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Monthly Archives: March 2013

How Rolex Runs on Autopilot

Written on March 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm, by

If there’s a branding equivalent of reaching nirvana, Rolex has done it. The 108-year-old brand is so famous, so coveted, it’s virtually synonymous with the luxury watch category, if not success itself. Hyperbole? Permit us this: Rolex’s Oyster model—introduced in 1926 as the world’s first waterproof watch—has graced the wrists of everyone from Winston Churchill […]

World watches as pope makes historic move

Written on March 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm, by

The world’s 1 billion Roman Catholics awoke on Monday to the stunning announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down from the papacy at month’s end. The 85-year-old pontiff noted that “strength of mind and body” are required to perform the duties of the job, and that he lacks the strength to continue. Many who […]

Small-business health exchange mandate will go to D.C. Council

Written on March 14, 2013 at 11:35 am, by

A District board is moving full steam ahead with a controversial plan to require small businesses in the city to purchase their employee health insurance through a government exchange. The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward with the small business exchange mandate. The board accepted a recommendation that small businesses […]

County pushes for local tobacco taxes

Written on March 8, 2013 at 11:32 am, by

Oregon legislators will hear the pros and cons of higher tobacco taxes for the second time this week at a public hearing scheduled for Friday in Salem over a proposal to empower local municipalities to raise local cigarette taxes. House Bill 2870 is a top priority for Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, who mentioned it […]

Cities Weigh Taking Electricity Business From Private Utilities

Written on March 1, 2013 at 11:35 am, by

Across the country, cities are showing a renewed interest in taking over the electricity business from private utilities, reflecting intensifying concerns about climate change, responses to power disruptions and a desire to pump more renewable energy into the grid. Boulder, Colo., for instance, could take an important step toward creating its own municipal utility, among […]