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Diet Revolution

(02/10/04 12:34am)

With Americans currently following the trend of eating healthy and trying new diets to shed a few pounds, local restaurants are changing their menus to keep customers happy and give diners more reasons to eat out. Studies have shown restaurants that capitalize on America's diet craze are reaping the benefits. According to the publication LowCarbiz, the low-carb trend generated $15 billion in sales last year in the United States.

Consumer economic optimism reverses

(02/16/04 11:27pm)

NEW YORK -- Consumer attitudes about the economy turned sour in the first half of February, reversing a trend toward greater optimism after the U.S. economy posted stellar growth in 2003. The University of Michigan's mid-month report on consumer sentiment for February dropped to 93.1 from 103.8 in January, according to people in the market who have seen the report. It is released only to subscribers.

AIs make list most underpaid positions

(02/16/04 11:29pm)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Many Americans complain they're not paid enough, but most of us are nowhere near as shortchanged as the country's severely underpaid workers. The degree to which someone is underpaid isn't just a matter of how much money he or she earns. Two of the 10 jobs below pay more than the U.S. median of $37,500 a year. Rather, it's a function of how valuable -- or loathsome -- the work is relative to the earnings.

Living in luxury

(02/23/04 11:26pm)

A wave of new luxury apartments is being developed in downtown Bloomington. Lofts on College and The Kirkwood are two new properties currently being leased, with plans to open in the fall of 2004. Jim Murphy, president of CFC Inc., the developing company responsible for The Kirkwood, said his company has experienced large demand and a very positive response to its heavy marketing campaign.

Piracy software ruled illegal

(02/23/04 11:27pm)

LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge ruled Friday a software program that copies DVDs illegally violates the copyrights of Hollywood studios. Judge Susan Illston ruled in San Francisco software made by Chesterfield, Mo.-based 321 Studios violates the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits the circumvention of anti-piracy measures such as the Content Scramble System protecting movies on DVDs.

Business Briefs

(03/08/04 11:45pm)

Eli Lilly to change drug-testing process after suicide INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Lilly and Co. said it will lengthen the withdrawal period to wean study participants off an experimental drug, mainly to ease concerns from test subjects after the suicide of a 19-year-old who participated in the study.

You're fired!

(03/30/04 12:07am)

The lights in the front of Room 300 in the Business School dim as the projection screen drops. A video appears displaying men and women in an unconventional business meeting location -- an art gallery. The class watches intently as chair of the Kelley School of Business undergraduate program Marc Dollinger begins to explain the tape.