackBerry licking wounds

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
BlackBerrys once ruled what became the smartphone market. From nearly 50 percent dominance in 2004, its market share today is just 2 percent, according to a graphic published over the weekend by the New York Times.

‘Safe harbor’ welcome for struggling firm

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
For sailors, a “safe harbor” might be a calm bay after choppy open waters. For public companies, a “safe harbor” also is a shelter — a legal one should their good-faith projections about the future not pan out.

Born or bred, UAlbany eyes entrepreneurs

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
Last month, University at Albany officials cut the ribbon on a new $64 million, state-of-the-art School of Business building that is located adjacent to the college’s Collins Circle entry plaza off Washington Avenue.

Seeking to be source for all things ‘brew’

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
For Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, it looks as if the evolution will involve everything “brew”: hot, cold, water and tba.

Cranes in area? Things might be looking up

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
On a trip late last month, we walked over early one evening as the sun still reflected off recognizable Washington landmarks: the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capitol dome. But there was another sight to behold that I don’t recall from our last visit two years ago: tower cranes.

Power suits back, minus shoulder pads

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
As reported earlier this month by the Wall Street Journal, the power suit was featured on the fall 2013 fashion runway and now is making its way into stores.

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