Early Briefing

Here's the news in Wednesday's paper:

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, left, and Robert L. Johnson plan to add 20 dealerships to their automotive retailing partnership over two to five years. (By Linda Davidson -- The Washington Post)

* Washington billionaire Robert Johnson is buying a majority stake in a group of automotive dealerships owned by former White House chief of staff Mack McLarty as part of a partnership to create an "automotive university" to help launch African Americans in dealership management and ownership nationwide. See story.

* Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine and a host of Loudoun County officials broke ground yesterday for One Loudoun, one of the county's largest mixed-use projects and the future home of the World Trade Center Dulles Airport. One Loudoun is a venture between Meridian Group and Miller and Smith. See story.

* Sprint wins patent case against Vonage, the Internet phone giant's second big defeat over such issues, prompting analysts to question its viability. See story.

* Lanham's Integral Systems takes itself off the market and appoints new chief financial officer. See company press release.

* CareFirst is fined $125,000 by Maryland for wrongly denying claims. See Maryland Insurance Commission press release (pdf).

By Dan Beyers  |  September 26, 2007; 5:46 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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