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Business News Archive - June 20, 2009

CHICAGO, June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of two severe storms that downed power lines and damaged poles on Friday, ComEd is working around the clock to restore power to affected customers throughout its service territory.

1,400 Field Personnel Work to Turn Lights Back On in Wake of Storms PEORIA, Ill., June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- About 1,400 Ameren Illinois Utilities (AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) and allied contractor field personnel are working to get the lights back on by tonight for customers who lost service in the wake of Thursday's and Friday's waves of severe weather. At 10:00 a.m.

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McDonald's plans to offer its new pricier Angus burger throughout the United States in August, despite the sluggish economy, a company report reveals. The one-third pound burger is made of a higher grade of beef than McDonald's other burgers and has been tested in markets in Southern California, Illinois, New York and Ohio.

LEESBURG, Va., June 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday evening was forced to close several air corridors above eastern North Carolina for 30 minutes as a desperation move to avoid a serious safety risk when its poor management and woeful staffing reached this breaking point at Washington Center: One controller, forced to do the job of two for four hours alone with nobody to relieve him, working two sectors of airspace at the end of a long shift that included forced overtime.

Customers without Service Asked to Call PEORIA, Ill., June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the repeated waves of severe weather on Thursday and Friday, 1,400 Ameren Illinois Utilities (AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) field personnel and allied contractors will have the lights back on by tonight for nearly all customers who had lost power due to those storms. Customers who are still without power are asked to call the Ameren Illinois Utilities (AIU): 1-888-672-5252 (AmerenCILCO), 1-888-789-2477 (AmerenCIPS) and 1-800-755-7000 (AmerenIP).

Majority of remaining customers expected to be restored by noon Sunday CHICAGO, June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 90 percent of customers affected by the destructive storms that struck on June 19 were restored in fewer than 38 hours. About 245,000 customers lost power as a result of the storm.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'