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New screening system being tested at BWI

May 04, 2008

'Body imaging' part of tryout

Homeland Security unveiled a checkpoint screening system being tested at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and announced other measures to make providing identification at check-in less hectic. The $2.1 million pilot program at BWI includes new X-ray machines and "whole body imaging" devices. But some groups say the system can violate travelers' privacy.

BGE customers to pay 8% more

It will cost almost 8 percent more to keep the air conditioner humming this summer for most customers of BGE, reflecting the rising cost of natural gas, coal and other fuels used to produce electricity, a regulatory report shows. The increase, which will take effect in June, will add about $137 to the typical homeowner's annual utility bill, the Public Service Commission calculated last week.

Under Armour shares fall 10%

Shares of Under Armour slid more than 10 percent after the Baltimore sports apparel company said plans to get rid of excess merchandise by reducing prices at its outlet stores would force it to lower year-end earnings. The company said it expected year-end income from operations of $103.5 million to $104.5 million, down from its previous estimate of $108.5 million to $110.5 million.

CEG profit is down 26%

The same unpredictable power markets and soaring fuel prices that have frustrated utility customers contributed to a 26 percent decline in first-quarter profit for Constellation Energy Group. Still highly profitable, Constellation said it suffered when power prices didnt keep pace with the rising price of natural gas, a critical factor in the price of electricity.

Cargo service quitting port

A cargo service that brought nearly 30,000 containers annually into Seagirt Marine Terminal is quitting the port of Baltimore after only two years.

French-owned CMA-CGM and China Shipping, two of the largest global shipping lines, will halt their joint weekly service from Europe to Baltimore on Thursday. It's the latest blow to the port administration's efforts to bolster container traffic in Baltimore.

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