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Now the feds are pushing ‘smart growth’

The recent meeting in Frederick was billed as the Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Roundtable, an opportunity for representatives of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs, using federal jargon) in Maryland and neighboring states to compare notes on the challenges they face.

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Barnes & Noble to offer new 'nook' e-book reader

A wireless electronic-book reader on Barnes & Noble's Web site called the "nook" is available for "pre-order" for $259 — the same as Amazon.com's recently reduced Kindle. Less than 5 inches wide and 8 inches tall and weighing 11.2 ounces, the nook is the size and weight of a paperback book, according to the Web site.

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