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Once a know-it-all, Skilling now knows nothing
If I had to cast Enron Corp. ex-CEO Jeff Skilling as leading man in a movie, it would be a tough choice among these four:

Sailing the seas au naturel
TAMPA -- You won't notice anything special about the 1,500 passengers boarding the Carnival Cruise Lines' Jubilee on Saturday in the Port of Tampa. Except that they pack a little light.

A new tract for Walter
TAMPA -- Walter Industries Inc. made its name building low-cost homes on customer-owned lots. But in its latest effort to bust out of that niche, the Tampa company said Thursday it wants to start building entire subdivisions.

Highfliers share dot-com disaster stories -- on paper
Like a modern-day Dickens, Stephan Paternot witnessed the best and worst of times.

Buying red roses? Spend more green
Love isn't cheap. In fact, it will be $5 or $10 more expensive this year at some stores to buy a dozen long-stem red roses for Valentine's Day.

Price cuts boost retail
NEW YORK -- Deep discounting of winter merchandise lured consumers into the nation's stores during January, offering struggling retailers a brief respite from a sluggish sales trend.

Economist: No one can predict recession's end
Let other economists join the chorus predicting that recovery is right around the corner. Robert Dederick, who retired as chief economist for Northern Trust and is still a consultant for the bank, takes a more measured view.

Business digest
WEEKLY JOBLESS CLAIMS EASE: New claims for state unemployment insurance dropped by 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 376,000, the Labor Department said.



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