Business Group Honors Tainted HP Chairwoman

Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman Patricia Dunn says it's ironic to be honored at a time when she's facing so much professional turmoil. A week after it was announced Dunn would step down as chairwoman because of a corporate investigation scandal, she was honored by a California business group.

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In recent days Patricia Dunn's reputation has dropped like a pack of spinach, but the news is not all bad.

Today's last word on business involves the chairwoman of Hewlett Packard. She's facing federal and state investigations after HP admitted spying on its board members.

The scandal did not prevent a San Francisco business group from giving her a big honor. She was inducted - and to be clear, that's inducted, not indicted - into the Bay Area Council Hall of Fame.

During her acceptance speech, Patricia Dunn said she was looking forward to getting back to a normal life, and she added, quote, "it wouldn't hurt if the Pope continued to make controversial comments to grab the attention of the press."

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