Early Briefing 09.06.07
* A judge ruled in favor of Kenneth Michael in a suit in which his business partner accused him of breach of contract. The partners had agreed that Gary Murray would get a 20-acre piece of a 381-acre development in Bowie, but Michael said he couldn't determine where the track would be until the development was mapped out. See story.
* Herndon is shutting down its day labor center after a judge ruled that the site had to be open to everyone - including potentially illegal immigrants. See story
* Researchers think switchgrass could beat out corn as a source for the ethanol industry. Some officials are urging farmers to plant it. But scientists haven't yet perfected the method of turning switchgrass into ethanol. See story
* Conner Contemporary Art is moving to a former auto body shop in Trinidad in Northeast Washington. See story
* XM and Sirius satellite radio said they complied with Justice Department requests to hand over information. The companies said they expect their merger to be finished by year-end.
* The Justice Department approved the sale of Sparrows Point steel mill, though the deal still needs approval from a court-appointed trustee.
* InPhonic of the District got a $5 million investment from Brightstar, a wireless-product distributor.
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