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WorldCom quietly slides out of Pinellas Park center
The company's departure catches workers off guard and leaves city officials searching for a replacement.

Robert Trigaux
MCI, WorldCom prove to be worlds apart
MCI came in like a lion. It's leaving like a lamb.

Former Roberds store getting a high-tech makeover
Sago Networks, a young Internet company, is transforming the South Tampa building into a tech center.

Z-Tel grows revenues, customers and losses
The Tampa phone service provider expanded its customer base last year, but profitability is elusive.

Business today
SPENDING OUTPACES INCOME IN JANUARY: Consumer spending rose in January at the fastest pace in four months, the Commerce Department said. Spending on goods and services increased 0.7 percent during January after a 0.4 percent rise in December that was larger than previously reported. Incomes grew 0.6 percent after rising 0.4 percent the month before. Also, the personal savings rate fell to a minus 1 percent, the lowest on record, during January from a negative 0.8 percent in December.

Chamber, high-tech officials wrangle
An attempt to form new business bonds leaves both sides struggling to produce constructive dialogue.

Insurance rivals unite on Internet
BlueCross BlueShield and Humana will give health care providers one site to access information about members.



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