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Articles from May 15, 2000

Age-Related Philosophies Factor in Loyalty
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Workers decry the loss of loyalty from employers. Employers bemoan the lack of loyalty from employees. The truth is like that old "Is it a breath mint or is it a candy mint?" commercial: Stop. You're both right. It's two, two, two...
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Appling `the Golden Rule'
OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- What is the best way to retain employees in a tight job market? Two-thirds of a group of human resources executives in a poll says applying "the Golden Rule" or a variation of this belief.Cash payments to employees who recruit relatives...
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As Machines Improve, Security Risks Grow
NEW YORK -- The latest computer virus has exposed technology's dark side: As machines get better, smarter and more popular, the security risks multiply. The "love bug" virus spread quickly by exploiting Microsoft features designed to make computers more...
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Best-Selling Authors Rework Earlier Novels into New Hits
What's the name of that new book? Isn't the story vaguely familiar? Are we talking about plagiarism? Self-plagiarism? These questions are raised by a recent example of a traditional literary gambit: the repackaging and even the rewriting of past clunkers...
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Beware of Counterfeit Distributors
If a manufacturing company is in your future (or present), your products will probably be marketed through a distributor/dealer network. You sell your product to a few stocking distributors, and they in turn sell to many dealers. A typical pricing structure...
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[ Business Calendar.]
Information for the Business Calendar should be sent to Ronnie Clay, The Journal Record, P.O. Box 26370, OKC, 73126-0370, or by fax to 278-2890.May 15University of Central OklahomaSmall Business Development Center"Charting Your Course For New Business"...
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Buying a Business? Your New Employees Are Your First Priority
NEW YORK -- You've just bought a small business. Maybe you're a sole proprietor and this is the first time you're running a company. Or maybe you've bought a firm to merge with one you already own. Either way, your first priority is likely to be your...
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Content Sites Begin to Look beyond Affiliate Programs
NEW YORK -- Web sites packed with information -- whether it be news stories, wedding-planning tips or horoscopes -- spend millions of dollars each year to get people to visit their sites. So why do they shove consumers out the door when they want to...
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Earnings Roundup
This summarizes earnings reports released last week by Oklahoma- based firms.Advantage Marketing Systems Inc.1st quarter ended March 31 2000 1999 Net sales in 000s $7,004 $4,392Net income in 000s (loss) $307...
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Electric Restructuring -- Last-Minute Push?
"A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." The author of that statement is unknown to me, but it is appropriate to the legislation to restructure electric service in Oklahoma.Up to now progress on the two bills has been ever soooo...
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FAA Biz Show Comes to OKC
The red tape has been clipped, regulations have been trimmed and money has been set aside. This all in the hope that small business owners will flock to the door and win more contracts with the Federal Aviation Administration.Now, come see how your business...
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Fed Expected to Raise Rates Again, but Will Consumers Cut Their Spending?
NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates five times since last June, but consumers still seem to be spending as if there's no tomorrow. Just what does the Fed have to do to get them to cool it? Raise rates some more, economists say,...
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Finding Advice for Little or No Cost
You're starting a business and don't have a clue about market research. Or maybe your five-year-old company is struggling and you need to improve productivity. You need some help. You could find a consultant, or hire an employee to do the work for you....
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Industry Divided over Dividing Microsoft
WASHINGTON -- With Microsoft's legal fate unlikely to be settled any time soon, the high-tech world has found itself divided over what impact the antitrust case will have on its own future. Some have joined the Microsoft camp. They argue that by branding...
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Magazine Names Ardmore Economic Development Group among Top 10
The Ardmore Economic Development Authority has been named one of the Top 10 Economic Development Groups in North America by Site Selection magazine.The magazine selects the top 10 groups through criteria including new corporate capital investment and...
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[ Mortgages.]
A list of mortgages filed with the Oklahoma County Clerk's office is published daily in The Journal Record. Information listed for each mortgage includes book and page numbers, names of the mortgagor and mortgagee, mortgage loan amount, property description,...
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OKC Air Passenger Traffic Falls 4.1%
April passenger traffic declined 4.1 percent at Will Rogers World Airport.The airport recorded 133,346 departing passengers last month, down from 139,176 for April 1999, according to figures released by the Oklahoma City Department of Airports.The number...
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Online Retailers Set Sights on Private-Label Merchandise
Internet retailers spent the latter half of the 1990s trumpeting the differences between their business models and those of traditional retailers. Now that Wall Street is holding the e- tailers accountable and demanding signs of future profitability,...
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OSHA Weighing Plan to Reshape U.S. Workplace
WASHINGTON -- Workers at the 911 center in Rochester, N.Y., used to respond to emergency calls while seated in stiff chairs at neck- straining work stations where lights glared down on their computer screens.Almost 50 of the 119 employees reported serious...
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Protected Leaves of Absence, Other `Big Fish' Stories
Employee, "Joe," loved his bass boat. At work, Joe bragged to co- workers about how many tournaments he'd won fishing off that boat.Joe raced home almost every night to tinker with the boat's motor and polish the boat's exterior. At company meetings,...
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Providing Tools of the Information Age for All Oklahomans
Over the last two years, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has been working closely with the telecommunications industry, consumers and government leaders to provide Oklahomans with a first-rate telecommunications system.A system that provides high-quality,...
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SBA Helps Send Filmmakers to Hollywood with Backing
GLENDAL, Calif. -- I'm ready for my close-up, Uncle Sam. In the first deal of its kind, two local filmmakers have bankrolled their film with taxpayer money through a loan from the Small Business Administration, rather than seeking studio backing. The...
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Smooth Exits
Exit interviews have long been a common practice, but for many companies -- especially in a time of low unemployment and high competition for top candidates -- they are critical.Interviewing a staff member on the way out can help you better understand...
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Stars and Barcodes: Confederate Flag Fight in a Changing South
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It looks like South Carolina: alligators in the Lowcountry flats, Statehouse speeches echoing like a gospel shout, sweet smoke from a barbecue pit drifting across a midnight highway. But the Confederate battle flag flying on the Capitol...
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Surge in Gold Funds Could Be Fool's Gold
NEW YORK -- A recent surge in the performance of mutual funds that focus on gold and other precious metals offers investors a clear example of why short-term gains and losses should be ignored. Twelve of the top 20 performing mutual funds for the week...
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The New Arrival Debuts as First `Immersive' Movie
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When you're riding in the front seat of a car and someone in the back says something, you might turn around or glance in the rearview mirror. But if you're watching a movie and a character shouts something off-screen, unless the director...
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The Ultimate High-Tech Health Diet
Are you one of those people who, like me, have absolutely no will power when it comes to food? My work and travels constantly wreak havoc with my eating habits.Some days I miss breakfast and lunch and then eat dinner like a pig -- shoveling handfuls...
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Travel Agents Attack New E-Commerce Venture
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Travel agents want to pull the plug on a new e-commerce venture that is being set up by Europe's top airlines in a bid to recapture customers from discount competitors online. Even before Thursday's announcement of the venture...
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Trip Tips: Keeping Women Business Travelers Safe
"Women now constitute approximately 40-45 percent of all the business travel in the United States, and we expect that number to continue to rise and be close to 50 percent in the next couple of years," according to Cary Broussard of Wyndham Hotels and...
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Truly Creative Thinking
BENAMEJI, Spain (NYT) -- Travel this corner of Spain, with its endless hills of olive groves, and you begin to realize why the country thinks of itself as a kind of Saudi Arabia of olive oil. It is not just the vast scope of Spain's annual olive oil...
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U.S. House Approves $45 Billion Environmental Measure
WASHINGTON -- The House has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping environmental measure that sets aside $45 billion over 15 years to buy parks and open spaces, pay for wildlife protection and restore damaged coastal areas. By far the biggest environmental...
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[ Warranty Deeds.]
A list of Warranty Deeds filed with the Oklahoma County Clerk's office is published daily in The Journal Record. Information listed for each warranty deed includes book and page numbers, the owner of the property granting the property to a new owner,...
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Web Retailers Face Efficiency Demands
Given the dismal performance of dot-com retailers on Wall Street and in the offices of venture capitalists lately, investors have had their fill of e-books, e-pets, e-drugs and other Web retail operations that burn through cash at Internet speed. What...
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