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Archives: June 2007

June
29th

A walrus pup, global warming and a Frappuccino

Starbucks Corp. will sell a second movie – this one produced by National Geographic Films, Bloomberg reported today.


The film, called "Arctic Tale," follows the coffee chain’s sales last year of "Akeelah and the Bee."


Bloomberg reported that Starbucks will share the profits from "Arctic Tale," a story about a walrus pup and a polar bear and the impact of global warming, said Ken Lombard, head of Starbucks’ entertainment division.


Starbucks will market the movie at 6,800 stores in the U.S. and Canada and sell DVDs of the film later.

June
29th

Airline fares rise again

Two of the nation’s largest airlines, United and Continental, today raised fares by up to $14 roundtrip.


The airlines said they were upping their fares to compensate for higher fuel prices.


United raised its domestic fares by $2 to $5 each way and Continental raised its fares by $2 to $7 each way.


Those fare increases follow increases last week by Delta Air Lines and other carriers of about $5 each way. Previous attempts to raise farea industry-wide were rescinded when all carriers failed to go along.


Analysts said this round of fare increases

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June
29th

Former Tacoma steel exec settles bribery allegations

The Associated Press reported this afternoon that a former Schnitzer Steel Industries exec has paid $40,000 to settle bribery allegations.


The Securities and Exchange Commission had charged Si Chan Wooh of Tacoma, the former executive vice president, with violating anti-bribery provisions. The SEC alleged that from 1999 to 2004, Wooh paid more than $200,000 in cash bribes and other gifts to managers of government-owned steel mills in China to induce them to purchase scrap metal from Schnitzer, the AP reported. According to the commission, Schnitzer made $6.2 million in profit from the sales.


Wooh agreed to pay $40,000,

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June
29th

Airbus lands more A350 XWB orders

Boeing rival Airbus today won 22 more orders for its A350XWB aircraft, its competitor to Boeing 787 Dreamliner.


The orders came from Brazilian carrier TAM Linhas Aereas. TAM was one of the airlines that originally ordered Airbus’ A350, which Airbus abandoned in favor of the A350XWB.


The airline is also ordering four additional Airbus A330-200s.


TAM had ordered 10 of the A350s in 2005. Airbus scrapped the plans for the A350 when some of its best customers criticized it for lagging behind the 787 in technology and efficiency.


Airbus now has 254 orders and commitments for

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June
29th

Lining up for iPhones in Tacoma

By 8:15 a.m., eight people sat outside the 38th Street AT&T store waiting to pony up at least $499 for iPhones that go on sale at 6 tonight. They came equipped to sit, stand and pace for another 10 hours: Chairs, blankets, laptops, iPods. The iPhone can only be purchased at AT&T stores.


So why spend the day on a strip mall sidewalk to buy a phone?


“I’m known at work as a gadget guy. I’ve been told if I didn’t have one by Monday, don’t bother coming to work,” said Jeff Haws, 48, of Gig Harbor, who’d

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June
28th

Greek Shipping Co. fined for illegal dumping

Calypso Marine, a Greek Shipping Company, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma earlier this week in connection with illegally dumping oily waste at sea.

The company agreed to pay a $1 million criminal fine as part of the plea agreement, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The illegal dumping practices were discovered in an investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Portland and in Kalama, on the Columbia River.

The shipping line calls at the Port of Portland and does not visit Tacoma.

The ship’s record book indicated that the vessel properly disposed of all oily waste. However Coast Guard inspectors located hidden pipes that allowed the vessel to bypass approved oily waste procedures and pump large quantities of harmful pollution directly into the ocean during overseas transits.

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June
28th

Will $1 sway where you do business?

Turn on the fans people, because the DVD rental market rivalry is heating up.

Online DVD rental leader Netflix is lowering its monthly fee for one its most popular prescription plans by $1, the company announced today, to match a reduction made by rival Blockbuster earlier this month.

The Associated Press reports that Netflix is now charging $13.99 per month to rent up to two DVDs at a time, down from $14.99 previously. The service mails another DVD after subscribers return one of their other discs in postage-paid envelopes.

The price cut comes less than three weeks after Blockbuster began charging $13.99 per month for the same kind of plan. Dallas-based Blockbuster charges $14.99 per month for a two-DVD-at-a-time program that gives subscribers the flexibility of returning movies to a store instead of through the mail.

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June
28th

American accelerates 737 deliveries

American Airlines will advance delivery of 47 Boeing 737-800 aircraft it had ordered in March by as much as three years, the airline said today.


The first six of those fuel-efficient aircraft will be delivered in the first half of 2009.


American will replace 20-year-old MD-80 aircraft with the more fuel-stingy 737s.


American’s move to accelerate deliveries of 737s comes at a time when its Texas rival, Southwest Airlines, is delaying some deliveries of 737 to allow its passenger growth to catch up with its acquisition of new planes.


Southwest had been using its new aircraft

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