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The Consumer Electronics Association on Wednesday praised the president's move to normalize relations with Cuba. 


Don’t roll the closing credits for “the neighborhood electronics store” yet. Plenty of small-in-size but rich-in-history retail operations are still going strong in 2006. Case in point: Cuba TV, run by Miguel Alfonso and the Alfonso family on Summit Avenue in Union City, N.J. Though they are surrounded by fierce competitors like P.C. Richards and Circuit City, the Anfonso’s have held fast as a community institution for nearly 35 years. “We are almost like a barber shop,” says Alfonso. “One guy comes in for a battery and stands there and starts talking and then some other customers come in and join the conversation.

CHICAGO—Sixty-seven years ago, Abt Electronics was founded in Chicago by Hungarian native Jewel Fischman Abt and her husband David. On October 19, she died in her sleep at the family home at 96 years old. Abt originally worked at her family's grocery store chain until she and her husband ventured into the consumer electronics business. Using her savings, her son Robert Abt said that his parents opened a small store in the Logan Square section of town. The store eventually expanded across the street and then expanded three more times until the last store opened in 2002 in Glenview, Illinois. According to family, the matriarch

Commentary by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association The tensions with China over the downed U.S. surveillance plane, hostages and arms sales to Taiwan, remind us that free trade with a Communist country can never be presumed. Despite our recent celebration of passage of permanent normalized trade relations (PNTR) with China, we face a real possibility of angry legislators imposing barriers to trade with China. The electronics industry relies so heavily on trade with China that a block on imports would severely harm certain product categories and several companies. Any company that assumes China cares more about trade than

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