Early Briefing

*In Federal Diary, Stephen Barr breaks down what the cost-of-living increase means to federal retirees.

*Mayor Fenty has flagged down a meter system, ready to abandon the zone system for taxis in the District. See story

*U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett struck down a Maryland law that barred companies incorporated since 1945 from owning funeral homes in the state but upheld the part of the law that outlines funeral home regulations in the state.

*PJM, which operates the mid-Atlantic's electricity grid, approved a proposal by Pepco for a $1 billion power line that would go from Northern Virginia to New Jersey. See story.

*The D.C. attorney general's office has launched an investigation into the business practices of CareFirst, the region's largest private insurance provider, authorities confirmed. See story.

*Sprint Nextel of Reston said it will hire 150 additional customer-service representatives, part of its attempt to turn the tide of unhappy customers who have defected to other wireless carriers. Here's a link to a release that went out over the Business Wire (registration required).

*Crofton-based DavCo Restaurants, the largest Wendy's franchisee is suing Wendy's International for $2 million, alleging the company improperly inflated the cost of syrup used to make soda and diverted the extra money to its national advertising fund. DavCo Restaurants operates 159 Wendy's locations in Maryland, the District and Northern Virginia.

*A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered the closing of Fun Fair Video-Movie, one of the District's last remaining adult entertainment shops, in the 900 block of Fifth Street NW.

By Terri Rupar  |  October 18, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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