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By TIMES WIRES
Published September 8, 2006


Universal to replace Back to the Future

Universal Studios Florida has quietly shut down half of its Back to the Future attraction in anticipation of replacing the entire ride with a new concept. The 15-year-old attraction, rated by many theme park fan groups as the world's best when it opened in 1991, could be closed completely by Oct 1. Universal Orlando is not confirming when the new ride will arrive or what it will be. Industry rumors range from themed ride takeoffs of The Simpsons to the Fast and Furious street-racing films.

Kaiser survey details Medicare Part D flaws

Medicare Part D is helping people save money on their medications, most pharmacists and doctors believe. But a majority of the same professionals also think the law is too complicated and patients are having problems getting needed medications. Those are the findings from two surveys of doctors and pharmacists by the Kaiser Family Foundation of Washington, D.C. Nearly 70 percent of the doctors surveyed said they were not too familiar with the drug plans and nearly 60 percent said they rarely checked a plan's formulary before writing a prescription.

Northwest to recall 1,131 flight attendants

Northwest Airlines Corp. said it would recall all 1,131 of its furloughed flight attendants, but it was hard to tell whether that was good news for a recovering airline or preparation for a strike that could kill it. Northwest, which is reorganizing under bankruptcy protection, said the recalled workers will fill permanent vacancies created by factors including "modest operational growth" and attrition. Northwest also is recalling about 25 pilots monthly through the end of the year and plans to recall a steady number, but fewer than 25 a month, through 2007, said Wade Blaufuss of the Air Line Pilots Association.

Regional newspaper group gets new boss

The Boston Globe's president and general manager was named Thursday as president and chief operating officer of the New York Times Co.'s Regional Media Group, which includes newspapers in Sarasota, Lakeland, Gainesville and Ocala. Mary Jacobus replaces P. Steven Ainsley, who becomes publisher of the Globe, to succeed retiring publisher Richard Gilman, the company said. Jacobus, 49, assumes control of a Tampa-based regional media group that consists of 14 daily newspapers in the southeast and California.

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