Big MCI pact to Annapolis firmAn Annapolis...


Big MCI pact to Annapolis firm

An Annapolis company has landed a contract worth $250 million to distribute services for MCI Telecommunications Corp., the long-distance company announced yesterday. The five-year deal with Integrated Communications Corp. is MCI's largest contract ever with an agent for its telecommunications services, MCI said.

Tentative accord at GM truck plant

General Motors Corp reached an agreement yesterday to end a six-day strike at its truck facilities in Pontiac, Mich., by pledging to provide local jobs for as many as 1,700 idled workers, union officials said.

The 5,500 striking United Auto Workers members are scheduled to vote on the agreement today. If the pact is ratified, GM said it expects its Pontiac East plant to resume production tomorrow.

Health club restitution fund

State Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said yesterday that the state is administering a $94,000 fund available to consumers who lost money they spent on advance membership fees at any of five now-defunct health clubs.

The clubs covered by the restitution money, which came from required bonds posted by the defunct clubs, are Ms. Fitness on Water Street in Baltimore; Spa Lady clubs in Gaithersburg, Silver Spring and Bel Air; and World Gym in Wheaton.

Those entitled to refunds can write to the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore 21202.

Hale seeks real estate subsidiary

First Mariner Bank, the company that trucking and shipping executive Edwin F. Hale Sr. is forming, has applied to the state for permission to create a subsidiary called Compass Properties Inc., which would manage the bank's foreclosed real estate. First Mariner does not yet have any foreclosed real estate, the company said, but is setting up the subsidiary as a precaution.

IHS to manage 34 care facilities

Integrated Health Services Inc. has finalized a 10-year contract with Preferred Care Inc. to manage 34 long-term care facilities, the Owings Mills company announced yesterday. The facilities are located in various cities throughout IHS' targeted markets, including Florida, California and Texas.

FCC adds cordless phone channels

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday more than doubled the amount of the public airwaves reserved for cordless telephones.

That means less interference and improved privacy, but consumers must buy new phones to reap the benefits, FCC officials said.

New phones will have the capacity to operate on all 25 channels being made available by the FCC. Cordless phones now use just 10 channels, five of which are also used by baby monitors.

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