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Robert Trigaux: Five years after boy's death, parents still battle cruise lin
Noah Benson was a tall eighth-grader at Bay Point Middle School in St. Petersburg, a saxophone-playing jazz enthusiast who jumped at the idea of taking a weeklong cruise out of Miami.

The former president of Cryo-Cell says frequent malfunctions in a supercold storage freezer means customers could be paying to store totally useless stem cells.

A welcome change to welcome centers?
As welcome centers go, the vintage 1970s A-frame on Ulmerton Road is not exactly a welcome site for visitors.

Hotels' temporary cutbacks could linger
Tourism may be struggling back to normal, but hotel managers have not restored all the cost-cutting imposed after the terrorist attacks of 2001.

Shuffling the Bucs' supermarket lineup
Publix Super Markets must have a big dairy department because it sure has milked its status as "official" grocery store of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers until the last minute.

SRI settlement cost it $1.9-million
SRI/Surgical Express Inc. of Tampa boasted in a press release last week that it had settled all outstanding shareholder lawsuits stemming from a restatement of earnings in late 2001.

Sometimes it pays to listen to a sales pitch
Here's another sign that business is tough.

Former Walter employees among mine's inspectors
Late last month, the federal Mine Safety and Health Agency admitted that its oversight of an Alabama coal mine where 13 workers died in a 2001 accident was deficient.

Three question
Robert "Bobby" Lowder: Chairman, president and chief executive, Colonial BancGroup Inc. of Montgomery, Ala.

Company notes

Profile: Peter Rodriguez Jr.
New position: President, Merchants Association of Florida, Tampa

Climbing the ladder

Personal Technology
Personal Tech: February 3, 2003 Game master: Shane Samole carries on his family's playful tradition
Shane Samole doesn't make the most expensive gadgets around. His inventions might not be considered cutting edge or sophisticated. In fact, some are the electronic version of a novelty store stocked with Whoopee cushions and handshake buzzers.

AOL vice chairman to speak to forum
Many of the executives who belong to the Tampa Bay Technology Forum have endured tough times since the tech bubble burst. But they're likely to feel their problems don't amount to a hill of beans compared with those faced by Ted Leonsis, their guest speaker Wednesday morning.

Solutions: Cost of free software is often poor support
Q. I found the Dec. 9 Solutions column a little misleading. In giving a solution for the person with the problem with the antivirus program, it makes it sound as though all freeware programs are trash, especially antivirus programs. I use and advise my friends and family to use Grisoft's AVG ( The program is rock solid. The only disadvantage to the free version is that it is limited for use on noncommercial systems and lacks some bells and whistles, most notably, scheduling is set to a specific time and cannot be changed.

Darry Eggleston will speak about managing resources, references and results at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greater Tampa Bay PC User Group. It will be at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon campus, Building 605, Room BTEC 103. For information, call Al Miller at (813) 685-6622, or visit

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The Buzz: Thousands rush to claim CD settlement
After a slow start, thousands of consumers are rushing to grab a share of a $67.4-million payout to settle price-fixing charges against the record industry. However, there's a big catch.

Web offers images, sounds and words celebrating Black History Month
February is Black History Month, a good time to discuss the contributions made by African-Americans.

Video Game Reviews
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