Early Briefing: Second-Best Address Gets Way More Popular

Baseball caps sporting Truman's quip about the hotel are hot sellers. (Photo by Marvin Joseph - The Washington Post

*Since the scandal related to then-New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer broke, sales at the Mayflower gift shop - where he supposedly met with a prostitute - have been way up. The resident manager has seen more people nosing around the hotel, as well. And someone stole the infamous sign for 871.

(It was Harry S. Truman who called the Mayflower "Washington's Second-Best Address.")

*Columnist Marc Fisher talks with Richard Florida, author of "The Rise of the Creative Class" and a professor at George Mason University till he decamped to Toronto last year. He discusses why people would choose to live in Washington, and where exactly.

*Speaking of George Mason, the university plans to build a $30 million, 150-room hotel and conference center in central Fairfax County. The college says the George Mason Inn will fill a need for meeting space and accommodations, but nearby residents don't feel like the school is being responsive enough to them.

*After some setbacks, the Navy said it is moving forward with the construction of littoral combat ships. Its formal request for proposals, issued to General Dynamics of Falls Church and Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, calls for construction of three of the small, speedy ships over the next several years.

The Navy envisions a competition in which the winning bidder is awarded contracts for two of the ships while the other builds a third, Lt. Cmdr. John Schofield said.

By Terri Rupar  |  April 3, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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