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There's an interesting Q&A in today's Business section explaining some of the finer points of what the passage of so-called "Obamacare" might mean for owners of small businesses. Bill Frist, a heart surgeon writing in The Week magazine describes how the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare will affect every American citizen: If you are poor, the rulin…

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Is it the beginning of the end for the personal computer? Microsoft unveiled its line of tablet computers Monday, called Surface. The light, compact devices, described as a "tablet that's a great PC--a PC that's a great tablet," is intended to compete with Apple's game-changing iPad. The Washington Post pits the iPad and the Surface head to head, d…

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Greece's economic problems have been weighing heavily on a lot of minds. Let's take a look at the lighter side, courtesy of some political cartoonists. First, Grecio Komar takes a crack at it: Next up is Buffalo News alum Tom Toles: Here is one from our own Adam Zyglis: And a personal favorite:

If you checked out Monday's MoneySmart edition, you probably read Stephen T. Watson's piece, Living off campus. If you have a child in college or are studying yourself, living arrangement decisions can lead to major headaches or, if you make bad ones, daily nightmares. In today's institutional structure, students have never had more living options. Ther…

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Looking for something fun and free to do this weekend? Watch the wire walk on ABC tonight, then bring the kids to the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls Sunday for a chance to meet daredevil Nik Wallenda. Here's more from the mall: Two days after daredevil Nik Wallenda makes his historic high-wire walk from the United States to Canada over the Falls, visitors to the Fa…

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The Buffalo News will begin charging those who do not have home delivery subscriptions to the News for digital access to BuffaloNews.com, editor Margaret Sullivan announced today. Sure, the added revenue from digital subscriptions will help stanch the profit losses the News has endured in recent years. But more importantly, pricing home delivery of the Sunday paper (which …

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Here's some news from First Niagara about how the bank made its way into a best-selling book: A story about a moose and a company CEO who really means it when he asks employees to tell him how things are going were enough to give First Niagara Financial Group a place in a book that hit the big time when it was released. “All In” authors Adrian Gostick and Chester…

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A contrite Jamie Dimon testified before the Senate Banking Committee Wednesday. While the JP Morgan CEO acknowledged the company's faults in the bank's $2 billion trading loss, he didn't back down from his anti-regulation stance. (You can see his testimony here). A Bloomberg article by Christine Harper said his testimony highlights how complex and intertwine…

A New York City-based company that specializes in designing and managing public spaces was chosen Wednesday to be the public space consultant for Canalside.Biederman Redevelopment Ventures has created or revitalized urban parks and plazas, business improvement districts and streetscape programs, and turned public space into profit centers for mixed-use developments."I am p…

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J.C. Penney keeps making headlines, but will it have any effect on the company's bottom line? The retailer first made a splash in January when it announced it would do away with sales and coupons in favor of an everyday-low-price model. It was part of a plan to revive the fading brand under the new leadership of former Apple executive Ronald Johnson. The next bit of b…

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Bank patrons across Europe have been withdrawing their money in huge numbers, as fears rise about the stability of the Euro and the European Union. Though not classified as a typical bank run, money is fleeing and fleeing fast. John Maxfield of DailyFinance.com explains: Private bankers in London have reported that European clients are moving into dollar-based assets. Cent…

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Robert G. Wilmers, chairman and CEO of M&T Bank, penned a letter to the editor that appeared in today’s paper. He felt that a recent editorial unfairly lumped responsible Main Street banks, like M&T, in with the same irresponsible Wall Street banks that brought the country to its knees during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. “To be sure, the handful of gigan…

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He may be supportive of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg still wants to ban super-sized sugary drinks. More than half of New Yorkers surveyed said they are against the ban, but Bloomberg hasn't flinched. "We didn't propose it because we thought it would be popular,&quo…

Restaurant.com is offering discounted restaurant deals at new, lower price points. Here's what the company had to say in a press release announcing the new denominations: Restaurant.com, the nation’s leading destination for restaurant deals, today launched $15 dining certificates and eGift cards retailing for only $6.  With this new option, restaurant goers wil…