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Lenovo unveiled a new 3D chocolate printer at its inaugural Tech World Conference last week, appealing to a growing interest in the food technology. The tech giant did not reveal when the printers would be available, and reports indicate the concept is geared toward hobbyists and chocolate enthusiasts.

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The mayor of Mobile, Ala., wants to move funding intended for new soccer fields toward refurbishing city parks. The plan would need City Council approval.

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Surveys conducted for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute show that many consumers lack knowledge on new fuel choices, including those with more than 10% ethanol that can harm outdoor power equipment. As many as 63% of Americans just choose the lowest-priced gas, and many don't read warning labels. "Now more than ever, it is important for consumers to pay attention at the pump, so they can avoid misfueling outdoor power equipment," says Kris Kiser, CEO and president of OPEI.

The Federal Reserve's Beige Book said its 12 regional banks have a "generally optimistic" outlook for the U.S. economy. The anecdotal roundup of reports from across the country said most districts reported improving retail sales. Increased travel and tourism activity showed up everywhere except New York and Kansas City, Mo.

Elementary school students in Trophy Club, Texas, and Sewickley, Pa., are this year's grand-prize winners in the TurfMutt Be a Backyard Superhero contest from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and Scholastic. The winners each receive a $5,000 grant for green-space upgrades at their schools. "It was inspiring to read the contest entries and see how many students are vocalizing a desire to take care of green spaces and be part of a community that makes a difference because of TurfMutt," said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI.

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Local concrete contractors and others have found work on the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons project in Milwaukee. Nearly half the construction hours on the $450 million, 32-story office project have met the requirements of the Residents Preference Program, which uses Milwaukee companies for jobs such as concrete, trucking, electric, masonry and site security. The project is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs.

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