Early Briefing: Estate Turns Retirement Community

*The descendants of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence announced Tuesday they have reached an agreement that will allow limited development of senior housing on their historic Doughoregan Manor in Howard County but will keep most of the ancestral property -- visited by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson -- in family hands.

Camilla Carroll and her brother Philip D. Carroll said they have agreed to sell 150 acres of their 892-acre family estate to Erickson Retirement Communities. Erickson also reserves the option to purchase another 38 acres. In addition, the Carroll family will donate 36 acres of their property to the county for a park. The historic manor, part of which dates to 1727, will remain intact. The sale price was not disclosed.

*Prince George's employees crowded into the County Council chamber yesterday to warn of dire consequences to public safety if they are forced to take furloughs to help close a $57 million shortfall in the county budget. Their efforts didn't sway the council: Its nine members voted unanimously to require almost 6,000 county workers to take two weeks of unpaid leave by mid-June to stave off what they described as a financial emergency.

*Discovery Holding said shareholders approved a plan to make its Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications cable programming business a separate public company. Advance/Newhouse Communications will contribute its stake in the cable assets to the new public company, Englewood, Colo.-based Discovery Holding said.

By Terri Rupar  |  September 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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