Early Briefing

* Sprint Nextel of Reston may be searching for a new chief executive. The Wall Street Journal says (registration required) the hunt is on, and analysts say they're seeing investor discontent. See story

* Government workers, look around your offices. Some of your co-workers may be engaged in the ritual of "burrowing in." See story.

* The widow and five children of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet were arrested for their alleged roles in hiding money in overseas banks, including the now-defunct Riggs Bank, which was based in the District. See story

* Ten Montgomery County police officers were accused of improperly earning more than $200,000 by working as private security guards while they were on duty with the police force, authorities said. See story

* Montgomery General Hospital, an independent facility that had declined a merger with Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, said it will become part of MedStar Health. See story

* Columnist Steven Pearlstein laments Maryland's focus on slots, part of Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to cover a budget shortfall, while Comptroller Peter Franchot stepped up his campaign to stop the legalization of gambling on the machines. See story

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