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October 02, 2008

Southwest to add priority security lanes at BWI

Southwest Airlines said yesterday that it will add priority security lanes this month at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for its business customers and frequent fliers. BWI is one of seven airports where Southwest is adding the speed lanes. Other airports include: Dallas; Phoenix; Orange County, Calif.; Denver; San Francisco; and Los Angeles. The airline, the largest carrier at BWI, plans to add such lanes to additional airports next month.

Andrea K. Walker

Mars Super Markets hit with job bias suit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said yesterday that it has filed a class action lawsuit alleging gender bias against Mars Super Markets, which operates 16 stores in the Baltimore area. The EEOC contends that Mars has discriminated against women applying for meat-cutter jobs at its Maryland stores since at least Jan. 1, 2006. Specifically, the EEOC says that the grocer's management refused to hire Gail Brown as an apprentice meat cutter because of her gender. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, seeks monetary and injunctive relief for Brown and a class of female applicants for the meat cutter position as well as changes to the grocer's equal employment policies. Mars executives could not be reached to comment yesterday.

Hanah Cho

Busload of experts has free financial advice

Need some free financial advice? Get help tomorrow when a busload of financial advisers stops in Baltimore to answer your questions. The advisers are from National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, Consumer Education Foundation, TD Ameritrade Institutional and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The Your Money Bus Tour, a nationwide tour, will appear at the Inner Harbor intersection of Light and East Pratt streets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tomorrow evening, you can attend a free, hourlong symposium, "Understanding Debt, Saving and Your Financial Well-Being," at Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Ave., starting at 7 p.m. in the dining facility meeting hall on the second floor. Information: www.yourmoneybus.com.

Constellation joint venture files to build N.Y. reactor

An affiliate of Baltimore's Constellation Energy Group said yesterday that it filed a license application with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a proposed nuclear power reactor in New York state. UniStar Nuclear Energy, a joint venture of Constellation and Paris-based EDF Group, is seeking approval to build the reactor at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in Scriba, N.Y. The company says the reactor could meet the power needs of more than 1 million homes. UniStar submitted a similar application last year for a proposed third reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Lusby. The plan is for that reactor to be built before the one in New York, with two others following in Missouri and Pennsylvania. It could cost up to $9.6 billion. The NRC review could take three or more years, and approval from state regulators is required. With funding sources not locked in, UniStar has not committed to any of the four reactor projects, all based on the same French reactor design. Constellation has agreed to sell itself to Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy Holdings for $4.7 billion. EDF, which owns 9.5 percent of Constellation, said it offered $1.5 billion more for the company but its offer was rejected.

Scott Calvert

AirTran adding service from BWI to Cancun

AirTran Airways said yesterday that it is adding service from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Cancun, Mexico. The roundtrip, nonstop flights are to begin March 7. The airline will run two flights to Cancun on Saturday and Sunday.

Andrea K. Walker

Bankruptcy judge OKs Boscov sale plan

WILMINGTON, Del. : A Delaware bankruptcy judge approved fast-tracked plans yesterday for an auction sale this month of Pennsylvania-based department store chain Boscov's. Judge Kevin Gross accepted Boscov's proposed bid deadline of Oct. 15, followed by an auction Oct. 20 and sale hearing the next day. Philadelphia-based Versa Capital Management has emerged as the lead bidder for Boscov's, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in August. Versa has offered to pay $11 million in cash and assume Boscov's debt in a deal valued at about $288 million.

Associated Press

Starbucks settles barista's complaint

NEW YORK : Starbucks Corp. has settled a National Labor Relations Board complaint with an employee who said he was fired this summer for promoting union activity. The agreement marks the gourmet coffee chain's third settlement of an NLRB complaint alleging that the company was attempting to dissuade employees from joining a union. The settlement stemmed from a complaint filed in July by Minneapolis barista Erik Forman, who said he was fired for encouraging workers to join the Industrial Workers of the World union.

Associated Press

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