Here's some of the local business stories that appeared in Thursday's paper:
*There's a crackdown on vans that food is sold from, called vendadores by their Latino customers, in Prince George's County. Some owners are trying to differentiate from older vendors who try to abide by rules and newer ones that don't. See story
*Like other government contractors, General Dynamics posted a jump in profit, helped by continued spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its profit rose 24 percent and revenue 12.6 percent. See story.
* A project in the District's Takoma area has the support of lots of D.C. leaders but is opposed by Maryland leaders and Takoma Park residents. At issue is what is transit-oriented growth. See story
* Sallie Mae and an investor group led by J.C. Flowers & Co. agreed to language enabling the student-loan provider to operate without the investor's oversight while they litigate a collapsed $25.3 billion buyout.
* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to widen its recommendation for AstraZeneca's FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, to children 2 to 4 years old. MedImmune, the Gaithersburg developer of FluMist, was acquired by Britain's AstraZeneca in June.
* Sidney Harman said he will drop the title of executive chairman of Harman International Industries as of the District company's annual meeting Dec. 17. He will remain board chairman.
* Baltimore-based Legg Mason's stock mutual funds are trailing more than two-thirds of their competitors, dragged down by below-average returns from managers including Bill Miller and Richard Freeman, according to data tracked by Bloomberg.
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