Up, Up and Away

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SEATTLE: While Boeing awaits the final word from Europe on its proposed swallowing of aerospace rival McDonnell Douglas Corp., the company's owners are fully behind the deal. At a Seattle meeting of Boeing shareholders, the $15 billion merger was approved by slightly more than 99 percent. The holdout? James S. McDonnell III, a company director and descendant of its founder, who is voting his personal shares against the marriage as a protest against Boeing's refusal so far to include "McDonnell Douglas" in the merged company's name.