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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 20, 2003

Airline passengers soon may have a new way to get better fares. A computer program developed by a University of Washington professor foils airlines' complex pricing models that often result in wildly disparate fares. Oren Etzioni's program could save customers big bucks by determining the best times to buy tickets. Etzioni tells BusinessWeek he has talked to online travel service Expedia about using it.

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So a headhunter has called. Now what? Even if you're happy with your job, talk to him. "Headhunters become marketing agents for you and your career," Brody Communications president Marjorie Brody tells Black Enterprise magazine. "It's a relationship you should nurture." Expect to answer questions about your personal as well as your professional life, she says.

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Americans are cheating more on taxes and being caught less often, according to an annual assessment of the performance of the IRS. The data also show a continuing shift of tax burdens away from businesses and onto individuals.

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Those spare pennies and nickels you toss aside can add up. Coins filling a typical 32-ounce mayonnaise jar total $55.91, according to Coinstar Inc., which operates coin-counting machines. That assumes an average mix of coins, 67 percent pennies. If you've filled a gallon milk jug, Coinstar estimates its value at $223.64.

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Nearly every military-related movie this year has disappointed at the box office. Some in Hollywood suspect we're seeing enough war images on television.

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