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December 2012

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Bassmaster’s Back

Bassmaster’s Back

Premium Care

Concierge medical practices offer more individual attention for a price premium. Some doctors say it’s a path to more humane care. Others see it as a premium cop-out.

Cotton Growers Take on Cargill

Cotton Growers Take on Cargill

Candy Acclaim

Candy Acclaim

Three Alabama confectioners have international customer lists stuck on their small-batch, regional recipes.

Alabama Home Prices Stagnant; Rest of Nation Sees Increases

Alabama Home Prices Stagnant; Rest of Nation Sees Increases

The Physics of Life's Work

The Physics of Life's Work

Today Jim Hudson is known for his pioneering work in genetics, but his start came working at the family foundry, casting parts and conjuring in a back office physics lab.

Corporate War Stories

Corporate War Stories

Corporate defense litigators share some of their recent victories in the dog-eat-dog arena of of enterprise.

Traction in the New Age of Commercial Real Estate

Traction in the New Age of Commercial Real Estate

Stabilizing economic indicators and favorable commercial real estate sales and leasing trends are opening long-awaited opportunities. They are the focus of this year’s annual conference of the Alabama Center for Real Estate, ACREcon.

Creative Giving

Creative Giving

Five companies that energized employee giving with innovative initiatives, creating quantum jumps in community investment.

Filling the News Void

Filling the News Void

Yes to Incentives; Brighter Outlook for Schools

Three Hospitals Closing

Three Hospitals Closing

ThyssenKrupp Wants More For Mills

ThyssenKrupp Wants More For Mills

Movers & Shapers, December 2012

Movers & Shapers, December 2012

Mission Routinely Impossible

Mission Routinely Impossible

The new administrator at Marshall Space Flight Center describes a sharply defined U.S. space program — one that still includes doing the impossible every six months or so.

Career Notes, December 2012

Career Notes, December 2012

Company Kudos, December 2012

Company Kudos, December 2012

Spotlight on Lee & Russell Counties

Spotlight on Lee & Russell Counties

Hot Socks vs. Cheap Threads

Hot Socks vs. Cheap Threads

A native daughter of Fort Payne’s sock industry launches a warm and fuzzy line of American-made organics, to battle the global wasteland of cheap threads.

Two Big Dockings at Port of Mobile

Two Big Dockings at Port of Mobile

Alabama M*A*S*H

Alabama M*A*S*H

In five years, the new Alabama Trauma and Health System became a national model of emergency care — a statewide, high-tech MASH team that cut highway deaths by 29 percent. Trauma patient transfers that used to take six hours have been cut to six seconds.

Speak for Yourself, Wall Street

Speak for Yourself, Wall Street

Bentley Pushes Early Retirement, Bronner Questions

Bentley Pushes Early Retirement, Bronner Questions

Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy

Airbus engineers in Mobile are designing state-of-the-art jetliner cabins and cargo systems. The work is virtual creative, even futuristic. How about see-through cabin walls?