OK, follow this bouncing ball: Two guys [pictured] who grew up and received most of their education in Russia, started working together in the Netherlands and now live in England will be traveling to Norway to pick up the Nobel Prize in physics they won Tuesday. In Buffalo, a scientist from India and an attorney who just returned home from a stint in Canada have already launched a company to commercialize the stuff that the Russian-Dutch-British scientists get credit for isolating. Yep. Gotta secure those borders.
- Medical records initiative gets a big boost from Dell - Henry L. Davis/The Buffalo News Dell Inc. announced Thursday that it will provide computer equipment and services to support a major University at Buffalo initiative to start an institute here devoted to advancing electronic medical records. Work at the Institute for Healthcare Informatics will focus on such areas as standardizing the way health care personnel share electronic medical records and using computers to improve the management of patients with chronic illnesses. Dell’s investment — valued at $15 million over the life of a five-year deal — comes in addition to a $20 million state grant; a $10 million investment by UBMD, the UB group that represents its 450 affiliated doctors; and the support of Buffalo-based Computer Task Group. The project will add about 100 jobs downtown with the potential for adding more than 100 jobs in the future, officials said. It also gives UB and Buffalo a foothold in the growing medical information technology field at a time when President Obama has made electronic medical records a priority for federal funding because of their potential for improving quality and controlling costs. For Dell, which established a relationship with UB with the 2002 installation of high-performance computing clusters in the university’s Center for Computational Research, the institute investment is part of a larger effort to diversify beyond its core hardware business. Related: -Electronic medical record sales doubled in 2008 - Med City News -Doctors and hospitals quickly moving to electronic health records - Newark Star-Ledger - Medical records to go digital, but slowly - Chattanooga Times Free Press - Robots, not roads - Eliot Spitzer/Slate
From Business Today, one entrepreneur shows us where the beef is, while an allegedly nasty bill collector pays up. Or, put another way, Au jus vs. Aw, jeez!
- Former engineer opens roast beef stand - Samantha Maziarz Christmann /The Buffalo News Working as a software engineer downtown, Merl Rabb wondered why the only food cart choices outside his office building were hot dogs, hot dogs and more hot dogs. He planned that, when he retired, he would hit the streets with something different. But after being laid off twice -- first in 2008 and again in 2009 -- then working a series of short-term consulting gigs, he decided there was no time like the present to make the plunge. Enter Riley's Roast Beef, the gleaming silver food cart he mans himself at the corner of Main and Court streets. Wearing an immaculate white coat, he serves freshly made roast beef sandwiches on kimmelweck or hard roll with au jus and a pickle for $5.50 apiece. It's a higher price point than the $1.50 hot dog mainstays, but it's also a different product aimed at a different clientele. Rabb partnered with well-loved companies to offer fresh, local ingredients -- rolls from DiCamillo Bakery in Niagara Falls, Red Osier beef from Rochester and fresh ground Famous horseradish from the Broadway Market.
- Hamburg debt collector fined $125,000 by Cuomo - Jonathan D. Epstein /The Buffalo News A Hamburg-based debt collector agreed to pay $125,000 in fines and costs, and to reform its business practices, in a settlement announced Tuesday by state Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. In a press release and court documents, Cuomo accused Lewis Hastie Receivables, of 56 Main St. in Hamburg, of violating state and federal debt collection laws. Cuomo said the firm, known as LHR, "repeatedly harassed and intimidated consumers, including some who did not even owe the debt in question." ... "It is unacceptable for debt collection companies to use illegal tactics for their own profit and we will continue to put a stop to the practice," he said. LHR president Wayne Lewis said in an emailed statement that the firm has been "fully cooperating" with Cuomo's office during the state investigation over the past year, and reached a settlement to "resolve this matter" but "does not admit to any wrongdoing." He also noted that the "locally owned and operated company" provides "good-paying jobs to hundreds of individuals throughout Western New York" and is "a good corporate citizen that gives back to the community." The firm was named as 2007 Business of the Year by the Town of Hamburg, according to its website. Related: A.G.'s website NY Dept Help.
- Carubba is among commercial property buyers - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News Sam Carubba [right], owner of Carubba Collision, paid $485,000 through Carubba & Sons LLC to buy 9180 Transit Road East Amherst, next door to his facility. ... The property currently has a small 1,500-square-foot stand-alone brick block building that is home to Becker’s Towing & Recovery, which Carubba also owns. That building will be demolished to make room for a 12,000-square-foot automotive retail plaza, enabling three businesses to add 10 to 15 jobs.... Besides towing and mechanical repairs, Becker’s will help the state Department of Transportation and local law enforcement to investigate accidents involving deaths or heavy damage. For example, the company would assist in testing brakes and other systems on the vehicle to see if they were working properly.
- Dormant Springville TV station purchased - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News Two veterans of Western New York television broadcasting are buying a dormant Springville television station from a national religious broadcaster with plans to bring it to life. Philip A. Arno and Donald M. Angelo, through ITV of Buffalo LLC, agreed to pay more than $2.75 million to acquire WNGS-TV from Texas-based Daystar Television Network. The deal is subject to Federal Communications Commission approval. WNGS, founded in 1996 and formerly found on Channel 67, has been “dark” since last June 12, when all U. S. television stations were mandated to switch from analog to digital signals.
They had already seen: - Paladino under fire for e-mails - Robert J. McCarthy/The Buffalo News [Page A1] Buffalo's Carl P. Paladino was scrambling to save his Republican candidacy for governor Monday after a local Web site released a string of pornographic and racially degrading e-mails that he acknowledged forwarding to a large group of friends.
In fact, even before the paper hit their front porch, many people had already seen, and were buzzing about, the events described in: - Olbermann, tea party leaders target Paladino - BuffaloNews.com Carl P. Paladino is finally gaining national headlines in his Republican campaign for governor — but hardly the kind he was seeking. Keith Olbermann bestowed his dubious "Worst Person in the World" award on Paladino during his "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" show on MSNBC Monday night after revelations that Paladino forwarded emails containing pornography, bestiality and racist material.
Maybe Paladino can hope we will all follow the next shiny object to enter our field of vision: - Staffers' accounts paint more detailed, troubling picture of Massa's office - The Washington Post Just three months after Eric Massa was elected to Congress, his young male employees on Capitol Hill began complaining to supervisors that the lawmaker was making aggressive, sexual overtures toward them, according to new interviews and internal documents. Even though Massa has already resigned and isn't running for anything.
- 'Extreme Makeover' leaves big imprint on area economy - George Pyle/The Buffalo News The crew of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" packed up and left Buffalo weeks ago. In its wake, it left one rebuilt-from-the-ground-up home for a hard-pressed family, home and landscaping improvements for a disadvantaged neighborhood, a publicity boost to the community and, according to the person whose job it is to calculate such things, upwards of $1.5 million in economic impact to the community. "Actually it was probably something well north of that," said Tim Clark, head of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission. "These guys tend to spend a ton of money in a short amount of time." And, because "reality shows" don't qualify for state incentives for filmmakers, which can include sales tax exemptions, the economic benefits came with little public outlay beyond traffic control.
That last paragraph sounds good, especially if you've read anything about this: - Filmmakers charged in tax scandal - Lee Rood/The Des Moines Register The Iowa attorney general's office on Monday charged the former manager of the Iowa Film Office with misconduct in office and filed first-degree theft charges against principals in the making of a 2008 film in Council Bluffs.
Meanwhile, back at the Statler: - Nonprofit agency wants to buy mothballed Statler - Tom Buckham/The Buffalo News Three months ago, Western New York AmeriCorps workers pitched in to help finish the reconstruction of Delores Powell's dilapidated Massachusetts Avenue home for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." [The organization created its own impact report.] Now the volunteer service organization wants to put some financial muscle behind another Buffalo structure in dire need: Statler Towers.
In the last few months, Western New York lost the contract to make NBA jerseys but kept New Era Cap. Folks in Indiana are still making NFL gear. But, today, the job is a little bitter. - Indy plant cranking out Saints NFL title shirts - Dana Hunsinger/The Indianopolis Star A mad rush was on Monday to churn out New Orleans Saints Super Bowl champs shirts in an ironic place: Indianapolis. But even as employees at the Adidas Group plant on the Eastside mourned their home team's loss, general manager Blake Lundberg couldn't help but smile -- just a bit. "From a business standpoint, the Saints' win is tremendous for us," he said. "It will be a very nice long week for us."
The Super Bowl bin berry, berry good for the newspaper biz, too: - Picayune printing up more of Super paper - New Orleans Times-Picayune Monday's Times-Picayune has already set the record for best-selling newspaper in our 173-year history, and thanks to your love of the Saints we're keeping the presses rolling.
And, yes, there were a lot of commercials: - Super Bowl full of ads - AP/Buffalo News Think Sunday night’s Super Bowl seemed like it had a lot of ads? You’re right. Commercials took up nearly 48 minutes of the game —the most for any Super Bowl.