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Delta reverses course, drops bargain fares

Published November 14, 2006


Delta Air Lines Inc. cut many bargain fares on flights through Dec. 12, although the deals don't apply to the busiest days around Thanksgiving and may sell out quickly. The timing of the fare sale caught analysts off-guard, coming just over a week after Delta and American Airlines raised fares on most of their U.S. routes. Neil Bainton of said the sale prices, filed in ticketing systems Sunday, applied to seven-day advance-purchase tickets. Bainton calculated the average reduction at $281, which he said was a surprisingly deep cut. He said many represented new lows on specific routes.

Shirt with Nazi image off shelves

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is pulling a skull-and-crossbones T-shirt from its shelves after a Maryland blogger complained that the image was identical to a Nazi SS emblem from World War II. Rick Rottman, who runs an online journal called Bent Corner, posted a picture of the shirt late last week next to an image of a divisional insignia he said was used by the 3rd SS Division, a unit of Adolf Hitler's Waffen SS. The design is a distinctive image of a squat-looking human skull slightly angled to the side. Wal-Mart said Monday it was not aware of the origins of the image until Rottman's post, and is working quickly to get the T-shirt out of stores.

'Satanic' Barney no joke to owner

Barney's official Web site promotes "sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning" for the preschool set. Now the affable purple dinosaur can add litigating to the list. Barney's owner, Lyons Partnership, is in a legal squabble with a Web site creator who posted unflattering images of the children's character, including one of a satanic Barney posing with horns, sharp teeth and "666" emblazoned across his chest. A link on the site encourages viewers to join the "Jihad to Destroy Barney." The dispute tests the boundaries of copyright law and free expression on the Internet. Stuart Frankel, a musicologist from New York City, said he promotes only laughter with the images.

Other chatter

Pepsico, whole foods team up: PepsiCo is introducing new products through Whole Foods Market stores, targeting the type of consumer who shops at the growing natural and organic foods seller with a line of chips and has started market tests of a smoothie drink at certain Whole Foods locations. Neither makes any mention of PepsiCo on the labels. PepsiCo is selling the smoothie drink, Fuelosophy, at Midwest and Northeast Whole Foods locations. Fuelosophy's launch comes after a PepsiCo chip line, Sun Snacks, was introduced at Whole Foods locations several months ago and is now sold at most locations.

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