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For centuries, jewelry has symbolized a certain degree of prestige, luxury and ceremonialism. Egyptian pharaohs were entombed with gold trinkets. Debutantes were, and are, given strands of pearls as part of their rite of passage. Couples exchange rings along with wedding vows at the altar. Men who find themselves in the doghouse present gifts of… Continue Reading Jewelry shopping remains a search for prestige, luxury

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Disasters depleting Red Cross funds

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There were 427,746 people – almost the population of El Paso County – housed in 1,748 shelters when hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne slammed onto the shores of Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and other U.S. mainland states. More than 10 million meals were served in those areas, where hammering winds and… Continue Reading Disasters depleting Red Cross funds

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Students vie for business plan competition awards

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All businesses begin as dreams. All successful businesses also grow from sound business plans and cooperation. Students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will soon have a chance to present business plans, learn the meaning of teamwork and compete for cash prizes. The Petritz Foundation and the university’s College of Business will sponsor… Continue Reading Students vie for business plan competition awards

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March of Dimes holds conference on prematurity

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November is “Prematurity Awareness Month.” And prematurity is the No. 1 health concern for babies in Colorado and the leading cause of newborn death in the state. Premature babies are a huge health care expense. Babies born 10 weeks before their 40-week gestation period spend an average of one month in a hospital, said Shelly… Continue Reading March of Dimes holds conference on prematurity

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Pro business groups weigh in on election

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A Denver Post survey of 7,000 Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce member companies, with 122 businesses responding, revealed that a Republican-controlled Congress “might be freer to privatize portions of Social Security, help small businesses gain access to health care and extend investment tax credits.” Forty-four percent said a Bush second term is positive for small… Continue Reading Pro business groups weigh in on election

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Just two weeks ago the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado alerted the media to a Hawaiian vacation scam that all began with a newspaper advertisement. Now it appears that more and more consumers have fallen victim to this scam and collectively have lost more than $62,000 to the scam artists. The company, Vacation Properties… Continue Reading Consumer Report: Hawaiian vacation scam continues to claim local victims

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People on the Move

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Randy Monroe of LX Printing has been named a mentor for 2004 in the Crouser Professional Performance Alliance. He will act as chairman of the board for eight other companies participating in the program’s San Diego Performance Center. Leroy Fierro has received a 2004 HHEROS Award honoring him as the best Hispanic hospitality service manager… Continue Reading People on the Move

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Edmonson works to strengthen local culture

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* Name: Susan Edmondson * Organization: Bee Vradenburg Foundation * Position: Executive director * Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif. * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 13 years. * Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Master’s degree in public administration, UCCS. * A few words about your company: The Bee Vradenburg… Continue Reading Edmonson works to strengthen local culture

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Area artists put on a show

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Scrap the typical weekend plans and discover the art of the Pikes Peak region. On November 13 and 14, art lovers in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs will have an opportunity to view and purchase works from 17 local artists. The second annual Open Studio Artists’ Tour and Sale will kick off at 10 a.m.… Continue Reading Area artists put on a show

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Bartering becomes a modern day career

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They traded cows, skins, horses, tobacco, sugar, corn and probably jugs of whiskey in exchange for whatever goods they needed. From the Native Americans to the early settlers, bartering was the staple of the American economy before the invention of paper money in the 18th century. Although the dollar is the standard form of trade… Continue Reading Bartering becomes a modern day career

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