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December 7, 2001

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Technology: Lawrence organizations to receive SBC grants

Two community organizations in Lawrence will receive checks today from the SBC Foundation.

Independence Inc., whose mission is to empower people with disabilities, will receive a $10,000 grant to create a Job Development and Placement program. The Lawrence Public Library will receive $8,000 for establishing the Digital Homework Reference Collection.

Both grants were provided through the 2001 SBC Southwestern Bell Kansas Community Enrichment Program, financed by the SBC Foundation.

Holidays: Retailers report lackluster sales

Fears of a dismal holiday shopping season deepened Thursday as the nation's big retailers said their November sales dropped short of expectations. Even big discounts failed to move wary consumers, and unseasonably warm weather only made matters worse.

Topeka-based Payless Shoe Source Inc. said that its same-store sales slid 3 percent from a year earlier.

Economy: Rebound from recession signaled by reports

The number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits took the biggest plunge in 18 years in late November while orders to American factories in October posted the first increase since May, the government reported Thursday.

Analysts said the reports indicated that the current recession may be showing signs of bottoming out.

Newspaper: Wall Street Journal to unveil new look

The Wall Street Journal will have a new look this spring, adding color to its front page and offering a new section. It will be the first redesign for Page One in half a century.

Dow Jones & Co. Chairman Peter Kann said the new look would make its debut April 9.

The front page will have a new design for the first time since World War II.

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