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The editors of The NEWS have something to say... and we want to hear back from you! Here's our take on the news of the day. What's yours?

Murphy's Law: HVAC Meetings and Golf

March 11, 2008
Association meetings provide an excellent opportunity to socialize, network, and learn from industry experts. The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) annual convention got off to a roaring start March 2 as nearly 2,500 people converged on Palm Desert, Calif. for the four-day event.
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Taking Care of Business: Now We Know Green is Normal

March 10, 2008
If you ever needed more evidence that going green is normal, look no further than this story. Normal, Illinois made the news recently by taking steps to green their town - and bragged about it.
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Skaer-Tactics: Should I Even Order One?

March 10, 2008
Not sure about you, but I receive a ton of e-mails a day. Of course, 99.8 percent are worthless. I still have yet to find out why Dr. Mikel Georth would leave me funds in a secret bank in Chicken, Alaska.
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Taking Care of Business: Idea for Next COPS Episode

March 6, 2008
“Bad boys, bad boys - whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you? Bad boys, bad boys…” It’s one of those tunes I can never get out of my head.
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Skaer-Tactics: Those Amish Sure Are Tricky...

March 6, 2008
I have to admit, the full-page ad is attractive, and especially with the headline “Amish man’s new miracle idea helps home heat bills hit rock bottom.” Another draw is a smaller headline within the ad: “How to get 2 free heaters.”
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Murphy's Law: Solar Power: Recession or Growth?

March 3, 2008
Solar power companies from the 1970s are getting back in the picture and some have even resurrected old manufacturing facilities. As oil prices are hovering around the $100/bbl mark, investment in solar power is surging.
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Skaer-Tactics: Solid Sources to Learn More About Green Movement

February 29, 2008
As an HVACR contractor, you are crazy if you do not set foot in the green building movement. There are many, many outlets to become educated on the subject. You can start with two sources: Ferris State University (FSU) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA).
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Murphy's Law: Grab Those Cameras

February 25, 2008
The AHR Expo in New York City is a blur in the rearview mirror now, but an after-taste is in the mouths of a few. The NEWS received several letters from attendees who suggested that the rule of “no photography on show floor” should be more strictly enforced. I agree.
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Taking Care of Business: Exotic Places For an HVAC Meeting

February 25, 2008
As I pass my 10th anniversary with The NEWS, I think back on the various locales I have visited and meetings I have attended. I also think about the possible settings for future meetings and trade shows. Maybe you can help me with some suggestions.
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Skaer-Tactics: What Should I Ask Dr. Stanley?

February 22, 2008
Never met Dr. Patricia Stanley, but I will be crossing paths with the deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education twice next month. Dr. Stanley is the scheduled keynote speaker for both the HVACR & Plumbing Instructor Workshop and the HVACR Educators & Trainers Conference.
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