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Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Tuesday, March 25, 1997

Consolidated cuts some ticket prices

Consolidated Amusement Co. has lowered discount ticket prices at its movie theaters statewide.

Beginning today, Consolidated will offer $4 admission all day and night every Tuesday. The exceptions will be certain studio-mandated restrictions. Starting tomorrow, the chain will offer $4 tickets to the first showing at all theaters that schedule matinees. The current discount price is $6.50.

Brett Havlik, Wallace Theaters general manager, said his chain will monitor the situation before deciding whether to respond. But he noted that Wallace already offers $4 tickets for screenings before 6 p.m. at most of its theaters. It also has a $5 admission for midnight shows.

Kauai Electric signs deal
for more power

LIHUE -- Kauai Electric Co. has signed an agreement with an independent firm that plans to build a 27-megawatt power plant.

Kauai Power Partners promises to produce electricity at a lower cost than Kauai Electric.

Kauai Electric Vice President Denny Polosky said the deal could mean a two percent reduction in electricity bills when the power plant is completed in five years. Kauai Power Partners, a subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based Consolidated Natural Gas Co., is looking at four possible sites.

Feds want to join
Home Depot bias suit

NEW YORK -- Home Depot Inc. too often hires women only for lower-level jobs and denies them promotions, federal officials said in seeking to join a lawsuit against the huge home-improvement chain.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced yesterday it was seeking to join a lawsuit against Home Depot first filed by four ex-employees from Louisiana.

The EEOC filed a class-action motion to intervene on behalf of about 22,000 women working in hundreds of Home Depot stores in the eastern United States, in what Stewart called a "hostile working environment."

In Atlanta, the company -- one of the nation's biggest retailers -- issued a statement saying it was "puzzled and outraged" by the EEOC's decision to intervene.

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