IBM Capitalizes on a Need to Make Cities Smarter

Last week, IBM announced its Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities, aimed at providing in one easy package a software platform for cities to use in monitoring and managing city resources. Trefis sees this as a potentially huge boost IBM's lucrative middleware business.

Walgreen CFO Charged with Drunk Driving ... Again

Walgreen Chief Financial Officer Wade Miquelon was arrested on drunk driving charges last month -- his second such arrest in a little more than a year. The drugstore chain calls it a personal matter, but when it comes to executives, when does personal irresponsibility become a corporate problem?

Shrinking Budgets Plague Police and Fire Departments

Police and fire departments nationwide are getting hit hard by city budget cuts as federal funds dry up -- resulting in layoffs, salary cuts or freezes and pared benefits. The public remains adamantly opposed to tax increases, even for services that protect them.