Portland Shellfish orders recall of some fish products

Portland Shellfish Co. is voluntarily recalling some brands of cooked, ready-to-eat fresh or frozen lobster meat that has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The brands, which were distributed nationwide in wholesale and retail stores in various sizes and lots, are Portland Shellfish Co., Claw island, Craig’s All Natural, and Inland Ocean cooked, fresh or frozen lobster claw and knuckle meat.

For more information, call the company at 207-699-5505, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Striking pilots, Spirit Airlines agree to meet mediators

Spirit Airlines and its striking pilots agreed to meet with mediators on Tuesday, the union said, signaling a potential thaw that would be welcomed by the thousands of customers holding tickets on the grounded airline.

Sean Creed, the head of the pilot union at Spirit, said the National Mediation Board has asked both sides to meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. However, union officials said the strike would continue until they approve any deal.

Spirit said it wouldn’t fly until Thursday at the earliest, forcing its roughly 16,000 daily passengers to get where they were going by rental car or an expensive walk-up fare on another airline. Spirit carries just 1 percent of the nation’s air traffic, but those travelers have been 100 percent grounded by the pilot walkout.

Spirit aircraft have not flown since pilots walked out on Saturday in a pay dispute.

 

Cablevision to expand, will buy cable provider in West

Cablevision Systems Corp. said Monday it will pay $1.4 billion to expand far beyond its focus in the New York City area with the purchase of Bresnan Communications, a mid-sized cable TV provider in the West.

Cablevision will borrow most of what it needs to fund the deal, which comes at a steep price and casts some uncertainty over the widespread belief that Cablevision has been priming itself for a sale. Cablevision spun off its Madison Square Garden business in February, and acquiring another business typically isn’t something a company for sale would do.

Cablevision also signaled it does not plan to go on a buying spree of other cable systems by announcing Monday that it plans to buy back $500 million worth of its shares.

Bresnan has more than 300,000 customers in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah.

 

Starbucks hopes to lure customers with free Wi-Fi

Starbucks Corp. will begin offering unlimited free wireless Internet access at all company-operated U.S. locations starting July 1, part of an ongoing effort to bring more customers in the door.

The Wi-Fi access, which will eventually include a new network of news and entertainment content exclusively for customers, comes as Starbucks works to take business back from rivals like McDonald’s Corp. and independent cafes that have long offered free Internet.

Starbucks had previously offered two free hours of Web access each day to registered customers.

 

Murdoch looking to boost revenues at News Corp.

News Corp. is placing bets on two ideas that it hopes will shore up sagging business models for media companies: electronic reading devices and charging readers for access to websites.

Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate said Monday that it has acquired Skiff LLC, a company started by magazine and newspaper publisher Hearst Corp. to create a technology platform for e-readers. News Corp. also is making an investment in Journalism Online LLC, which is developing technology to help publishers collect payments from readers for online material.

Financial details were not disclosed.