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The SportsBusiness Journal reported today that Bank of America has ended its 16-year sponsorship of the United States Olympic Committee. The bank is the third major sponsor to leave the USOC during the last 18 months. Home Depot and now-bankrupt General Motors have also withdrawn. A spokesman for Bank of America attributed the company’s decision to… Continue Reading Bank of America terminates USOC sponsorship

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First in use, first in right

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In Colorado Springs, the water that flows from the faucets might have originated from melted snow on the slopes of Pikes Peak, from a well field east of the city, from the Arkansas River or from distant tributaries of the Colorado River. The city can claim, divert, transport and consume water from such distant sources… Continue Reading First in use, first in right

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On the streets of Tangier, the hawkers never give up. Young men with jewelry and watches pursue tourists, offering fake luxury goods. A “Rolex” starts at 100 euros, and, as harassed visitors ignore the vendors, the prices drop … and drop … until finally a fake Rolex Submariner can be had for $20. But is… Continue Reading Counterfeit retail items not atop law enforcement’s list of priorities

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New York’s Canal Street neighborhood has long had a reputation as the place to go for designer knockoffs. However, during February of last year, New York City police officers cracked down on what they called “the Counterfeit Triangle,” and confiscated more than $1 million in fake goods. In a news release, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called… Continue Reading Limited crackdowns on counterfeits yield limited results

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Internet rife with ‘replicas’

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On the Web, scores of sellers of “replica” watches advertise their wares. One such merchant, Globalreplica.com claims that its fakes are the best on the market – and includes a dozen testimonials from satisfied clients. “Globalreplica has been selling Swiss Rolex replica, fake Rolex and replica Rolex watches for almost a decade … Global Rolex… Continue Reading Internet rife with ‘replicas’

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On May 29, 2007, Citigroup stock ended the day at $50.28, little changed from the day before. One hundred and three weeks later, on May 22, 2009, Citigroup closed at $3.67, up slightly from its last close. The story of Citigroup’s long fall from international behemoth to beached whale has been told often enough. But… Continue Reading Time to play hard ball, not beg and grovel at altar of the USOC

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Gov. Bill Ritter’s decision to sign a bill forbidding the state to sell land to the Army for the purpose of expanding the Pinon Canon maneuver site was, despite the howls of protest from Springs politicians, utterly predictable. To us in El Paso County, the expansion seems reasonable, even mandatory. This nation is at war… Continue Reading We can all learn something from the battle over Piñon Cañon

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Department of Revenue seeks Bruce records

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Three agents from the Criminal Investigation Section of Colorado Department of Revenue were at the El Paso County budget department on Thursday morning seeking information about former County Commissioner Douglas Bruce.

According to an e-mail written by Nicola Sapp, the county’s financial services director, the agents asked about Bruce’s “charitable” donations and “any meetings that were held related to that topic. … They requested copies of his W-2 and W-4 (forms) …”

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“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”-Dr. Samuel Johnson Last Monday, the New York Post reported that the Ochs/Sulzberger family, which has controlled the New York Times for more than a century, might be forced to sell. Noting that the Times Co. had recently borrowed… Continue Reading No more monopolies: news and information — they’re everywhere

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Vice mayor: Enough is enough

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Colorado Springs Vice Mayor Larry Small has notified the city attorney and other members of the City Council that he will no longer support closed sessions about the city’s dealings with the U.S. Olympic Committee. He told City Attorney Patricia Kelly that he appreciates her concern about discussing the current litigation in private. “But I… Continue Reading Vice mayor: Enough is enough

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