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Jim Walter: A life’s work unfinished

His Walter Industries came to own coal mines, oil and gas wells, marble, granite and limestone quarries, gypsum plants, jewelry and insurance businesses. In the Charleston area, it owned the J.W. Aluminum mill near Goose Creek, which is still a big employer in Berkeley County. But the era of Jim Walter Homes came to an end last week.

Jim Walter: A life’s work unfinished

His Walter Industries came to own coal mines, oil and gas wells, marble, granite and limestone quarries, gypsum plants, jewelry and insurance businesses. In the Charleston area, it owned the J.W. Aluminum mill near Goose Creek, which is still a big employer in Berkeley County. But the era of Jim Walter Homes came to an end last week.

Lacking airlines, small cities' economies suffer

Almost 100 communities in 25 states have lost commercial air service in the last two years for a variety of reasons, among them airline mergers, high fuel costs, the expense of serving smaller markets and a reduction in government aid to carriers that serve small cities.

Citi, Morgan Stanley may merge wealth-management units

Negotiations to merge Citi’s Smith Barney with Morgan Stanley’s comparable division come as investors digested news that Robert Rubin, a senior adviser to Citi who has drawn heavy criticism, would resign from the bank.

Car shoppers’ online research offers clues to new, used vehicle purchases

Car dealers, industry experts and customers themselves will tell you: shoppers more than ever bone up on the vehicles they want, and the Internet is a prime source of information. In other words, the most searched for cars and trucks on notable online sites, whether brand new models or pre-owned vehicles, can also be the autos that people eventually acquire.










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