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Falling: Our Eyelids The first presidential debate came and went and thank God we have a few more before Nov. 7. We wonder what moderator Jim Lehrer was thinking halfway through. Good thing he doesn’t suffer from narcolepsy. The Tuesday night event wasn’t a complete loss. We learned a couple of new phrases that will surely show up on “Saturday Night Live” at some point this month. Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s “fuzzy math” and “Washington-fuzzy math” quips were priceless. We’re not sure what “fuzzy math” means — are the numbers wrong? Are they soft? Are they sprouting hair? And don’t forget Bush’s word of the night (mentioned only once, but oh-so-poignant): “mediscare.” In fairness to Bush, Gore didn’t coin any silly phrases, but one of his responses (or lack thereof) was pretty entertaining. Lehrer asked about Gore’s “ability to handle the unexpected.” Gore babbled on about Kosovo and HMOs and middle-class families. C’mon, the only unexpected event during his vice presidency was the Monica Lewinsky affair. Hmmm … wonder why he didn’t mention that? Rising: Electronic Poaching When CBS realized that anchorman Dan Rather would be broadcasting the famous Times Square ball drop from a location that would show the NBC logo, they used digital technology to make it appear to viewers that the building had a giant CBS logo. Earlier this month, Atlanta-based OTS Signs LP, the owner of One Times Square, filed suit in federal court in New York alleging that CBS engaged in unfair competition, deceptive trade practices and trespass. The attorney representing QTS says CBS is guilty of an “ethical lapse” in its news coverage. Ethical lapse and deceptive advertising? Sounds like a political campaign. Falling: Problems Paying Bills Can these guys BE any richer? They already had everything money can buy. So what have hundreds of millions in tobacco fees bought for the partners at Charleston, S.C.’s Ness Motley Loadholdt Richardson & Poole? For some, it’s brought a slower pace (sabbaticals and golf); for the firm overall, more requests from charities (which it has actually answered). Maybe money can’t buy you love. But, according to the partners of Ness Motley, it can sure buy a lot of fun. In the midst of the tech market downturn, web mavens are considering a change in career as well as locale from Silicon Valley — or New York’s Silicon Alley — to South Carolina.

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