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INSIDE CI: Snooze Button

By Susan Sutton
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The monthly roundup from Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.
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KILN CONNECTION: Fuel Conservation in a Slow Economy

By Ralph Ruark
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Efficiency can be improved by making a few fundamental changes in the way a kiln is operated with reduced output. At a time when plants are struggling to achieve breakeven with low revenue, this technique can help brick manufacturers reduce fuel consumption.
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How Did We Get Here?

By Susan Sutton
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Durable goods orders and interest rates are way down. Unemployment and home foreclosures are way up. To quote Nancy Kerrigan, “Why? Why? Why?”
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Put on a Happy Face?

By Susan Sutton
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Over 71,000 people lost their jobs yesterday. I have the same feeling now that I get when I hear about a horrible natural disaster: I can’t stop wondering what all of those poor people are going to do.
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Potential Opportunities

By Susan Sutton
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Products like smart phones, netbooks and video games still appear to be in demand.
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National Block Party

By Susan Sutton
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Even those who might not have voted for President Obama or agreed with the policies he espouses were caught up in the historic context of the day.
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Inauguration Fever

By Susan Sutton
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Barack Obama will soon be inaugurated as our nation’s 44th president, and preparations are reaching a fever pitch.
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Friday Fun: Don't Try This at Home, Kids

By Susan Sutton
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By now, we’ve probably all seen the recent report about the little boy in Hammond, Ind., who got his tongue stuck to a light pole in the cold.
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Hardened Resolve

By Susan Sutton
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It’s now two full weeks since the start of the New Year, and I must admit that I’ve already broken several of my resolutions.
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Green Building Initiatives

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently issued a “Message to the Transition: Green Building Creates Jobs, Saves Energy and Saves Money.”
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