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July 07, 2009

Workers at White Marsh GM plant return to work

About 40 employees in the maintenance, reliability and material teams at the General Motors Powertrain Baltimore Transmission Plant in White Marsh went back to work Monday to prepare the plant for full production on Tuesday. The plant had been shut down since May 8. It was forced to close after bankrupt General Motors temporarily shut down 13 assembly plants, including several served by the White Marsh facility. White Marsh makes transmissions for trucks and SUVs assembled in Texas, Michigan and Mexico. It employs 200 hourly and 40 salaried workers, all of whom will return to work Tuesday.

- Andrea K. Walker

Louis Vuitton opens store in Towson Town Center

Louis Vuitton is opening a store in Towson Town Center this week, the latest addition to the mall's "Luxury Wing" that was unveiled in October despite the recession. The French luxury fashion and leather goods company will open a 3,909-square-foot store Wednesday. It joins Burberry and Lacoste. Owners of the mall also announced Monday that Stoney River Legendary Steaks restaurant will open in the fall and that Panchero's Mexican Grill opened June 1.

- Andrea K. Walker

Microsoft warns of serious computer security hole

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Microsoft Corp. has taken the rare step of warning about a serious computer security vulnerability it hasn't fixed yet. The vulnerability disclosed Monday affects Internet Explorer users whose computers run the Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating software. It can allow hackers to remotely take control of machines. The victims don't need to do anything to get infected except visit a Web site that's been hacked. People are drawn to these sites by clicking a link in spam e-mail. Security experts say criminals have been attacking the vulnerability for nearly a week. The so-called "zero day" vulnerability disclosed by Microsoft affects a part of its software used to play video. The problem arises from the way the software interacts with Internet Explorer, which opens a hole for hackers to tunnel into. Microsoft urged users to disable the problematic part of its software, which can be done from Microsoft's site, while the company works on a "patch" - or software fix - for the problem.

- Associated Press

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