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CNM Students win Lavu App competition

Five computer programming students at Central New Mexico Community College are collectively $1,000 richer and one step closer to marketing their first computer app after winning a “hackathon” this month organized by Lavu Inc. in Albuquerque.

In 2009, United Streetcar hoped to sell 10 or 15 of the 8-by-66-foot vehicles each year and create hundreds of new jobs. Instead, the company built just 18 streetcars for three cities: Washington, Tucson, and Portland, Ore., seen here in May 2014. The manufacturing facility is now dormant. Some workers have been laid off, while others have been reassigned to United Streetcar’s parent company, Oregon Iron Works. (Courtesy of Oregon Iron Works)

Streetcar plan yet to find a market

A federal effort to help rebuild an American industry sounded like a good idea in 2009, but five years later the product has yet to find its anticipated market.

Ian Leblanc, William Robison, Jared Tarbell and Kevin Fullerton stand inside a Levitated Lifestar made of digitally cut cardboard at the Levitated Toy Factory. (Greg Sorber/Journal)

Ascending method of manufacturing

In the emerging world of 3-D printing, or digital manufacturing, the new Levitated Toy Factory in Do …

Sarah Hutcheson, left, does a short interview with Leslie Wardman of Ambiance Matchmaking at a downtown Chicago office on Oct. 1. Wardman matches people on first dates. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Digital age niche for matchmakers

Online dating site behemoths are not for everyone; lovelorn gladly pay a premium for personal interaction