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January 5, 2001  
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Former Barnett boss resurfaces in venture capital
He helped build Barnett Banks into Florida's top banking company. But can a conservative banker play the wilder game of Florida venture capitalists?

Republic to sell bank branches, post loss
ST. PETERSBURG -- Republic Bank said late Thursday it is pulling out of Miami-Dade County, taking $16.1-million in year-end charges and posting a loss for 2000 in what it deems the final step toward recovery.

Progress ponders barge, rail sale
The utility plans to sell part or all of the units to focus on its energy and telecom divisions.

Ex-corporate raider files for bankruptcy
Paul Bilzerian, who recently paid less than $400,000 in a filing involving $300-million in debt, seeks protection again.

Business today
FACTORY ORDERS JUMP: New orders placed at U.S. manufacturers rose 1.7 percent in November, reversing a revised 4 percent decrease in October. Driving the gain was increased demand for jetliners and electronic components, the Commerce Department reported. Inventories at U.S. factories, a gauge of demand, rose 0.5 percent in November after rising 0.7 percent in October.

Now it's Sears' turn as retailers sound retreat
A dismal December and a looming economic slowdown are forcing major chains to close stores and cut jobs.

Chamber president forced out
Jay Garner's aggressive style drew many complaints from a business community that now must refocus.

Sears seeking to get out of pest control business
The retailer has its biggest concentration of contracts in Florida.

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