Early Briefing: The Monday Roundup

On Mondays, we turn the Business section over to local news. Here's what's in today's paper:

* Sales of office buildings in the District tumbled in the third quarter to the lowest level in five years, according to a new report. See story.

* Centreville start-up EcoEternity is launching an unusual twist on cremation interment in Middleburg. Trees, not burial plots, are the final resting place for the ashes of the deceased. See story.

* Stephen Barr looks at turnover problems in the US Patent and Trademark Office in today's Federal Diary column.

* An anti-immigrant proposal is dividing Frederick. See story.

* Six Flags amusement park in Prince George's shuts down the Two Face: The Flip Side roller coaster after riders were injured Saturday when they were stranded 10 stories in the air and then jolted back to the ground. See story.

* Lockheed and General Dynamics are fighting to keep a Navy shipbuilding program alive after the Senate voted to sharply reduce funding. See story.

* The investigation into Iraq private security contractor Blackwater could have implications for its two Northern Virginia partners on the State Department contract-- DynCorp and Triple Canopy. See story.

By Dan Beyers  |  October 8, 2007; 6:57 AM ET
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