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In brief for Aug. 8, 2007

Beijing Olympics just a year away With the 2008 Olympic Games to open in Beijing on Aug. 8, the International Olympic Committee kicks off a gala in Tiananmen Square today. Venues are nearly complete, the IOC reports, and tickets have gone on sale ...

Big deal in Canada Toronto-based Exclusive Affair Rentals announced last month that it has acquired Advanced Tent Rental of Concord, Ontario. Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, the new firm will be "Canada's largest event renal company," management said in a statement. Exclusive president Greg Halton will serve as president and CEO of the combined entity ...

Drinks are on Amtrak Passengers on U.S. railway system Amtrak will likely enjoy the trip even more since the company announced it will offer $100 in free alcohol on certain trips, part of a promotion for its new high-end service. Members of the Amtrak "guest rewards" program can get a $100-per-person credit for alcohol from November to January.

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