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5 Big Stories: The Week in Business

A look back at the week's top business stories

By Jeff Harrington, Times Deputy Business Editor
Published December 23, 2007


1. Congress passes energy bill

The broad bill aimed at saving energy, curtailing oil dependence and cutting back greenhouse emissions receives strong bipartisan support.

What it means:Look for the first new fuel-economy standards in autos in 32 years, more energy-efficient appliances and availability of a gas/biofuel mixture at the pump.

2. Bureaucrats could be running tourist attraction

Mermaids and other employees of Weeki Wachee would work for the state under a proposed plan.

What it means: The state's intervention could resolve lawsuits, and financial and environmental problems that have dogged the 60-year-old tourist attraction.

3. Shoppers pull back on buying women's clothes

Sales of high-end dresses and other clothes in the first half of the Christmas season are down 6 percent from a year ago.

What it means: Women's clothes have been a solid retail barometer, so discounts in the final holiday push may be steeper than expected.

4. Gaming dispute heads to court

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum sues to block a deal between Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe of Florida to allow expanded casino gambling.

What it means: Crist is eager for the state to receive potentially hundreds of millions of dollars from expanded gaming, but he faces growing opposition from fellow Republican leaders in Tallahassee.

5. Domino's pledge is back - sort of

The pizza chain's new ads imply they could save customers the 30 minutes it takes to rustle up a meal.

What it means: Without making direct promises that could spark legal problems, Domino's wants to harken back to its famouspledge of delivering a pizza in 30 minutes or the customer gets it free.

[Last modified December 21, 2007, 20:33:17]

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