Making ‘character’ cool LONGMONT — It’s taken discipline, character and perseverance for Lonnie Labriola to finally get his company’s first product to market. Ironically, those are the qualities his company teaches in its instructional DVDs.
“Backyard Drills — Football Edition” is a 61/2-hour, two-DVD set that is finally on the market after five years of struggle. The DVD set is geared toward parents who want to teach their kids the fundamentals of football — and life. Full Text
Google gets political WASHINGTON — Once relatively indifferent to government affairs, Google Inc. is seeking help inside the Beltway to fight the rise of Web censorship worldwide. Full Text
Crowdsourcing on the Web puts the masses to work The two teenagers were short of nearly everything when they kick-started their Chicago T-shirt business seven years ago. Jake Nickell and Jacob DeHart each chipped in $500. They ran it out of Nickell’s apartment since DeHart still lived with his mother. For shipping, they enlisted friends to carry the shirts to the post office.
But they had a killer design team: the Web. Full Text
Companies scramble as iPhone debut nears WASHINGTON — Sprint Nextel is trying to upstage the iPhone.
A week before the much-anticipated launch of its rival’s flashy music phone, the company is trying to stave off competition by promoting a new red version of its UpStage multimedia phone.
Off-road and on track LONGMONT — When a neighboring carpet store moved to a bigger location, Rocky Mountain Kawasaki found itself with the perfect opportunity for expansion. Full Text
Much-hyped Roadster to come to town LONGMONT — Motorcyclist magazine says it is to a conventional motorcycle “what Cirque du Soleil is to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.” Men.Style.com calls it “the world’s coolest 110-mph tricycle.” Full Text
From meat to milk: Food prices spike ATLANTA and BOSTON — A gallon of milk in Birmingham, Ala., is expected to cost $4.50 this summer, perhaps more. At Wetzel’s Market in Glen Rock, Pa., the New York strip steaks that were on sale for $4.99 a pound last Fourth of July will be $6.99 this year. Full Text
Pinball wizard Bally turns 75, focuses on slots, gambling systems LAS VEGAS — The company immortalized in The Who’s 1969 song “Pinball Wizard” has turned a wizened 75 — and, perhaps more importantly, turned the corner in its return to its game maker roots. Full Text
Terry named ABWA Woman of the Year LONGMONT — Troy Terry, a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, has been named Woman of the Year by the Longmont chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. More Business Briefs