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A booming business in unemployment
As the state's unemployment rises, a WorkForce Tampa office becomes a community center where people from varied backgrounds share the experience of hunting for a job to replace the one they lost.

United to drop bid for US Airways
Citing fears that the Justice Department will never approve the huge deal, United is expected to back out today.

Putting technology to work, but expecting too much?
Pat Morris, an out-of-work database administrator in Tampa, knows computers and their limits. And she's worried that Florida is moving its unemployment claims system toward too much reliance on automation without considering the need for a human safety net.

Putting aside squabbles for 'a great cause'
What do you get when you put Sykes Enterprises Inc., Ernst & Young and a group of lawyers in the same room?

Canada takes action, while state still studies
Canadian regulators have beaten their Florida counterparts to the punch in cracking down on agents who sold investors shares in an Orlando-based scam.

'Upside' article mentions Tampa, but not downside
Things must be slow in Silicon Valley.

You say tomato, I say takeover ...
Bankers at First Union and SunTrust have taken pains to differentiate themselves in recent weeks as they wage war over Wachovia Corp.

Busch Gardens advertising pitch backfires
Busch Gardens can't catch good publicity these days even when it pays for it.

Palm-leaf fans stir up lawsuit
Only God can make a palm tree, to paraphrase the old Arbor Day poem. But should only one company be allowed to turn palm fronds into fan blades?

Business calendar
"Business Counseling" sessions, by the Service Corps of Retired Executives, are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the St. Petersburg Business Development Center, 1045 16th St. S; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport Business Center, 4707 140th Ave. N, Suite 311; 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St.; and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Largo Public Library, 351 East Bay Drive. For an appointment or information, call the Business Development Center at (727) 893-9686; the Clearwater Airport Business Center at (727) 532-6800; the Tarpon Springs Library at (727) 943-4922; and the Largo Public Library at (727) 587-6715.

Profile: George Ogorek
NEW POSITION: General manager, Maggiano's Little Italy, Tampa.

Climbing the ladder
AUTOMOTIVE: Gulfview Mitsubishi, Port Richey, announced the following appointments: Carl Rosciti, general manager; John Reale, sales manager; and Dan Ball, service director. Rosciti was general manager and Reale was a floor manager at O'Brien Automotive, Fort Myers; and Ball was promoted from service adviser.

Company notes
AUDIO/VISUAL: Audio Visual Innovations, 6313 Benjamin Road, Suite 110, Tampa, announced the following contracts: Kforce Inc., audio/visual equipment and installation, for Kforce's new corporate headquarters in Tampa, $360,000; and Tropicana Products, Bradenton, audio/visual equipment, videoconferencing design and installation, $380,000.

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