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Japan's nuclear crisis certainly gave pause for thought for anyone who had forgotten the risks associated with nuclear power.
But it wasn't the possibility of a bureaucracy that gave pause to the pro bono committee, which looked at Chonin's request in September.
Thus, the the decision by Burbank's NBC Universal to cut 700 jobs throughout its vast empire gave pause to the region's business watchers.