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Doctor's role in cancer care merits an award

Peter W. Blumencranz has been awarded the 2008 Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Blumencranz, who received the award for his leadership and dedication to cancer care, is surgical oncologist and medical director of the Morton Plant Mease Comprehensive Breast Program.

In 2007, Blumencranz led the national clinical trial for GeneSearch, the first gene-based test to detect the spread of breast cancer into lymph nodes. Morton Plant Hospital became the first hospital in the United States to use GeneSearch, which can determine in just minutes — while a patient is in surgery — if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.

Clearwater aquarium appoints executive VP

Frank L. Dame has been appointed executive vice president for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Dame serves on Clearwater's Community Development Board and is a former member of the city's Marine Advisory Board, the Charter Review Committee and Citizens Advisory Committee for review of the city's Comprehensive Plan. He has also served on the Pinellas County Boating Access Task Force.

Peek into the 2009 economy next month

Will the 2009 economy be another wild roller-coaster ride?

Hear what some industry leaders think when the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Largo Library Foundation present "Focus on 2009: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast." It will take place at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive.

Robert Trigaux, St. Petersburg Times business columnist, will be moderator. The keynote address is "The Effects on Sports in the Local Economy" by Bob Sullivan, president of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. He will offer insight into what we can expect when the event comes to Tampa Bay in February.

The cost is $20 and seating is limited to 300. To purchase tickets, visit the Largo Public Library or the chamber at 151 Third St. NW in Largo. For more information, call 584-2321.

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North Pinellas business news 10/30/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008 8:48pm]
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  1. Equifax CEO Richard Smith steps down amid hacking scandal

    Personal Finance

    The chief executive of Equifax, the troubled credit reporting agency that suffered a massive data breach that affected as many as 143 million people, will retire, effective Tuesday, according to a statement by the company.

    Richard Smith, chief executive of Equifax, the troubled credit reporting agency that suffered a massive data breach that affected as many as 143 million people, will reportedly retire effective Tuesday.
[File photo: Joey Ivansco/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP]
  2. Bass Pro acquires Cabela's for $4 billion

    Retail

    Bass Pro Shops has acquired competitor Cabela's for a reported $4 billion. Bass Pro indicated it is seeking to appeal to all "outdoor enthusiasts" with the move, roping in hunting customers from Cabela's.

    Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela's for $4 billion, Bass Pro announced Tuesday. | [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  3. Tampa International named among least expensive airports

    News

    TAMPA — Florida airports apparently have a knack for getting it done cheaply.

    According to RewardExpert, Tampa International Airport is the fifth least expensive domestic airport. 
[CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
 file photo]

  4. Tampa-based vXchnge secures $200M loan to expand operations

    Corporate

    TAMPA — Tampa-based vXchnge, which operates data centers in 14 metro areas, has secured a loan for roughly $200 million for "major expansions and enhancements."

    Tampa-based vXchnge, a data center provider, secured a $200 million loan. Pictured is CEO Keith Olsen. | [Courtesy of vXchnge]
  5. No toll lanes north of downtown Tampa in three of four interstate proposals

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Express lanes may not be coming to downtown Tampa after all. Or at least not to the stretch of Interstate 275 that goes north through Bearss Avenue.

    Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman discusses the new interstate options with V.M. Ybor resident Chris Vela (left), Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp and HNTB consultant Chloe Coney during a Tampa Bay Express meeting Monday night at the Barrymore Hotel. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times]