(Ups) to Case Western Reserve University. Beyond its education focus, last month's vice presidential debates, hosted by the university, were nearly a year in the making. Case's efforts focused the spotlight squarely on Northeast Ohio during a tenuous campaign, in which Ohio was a key battleground state.
(Downs) to Krispy Kreme. The donut maker closed its Ravenna plant just 18 months after opening it, citing the low-carb craze for reduced demand for its tasty donuts. Rather than admit its growth strategy was flawed -- the company's stock was trading at astronomical levels that belied its sinking profits -- the company fingered a fad diet for its failure.