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E-mail secondary as Facebook revamps messaging

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the new email service at an announcement in San Francisco, Monday, November 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the new email service at an announcement in San Francisco, Monday, November 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Facebook is betting that one day soon, we’ll all be acting like high school students—more texting and instant-messaging, at the expense of e-mail. Facebook unveiled a new messaging system Monday, and while CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn’t go as far as declaring e-mail dead, he clearly sees the four-decade-old technology being eclipsed by more real-time ways of communicating.

“We don’t think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail,” Zuckerberg said.

Right now, Facebook’s Messages section is a lot like an e-mail inbox. The overhauled version, which will be rolled out to users by invitation in coming months, brings in cell phone texts, IM chats and e-mails from non-Facebook accounts.
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Newcomb Solutions helps companies reach new markets

Kelly Newcomb, owner and president of Newcomb Solutions, shows some of the work that his Michigan City company has done for clients. (Photograph by The Times.)

Kelly Newcomb, owner and president of Newcomb Solutions, shows some of the work that his Michigan City company has done for clients. (Photograph by The Times.)

Whether it’s through words or pictures, Kelly Newcomb says the staff at Newcomb Solutions wants to help businesses tell their stories through customized marketing tools.

Recently, the marketing and communications company added state-of-the-art printing technology, a move Newcomb says will allow the company to personalize marketing pieces for a fraction of the cost.

“Traditionally, it would cost $800 or $900 for one lot of brochures,” he said. “Today, it is almost 40 to 50 percent of the cost because of the technology.”
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Valparaiso High grad co-authors corporate blog book

Valparaiso native Chantelle Flannery is co-author of <em>Corporate Blogging for Dummies</em>, a book that shares corporate blogging tricks of the trade and how to establish a strategy and measure the blog's success. (Photograph by The Times.)

Valparaiso native Chantelle Flannery is co-author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies, a book that shares corporate blogging tricks of the trade and how to establish a strategy and measure the blog's success. (Photograph by The Times.)

A 2001 graduate of Valparaiso High School who earned degrees at Purdue and Indiana universities has co-authored a book geared toward helping businesses and companies use a social media tool to become more productive and effective.

Corporate Blogging for Dummies, by Valparaiso native Chantelle Flannery and Douglas Karr, is now available at bookstores and Amazon.com.

“It’s kind of a shift in thinking from people looking at blogging as a political or personal thing,” Flannery said. “It’s the start of companies engaging online with the benefits of using a blog as a platform.”
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Rebranding a ‘Star’

An iconic part of Northwest Indiana’s entertainment and convention scene for 40 years, the White Lodging facilities at U.S. 30 and I-65 are being rebranded and marketed as a unique, multidimensional destination to be known collectively, and simply, as the Star Plaza.

The new marketing campaign, “It’s All Here,” focuses on highlighting everything from the theater to the Radisson hotel and convention center with the Star Plaza logo. New signs, photos and a user-friendly website are uniting the brand.

“We believe this repositioning and our marketing efforts will bring Star Plaza back to the forefront of people’s awareness—and possibly even reintroduce them to our versatile property,” said Bruce White, chairman and CEO of White Lodging Services Corp., and son of founder Dean White.
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By the Numbers, Winter 2009

Employment

Lake County
November 2008

Labor Force: 228,626
Employed: 212,144
Unemployed: 16,482
Rate: 7.2 percent

November 2007
Labor Force: 226,043
Employed: 214,683
Unemployed: 11,360
Rate: 5.0 percent
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The ED stands alone

Michigan City-based St. Anthony Memorial has plans on the drawing board for a free-standing emergency department in Chesterton that will open, if all goes well, in January of 2010.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this free-standing emergency department, which will include physician offices and imaging centers, to Chesterton,” says Dr. Jim Callaghan, President of St. Anthony Memorial. “We intend to be the health care destination for Chesterton.”
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Advanced diagnosis: technology rules

From dedicated facilities to high-tech imaging and diagnostic technology, health care options in Northwest Indiana are expanding at a breakneck pace, giving residents local options for procedures that once required a haul into the Big City, and making their visits to area hospitals and outpatient clinics a less stressful and more pleasant experience.

(Photograph courtesy of St. Anthony Medical Center) St. Anthony’s Franciscan Point campus in Crown Point is one of many high-tech facilities in Northwest Indiana that have enabled residents to receive specialized care close to home.

(Photograph courtesy of St. Anthony Medical Center) St. Anthony’s Franciscan Point campus in Crown Point is one of many high-tech facilities in Northwest Indiana that have enabled residents to receive specialized care close to home.

“We continue to think in terms of a regional focus,” says John Nalli, CEO of Porter Health. “How do we take care of Northwest Indiana?” Part of the answer, he continues, is the acquisition of technology like Porter’s new Phillips Brilliance 64-slice CT scanner, as well as upgrades to existing offerings, such as its magnetic resonance (MR) guided breast cancer detection capabilities.
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Jonathan Nalli

photograph by Robert Wray

photograph by Robert Wray

Jonathan Nalli’s interest in health care administration began during high school in Lexington, Kentucky. That interest eventually led him from the “Blue Grass State” to Northwest Indiana.

“In high school I looked at the areas where I could have an impact on the community,” says the 33-year old president and CEO of Porter Hospital in Valparaiso. “Then at the University of Kentucky, I learned the importance that a hospital can have in the community and in a patient’s life.”

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