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Use of Escapee Warrants Was OK

Three Maryland men who were paroled, taken back into custody, and then released because their re-arrests were unlawful cannot recover damages for violation of their constitutional rights, a federal appeals court has held.<@SM><@SM><TAB>In a decision handed down Friday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin

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Senior Citizens Drug Costs to Explode Without Medicare Coverage, Group Says

<TAB>In the past eight years, Americans age 65 and older have watched their prescription drug costs double, with prices expected to more than double again in the next 10 years, a health care advocacy group said.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Without prescription drug coverage by Medicare, fewer seniors will be able to afford the dozens of prescriptions they must fill each year, said Families USA, which lobbies for universal health coverage.

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Va. Co. Pulls Out of Drkoop.com Offer

A Virginia-based Internet company called off its merger talks with ailing online health information provider drkoop.com.<@SM><@SM><TAB>MillenniumHealth Communications Inc., of Reston, Va., yesterday released a statement that said negotiations between the two companies have ended.

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LAW SUMMARY

Students Sue Maryland Travel AgencySix Detroit-area college friends who vacationed in Cancun over spring break have sued a Maryland travel agency, claiming the agency promoted false advertising. The case, filed last week in Oakland County Circuit Court against Maryland-based Student ...

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Communications Workers’ Strike Looms as Verizon Contract Set to End

Members of the Communications Workers of America — including 8,200 employees in Maryland — have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if contract negotiations with Verizon Communications fail at the end of this week.<br /><br />Maria Bury, president of CWA Local 2101, which represents more than half of the nearly 4,000 CWA workers in the Baltimore area, said chances of a negotiated settlement are “not high.” She said the “old line” management at Bell Atlantic Corp. — which acquired GTE Corp. to form Verizon — “doesn’t look at the union as a partner.”

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Attorney’s Income Drops by Half Following Allegations of Abuse

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Bootleggers Use Hearing-Impaired Technology to Illegally Tape Concerts

A system designed to help the hearing-impaired at concerts has provided bootleggers with a new tool to make illegal live recordings of exceptional quality, according to the record industry.<@SM><@SM><TAB>This latest wrinkle in the multimillion-dollar bootlegging industry takes advantage of a federal law requiring arenas to offer patrons use of an assistive listening device (ALD).

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Cigarette Makers Hike Prices 6 Cents

Cigarette manufacturers are hiking wholesale cigarette prices by 6 cents per pack, a move analysts say is in anticipation of increased settlement payments due next year.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Consumers will likely see an increase of 8 cents per pack.<@SM><@SM><TAB>New York-based Philip Morris Cos., which commands more than half of the U.S. market and owns the Marlboro, Benson & Hedges and Virginia Slims brands, alerted wholesalers Friday of its decision to raise prices, effective yesterday.

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NEWS SUMMARY

Northrop to Get $30MNorthrop Grumman’s California Microwave Systems facility in Hagerstown is slated to receive $30 million in federal funds for the plant’s aircraft manufacturing operations, Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, (D-Md.) said yesterday. The funds will be used to outfit ...

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