NAFTA talks to continueNegotiators from the United States...

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July 31, 1993

NAFTA talks to continue

Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico reported progress but no breakthrough in efforts to resolve environmental and labor concerns about their plan to create the world's largest free trade zone.

After 16 hours of discussions Thursday and yesterday, the top trade negotiators said they planned to meet again Wednesday and Thursday.

American Airlines strike warning

Flight attendants at American Airlines Inc., the nation's largest airline, warned yesterday that they are preparing to strike if they do not reach a contract agreement with management by Labor Day.

The airline said flight attendants cannot strike until a federal mediator declares parties are at an impasse and establishes a 30-day cooling off period. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents 20,912 flight attendants, said it will hold a national membership meeting Sept. 10 to present a tentative contract or discuss "further options".

Whittle denies cutting school plan

Whittle Communications said it remained committed to its plan for creating a for-profit chain of schools and denied a newspaper report that it had substantially scaled back its plans.

The New York Times said yesterday that several rumored investors have passed on backing the school project and said its Knoxville, Tenn.-based sponsor may resort to an experimental version of it with a budget of as little as $40 million.

Stan White buys racquet club

The Baltimore Racquet & Fitness Club has been sold to Baltimore Sports Club, a chain of sports clubs owned by former Baltimore Colt Stan White, Mr. White said yesterday. The price was not released for the 6-year-old club, which was started by Town Sports International.

2 PG firms win NASA contracts

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded contracts to two Prince George's County companies totaling $162.5 million.

The largest award, worth $121.7 million, went to Hughes STX Corp. in Lanham to provide computer support to the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. AlliedSignal Technical Service Corp. in Greenbelt won a contract estimated at $40.8 million to work on a transportable laser satellite system.

Byron is elected UNC director

UNC Inc. of Annapolis said yesterday that former U.S. Rep. Beverly B. Byron was elected to its board of directors.

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