Business briefs: Leona Helmsley passes away

Leona Helmsley, who ran a $5 billion hotel and real estate empire with her husband and sealed her reputation as the “queen of mean” in her 1989 trial for tax evasion, died Monday of heart failure at her summer home in Greenwich, Conn. She was 87. Helmsley became a household name in 1989 when she was tried for tax evasion. The trial included testimony from disgruntled employees.

Lucky and Flo

Malaysia gave a hero’s send-off Monday to the two DVD-sniffing dogs, honoring them with medals as they ended a six-month assignment that netted 1.6 million illegal movie discs. The world’s first dogs trained to identify optical discs by the scent of their chemicals, they were loaned to the Malaysian government by the Motion Picture Association of America.RRRRRRRR

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