Monthly Archives: March 2014

Massive fire consumes century-old Younkers building in Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state inspector says the fire-gutted Younkers building downtown is an asbestos-contaminated site and will require specialized removal.

Tom Wuehr of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells The Des Moines Register that each of the building’s floors are believed to have had asbestos felt between them, and that the building’s pipes are insulated with the known carcinogen.

Wuehr says it’s unlikely that workers or others downtown have or will be exposed to harmful levels of asbestos. He says the water used to put out the fire would have helped contain the material.

A massive fire swept through the more than century-old building that was being renovated early Saturday morning.


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Teen tells government changing its typeface could save millions

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PITTSBURGH — An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right?

Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. Then think of how much ink would be needed.

OK, so that may have been a first for you, but it came naturally to 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money at his Pittsburgh-area middle school.

It all started as a science fair project. As a neophyte sixth-grader at Dorseyville Middle School, Suvir noticed he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school.

Interested in applying computer science to promote environmental sustainability, Suvir decided he was going to figure out if there was a better way to minimize the constant flurry…

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Report puts Box on track to surpass $200M in revenue this year


Box, which filed for a “secret IPO” not too long ago, is on track to double its revenue this year to $200 million or more, at least according to Bloomberg’s anonymous sources.

The Los Altos, Calif.-based company was founded by Aaron Levie, its charismatic CEO and his college friend Dylan Smith, who is CFO, in 2005 and has made a splash pushing its file-sync-and-share service as an enterprise-friendly alternative to Dropbox, which pretty much set the standard for file sharing and cloud storage in the consumer space.

Box claims some big accounts including Proctor & Gamble, Six Flags, Avaya, Hearst Corp., Stanford University and others.

The big question for Box (and Dropbox for that matter) is how many of its users pay for the service. There’s a free version for individual users as well as paid tiers for companies.

The company’s prospectus is due out soon, so maybe some of…

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