David Koenig and Christopher Rugaber Associated Press Published 4:31 PM EST Jan 18, 2019 America’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown – the longest ever – has thinned the ranks of federal workers who staff airport security lines. And some travelers had braced for the worst. “I have a 3 o’clock flight, and I arrived at 10:15 a.m.,” Beth Lambert said while waiting to check in at a Delta Air Lines counter as her 5-year-old, Michael, rode around on his wheeled bag like a scooter. “We’re going to be hanging out for a while.” The scene at most of the nation’s airports has so far been marked more by concerned passengers showing up early than by missed flights. Longer lines are evident at some airports. But delays resulting … [Read more...] about Travel industry fears damage from a long gov’t shutdown
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Becky Bohrer Associated Press Published 11:39 p.m. UTC May 22, 2018 Juneau, Alaska – When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men. The lack of diversity struck the then-college student, who remembers feeling out of place but also determined to make her mark. “That feeling just really stuck with me that this isn’t going to last. This is going to shift in my lifetime, and I want to be part of that,” said the San Francisco-based Schumacher, who in 2014 co-founded THC Staffing Group, a recruitment firm that encourages a more diverse cannabis industry workforce. As marijuana has become more mainstream, Schumacher has seen a gradual shift, with more women working in the industry. Women-centric groups focused on networking or providing a space for women curious about cannabis have proliferated, too. But cannabis remains a male-dominated industry. … [Read more...] about Women cite ‘grass ceiling’ in weed industry
Mars Super Markets, a family-owned fixture in Baltimore's grocery landscape since the 1940s, will close its stores this summer, laying off hundreds of employees amid declining sales and intense competition.While Weis Markets agreed this week to buy five of the chain's 13 stores, the eight remaining stores will close July 31, Rosedale-based Mars said Wednesday."As you all know, the company has been struggling with declining sales for several years," Chris D'Anna, Mars chairman and CEO, wrote in a memo to employees obtained Wednesday by The Baltimore Sun. "We have tried cutting costs everywhere we can while preserving jobs and benefits, but it has not been enough."Competition is cutthroat in the razor-thin margin world of grocery sales, and analysts say Mars struggled to keep up with emerging trends."The industry has changed so much since 1943," said Jeremy Diamond, director of food brokerage company the Diamond Marketing Group. "The grocers that don't evolve and don't change with the … [Read more...] about Mars Super Markets will close all stores July 31
Bill Kraus is thankful for his country and for the people who've pledged to protect it. He's also thankful that about 10 years ago he agreed to play a round of golf with an acquaintance-turned-friend, Steve Newton.The friendship between Kraus, a former Under Armour marketing executive, and Newton, a restaurant industry veteran, blossomed into a partnership that launched Mission BBQ, a fast-growing chain of fast-casual restaurants.Now five years old with 41 locations in 11 states, the Baltimore-based chain is looking to double in size in two years, and Kraus and Newton say they plan to turn their concept of barbecue with a hefty helping of patriotism into a national brand. "There's nothing more American than barbecue and nobody more American than someone that will serve, protect and save it," said Kraus, 53.However, the partners believed, nobody had been able to successfully pull off a barbecue chain on a national level. And if they were going to try, they wanted to do it in a way that … [Read more...] about Glen Burnie-based Mission BBQ blends barbecue and patriotism in bid to become national brand
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Could abandoned Detroit train station be Ford's millennials magnet? Detroit's derelict train station needs a deep-pocketed savior. Ford Motor Co. could benefit from a talent youthquake. Is this a match? Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 9 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 a.m. ET March 24, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 9 COMMENT EMAIL MORE From trespassers to graffiti artists, Detroit's abandoned Michigan Central Station has always drawn lots of attention from young people. The question is whether the 105-year-old train station — one of … [Read more...] about Could abandoned Detroit train station be Ford’s millennials magnet?