Wednesday, June 25, 2003

What's the Buzz?

N.Ky. still awaiting Bush firm

Cliff Peale

Neil Bush showed up in Covington last year, Secret Service protection in tow, to announce a new office for his Internet firm at the Madison E-Zone. The company, Ignite Learning, was an educational software venture that could hardly miss, he said.

Ignite is still very much around. But the office in Covington has never materialized, E-Zone executive director Casey Barach said.

Bush has been occupied with raising money and expanding in other areas, Barach said.

Like most other things in the economy, business has slowed at the E-Zone, which is geared to technology companies.

"I think we match the economy," Barach said.

See it, buy it

When "Baseball As America" makes its debut at the Cincinnati Museum Center in August, it will bring more than just thousands of baseball fans longing for nostalgia. It also will bring a new permanent retail store on the museum's lower level.

Most big exhibits now set up retail stores wherever they go. But for this one, the Museum Center will build a 500-square-foot space across the lower lobby from the Children's Museum, then eventually expand to 2,000 square feet and continue to operate the store after the baseball exhibit departs in early November.

That's still less than half the size of the retail space upstairs.

It's part of a new exhibit hall being constructed on the lower level. The 5,400-square-foot hall will house "Baseball As America" and "St. Peter and the Vatican," which opens in December.

Buyer beware

The animal-testing lab that was the subject of a stinging investigation by animal-rights activists this spring has been publicly identified: Sinclair Research Center in Hatton, Mo.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals targeted the lab this year and extended its criticism to Iams Co., the Dayton-based unit of Procter & Gamble Co.

Iams promptly severed its contract with the lab, but neither party had confirmed its location until now.

One unusual twist: The PETA undercover investigator actually was being paid by Iams.

The pet-food maker had committed to funding "animal welfare specialists" at each of the outside labs it hires. The person hired for that job at Sinclair was the investigator.

That infuriates Iams officials, who believe PETA was more interested in dramatic violations than improving the animals' plight. PETA will not publicly identify the investigator.

Another twist: Until this year, Sinclair provided cats to the Veterinary Technician Program at the University of Cincinnati. But UC decided to switch to another provider before PETA started holding news conferences, over concerns about the cats' genetic health, director David Bauman said.


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