Early Briefing

* Employment in the Washington area increased, with the unemployment rate falling to 3 percent in August. That's the lowest of any metro area in the country. See story

* CitiMortgage, a unit of Citigroup, plans to say today that it has set aside funding for mortgages to Washington area residents who have thing credit histories, often immigrants. See story

* Michael Holiday, the former owner and chief executive of a Silver Spring company, admitted in federal court yesterday that he bribed a government contracting official with exchange for contracts to provide security at federal buildings worth more than $130 million. See story

* Victor MacFarlane is making a name for himself in the city's commercial real estate market, providing financing for a variety of projects. See story

* Marc Fisher wonders about the tax dollars being spent to subsidize arts venues in Montgomery County. See column

By Terri Rupar  |  October 4, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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