Early Briefing 09.24.07

Here are some of the stories in today's Washington Business section:

* The District says it needs a large hotel adjacent to city's convention center to attract more conferences, and plans to build one recently were put back on track. But people who attended this fall's first major convention say the neighborhood around the center needs more amenities -- not just a big hotel -- to improve its appeal. See story.

* In the Federal Diary column, Stephen Barr talks to college students to find out what they think of government service and discovers that many are unsure about whether working for the government works for them. See story.

* A telecom start-up with local operations says it hopes to offer free access to the Internet with family friendly filters. There's just one catch: M2Z Networks needs to get a chunk of airwaves from the government for free, a request that pits the company against telecom giants, Internet companies and the Federal Communications Commission. See story.

* Bloomingdales plans to open a new store in Friendship Heights this week, aiming to draw on the neighborhood's increasingly upscale appeal. See story.

By Mike Shepard  |  September 24, 2007; 2:35 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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