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Loose change

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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000

GET BACK: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is backing programs that promote an early return to work for injured employees. The group says companies save money and workers heal better if they're given alternative work until they're ready to resume their usual duties.

THANKS A LOT, AT&T: Phone giant AT&T abruptly canceled a service that allowed travelers to check voice mail from phones on airplanes. But it notified the customers through e-mail messages that revealed the e-mail addresses of about 700 other customers in the "send-to" line.

DOT-COM DEATH TOLL: From last December through Oct. 20, 22,267 workers lost their jobs as Wall Street lost its patience with Web businesses that failed to turn a profit.

FADDISH FLOUR: The makers of Gold Medal flour haven't changed their product's retro white paper bag since 1930. Now, though, the General Mills mainstay is being offered in plastic bags with a resealable closure so it doesn't have to be emptied into a canister.

CRAFTS TO GO: With backing from the Department of Commerce, a new Native American Export Incubator is teaching American Indian companies in the Southwest how to export their traditional crafts worldwide. Lessons will range from how to find trade partners to how to set up an e-commerce Web site.

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