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    Kodak Calls Bankruptcy Filing 'Necessary Step'

    "Running short of cash and unable to sell 1,100 digital imaging patents that could have rescued it," as Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle writes, Eastman Kodak Co. today took the long-expected but still painful step of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    As The Associated Press says, this raises the specter that "the 132-year-old trailblazer could become the most storied casualty of a digital age that has whipped up a maelstrom of economic, social and technological change."

    According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Kodak CEO Antonio Perez called the decision "a necessary step and the right thing to do for the future of Kodak."

    In its court filing, which is posted here, the company says it has assets totaling $5.1 billion and debts totaling $6.8 billion. Ironically, many of its assets are patents for digital innovations that Kodak pioneered — but were then capitalized on by competitors.

    In Rochester, where Kodak is based, "retirees, shareholders, management all could be bankruptcy losers," the Democrat and Chronicle adds. Perez has assured the company's approximately 18,000 employees around the world that "Kodak expects to pay employee wages and benefits" as it restructures, the newspaper says.

    The Wall Street Journal has an interactive "history of Kodak" timeline posted here.

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    Sonia Rykiel, Designer Known As The 'Queen Of Knitwear,' Dies

    The famously redheaded Rykiel embodied the intellectual chic and feminism of Paris in the late 1960s. With vibrant stripes or simple black, her clothes hugged a woman's body.
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    The Aztecs Once Revered It. Will You Fall For Amaranth, Too?

    Hardier than corn, this ancient grain has a subtle, nutty flavor and is full of nutrients. But for most Americans, amaranth is still obscure. Researchers in Tennessee hope to change that.
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    In Stunning Reversal, Trump Suggests He'd 'Work With' Immigrants In U.S. Illegally

    Donald Trump courted hard-liners on immigration in the primary campaign. But he signaled Wednesday night he'd be in favor of a path to legalization for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
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    A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

    Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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