Time and Place for Everything

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As most people know by now, the WWE will be handing out its merchandise near polling places this Tuesday as Linda McMahon tries to beat Dick Blumenthal for a seat on the U.S. Senate. The WWE says the tokens will be handed out just to thank McMahon supporters following a judge’s overturn of state Secretary […] [Read More]
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Boxes, boxes everywhere

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My colleague and I were talking today about the ever-changing street scapes of many towns from quaint rows of small stores, whether they be mom-and-pops or national chains, to practically indistinguishable thoroughfares lined with one enormous box store after another. The fact that this is happening in towns across America is not breaking news, but […] [Read More]
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Jack Welch gives shout-out to Linda McMahon

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Former General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch gave some volume to his support for Republican senatorial candidate Linda McMahon Wednesday afternoon at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. After seeing only a smattering of hands among the students and faculty at the Schine Auditorium in response to his question about who was registered to vote in […] [Read More]
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The Defeated Ones

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Today, while I was walking to the New Haven train station to catch the 8:04 to Stamford, I passed a man scuffling along, hunched over and talking to himself. I thought, what went wrong in his life? I’d say he was in his 40s – plenty of life left to live. But apparently whatever potential […] [Read More]
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Affinion on the block

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Stamford-based Affinion Group, which in May registered with the SEC to sell shares to the public, has been put up for sale by its private equity owner, Apollo Management. The New York Post reported the story Thursday, adding the Deutsche Bank had been hired to market the marketer of customer engagement and loyalty programs. Affinion, […] [Read More]
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Stevie, in London, passes up on latest Hirsts

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Greenwich resident and Stamford hedge fund manager Steve Cohen was in London Wednesday browsing the Frieze Art Fair, according to Bloomberg News. My bet is he didn’t fly commercial to get to the special VIP day. Cohen, who owns the infamous Damien Hirst sculpture with a large, dead shark floating in formaldehyde (which used to […] [Read More]
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Fox vs. Cablevision

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All the moaning from Fox and Cablevision about not having a new deal for Channel 5 to be carried on the area’s biggest cable provider is pretty misleading. Fox is appealing to viewers to lobby Cablevision so we don’t “lose” our access to House and Bones and the World Series. The real issue is how […] [Read More]
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Teddy bear sale

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Paul Greenwood, the former Greenwich hedge fund manager at WTG Trading, is losing all his teddy bears today in a sale at Christie’s in London. I’m having trouble getting too worked up about his personal tragedy. Mr. Greenwood, who pleaded guilty to charges of fraud over shenanigans at WTG, dropped more than a million dollars […] [Read More]
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Eco-rationalization

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As wind turbine blades spin on General Electric’s television commercials, the question of how to really feed the electric-car chargers — called WattStations — ballyhooed on a bunch of other GE commercials has crossed many a thinking person’s mind. Including Jeff Immelt’s, apparently. Public policy, corporate strategy and consumer demand are all pointing to a vast […] [Read More]
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