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August 20, 2009

Icelandair moves regional offices from Columbia

Icelandair, the national carrier of Iceland, said Wednesday it has relocated its North American headquarters from Columbia to Quincy, Mass. The move comes two years after the carrier announced it was canceling its flights from BWI Marshall Airport. The airline did not return calls so it is unclear how many jobs will be relocating.

- Andrea K. Walker

Jewish Museum of Md. buys land for expansion

Baltimore's Corned Beef Row appears to be losing a deli and gaining a larger museum. The Jewish Museum of Maryland announced Wednesday that the museum and its parent organization, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, has acquired Lenny's Delicatessen at 1150 E. Lombard St. for $1.5 million so the museum can build a new wing and create additional visitor parking. The Lenny's parcel abuts the museum's Herbert Bearman campus at 15 Lloyd St. The new wing will be used to house public program space, exhibits, collection space and offices. For the next three years, the property will be leased back to the current deli owners and will continue to operate as a deli. During that time, representatives say, the museum will finalize its plans for the expansion.

- Edward Gunts

155-room Aloft hotel opens near BWI airport

A 155-room Aloft hotel has opened near BWI Marshall Airport, the third location in Maryland for the brand launched last year by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.The six-story hotel on West Nursery Road in Linthicum, constructed by Lutherville-based The Mullan Contracting Co., is being operated by PM Hospitality Strategies Inc. It was the sixth hotel developed in Anne Arundel County by The Buccini/Pollin Group. Aloft hotels feature loft-style design, free Wi-Fi access and oversized spa showers. Other locations have opened near Arundel Mills mall in Hanover and at National Harbor in Prince George's County.

- Lorraine Mirabella

Radisson hacked; credit cards might be affected

MINNEAPOLIS - Radisson Hotels & Resorts said Wednesday its computer systems have been accessed without authorization, affecting an unknown number of people. Radisson said in a statement it has informed customers and that guest information may have been accessed, including credit card numbers. Social Security numbers were not included. Radisson did not specify how many hotels or customers were affected.

- Associated Press

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