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Noted and passed

Posted: February 3, 2012 9:12 a.m.
Updated: February 6, 2012 5:00 a.m.

• We note with regret the recent death of torch singer Etta James, whose rendition of "At Last" has never been equaled. The versatile singer had a dreamy voice, and the song, first made famous during the Big Band era by Glenn Miller, was perfect for her. James carved out an enviable career and will be long remembered.

• The U.S. and world economies continue to struggle, but you'd never know it by some of the outsized compensation packages being enjoyed by CEOs in this country, with a record number of executives taking home more than $50 million. University of Toronto business school dean Roger Martin says, "Companies are fooling themselves if they say this is what's required to retain or attract talent." He's right.

• While we're on the subject of CEOs, let us point out that General Electric's Jeffrey Immelt, who was appointed by President Obama to head his commission on job creation, is moving the company's 115-year-old X-ray division to China, agreeing to invest $2 billion in that country. GE, by the way, made $5.1 billion in the U.S. last year and paid no taxes in this country.

• When boxing trainer Angelo Dundee died last week at age 90, the fight game lost something that is all too rare nowadays: someone with integrity. Dundee was Muhammad Ali’s trainer, and also worked with Sugar Ray Leonard and other great boxers. He was known as a master motivator and a genuinely good guy. Unfortunately, there aren’t many around like him in boxing anymore.

• Donald Trump’s Las Vegas endorsement of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney last week was bizarre, and it was unclear whether Romney was pleased or distressed with The Donald’s OK. We will have to admit that Trump played it like the showman he is. We doubt his tapping Romney will win the Massachusetts Republican any votes, but it did create buzz.

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