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PETER CULLEN, the movie voice of Optimus Prime, will be at BotCon 2007 along with the film's screenwriters, the actual Optimus Prime truck from the film and members of the Hasbro design team. /

Transformers fans flock to first BotCon in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The annual convention celebrating the Transformers universe, started at the R.I. Convention Center on Thursday and runs through Sunday. With the new...
IN SALT LAKE CITY, three shoppers an iPhone demo on a giant model in the window of the Apple Store at Gateway Mall. /

iPhone wait ends at 6 p.m. Friday

PROVIDENCE – Apple Stores nationwide, including the one at Providence Place, closed their doors today at 2 p.m. to prepare for the iPhone’s 6...

Astro-Med lands $3M cockpit printer deal

WEST WARWICK – Astro-Med Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) has been awarded a $3 million multi-year contract by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. The contract calls for replacing...
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APC adds 2 software modules for data centers

WEST KINGSTON – APC has two new tools for data-center management, the Capacity Manager and Change Manager software modules. They join the InfraStruXure Central monitoring...
JOHN THAIN, CEO of NYSE Euronext, welcomes guests including Gary Kelly, CEO and vice chairman of Southwest Airline Co., who marked LUV's 30th anniversary  on NYSE by ringing the exchange's opening bell.  /

Southwest to pare 2 flights from R.I.

WARWICK – Southwest Airlines Co. today announced fourth-quarter plans that include eliminating two flights per day from T.F. Green Airport (PVD). In October, Southwest will...
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U.S. durable goods orders fall 2.8%

WASHINGTON – Manufacturers’ orders for durable goods orders fell a seasonally adjusted 2.8 percent in May, after rising a revised 1.1 percent the month...

AAA: R.I. gas prices fall 3¢ to $2.939

PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices in Rhode Island have declined for the fourth straight week, to 15 cents below their mid-May level, according to AAA...

Hasbro, Cartoon Network plan new TV series

PAWTUCKET and ATLANTA – Hasbro Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is teaming up with the Cartoon Network to produce “Transformers Animated,” a 27-episode television series slated to...

Littlest Pet Shop proves a big earner for Hasbro

PAWTUCKET – HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro Inc., last week announced that its licensing portfolio supporting Littlest Pet Shop, a girls’ toy brand...
JIM RICH of Alexion Pharmaceuticals walks through an alley of buffer holding tanks at the Smithfield plant, which has been entirely renovated. /

A new start for drug-making plant

The Smithfield plant was built, with $30 million in state financing, for Alpha-Beta Technologies, but the drug company went bankrupt. Dow Chemical had big...
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