Archive: November 18, 2007 - November 24, 2007

Early Briefing

*The Eugene B. Casey Foundation and Maryland highway officials are fighting over the state's decision to seize 405 acres of land for the intercounty connector, and pay the foundation $3.44 million to replace some of it. But the land is seven miles from the highway's planned route, and the foundation...

By Terri Rupar | November 23, 2007; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Alexandria's Changents

Here's an excerpt from a posting about an Alexandria start-up that appeared on our Small Business blog. See the full piece here. The founders of Changents -- a blend of the words "change agents" -- post stories and videos of individuals who they and site readers see as making the...

By Dan Beyers | November 22, 2007; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Early Briefing: Happy Thanksgiving

Anita Benton, a personal chef, prepared Thanksgiving meals and baked dozens of desserts for six clients. (By Anita Huslin -- The Washington Post) *Put out your nice, shiny silver. Open a bottle of chardonnay. Enjoy the beautiful turkey, the vegetables, the well-prepared meal. Decorate your table with a floral...

By Terri Rupar | November 22, 2007; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Some Real Estate Deals Are Still Getting Done

Despite turmoil in the debt markets leaving many buyers of commercial property uncertain, some premium purchases are getting done in Washington. The Los Angeles-based CIM Group paid the investment bank J.P. Morgan $262 million for two buildings and an adjacent plot of land near Union Station, the commercial real estate...

By Dan Beyers | November 21, 2007; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Early Briefing: Ready for Travel?

*A Zagat survey says that people prefer flying into and out of BWI and Reagan National airports to using Dulles International. While delays at area airports weren't bad last night, it could get worse today, with thunderstorms predicted in the Mississippi and Ohio valleys. See story *Chevy Chase Bank increased...

By Terri Rupar | November 21, 2007; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Freddie Mac's Losses Widen Amid Credit Turmoil

The mortgage funding giant Freddie Mac said yesterday that it lost $2 billion in the third quarter, offering fresh evidence that the declining housing and credit markets are taking their toll on companies that were once thought to be bastions of stability. Freddie Mac, of McLean, and its larger...

By Dan Beyers | November 20, 2007; 7:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Early Briefing 11.19.2007: The Music Issue

On Mondays, we turn the Business section over to local news. Here's a sampling of what you'll find in today's Washington Business. Winston Ernst, left, and Hunter Palmer, both 13, back up Sarah Hebert, 17, at Paul Green's School of Rock in Silver Spring. Paul Green runs 34 schools. (By...

By Mike Shepard | November 19, 2007; 4:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

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