Cruise line to sail year-round from city
Royal Caribbean International announced Wednesday that it would offer cruises year-round from Baltimore beginning in June 2010. The cruise line had previously scheduled next year's sailing season to end in November, but itineraries will now be available through April 2011.
Constellation Energy, workers gave millions
Constellation Energy Group said Wednesday that it contributed $4.1 million to last year's United Way campaigns in areas where the Baltimore company and its subsidiaries operate. With the contributions of its 10,000 employees, Constellation said it is the largest corporate contributor to United Way in Central Maryland, in Calvert County and in greater Oswego County, N.Y. Constellation employees also volunteered many hours at the company's Days of Caring projects, including one Wednesday in the Monument-McElderry-Fayette community to renovate homes. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., a Constellation subsidiary, plans to contribute $500,000 to Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity over five years to renovate 100 homes in that community.
Dish Network sued for do-not-call complaints
WASHINGTON: The nation's second-largest satellite TV provider - Dish Network - is being sued by the government for alleged violations of the national Do Not Call Registry. The Federal Trade Commission accused Dish Network on Wednesday of making thousands of phone calls to people on the Do Not Call list. The FTC said Dish is the biggest violator to date based on the number of complaints, more than 20,000, to the agency. The company, in Englewood, Colo., issued a statement saying: "An independent audit demonstrates that Dish Network is in compliance with 'do-not-call' laws, has proper controls in place and is well within the safe-harbor provisions of the law." According to the FTC, Dish refused to settle the case, so the government filed suit.
SAIC profit rises 21% in fourth quarter
WASHINGTON : SAIC Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose 21 percent to beat Wall Street expectations, as a number of military contracts helped offset weakness in commercial business. The defense contractor, which makes systems for drones that are being used for surveillance in Afghanistan - earned $120 million, or 30 cents per share, in its fiscal 2009 quarter ended Jan. 31. That's up from $99 million, or 24 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.