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Jul 10, 2000

The Pitch: That Wiggly Jiggly Jello-O, Once Silly, Is Now Serious Stuff

Watch it wiggle. Watch it jiggle. Now go to your room without dessert.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Once hawked as a colorful, shimmering treat for kids, Jell-O is becoming into something slightly more utilitarian.<@SM><@SM>A series of austere, black-and-white magazine ads tout the famous gelatin snack as a weight-loss method, a quick-fix baking good, a fat-free sweet substitute [...]

Jul 7, 2000

Marriott’s Cash Register Ringing

Better-than-expected earnings in the second quarter briefly pushed the stock price of Maryland-based Marriott International Inc. yesterday to a 52-week high of $38.88.<br /><br />It settled back to close at $37.75, still a 2.7 percent gain.<br /><br />Earnings per diluted share at the world’s largest lodging company reached 50 cents in the quarter ended June 16, a 19 [...]

Jul 7, 2000

Big Tobacco’s Net Worth Not a Cap To Damages, Florida Judge Tells Jury

The judge in the landmark Florida smokers trial yesterday told the jury it could award punitive damages well beyond the $15.3 billion the nation’s five biggest tobacco companies claim is their combined net worth.<br /><br />The tobacco companies had asked Circuit Judge Robert Kaye to cap punitive damages at that figure, culled from their 1999 annual reports. They disputed the ass[...]

Jul 7, 2000

Low Unemployment Rate Means Driver Shortages for Cab Companies

Maryland taxicab companies are experiencing their worst driver shortages in years, and despite offers of bonuses and freebies for qualified drivers, many cabs remain idle.<br /><br />The problem stems, company officials say, from the strong economy, which gives would-be cab drivers a multitude of other entry-level jobs to choose from.

Jul 7, 2000

Hopkins Pledges $4.5M to Address Heath Needs in East Baltimore

Members of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution family are uniting to better serve the East Baltimore community.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Hopkins is pledging $4.5 million over five years to the formation of an Urban Health Institute to identify and better address the health needs of its surrounding neighborhoods, the organization said yesterday.

Jul 7, 2000

Transfer of BGE Generating Assets to Unregulated Subsidiaries Challenged

Two out-of-state energy companies yesterday sought a judicial review of the Maryland Public Service Commission

Jul 7, 2000


Family Tech CenterBaltimore County officials and the county’s chapter of the NAACP will announce plans this morning for the first “family technology center” in the nation to be sponsored by the civil rights group. The center, which will include a bank of computers and offer training to young people and adults on using the Internet […]

Jul 7, 2000

Visual Networks Plummets

The value of network software firm Visual Networks tumbled more than 50 percent yesterday, as investors punished the company for its late-Wednesday-night warning of disappointing earnings for the second quarter and beyond.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Blaming integration problems associated with a large acquisition earlier this year, the Rockville-based Visual Networks said it would see only a [...]

Jul 7, 2000

Garrett County Refuses to Sign on the Stream Restoration Dotted Line

From the tire-strewn Anacacostia to the dirty Patapsco, some of the state

Jul 7, 2000

CoStar Rises to Web

Real estate data giant CoStar Group Inc. has put its reservoir of listings in an online marketplace for buying and selling commercial property, and while some brokers see Internet-based real estate as a crucial supplement to the business, others are skeptical.

Jul 7, 2000

Amtrak Unveils Satisfaction Guarantee for Passengers, New Look

Weary from a 23-hour train trip from Mississippi, Veronica Lewis yesterday arrived in Washington less than thrilled with Amtrak.<@SM><@SM><TAB>

Jul 7, 2000

Fifth Judge May Reject Clinton Case

After four colleagues excused themselves from the case, a recently appointed Arkansas judge says he has not decided whether to preside over President Clinton

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