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2008-08-07 03:00:10

By Jason Gertzen, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Aug. 7--Amid its continuing exodus of customers and mounting losses, Sprint Nextel on Wednesday offered a few encouraging signs for its future. Sprint lost an additional 901,000 subscribers and posted a loss of $344 million on sales that dropped 11 percent to $9 billion in the second quarter. Yet, the company made a notable advance in customer loyalty, its network is performing well, and new phones -- such as the Samsung Instinct -- are helping...

2008-08-03 21:00:09

By Jason Gertzen, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Aug. 3--Consumers trying to find the best price and package for TV, Internet and phone service practically need advanced degrees in economics, accounting and computer science. Or at least a good spreadsheet. And, definitely, a lot of persistence. The good news: Growing numbers of consumers can benefit as multiple companies such as Time Warner Cable, Surewest (the new name for Lenexa's Everest) and AT&T compete for their business. The...

2008-07-24 03:00:20

By Jason Gertzen, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 24--Sprint Nextel said Wednesday that it would raise $670 million in cash by selling about 3,300 cell-phone towers. The pending sale to TowerCo of Cary, N.C., will offer additional liquidity and provide greater flexibility as Sprint Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse attempts to engineer a turnaround for the Overland Park company. Earlier this year, Sprint executives said they intended to sell noncore assets, cut costs and reduce debt in...

2008-06-28 06:00:58

By Jason Gertzen, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jun. 28--Virgin Mobile USA said Friday that it would seek more subscribers on higher-dollar monthly calling contracts after taking over Helio in a $39 million deal. The younger consumers that make up Virgin's core subscribers are likely to leave for other wireless services if they cannot obtain the new pricing plans and advanced data services through Virgin, said Dan Schulman, Virgin's chief executive officer. "I think of it as an evolution,"...

2008-06-27 12:02:13

By Jason Gertzen, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jun. 27--Local ovarian cancer patients soon will begin receiving new treatments, signaling advances both in the fight against the disease and in the region's bioscience aspirations. The University of Kansas Cancer Center on Thursday announced the official start of work to test a new ovarian cancer drug. The Phase 1 clinical trial marks the first time that a drug developed by KU scientists is remaining here for this development phase. In...

2008-06-20 06:00:03

By Jason Gertzen, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jun. 20--Sprint Nextel on Thursday dodged a potentially crippling blow as federal officials granted more time for a massive project to eliminate interference with public safety radios. The Federal Communications Commission issued an order granting additional months -- and in some cases years -- for Sprint, hundreds of public safety agencies and other radio-wave license holders to complete a multibillion-dollar upgrade initiative. Sprint was...

2008-06-19 09:00:11

By Jason Gertzen, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jun. 19--Sprint Nextel is moving to upstage the masterful marketers at Apple with a cheaper touch screen phone it touts as a rival to the iPhone. Apple CEO Steve Jobs crowed last week that his new iPhones were twice as fast for half the price of the original. One new iPhone model, with 8 gigabytes of memory, will be available for $199 when the new iPhones go on sale in July. The 16-gigabyte model will be priced at $299. These are far below...

2006-11-11 06:00:00

By Jason Gertzen Fifteen months after one major merger created Sprint Nextel Corp., Wall Street investment banks are playing mix and match over the prospects of another megadeal. This time, however, Sprint is more likely to be the seller than the buyer. In a 44-page report titled "Deal or No Deal?" released Friday, Citigroup analysts speculated that Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company, was likely to go shopping soon for a wireless business. Moreover, Citigroup considers Sprint...

2006-07-22 06:01:02

By Jason Gertzen, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 22--"This will be a major effort in the life sciences for us." Guy Bailey, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City The University of Missouri-Kansas City has a new multimillion-dollar effort to push more discoveries out of the laboratory to patients' bedsides. Leaders are seeking up to $25 million in federal funding, recruiting nine top researchers and seeking community partners for a new Institute for Translational...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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