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   A press watcher at The Columbia Journalism Review has given the press a collective 'atta boy for a barrage of reporting --  not talking-head caterwauling but real reporting -- that actually changed something. - Muckraking 1, Banksters 0 - Dean Starkman/Columbia Journalism Review   The announcement yesterday by the Bank of America and J…

Who says nice guys finish last? The Cheesecake Factory is giving free slices of its new Stefanie's Red Velvet Cheesecake to the first 500 good Samaritans who bring two cans of soup to its Walden Galleria location. The giveaway is part of the chain's Drive Out Hunger campaign, which is visiting 30 cities in 30 days during September--Hunger Acti…

   From today's Buffalo News Business Today: - The Cloister changes hands    The former Cloister Restaurant and site of the former home of Mark Twain in Buffalo has been acquired by the younger brother of downtown developer and restaurateur Mark Croce. - Former nursing home to be auctioned off      The bankrupt former …

   From today's Business Today section: - GM raising output at three factories to meet increased vehicle demand       ... GM will not hire new workers to staff the additional shifts. Instead, the company generally will first offer the jobs to workers at the plants that will be closed. After that, they will be offered to worker…

   If you read this in The Buffalo News the other day [and, of course, you did]: - Study is critical of Jamestown ‘clean coal’ plant plans   Cost of electricity from Jamestown’s proposed “clean coal” power plant would be nearly 10 times more expensive than what is now obtained through hydropower, according to a study released Thursday by mor…

As "kids eat free" deals go, Boston Market's latest is pretty darn awesome. From now until October 31, all day long and every day of the week, two of your kids will receive a free meal for every adult meal purchase of $6 or more. If you buy a family meal, you can get four free kids' meals! But wait, it gets even better: they define "k…

   From today's Business Today section: - Discount power programs criticized   New York doesn’t get enough return for the half billion dollars in power discounts it provides companies across the state, and the program that provides dirt-cheap hydropower to some 130 industries in Western New York is particularly ineffective, a study being releas…

   The centerpiece of today's Buffalo News Business Today section:- Census data reflects recessionary ripples    The recession is profoundly disrupting American life: More people are delaying marriage and homebuying, turning to car pools yet getting stuck in ever-worse traffic, staying put rather than moving to new cities....   Findi…

   Well, let's see.    Electric rates are looking to go up:- NYSEG asks more to deliver power, gas- Higgins mounts attack on NYSEG rate hike bid - Higher electric bills hit Lewiston    Which is why you should read:- You have the power to save on energy bills    Bank fees are going up:- Rising overdraft fees fuel push fo…

We read the whole newspaper so you don't... No, wait. You should read the whole newspaper, too. Page C5 [cover of Business Today]:- In college? Finding job part time can be hard    It’s no secret that the job market right now is beyond terrible. What is less discussed is the effect this has on college students. [The Buffalo News] Page A6:- For ROT…

    Wanna talk about U.S.-Canada trade? Have a meeting in an American restaurant with a Canadian spelling [Harry's Harbour Place Grille], where you can actually see Canada over the shoulder of the speaker.   Such a meeting happened Thursday. Kathryn Friedman, No. 2 at The University at Buffalo Regional Institute, runs&…

   All the economic stats are "better than expected." Sort of like Garrison Keillor's "all the children are above average." - Retail sales boost hopes for recovery, but with caveat     Hopes for an economic recovery drew support Tuesday from retail sales figures that topped expectations. [Commerce Department/Censu…

   Financial news here, there and yonder: -   Following yesterday's speech calling out Wall Street [New York Times], President Obama is quoted as saying that the first stimulus package is working [Bloomberg], a second one isn't needed [CNBC via Washington Post] and, according to his treasury secretary, no tax hike on the m…

   Someone once made the mistake of asking humorist James Thurber "How's your wife?" His comeback: "Compared to what?"   The non-humorists at The Brookings Institution take that approach to composing their quarterly Metro Monitor report, rating the economic health of the nation's 100 largest metro areas. Reluctant to d…