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Bedeviled Rays
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The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have a newly decorated dome, ticket deals and Lou Piniella. They also have the most tight-fisted payroll in baseball -- and Vince Naimoli. What they need: fans.

Robert Trigaux: Spring training tour a bittersweet business
Hope springs eternal at the start of every 162-game season of Major League Baseball, even if that hope seems more of a trickle for those cheering on the still-young Tampa Bay Devil Rays on opening day.

Three questions
Phil Leigh: Vice president and digital-media analyst, Raymond James & Associates, St. Petersburg.

Verizon to ask for delay in rate cut
Verizon Communications goes before the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday, seeking a delay in the commission's order that the phone giant reduce the rates it charges competitors to connect with its local phone network.

Marketing the perceived safety of the bay area
For years, a sense of security has been one of the top reasons tourists decide to vacation in the Tampa Bay area.

For Checkers Drive-In, silence wasn't golden
Except for short-sellers who make their money betting stocks will go down, investors fear bad news. But as Checkers Drive-In Restaurants recently found out, investors often hate surprises -- or silence -- even more.

The high cost of refinancing in Florida
With interest rates near record lows, thousands of Florida residents are rushing to refinance their mortgages. But they're paying an unusually high price to do so.

Florida banks: Thanks goodness for New York
Florida may be a profitable market for out-of-state banks but it's not that easy for the state's homegrown banks to make a buck.

From coupons to sleeper holds
Phil Livingston has grappled with executive jobs at several unconventional companies. But who knows what they'll throw at him in his new gig as chief financial officer of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

Profile: Tim Tinsley
New position: President and CEO, Echelon Residential LLC, Orlando; Previous position: President, Echelon Residential LLC, Orlando

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Wal-Mart retains seat atop 500 list
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. solidified its position atop the Fortune 500 rankings as the nation's need for affordable staples boosted the retailer's revenue in 2002.


Personal Technology
Personal Tech: March 31, 2003 Hijacked eBay account reminds about need for vigilance
The e-mails set off an alarm as soon as I read them.

Solutions: Support should be key feature in antivirus purchase
Q. Please tell me your opinion of the AVG antivirus 6.0 free edition. Should I pay for one of the main two antivirus products? Or is the free just as good? I know there is no tech support with the free product, but Norton antivirus (which I had) tech support is useless.

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Registration for April computer classes at the Elfers Senior Center, 4136 Barker Drive, will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Classes include Computer I and II, the Internet, Digital Cameras and the Excel spreadsheet. For information, call (727) 847-1290.

The Buzz: FDLE unveils cyber-security Web site
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement last week unveiled a "one-stop-shopping" cyber-security Web site to be run by the state of Florida in partnership with the state's business community.

Scam casts doubt on eBay's antifraud software
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Robert Beck suspended his distrust of online auctions last month and went for a top-of-the-line speaker system. He cast a winning bid of $1,900, paid by credit card and waited for his first eBay purchase.

Video Game Reviews
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Online ads getting noisier
NEW YORK -- Sometimes when Dirk Botterbusch is checking the weather online or listening to music on his computer, an ad starts talking or singing to him, pitching a new car or something else he doesn't need.


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