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Yard sales and technical schools

Buffalo has 43 miles of yard sales and a "sale" where everything's free.
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Buffalo has 43 miles of yard sales and a "sale" where everything's free.

Shale hearing

The Press & Sun-Bulletin has live streaming of today's EPA Marcellus shale hearing, and a run-down of what to expect. The Innovation Trail has live tweeting here, and live blogging here

To market we go

"Free market" took on a new meaning in Buffalo this weekend. Dozens of people turned out for a "really, really free market." From the Buffalo News:

Up and down the parkway were piles, boxes and tables covered with free things — jeans, a hockey puck, giant plastic snowman, artificial flowers, records, books, a child’s booster seat — waiting to find a new home.

At a slightly higher price point, the paper also has details about a 43-mile long garage sale, spanning Route 16 in Cattaraugus County. It's happening next Saturday.

Technical schools

The Rochester Institute of Technology is trying to predict when the sun will cause outages for radio, television and cell phone communications. The Democrat and Chronicle has a profile of the scientists behind the NASA-backed research.

Mid-level technical and business schools are setting up shop in India. It's a disappointment to the employment ministry which was hoping for Harvard - not Carnegie Mellon, according to the New York Times.

Sales and acquisitions

The Press & Sun-Bulletin says BAE Systems in Westover, outside Binghamton, is selling a 1,300-job unit:

The Wall Street Journal first reported this past weekend that the British-based defense contractor has sought initial bids on the subsidiary. Among the potential bidders listed by the newspaper are Rockwell Collins, which operates a simulation division on Lewis Road in the Town of Union, Woodward Governor Co. or Moog Inc. Private equity firms Warburg Pincus, Carlyle Group and Greenbriar Equity are also mentioned as possible bidders. It is not known if the operation will be sold as a whole or piecemeal.


Rochester's Paetec is picking up a firm with more fiber optic holdings. The acquisition of Cavalier Telephone will cost Paetec around $460 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Great Lakes shipping

The Buffalo News has a look at the past and future of freight shipping on the Great Lakes.


Retirement age

The New York Times points out that manual laborers can't take a later retirement age. The physical demands of the work mean their bodies are shot before they get to 66 - not to mention the 70 years old that some members of Congress have called for.

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