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08
Jun
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Business Briefcase: June 8, 2016

I’d like to start this week’s edition of the Business Briefcase with a swift congratulations to all the Valley dwellers who didn’t make it out of town last weekend. We survived the first official heat attack of the summer. If you did go out of town, where was the invite? Just kidding (a little bit).

The weather folks said it reached 115 degrees June 4, breaking the record of 113 set in 1990. I can’t confirm any of those numbers, though. My temperature gauge just says “stay indoors” at a certain point. I need to get that checked.

Wed
01
Jun
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Business Briefcase: June 1, 2016

Welcome to the Business Briefcase, readers. Glad to have you aboard on this fine June day.

We’re officially to the halfway month of the year, but not the exact halfway point. Some quick math says it’s July 2 right at midnight, thanks to 2016 being a leap year.

Did you know Kentucky was admitted as the 15th state on this date in 1792? Happy birthday, Kentucky!

Wed
25
May
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Business Briefcase: May 25, 2016

Hello, readers, and welcome to the Business Briefcase.

I’m going to chalk up my recent street-light luck to being cursed. There are two traffic signals along Van Buren Street, just east of the Agua Fria River, and one of them just went active a few weeks ago. Since that time, I’ve yet to make it through the quarter-mile stretch without getting stopped at one of them, sometimes both.

Wed
18
May
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Business Briefcase - May 18, 2016

Hello again, everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of the Business Briefcase.

A friendly public service announcement as things heat up around the Valley: sunscreen is your friend. The sun can do some serious damage, and for me in particular, a lobster-red coating is not a good look.

Hopefully everyone remembers to lather up before spending too much time out in the sun.

We’ll get started near the eastern border of the West Valley View’s coverage area.

Wed
11
May
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Business Briefcase - May 11, 2016

Welcome to the Business Briefcase, readers!

Would you look at that, temperatures were in the 70s over the weekend. Is it really May? Is the apocalypse imminent?

I was actually on the wrong end of one of the storms May 6. I’ve vowed never to curse the rain as a native Arizonan, but it’s hard to cover a playoff softball game when everyone is hiding from the lightning in a bus. Nevertheless, I promise to never again curse our glorious wet weather, unless it interferes with my job again.

Wed
04
May
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Business Briefcase - May 4, 2016

Welcome to the Business Briefcase, everyone.

Did any one spend Sunday dancing around a maypole for May Day? I didn’t either, but I remember learning about it in third grade for some reason.

It’s also Cinco de Mayo Eve! Quick public service announcement for those who don’t know: Cinco de Mayo has nothing to do with the Mexican independence day, other than being four and a half months away from it.

Wed
27
Apr
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Business Briefcase: April 27, 2016

Welcome to the Business Briefcase, coming live from the mobile headquarters.

It’s a long story, but I’d appreciate some sort of teleportation technology right now. Get on that, scientists.

The good news is whether mobile or not, Briefcase HQ is operating at full capacity!

Here’s this week’s business news.

Wed
20
Apr
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Business Briefcase - April 20, 2016

Welcome to the Business Briefcase, everyone. Glad to have your eyes on the page!

It’s obviously a great time for pollen in the Valley, as the collective population sneezes in unison. The older I get, the worse my allergies are. I’m sure science can explain it, but I’d rather they just tell me they fixed the problem.

Wed
13
Apr
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Business Briefcase - April 13, 2016

In case anyone was wondering, I now know all the words to Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose,” thanks to a lengthy visit to a mechanic’s shop. Oh, what’s that? No one was wondering? I guess I’ll cancel my public karaoke appearance.

Also, Seal is definitely not Seal’s birth name. I was playing around with changing mine, but seeing Business Briefcase by Platypus on the computer screen was not a good look. Other than saving time by only having to write one name, I couldn’t think of any other benefits to spending time coming up with more.

Here’s this week’s business news.

Wed
06
Apr
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Business Briefcase - April 6, 2016

Welcome to the Business Briefcase, readers!

We’re three-twelfths of the way through 2016, which, of course, reduces to one-fourth. A quarter of the year done! Not that there’s some big prize at the end worth counting down for, it’s just a nice excuse to use a little math.

I hope everyone made it through April Fools’ Day unscathed. I saw a few jokes played out on Facebook and Twitter, but was able to escape anything directly.

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