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Williams stamps Blue Cross and CareFirst affiliation Delaware Insurance Commis- sioner Donna Lee Williams an- nounced Tuesday, March 21, her approval of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware affiliating with CareFirst Inc., a Maryland nonprofit corporation. The ap- proval is predicated on 20 specific conditions both Companies must observe to ensure no major health-care services in Delaware will change without Williams&apos; ap- proval. Those who want specifics of the conditions will find them at the Web site < scom/> and select the option What's New. "Judge [Battle] Robinson's pre- liminary decision as hearing offi- cer approving this affiliation was well reasoned and fully supported by the evidence she cited," said Williams. "I have augment- ed Judge Robinson's suggested con- ditions to strengthen the oversight capa- bility of the de- partment over the affiliation WILLIAMS to better assure optimum health- care services to Delaware con- sumers in the future. "Under the terms of the order, I have unprecedented capability to monitor proposed rate increases, changes in products, services and provider contracts, as well as any proposed reduction in staff or the closing of any facility." Briefl,: Chicken industry happy with new CDC data A new government report showing a decline in Campy- Iobacter as a cause of foodborne illness indicates that the chicken industry is doing a good job of controlling Campylobacter on raw chickens, according to a spokesperson for the National Chicken Council. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was based on data from FoodNet, a surveillance system for foodborne illnesses, and pub- lished in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review. The data show that Campy- lobacter infections in humans de- clined from 21.4 cases per 100,000 population in 1998 to 17.3 per 100,000 in 1999. The industry is also cooperating with the U.S. Department of Agri- culture scientists who are carrying out a massive field study of the sources of Campyiobacter in live chickens. Ocean City's Carousel hotel is sold One of Ocean City's most fa- mous hotels, the Carousel, has been sold to an investment group based in the Washington, D.C. area. The group has appointed Hospi- tality Partners to manage the ho- tel. Hospitality Partners operates 13 hotels in the Mid-Atlantic re- gion and a conference center in Philadelphia. Future plans for the hotel, in- cluding a multimiilion dollar ren- ovation, will be announced. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 24 - March 30, 2000 - 49 Victorian reproduction on quiet street in city of Lewes, DE. Featuring 3BR, 21/2 BA, family room, formal dining room plus guest suite over 2-car garage. $395,000. Call or email Pat Price REALTOR with O'Conor, Piper & Flyrm ERA at 1-877-226- 4168 or H-925. O'CONOR, PIPER FLYNN "="JE.+