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Airport X-ray Reveals More Than Passengers Know, Privacy Groups Say

Some might consider it an X-rated X-ray.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The government calls it security.<@SM><@SM><TAB>A device called BodySearch is being used by U.S. Customs inspectors at six airports to detect contraband. The low-power X-ray penetrates only a few millimeters below the skin, seeing through clothing and eliminating the need for strip or pat-down searches.

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iExplore, Web Travel Site, Partners With National Geographic Society

Take a Web site launched six months ago by a 31-year-old entrepreneur. Combine with a respected, 112-year-old educational and research institution. What you get is the first major dot-com deal by the National Geographic Society.<@SM><@SM><TAB>National Geographic announced yesterday that it is taking a 30 percent stake in iExplore, an online travel agent that offers trips to more than 150 countries through an array of tour operators.

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Family-Run Kelly & Associates Lands Plum Insurance Deal

For Frank X. Kelly III, president of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group Inc., one of the secrets to success is treating his coworkers like family.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Actually, several are family. Frank and his brothers Brian, John and David run the Hunt Valley insurance business their parents started in the basement of the family home in 1976.

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With Little Public Area Available, It’s Tough Politicking in Private Columbia

Planning petition drives or protests can be challenging in towns such as the planned community of Columbia, where many places that appear to be public are actually private property and no organized political activity is allowed.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Protesters and politicos face similar challenges in communities across America, where shopping malls have become the new town centers. People mix and mingle but generally can’t pass out leaflets or picket.

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Consumer Satisfaction Rises: Survey

<TAB>U.S. shoppers are more satisfied with purchases as companies improve quality in a bitterly competitive retail landscape, according to data from an index that measures consumer satisfaction. <@SM><@SM><TAB>The American Customer Satisfaction Index data for the second quarter found that consumer satisfaction with the quality of durable goods, such as personal computers, household appliances and cars, rose 2.7 percent from a year earlier to the highest level in five years.

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A Financial Bump in Greyhound’s Road&ne;

<TAB>Potential financial troubles at Greyhound Lines Inc. prompted the U.S. Surface Transportation Board yesterday to request a detailed plan of action from the bus line and its Canadian parent company, Laidlaw Inc. <@SM><@SM><TAB>Linda J. Morgan, chairman of the STB, which oversees inter-city bus company mergers, said in a statement that Greyhound must provide information regarding “potential service disruptions” following news that Laidlaw is curtailing funding to Greyhound.

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