NewsFeeds 6.26.09

RWSA fires builder. Firm hiked cost estimate of dam (Daily Progress)
Nearly a year ago, Gannett Fleming upped a cost estimate by tens of millions of dollars to build a higher dam at Ragged Mountain — a vital component of the area’s long-term water supply plan. Gannett Fleming far more than doubled an earlier $37 million estimate for the dam, blaming the hike on its discovery of fractured bedrock where the new dam is to be built, but RWSA officials questioned the massive spike.

Advertising wars escalate in health care fight (USA Today)
The type of advertising war that helped doom the last effort to overhaul the nation’s health care system is heating up.Business groups opposed to health care bills floated by House and Senate Democrats launched print ads this week. The Republican National Committee ran its own TV ad as well.

Following CB Richard Ellis’ Toilet Paper Trail (NY Observer)
CB Richard Ellis manages 2.2 billion square feet of office space worldwide. That means that guys like Mr. Benkin, who manages procurement for about 675 million of those square feet, are in charge of negotiating contracts for everything from landscaping services to pest control to, well, toilet paper purchases. So how many rolls of toilet paper does CBRE buy every year?

What Small Business Owners Want from Obama (BusinessWeek)
An end to the credit crunch, less talk of tax increases, and health-care reform without coverage mandates top entrepreneurs’ lists.

Weekly Wind-Down: The “Whatever” Economy (BoingBoing)
Sometimes a photo really says it all.

RWSA fires builder. Firm hiked cost estimate of dam (Daily Progress)
Nearly a year ago, Gannett Fleming upped a cost estimate by tens of millions of dollars to build a higher dam at Ragged Mountain — a vital component of the area’s long-term water supply plan. Gannett Fleming far more than doubled an earlier $37 million estimate for the dam, blaming the hike on its discovery of fractured bedrock where the new dam is to be built, but RWSA officials questioned the massive spike.

Advertising wars escalate in health care fight (USA Today)
The type of advertising war that helped doom the last effort to overhaul the nation’s health care system is heating up.Business groups opposed to health care bills floated by House and Senate Democrats launched print ads this week. The Republican National Committee ran its own TV ad as well.

Following CB Richard Ellis’ Toilet Paper Trail (NY Observer)
CB Richard Ellis manages 2.2 billion square feet of office space worldwide. That means that guys like Mr. Benkin, who manages procurement for about 675 million of those square feet, are in charge of negotiating contracts for everything from landscaping services to pest control to, well, toilet paper purchases. So how many rolls of toilet paper does CBRE buy every year?

What Small Business Owners Want from Obama (BusinessWeek)
An end to the credit crunch, less talk of tax increases, and health-care reform without coverage mandates top entrepreneurs’ lists.

Weekly Wind-Down: The “Whatever” Economy (BoingBoing)
Sometimes a photo really says it all.

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