Phil Romano’s recipe for success

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Fuddruckers.Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Cozymel’s. These are some of the 25-plus restaurant concepts that Phil Romano, 75, has created, producing some $1.5 billion in annual sales. (There have been some flops too, including a lobster restaurant in Dallas.) Romano, who survived malignant lymphoma, has branched into other realms. His latest is Trinity Groves, an incubator to cultivate restaurant concepts for millennials. He’s also an artist whose paintings sell for up to $26,000 in a Dallas gallery that he co-owns. Romano’s story:

I never worked in a restaurant until I owned one. I’m a first-generation Italian American from upstate New York. Till I was 12, I didn’t think anyone existed except Italians and Catholics. My father was an electrician with a sixth-grade education. My mother was a housewife.

I was in the Army Reserves during college. I got into martial arts to keep in shape. In 1960 I was attending Florida…

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Ivy League is not the only ticket to success

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Message to all you crazed parents desperately hiring tutors and padding your kid’s thin resume: Chillax. Attending an elite college is no guarantee of leadership, life success or earnings potential. Your obsession with getting your kid into an Ivy or Ivy-lookalike is “warped” and—given a largely fixed system—likely hopeless, concludes New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.

In his new book “Where You Go is Not Who You’ll be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania,” Bruni takes us on a tour of the alumni status of top American leaders, starting with Fortune 500 CEO’s. The CEO’s of the top 10 (as of mid-2014) hail as undergrads not from Harvard and Yale but from the University of Arkansas; the University of Texas; the University of California, Davis; the University of Nebraska; Auburn; Texas A&M, the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University); the University of Kansas; and the University of…

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Pregnancy Related Deaths Rising in the US

Since 1990, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths for all women in the United States has essentially doubled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System. Between 1987-1990, the rate was 9.1 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births; the rate in 2011 was 17.8/100,000

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