No. 218: Kaushansky rising, moguls go tech and getting to know your sodium

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Kansas City-based Laugh-O-gram Films was incorporated on this day in 1922. It declared bankruptcy a year later, and the firm’s 20-year-old founder was forced to sell the studio’s only camera to buy a train ticket to California. He did keep sketches he’d made of a cartoon mouse.

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Cleaning up: Long Island’s Tula Industries, startup maker of the Shlocker shower locker, has a spanking new utility patent and a jumbo order from Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Debrief: In which we check in with good pal Phil Rugile, major domo of LaunchPad Huntington and the guy who tries to find programmers for eGifter, both of which are on pretty steady growth arcs.

’Grats: Kenneth Kaushansky, senior veep for Health Sciences at Stony Brook University and dean of the med school, has been installed as chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association board.

Buffalo watch: Former SUNY Polytechnic Institute chief Alain Kaloyeros has asked a judge to throw out federal charges alleging he used Poly’s not-for-profit development arms to tilt Buffalo Billion projects to a pair of upstate companies that later kicked back cash.

The former president argues that bidding info passed to the companies was too generic to offer an improper advantage.

Kaloyeros, who also faces state charges, is lobbying to get back his teaching job at Poly and to have legal costs covered by one of the development NFPs.

New space: Some of New York’s most-storied real estate families – Rudin, LeFrak, Wilpon – are banding together to make tech investments.

Bon appetit: NYC’s new menu labeling rules, which require chain restaurants to tell diners the calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugar and protein of each item, went into effect yesterday.

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