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How to get bigger

   Maybe it's because it was leaked over the weekend. Or because they didn't plant a bomb in Times Square or spill a gusher of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
   But the news that United and Continental are merging to form the World's Largest Airline got bumped down the list pretty fast. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, it wasn't on the front web page of the NYT or the WSJ.United
   It wasn't that a big deal in The Buffalo News today, either. But that's because:
- Linking Continental, United expected to have little local effect - George Pyle/The Buffalo News
   The $3 billion-plus deal between United Airlines and Continental that would create the world’s largest carrier likely won’t cause much of a shake-up in the Buffalo Niagara region.
   Between them, Continental and United constitute a relatively small part of the
daily air traffic in and out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Because their Buffalo routes do not overlap, the merger is not expected to have much of an immediate impact here.
- Continental-United merger to get hard look from regulators - Tomoeh Murakami Tse/Washington Post
- Birth of a Behemoth - Jad Mouawad/New York Times
- United, Continental Detail Costs, Savings in Merger - Wall Street Journal [subscribers only]
- Passengers Will Get Short End Of The Pillow - Jill Schlesinger/CBS News
- Continental CEO a risk taker, blunt talker - Deepa Seetharaman/Reuters

   For a merger that was reportedly put together in three weeks, they sure managed to roll out a slick website with all the news they want us to know. That includes a state-by-state breakdown, including this about New York.

   Also today:
- Toys 'R' Us CEO teaches the art of good business - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News
    Business students at St. Bonaventure University got a lesson in retail strategy Monday when Gerald L. Storch, chairman and chief executive officer of Toys "R" Us, shared the story of how he helped turn around the foundering toy company and build it into the industry juggernaut it is today.
- The future looks good for area factories - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News
   A key index that measures manufacturing output in the Buffalo Niagara region increased in April for the fourth straight month and, even better, the pace of the growth accelerated.
- Getting set for success in small business - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News
    Small-business owners were urged to be realistic and diligent about their ventures during a workshop presented Monday by the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College.

   So we won't be able to fly Continental any more:

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News


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