Early Briefing: An Old-School Powerhouse

*L.B. "Bud" Doggett Jr. liked to sit in his sprawling office on the third floor at 660 11th St. NW, teeth clenched firmly on a Garcia y Vega cigar, a pour of vodka ready for the asking, and spin stories about his World War II days, where he became a fervent admirer of Gen. George S. Patton as a soldier in the European theater.


Doggett in 1977 (By Tom Allen -- The Washington Post)

"He was the only man from whom you could get a straight vodka at three in the afternoon in an office that was big enough to land a plane in," said D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large).

The local parking mogul, real estate developer and banker, who died Wednesday at age 87 was a powerful figure in the Washington business community; a quintessential old-school, urban operator who literally operated in a smoke-filled room and signed funny, off-color, funny notes with the salutation, "Shanty Irish."

Read the obituary for Doggett.

*Gannett, the McLean-based newspaper giant and publisher of USA Today, plans to cut 1,000 jobs, or about 3 percent of its workforce, according to a company memo. Like most newspaper companies, Gannett is struggling with declining advertising and circulation and is trying to cut costs. Layoffs will account for about 600 of the positions targeted for elimination, the memo says, and should be completed by the end of this month. The rest will come from attrition.

*Herndon officials are considering regulations to make the community inhospitable to day laborers, who have returned to sidewalks and street corners since the town shuttered a controversial job center for the mostly Hispanic workers last year.

Town officials want to step up police activity and zoning enforcement where the workers gather, ban carryout alcoholic beverage sales downtown and remove the pay phones that the workers use to call their home countries. They want to institute a permitting process for homeowners to rent out rooms, in hopes of reducing the number of workers living in crowded conditions. They also want to confiscate bicycles -- a common mode of transport for the workers -- that are parked illegally in public places.

By Terri Rupar  |  August 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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