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Talk of the bay: Judge grounds Lou Pearlman's plans to cruise

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 8, 2007


Federal bank fraud charges and a bankruptcy filing have derailed Orlando music mogul Lou Pearlman's plans for a Caribbean cruise over the Thanksgiving holiday. A bankruptcy judge ordered Cunard Lines to hand over $22,467 that Pearlman paid to book a 10-day cruise out of New York aboard the Queen Mary 2. Pearlman was planning to take along nine guests. The judge also approved the sale of Pearlman's Windermere mansion for $7.1-million. Pearlman resides in the Orange County Jail.

Price to fly keeps gaining altitude

Prices at the pump aren't the only travel mode on the rise in recent days. Delta Air Lines hiked one-way fares $5 late Thursday on all its domestic flights, its second ticket price hike in the past week. Delta, the second-largest airline at Tampa International Airport, boosted prices to make up for increased costs, including those rising fuel prices, said spokesman Anthony Black. The move marked the 10th broad-based attempt by airlines this year to hike ticket prices, four of which were successful, according to a report by Jamie Baker, an airline industry analyst for JP Morgan. Last weekend, Southwest Airlines boosted one-way fares from $1 to $5 one-way based on the length of flights. Delta increased its ticket prices $1 to $5 one-way in response as did other carriers.

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Gas watch 

The price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the Tampa Bay area:

FRIDAY: $2.697
THURSDAY: $2.679
MONTH AGO: $2.736
YEAR AGO: $2.695
RECORD: $3.095*
* Record set May 24

Source: AAA/Oil Price Information Service

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