NEWS

Business Week in Review

Staff reports

Stop & Shop picks new CEO

Someone new is at the helm of New England's largest grocery chain. Stop & Shop's Dutch parent company, Royal Ahold, appointed Carl Schlicker to be the new CEO of the Quincy-based chain.

Schlicker had been the CEO of Ahold's Giant-Carlisle group of stores, which is smaller but performing better than the Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover operation based in Quincy. Meanwhile, former Stop & Shop CEO Jose Alvarez has been given a strategic planning job high on Royal Ahold's corporate ladder.

Battle over bass tracking heads to court

The Marine Biological Laboratory's research into Pavlovian responses among sea bass is headed for a court battle.

Food & Water Watch Inc., a consumer group, has sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop the project, which involves tracking fish released in Buzzards Bay to see if they respond to a manmade tone.

Food & Water Watch claims the Army Corps didn't give the project a thorough review.

Bill would allow online-ad blocking

The online advertising industry is fighting a proposal by Rep. William Straus of Mattapoisett that would give consumers the opportunity to block online ad companies from tracking how they search the Web.

It will be tough to pass the bill this year, as time is running out before the Legislature adjourns from formal sessions on July 31.

Scituate Harbor joins waste-to-energy effort

Scituate Harbor became the latest fishing port to join a program that allows fishermen to drop off debris caught in their nets to be eventually converted into electricity at an incinerator.

Covanta Energy, which runs a number of waste-to-energy plants, already helps sponsor similar efforts in New Bedford and Gloucester.

Governors lobby for heating help

New England's governors joined together to lobby Congress and the Bush administration to increase the amount of money in a federally program that helps homeowners with heating oil costs.

Gov. Deval Patrick says nearly $1 million might be needed, nearly triple the amount typically allocated for the Northeast. But Patrick also said homeowners should do their part by contacting their utilities to conduct energy efficiency audits of their homes.

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