Early Briefing: Destination DC
*Washington, D.C. Convention & Tourism Corp. is getting a shorter name, Destination D.C., a new ad campaign and a new Web site. washington.org. The $3 million campaign is the District's biggest ever, and ads will run in magazines such as Gourmet and Conde Nast Traveler and in the Washington area, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham and New York.
*Safeway and Giant workers showed nearly unanimous support for a new labor contract that includes wage increases for four years but requries some employees to pay weekly insurance premiums and higher health-care deductibles. C. James Lowthers, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, said that health care was union members' top concern and that the deal was comparable to others recently negotiated in the industry.
*Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) plans to introduce a bill that would limit prohibit builders from putting up houses of more than 4,750 square feet on a lot of 6,000 square feet. The current limit is 5,150 square feet. The goal is to limit McMansions.
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