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  1. Shareholders OK deal to take HCA private South Florida Business Journal - November 16, 2006 Shareholders voted to approve a merger agreement providing for the acquisition of HCA by an investor group. Expected to close Nov. 17, the deal would privatize Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA (NYSE: HCA), one of the largest health care companies in the United States. The investor group includes Bain Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity, Dr. Thomas Frist Jr. and HCA management. Frist is the founder of HCA. Under terms of the agreement, HCA shareholders will receive $51 in cash, without interest, for each share of HCA common stock held. HCA said a preliminary tally showed 82.42 percent of the company's outstanding shares were voted at a special meeting and of those 72.95 percent voted in favor of adoption of the merger agreement.
  2. Companies are selected by amount of revenue and profit. HCA is a privately held company. They are number 87 on the list. I think an interesting statistic is where Texas ranks on the overall number of Fortune 500 companies. We're just one Fortune 500 company away from tying for number 1. New York 57 Texas 56 California 52
  3. So what? A company can still be listed on the Fortune 500 without being listed on NASDAQ or the NYSE. It's not a list of publicly traded companies. It's a list of companies. TXU will still be a company. Just a private one. The only difference is that you won't be able to buy stock in it.
  4. Did you go to Genos Steaks (really cheesesteaks) in South Philly? They have signs all over the place that you must order in English and speak in English. They have a big picture of a police officer that was killed by a Muslim immigrant. They even have T-shirts that espouse both speaking only in English and deportation of Muslims. I don't think any restaurant in Texas could get away with such ridiculous stuff.
  5. Your continent of origin determines your ethnicity -- not your skin color. Someone born in Africa who later became and American citizen, is an African-American. Race has nothing to do with it. I have gotten in trouble for asking "dots or feathers" in response to listening to a story about "Indians." All in good fun. All in good fun.
  6. GDP is the total value of all goods and services produced in any given year. The 11B from Houston's ship channel would definitely be counted. I'd be surprised if Houston didn't overtake Dallas and Atlanta because of the current energy boom. Actually, I'm surprised that Houston isn't higher and that Atlanta surpasses us.
  7. Victory is a $3,000,000,000 project. The 100 million dollar project is purportedly for a Hard Rock Hotel/Condo tower. (Like Vegas minus the casino). I still don't understand how a proportionally "little" 2 million dollar land sale would seriously impact a 100 million dollar hotel/condo project.
  8. Is this more sarcasm or are you serious? Why would I want someone to claim that Dallas is the best city, not on Earth, but in the Galaxy? Do you actually know of a city that is not on Earth? I certainly don't. For my statement to be taken as true, you have to believe, not only in extra-terrestrial life, but that there are real cities out there on Mars, Venus, Pluto that people know about and can compare with Dallas. So please list the cities that exist on other planets and then we'll debate if they have a larger MSA than Dallas. And this time, I am serious. I'll start. Dallas' Central Expressway is so much better than Klingon-54's level 3 Meelock Hwy #8253-235! Their meeloids are so inferior!
  9. It's a pipe dream, but that would be an awesome building to add to downtown's skyline.
  10. On Earth ???!?!?! You $#$%^&*@$%&. It's the greatest city in the galaxy. Dallas gets no respect.
  11. That's great that Comerica is moving to Dallas. Big D has a diverse economy. However, I wish they were moving more jobs to Texas. It almost sounds like just a PR move. Although times in Houston are great when there is an oil boom.
  12. How could a little 2 million dollar land deal impact a 100 million dollar project in the same city. Proportionally, it just doesn't make sense.
  13. A&M has a couple of really beautiful old buildings. The rest are 1970's modern crap.
  14. Beautiful!! You're a very talented photographer.
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