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Loose change

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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 8, 2001

DEEP CUTS: Internet job cuts fell sharply in March. Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas says that may be because high-tech companies are running out of jobs to cut. About 85,000 high-tech jobs have been eliminated in the past year-and-a-half.

FIRING 101: Career management consultancy Manchester Inc. of Jacksonville offers these tips for sacking a staffer: Do it at the start of the week in a meeting that lasts about 10 minutes. Let the employee discuss his emotions, but don't say you know how he feels.

DIRTY MONEY: Tests on paper money reveal bacterial contamination on about 40 percent of bills, and drugs show up more often. The FBI found traces of cocaine on 90 percent of bills sampled in Miami, New York, San Francisco and Houston, which it considers high drug-traffic cities.

SAY CHEESE: Mighty Mouse with his famous phrase "Here I come to save the day!" is being pulled out of a 30-year retirement to promote the cheese industry. Television ads featuring the cartoon super hero of yesteryear will begin airing Monday.

TOPS IN TELECOMMUTING: New England leads the nation in the percentage of workers who telecommute, according to the International Telework Association & Council.

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