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  • Law Professor: Trump Can't Hold Lease On His Hotel Near White House

    11/29/2016 1:50:29 PM PST · by Theoria · 92 replies
    NPR ^ | 29 Nov 2016 | Jackie Northam
    After Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Jan. 20, he will follow a time-honored tradition and make his way from the U.S. Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue. Along the way, just a few blocks before he reaches the White House, he'll pass the Trump International Hotel. The 263-room luxury hotel is becoming the focus of a debate over conflict of interest between Trump and his business dealings. Trump doesn't actually own the landmark building, which was once the headquarters of the U.S. Post Office. In 2013, he signed a 60-year lease for the building with the General Services Administration,...
  • Will next governor pave the way for more public-private partnerships?

    10/11/2016 7:05:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Indiana Lawyer ^ | October 11, 2016 | Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
    The controversial 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road paved the way for highway projects funded by public-private partnerships in Indiana — including the relatively smooth and nearly finished building of a bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville and the beleaguered construction of a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville. Indiana’s next governor — whose road-funding agenda will likely shape discussions at next year’s budget session of the Indiana General Assembly — will have a major role in crafting future deals to fund projects and maintain the state’s infrastructure. The question is whether the state will...
  • Local pro-life organization denied Vacaville lease, files suit

    12/04/2014 7:16:01 PM PST · by Morgana
    The Reporter ^ | 12/03/14 | Melissa Murphy
    In a dispute that could have greater legal implications, a local pro-life organization filed suit Wednesday against a landlord, whose Vacaville office building houses Planned Parenthood, alleging religious discrimination after the owner first agreed to lease space to the group and then reneged, saying only that their pro-life clinic was not a good fit. Pacific Justice Institute, a nonprofit legal defense organization, filed the complaint on behalf of Alpha Pregnancy Clinics of Northern California in Solano County Superior Court, alleging breach of contract and violation of the organizations civil rights. Alpha, a licensed medical clinic in the state of California,...
  • High prices are driving more motorists to rent tires

    06/08/2013 10:48:09 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 67 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Saturday, June 8, 2013 | Ken Bensinger
    Chains such as Rent-a-Wheel and Rimco are seeing business boom. Many consumers pay double or triple the cost of buying and face aggressive repossession policies. When the tires on their Dodge Caravan had worn so thin that the steel belts were showing through, Don and Florence Cherry couldn't afford to buy a new set. So they decided to rent instead. The Rich Square, N.C., couple last September agreed to pay Rent-N-Roll $54.60 a month for 18 months in exchange for four basic Hankook tires. Over the life of the deal, that works out to $982, almost triple what the radials...
  • Sign: For Lease, Absolutely NO Abortion Clinics

    04/06/2013 2:45:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Im breaking my Saturday rule not to post anything not urgent, because this is so awesome. Click to enlarge IMG_1305 2 Lynn Mills just sent that photo to me. The sign was posted by the pro-life businessman who bought late-term abortionist Reginald Sharpes mill in Livonia, Michigan. Isnt it great?
  • Oh, Tesla: Your 'Lease' Is Smart, But That Calculator Wasn't

    04/03/2013 1:40:03 PM PDT · by jjotto · 10 replies ^ | Apr 3, 2013 | John Voelcker
    Well, that didn't take long. Yesterday, just before 5 pm Eastern time, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] released details of its new "lease-like" financing product. The general consensus in the media (we read a lot of Tesla coverage here, folks) has been that it's smart for Tesla to offer financing for its Model S electric luxury sport sedan. It will expand the pool of potential owners. But the press release, and a subsequent media call with CEO Elon Musk, mentioned a cost calculator on the company's website that purports to let users calculate the true net out-of-pocket cost for a 2013 Tesla...
  • Obama Administration Touts 38 Million Acre Lease Sale, But Its Dj Vu All Over Again

    02/10/2013 4:13:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Red State ^ | 2/10/13 | Steve Maley
    This week the Department of the Interior grandly announced plans for its March oil and gas lease sale in the Central Gulf of Mexico, off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The announcement might have been more fitting for Groundhog Day. DOI: 38 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico Up for Grabs To follow through with President Obamas all-of-the-above energy strategy to expand domestic energy production, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the upcoming Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 227 will offer 38.6 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development. The...
  • GM Admits There's No Market for Chevy Volt (Dealer tax credit, lease scam)

    09/13/2012 10:28:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 13, 2012 | Mark Modica
    A Reuters' article earlier this week created quite a buzz when it suggested that General Motors was losing $49,000 on every Chevy Volt sold. While many continue to debate just how much money GM loses on the politically-motivated car, a more important story on the Volt was reported by last week which explained the increase in August sales numbers for the vehicle. The piece exposes how GM (along with taxpayers) is heavily subsidizing leases and even gets an embarrassing admission from GM on the struggling Volt that, "The whole idea is we're creating a market." And this blockbuster,...
  • New Wheels: Is It Better to Lease or Buy?

    05/31/2012 8:19:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | May 31, 2012 | Carrie Schwab Pomerantz
    Dear Carrie: I've been out of school for just under a year and have a nice steady job. I need a new car, but I don't know if I should buy or lease. I'm earning a decent income, but I don't have much saved. Your advice, please? --A Reader Dear Reader: This is a good question for someone in your situation -- or for anyone looking to buy a car. And actually there are three car-buying choices: buy outright, buy over time or lease. Buying a quality used car outright and driving it for many years is probably the most...
  • 'Israel may lease east Jerusalem from a Palestinian State'

    10/29/2010 11:54:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 1+ views
    jpost ^ | 10/29/10 | Staff
    The US is negotiating the future borders of the Palestinian state with Israel, according to a report released by Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday. One option is reportedly that Israel would lease land in east Jerusalem from the Palestinian state for 40-99 years. Palestinian sources confirmed to the paper that the US and Israel are discussing borders and settlements, but PA President Mahmoud Abbas does not yet know the details. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office refused to confirm or deny the reports, and State Department sources told the paper that Israel and the US are discussing matters "as a
  • Special lease auction approaches new Wyo. record

    07/12/2010 5:04:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/10 | Mead Gruver - ap
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. An unprecedented special state oil and gas lease auction to handle a rush to drill for oil in eastern Wyoming has grossed a near-record $42 million. The Office of State Lands and Investments held Friday's auction in response to demand from oil companies to snap up leasing rights. Figures released Monday showed bids for the right to drill on state land ranged as high as $3,200 an acre. That's comparable to the high prices paid in May at a regular state lease auction that grossed a record $45.6 million for Wyoming. Friday's special sale was Wyoming's second...
  • Lease-to-Own Lure: Alleged Real Estate Scam Preyed on Absentee Owners

    06/08/2010 2:48:37 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies · 32+ views ^ | June 8, 2010 | Sheree Curry
    Riding up to homes for sale on her bicycle, Pamela Winegardner allegedly would chat with listing agents about her new business ventures, her career as a six-figure human resources consultant, her dying grandmother, her boyfriend's injured daughter, and her need to move quickly out of her current rental because the owners have new people moving in soon. She'd like to buy this home, she reportedly said, but she first needed to lease it for a couple of months while she waited for some financial matters from a business deal to settle. She came across as poised, friendly, and likable, but...
  • Mall Merchant Has Lease Terminated for Selling NoBama Stickers!

    09/25/2009 6:13:01 PM PDT · by ThankGod4W · 30 replies · 2,512+ views
    WJHL News 11 ^ | September 25, 2009 | G. Jackson
    Dan Fuchs is a local businessman who set up a graphic arts kiosk at The Johnson City, Tennessee mall. Business was slow until a customer suggested he try selling stickers with the NoBama message. Business picked up and he expanded his line of 'anti-Obama' stickers. Today, mall administration terminated Fuchs' lease after it began receiving complaints about the allegedly 'anti-Obama' merchandise. Fuchs said he also sold 'pro-Obama' stickers, but the mall administration felt he wasn't offering a fair balance between anti and pro Obama stickers. In the video story on Channel 11's website, the mall spokeswoman inexplicably says that the...
  • Conservative Kiosk Owner Hopes for a New Lease at North Carolina Mall

    07/27/2009 5:18:24 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 21 replies · 757+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 7/27/2009 | Staff
    A man who sells conservative merchandise at a kiosk in a North Carolina mall says he hopes he'll be able to keep pushing "Impeach Obama" bumper stickers after his lease expires on Friday. Loren Spivack says his kiosk, Free Market Warrior, is being nudged out of the Concord Mills mall in Concord, N.C., beacause of political reasons. The hottest sellers at the kiosk, which has been in the mall for roughly three months, are items that are critical of President Obama, Spivack said. They include a Work Harder, Obama Needs the Money bumper sticker and a T-shirt that lists the...
  • Obama Deceptively Leases Space for SC Headquarters

    10/09/2008 10:14:35 AM PDT · by Livin_large · 43 replies · 1,855+ views
    The Web | 10/9/2008 | Me
    The Obama camp has leased space for their Greenville, SC headquarters right next door to the Republican campaign headquarters. But were they honest about the transaction? Read about it here.
  • Lease/Option to buy?

    08/22/2008 8:24:51 AM PDT · by LuLuLuLu · 12 replies · 197+ views
    OK, another vanity on my part. (You all are too smart for me to ever offer any political commentary.) What does anyone know about doing a lease/option to buy? It's looking like Mr. Lu is going to be transferred to The Netherlands, and we have a wonderful house. Neighbor has expressed interest, but I really don't want to spend thousands with an attorney. Can anyone point me in a good direction? As an aside, I click on FR first thing every morning. You folks are great!
  • Spanish firm offers $12.8 billion to lease Pa. Turnpike

    05/21/2008 7:51:41 AM PDT · by BGHater · 38 replies · 92+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 19 May 2008 | Paul Nussbaum
    A Spanish toll-road operator won the bidding war to operate the Pennsylvania Turnpike, offering $12.8 billion for a 75-year lease, Gov. Rendell said today. The proposal by Abertis Infraestructuras, of Barcelona, must be approved by the Pennsylvania legislature, and legislative leaders in Harrisburg have said the plan faces tough sledding with lawmakers. In making the largest bid ever for the private operation of a U.S. toll road, Abertis partnered with a subsidiary of U.S. investment bank Citigroup, and Spanish investment firm Criteria CaixaCorp. Abertis operates toll roads in Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Argentina and Puerto Rico. The company...
  • Deal reached on lease for Colored Officers Club on fort (Fort Huachuca, AZ)

    09/10/2006 12:33:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 877+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA The terms of a proposed lease for the World War II Colored Officers Club on this Southeastern Arizona Army post have been approved by the Army Corps of Engineers, said one of the organizers trying to save the facility. It still has to be signed by all parties. Its another milestone. Now there is some light at the end of the tunnel, like a flashlight (beam), said Tom Stoney Sr., president of the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers. More than three years ago, the association signed a memorandum with the fort to halt the wrecking ball that...
  • The Mythical Indian SSN Goes to Sea

    07/06/2006 7:43:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies · 1,197+ views
    Strategypage ^ | July 6, 2006
    The Mythical Indian SSN Goes to Sea July 6, 2006: The long rumored, but much denied, deal for Indian to lease one, or two, Russian Akula II class nuclear attack subs, is hot news once more. That's because one of the Akula II subs, the Nerpa, was recently launched at the Russian Pacific shipyards. The Nerpa will be completed and undergo sea trials next year. In 2002, the stories began to appear, that India was leasing one, or two, Russian nuclear attack submarines (SSN). Eventually, both India and Russia denied the deal, which was promptly renamed as "a secret deal."...
  • Toll Road questions continue to race along(Foreign Company Wins Lease, Update)

    02/18/2006 12:26:03 AM PST · by Marius3188 · 4 replies · 464+ views
    Northwest Indiana News ^ | 17 Feb 2006 | KEITH BENMAN
    PORTAGE | Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission members quizzed three top Indiana transportation officials for two hours Thursday on the controversial Indiana Toll Road lease. They received firm answers to some questions that allayed some fears. But answers to others only heightened apprehensions. "Our concern is what happens to the next generation and the next generation," said NIRPC chairman Kevin Breitzke. "Will they be cussing at us?" For some questions, INDOT Director of Planning John Weaver admitted the answer simply won't be known until legislation is passed, public rule making is done or the lease signed. "It's a work in...
  • Doctors Give Iraqi Baby New Lease on Life (Bring Tissues)

    12/07/2005 4:19:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 711+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Dec 7, 2005 | Sgt. 1st Class Carolanne Diggs
    Doctors Give Iraqi Baby New Lease on Life Doctors at the Abu Ghraib hospital, and a very long-distance phone call, helped diagnose and treat a very sick four-month-old baby. By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Carolanne DiggsMultinational Force-Iraq ABU GHRAIB, Iraq, Dec. 7, 2005 — Four-month-old Tabark Abdul Rahman, known as Tabitha to the Abu Ghraib medical staff, was given a grim prognosis on life. When she arrived at the Abu Ghraib hospital she was malnourished, dehydrated, in renal (kidney) distress, was suffering from diarrhea and had a bad cough. X-rays showed she had pneumonia. After two months in...
  • Western GOM sale 196 a total surprise, generating $285.2M in high bids {Oil Leases}

    08/24/2005 7:55:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies · 318+ views
    Petroleum News ^ | August 21, 2005 | Ray Tyson
    Blockbuster sale Western GOM sale 196 a total surprise, generating $285.2M in high bids Ray Tyson Petroleum News Houston Correspondent Big and small players alike came to Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 196 with open wallets, doling out a surprising $285.2 million in apparent high bids for 346 exploration blocks, topping last years successful $171.4 million Western Gulf offering by $110.5 million, or a whopping 60 percent. The results came as a huge surprise to the Minerals Management Service, the agency that conducts offshore lease sales for the federal government. With 80 percent of the bids opened and announced,...
  • California coastal panel makes move against new offshore oil

    08/11/2005 5:37:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 421+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/11/05 | Ryan Pearson - AP
    COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Thursday against extending 36 undeveloped gas and oil leases in U.S. waters off the state's central coast, setting up a confrontation with the federal government over the panel's authority. Some commissioners said they expected the state to sue the federal government in an effort to prevent the extension of the leases, which could lead to additional offshore drilling. "It's amazing, the level of risk that the California coastline is being put to," Commissioner Steve Padilla said. "This is something I do not understand. The benefits of this economically are...
  • Need suggestions on car purchase

    07/24/2005 6:15:20 AM PDT · by Treeless Branch · 129 replies · 1,935+ views
    Me | Me
    Sorry for the vanity, but I do respect the opinions of the posters on this board, who also possess a great wealth of information. With that said, I am in the process of buying a car, and wanted your advice. Here is the deal. I am a young attorney at a large corporate law firm. I have about $40,000 to spend. I need something that I can drive clients around in, yet hopefully is fun to drive, reliable, and that my estemeed colleagues will not view with disdain. I am not opposed to buying a used car, and would prefer...
  • Codey Wants to Privatize Toll Road

    06/09/2005 5:48:31 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 26 replies · 611+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Jun 9, 2005 7:23 am US/Eastern
    Gov. Richard J. Codey is working on a plan to bolster the state's Transportation Trust Fund with a temporary increase in the gasoline tax and additional money generated by privatizing the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway, according to a published report. The Record of Bergen County, citing an unnamed administration source, reported in Thursday's editions that the plan calls for a small gas tax increase to be pushed through shortly after the Nov. 8 election. The increase would be rescinded or phased out after the lease deal is signed and begins to generate cash. The Transportation Trust Fund...
  • Oil Industry Says Joining 'Law of the Sea' Treaty Could Add to US Reserves

    03/29/2005 5:38:09 AM PST · by lentulusgracchus · 38 replies · 1,018+ views
    Cox News Service ^ | March 18, 2005 | Nicolas Brulliard
    A U.N. treaty governing the oceans could clear the way for U.S. oil companies to tap deep oil and gas reserves offshore, which supporters say would bolster America's energy security. But that access might be blocked, because conservatives opposed to the multinational treaty are fighting hard to keep a strong Senate majority from ratifying the pact. When Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice called in January for prompt ratification of the treaty, she gave American oil companies their best hope yet to tap oil and gas reserves lying under thousands of feet of seawater. <snip>.......... In 2003, about 62 percent of...
  • Alternative plans for Trans-Texas Corridor take shape

    03/03/2005 3:19:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 858+ views
    The Cameron Herald ^ | March 3, 2005 | Curtis Chubb
    The Texas Department of Transportation is continuing its work on the Trans-Texas Corridor which may have a major impact on Milam County. Although it started out as Rick Perry's dream in 2002, it is quickly becoming reality. The 'Corridor' that may have a direct effect on Milam County has been named TTC-35 because it extends from Oklahoma to Mexico and parallels I-35. TTC-35 would be up to 1,200-feet wide and have six lanes for passenger vehicles and four lanes for trucks. Also, it would include six rail lines and a 200-foot utility zone. TTC-35 would be 800 miles long. In...
  • McCain presses for inquiry on Boeing tanker lease deal

    11/12/2003 7:27:05 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 125+ views
    GovExec ^ | 11/12/03 | Amy Svitak
    Senate Commerce Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., is seeking records from Boeing's financial adviser, Salomon Smith Barney, in an effort to learn more about specific costs related to the Air Force's plan to acquire Boeing 767 aircraft for use as airborne tankers. In a letter sent Monday to the company's parent company, Citigroup, McCain asked Chief Executive Officer Charles Prince to produce a series of documents that he hopes will provide an accurate accounting of any hidden lease costs in an agreement negotiated earlier this year between Boeing and the Air Force for the lease of 100 tankers. A compromise...
  • Senate removes provision to aid Boeing tanker deal

    10/06/2003 6:40:17 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 10 replies · 217+ views
    Senate removes provision to aid Boeing tanker deal By Amy Svitak, CongressDaily The Senate late Thursday removed a provision in its version of the fiscal 2004 $87 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill that could have paved the way for approving the Bush administration's controversial plan to lease Boeing commercial 767 airplanes as refueling tankers. Prior to a voice vote, Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, offered an amendment that removed a requirement for the Pentagon to describe alternatives for replacing the Air Force's fleet of KC-135 tanker aircraft. The provision was added by the committee during its markup, and...
  • Proposed Lease at Former Camp Daybreak Site (to Muslim Youth Camps of America)

    07/21/2003 2:27:06 PM PDT · by DesertGOP · 1 replies · 220+ views
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers--Rock Island District ^ | July 7, 2003 | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Proposed Lease at Former Camp Daybreak Site Purpose: To provide information for the proposed non-profit real estate lease at the former Camp Daybreak Site at Coralville Reservoir. General Description: The lease area includes an approximately 106+ acre tract of Federal land north of North Liberty, Iowa, along Coralville Lake. The Girl Scouts formerly leased the area for use as Camp Daybreak. The Corps proposes to lease the area to Muslim Youth Camps of America (MYCA) for development of a summer resident camp with off-season use by other non-profit groups. MYCA proposes to construct a main lodge, winterized cabins, and a...
  • California GO, Lease Ratings Placed on CreditWatch Negative Due to Budget Uncertainty

    07/02/2003 3:34:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 311+ views
    Standard & Poo's .com ^ | 7/02/03 | David G Hitchcock, Alexander M Fraser
    California GO, Lease Ratings Placed on CreditWatch Negative Due to Budget Uncertainty Analyst: David G Hitchcock, New York (1) 212-438-2022; Alexander M Fraser, Dallas (1) 214-871-1406 Publication date: 02-Jul-03, 12:46:50 EST Reprinted from RatingsDirect NEW YORK (Standard & Poor's) July 2, 2003--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today it placed its 'A' rating on California's $26.8 billion general fund-supported general obligation debt and $6.7 billion state general fund lease-supported debt on CreditWatch with negative implications, reflecting the state's lack of progress in adopting a fiscal 2004 budget and the diminishing prospects that meaningful structural budget reform will result from an...
  • Audit finds Pittsburgh airport leasing to Army below market

    03/26/2003 2:40:23 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 209+ views
    PennLive / AP ^ | 03/26/03 | AP Staff
    Audit finds Pittsburgh airport leasing to Army below market The Associated Press3/26/03 3:59 AM PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh International Airport officials leased property to the Army for 76 percent below fair market value, according to a federal audit. The airport lost $252,000 in the lease of 25 acres, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General found. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the lease and could require the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which owns the airport, to recoup the money. Airport authority spokeswoman Joann Jenny said the lease was created by county officials in 1998 and the authority...
  • Manhatten Disgrace: GIS NEED NOT APPLY

    02/03/2003 8:52:06 AM PST · by SheLion · 34 replies · 471+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 February 2003 | JEANE MacINTOSH
    Uncle Sam wants them, but a swanky Manhattan apartment group has no room for the country's military personnel and reserves. Prospective tenants at 13 luxury apartment buildings owned by New York City megadeveloper Donald Zucker must sign a waiver stating they aren't in the military before they can get a lease - a violation of city law. "[The waiver] has to be filled out in order for the lease to be approved," a manager at Manhattan Skyline, which runs the buildings, told The Post. The first sentence of Zucker's "nonmilitary affidavit," obtained by The Post, reads: "The tenant has advised...
  • Klamath Lease Threat Fails

    07/19/2002 8:42:40 AM PDT · by forest · 11 replies · 516+ views
    Portland Oregonian ^ | 7-18-02 | JIM BARNETT
    [Source: <>] More From The Oregonian Washington D.C. News Effort to limit Klamath Basin farming fails 07/18/02 JIM BARNETT WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House on Wednesday rebuffed an effort by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., to limit planting of commercial crops in two Klamath Basin wildlife refuges, but not before the proposal fanned an argument over urban and rural priorities. Blumenauer, who represents the Portland area, proposed ending production of alfalfa and row crops such as onions, potatoes or sugar beets on 2,000 acres of leased lands, saying the ban would cut water consumption, trim use of pesticides and protect wildlife....
  • Microsoft licensing deadline looms - Partly to blame for IT doldrums?

    07/16/2002 4:14:01 PM PDT · by JameRetief · 14 replies · 233+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | July 16, 2002 | Egan Orion
    Microsoft licensing deadline looms Analysis Partly to blame for IT doldrums? By Egan Orion: Tuesday 16 July 2002, 09:01 IN TWO WEEKS Microsoft will slam the door shut on customers used to its former pay-as-you-go software sales policies. As of August 1st, IT organisations that haven't knuckled under to Microsoft's Licensing 6.0 initiative will be facing significantly higher costs, if and when they do finally upgrade their servers, desktops, and office software. We've read that all recalcitrant customers' subsequent licensing cost penalties might be up to 45% -- but we'll get back to that shortly. The dark rabbit-hole leading one...