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Savannah Tech, France exchange program promises sweet experience

Last fall, five students from Savannah Technical College’s award-winning Culinary Institute traveled to France to study and work at the Academy of Toulouse. On Monday, the partnership came full circle when STC welcomed a group from Toulouse to Savannah.

Students, instructors and special guests taking part in the pastry and baking arts culinary exchange between Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute and the Academy of Toulouse in France gathered for lunch Monday. (Photo by Stephen Morton for STC)

Fitbit tracks your steps; now it wants to chart your Zs, too

Fitbit, whose devices encourage people to walk 10,000 steps each day, now wants to put them to sleep as well.

In this March 1, 2017 photo in New York, Fitbit’s new Alta HR is shown in several colors. The new sleep tools come as Fitbit announces an updated version of its Alta tracker. The new version has heart rate monitoring and seven days of battery life. It goes on sale in April for about $150. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Study: Hurricane Matthew dealt economy hit, but not knockout

Hurricane Matthew’s visit to the Coastal Empire last October put a sizeable dent in the regional economy for the fourth quarter but didn’t completely derail it, according to Armstrong State University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, which analyzes data and identifies trends affecting the regional economy.

CITY TALK: Is River Street even a street anymore?

In several recent City Talk columns, I detailed the progress of the Savannah Downtown Streetscape Improvement Initiative, an $8 million project to enhance the design and safety of Broughton, Bay and River streets. Today, let’s take a quick look at the preliminary plans for River Street and to the public reaction to those plans at a recent meeting at the Coastal Georgia Center.

Don’t fear your mobile wallet

Smartphones have replaced lots of other accessories – cameras, flashlights, calculators. But many people are still reluctant to swap the wallets in their pockets for their digital counterparts.

BiS in brief: Vidalia onions, Sandfly meet, Waycross hospital transition set

State sets date for Vidalia onion sales

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OWENS: Tourism awards event honors visionary, champion

If you saw the Oscars last week, then you may still be cringing over the mistake at the very end of the show when the announcer mistakenly called the wrong name for the winner of Best Picture.

Developer plans assisted living community in Pooler

Health care real estate development company Shepherd Health this week announced plans for an upscale senior living community near the intersection of Interstate 16 and Pooler Parkway.

Yellen signals Fed will likely raise rates this month

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank’s 2 percent target.

BiS in brief: Bags & Bangles, new Banana web, Kroger supports heart health

Kroger, customers raise funds to battle heart disease

Bill to change Trade Center governance quietly passes House

A bill designed to “reconstitute” the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and move it from a local entity to a state authority passed the Georgia House on Friday with little opposition from local officials — possibly because most of them knew nothing about it.

Technology adds precision to joint replacements

New technology at Optim Surgery Center is transforming the way joint replacement procedures are performed and providing patients with a less invasive knee or hip replacement surgeries by using the Mako Robotic-Arm during procedures.

Seasoned ILA veteran, community leader Tim Mackey takes reins of Local 1414

Mention Tim Mackey’s name to almost any longtime Savannahian and the most likely description you’ll get is “community leader.”

Bump not just Trump: What’s driving rally

The stock market is hitting new heights, and yes, excitement about President Donald Trump’s policies is part of the reason for it. But it’s not the only one, analysts say.

Click for candy: How online retailers boost impulse buys

Supermarket layouts are carefully calibrated to tempt people into impulsive purchases, and now food makers are trying to adapt their strategies as people do more of their shopping online.

Can’t pay your taxes? Here are six ways to cope

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Fixing the dreaded open-office plan

Although more cost effective and easier to implement and maintain, the open office plan can be highly detrimental to performance. One of the main reasons performance is so negatively affected is simply noise.

When Amazon’s cloud storage fails, lots of people get wet

Usually people don’t notice the “cloud” — unless, that is, it turns into a massive storm. Which was the case Tuesday when Amazon’s huge cloud-computing service suffered a major outage.

DPR employees provide helping hand to Callen Boys & Girls Club

DPR Construction employees rolled up their sleeves on Saturday to help update and renovate The Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club. In addition to the day of service, employees presented a $1,500 donation to the club.

DPR Construction employees donated time and money to Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club last week during a day of service. (Photo provided)