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.

At the Herndon day laborer site, Julio Zelaya, left, checks with motorists seeking workers and radios to the tent where laborers are gathered. (2006 Photo By Tracy A. Woodward -- The Washington Post)

* 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.

By Terri Rupar  |  September 6, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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