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First-class for Fido.

On a recent trip to Germany, I discovered that dogs are important family members in Europe and are included on visits to the finest restaurants and most picturesque sites. I shared my first close view of the fotress at Wurzburg with a French poodle, and my gasps of appreciation for the BAvarian Alps with an …

Dancing cheek to cheek.

Dancing, as far as I am concerned, has come full cycle. I mean, the terpsichorean convulsions now known as “break dancing” are anything but new. (I refer to those spasms in which the afflicted suddenly drops to the floor and begins spinning around on various parts of his anatomy.) I can’t really say how long …

Power company workers get new contract.

In New York State, 8,000 employees of Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. negotiated a 2-year contract. Hourly pay, which averaged $13.331, was increased 5.25 percent retroactive to June 1 and 5.5 percent on June 1, 1985. Benefit revisions included a change in the pension calculation method that will result in increased benefits, and a $100,000 increase …

High fiber with a Southern accent.

At one time, adding fiber to the diet meant having to ladle spoonfuls of sawdustlike unprocessed wheat bran onto otherwise low-fiber dishes. Wheat bran may not be the tastiest of delicacies, but at 50 percent pure crude, it’s what our bodies need to stay healthy. Large cereal companies have made it their business (and a …

Relocation loans available for Ford workers.

At Ford Motor Co., laid-off workers who relocate to another company plant will be eligible for low cost loans to help meet moving and living expenses. Ford and the Auto Workers union said that the loan plan was established because many employees lacked the resources to take advantage of the preferential placement program negotiated in …

Airline update.

In the airline industry, Air Florida ceased operations, filed for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, and began negotiations with its employees on cost-reducing changes in their contracts as part of an effort to resume flying. Initially, Air Florida flight attendants had agreed to a 25-percent pay cut and its …

The bat that made a hit.

In 1839, Abner Graves watched his Cooperstown friend and schoolmate, Abner Doubleday, use a stick to mark out a diamond-shaped field in the dirt. Doubleday explained the rules of a new game he had invented and named “baseball.” History recognizes Abner Doubleday as the father of baseball and Abner Graves as creator of the first …

AT & T freezes pay of nonunion workers.

in the latest of several cost containment moves, American Telephone & Telegraph Co. froze the salary structure for 114,000 nonunion employees. The company’s efforts, which earlier included closing of some facilities and offering early retirement to employees, were part of its plan for adapting court-ordered divestiture of its operating companies. The freeze, scheduled to last …

Chrysler completes 4-year stock plan.

Chrysler Corp. completed its 4-year employee stock ownership plan by distributing 1,661,691 shares of common stock to more than 80,000 employees, including 63,000 members of the United Auto Workers union. The distribution amounted to 19 shares per worker at an average market value of $24.45 per share. Chrysler has contributed $162.5 million worth of stock, …

The harmonious Statlers.

It’s another banner year for the Statlers–their hit record “Elizabeth” topped the charts this spring. The newest member of the group, who wrote the hit, is comfortably “settled in,” and their Las Vegas debut was a sellout. But some things never change. The good old boys from Staunton, Virginia, still work the state-fair circuit, stay …