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Desitnations: The Oaks, A Dream By Any Standard

Christiansburg is in the beautiful highlands between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. More than 200 years old, the town was originally an outpost on the Wilderness Trail, on the edge of the American frontier.<@SM><@SM><TAB>As civilization pushed westward, the town became a lumber and agricultural center. At one time, there were more than 12 fashionable Victorian hotels where guests could stay while “taking the baths” in local hot springs.

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PSC Ruling on ‘Name’s the Same’ for Affiliates Draws Utilities’ Protest

Energy deregulation in Maryland hit another snag this week, as utilities protested a ruling by the Maryland Public Service Commission that directly affects how their affiliates may compete for business.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The PSC issued a ruling July 1 requiring unregulated energy affiliates to pay a royalty to their related utility companies for using their names and logos. The ruling applies only to affiliates or subsidiaries that are connected to utilities already doing business in Maryland.

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The Grapevine: When It’s August It's Wine Month

If you’re into wine, August is your party month.<@SM><@SM> Vineyards in Mt. Airy, Hydes, Pylesville and Parkton will be staging festivals that offer dancing, cheeses, grape stomping, arts and crafts vendors, snacks, tours and a taste or two of some home- grown wines.

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Concorde’s Value: Corporate Prestige

Although the Concorde earns money for the two airlines that use it, the plane’s matchless speed and elegant, dart-like silhouette have made it even more valuable as a source of corporate prestige, analysts said yesterday.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The supersonic aircraft has carved a firm market niche among celebrities and executives in a hurry since making its first commercial flight in 1976. But its biggest impact has been as an emblem of luxury and technological prowess — something aviation observers suggest is likely to outlast Tuesday’s deadly crash of an Air France Concorde in the Paris suburb of Gonesse.

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‘Ravens’ Name Nevermore

Can a simple name have far-reaching financial consequences&ne;<@SM><@SM><TAB>Just ask PSINet, the dot-com company that’s forking out more than $100 million to have its corporate logo plastered all over the stadium where the Baltimore Ravens play.<@SM><@SM><TAB>PSINet officials said they started seeing some of that investment going down the drain last year when CBS television deliberately avoided using the corporate name in its broadcasts because PSINet didn’t advertise on the network. CBS referred instead to the arena as “Ravens Stadium” for much of the season.

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The Bookcase

<b><u>Fiction Best Sellers</u></b><b>The Red Tent</b> (p) Anita Diamant <b>White Oleander</b> (p) Janet Fitch <b>Bee Season</b> (h) Myla Goldberg <b>While I Was Gone</b> (p) Sue Miller <b>Hannibal</b> (p) Thomas Harris <b>The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing</b> (p) Melissa Bank <b>The Hours</b> (p) Michael Cunningham <b>Bluest Eye</b> (p) Toni Morrison <b>The Poisonwood Bible</b> (p) Barbara Kingsolver <b>Memoirs of a Geisha</b> (p) Arthur Golden <b><u>Nonfiction Best Sellers</u></b><b>See Jane Win</b> (h) Sylvia Rimm <b>Don’t Make Me Stop This Car</b> (h) Al Roker <b>Who Moved My Cheese?</b> (h) Spenser Johnson <b>In A Sunburned Country</b> (h) Bill Bryson <b>The Corner</b> (p) David Simon and Edward Burns <b>The Perfect Storm</b> (p) Sebastian Junger <b>Ten Things I Wish I’d Known</b> (h) Maria Shr

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Free Internet Leader Threatened By Imitators, Dot-Com Phobia

Offering free Internet access to anyone willing to surrender personal information and submit to a constant barrage of on-screen ads, NetZero Inc. has in less than two years attracted more than 4 million registered users.<@SM><@SM><TAB>By that yardstick, the company follows only America Online

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Job-Seeker Can Sue for Damages

The Court of Appeals yesterday handed job-hunters a major win, holding that they may sue for negligent misrepresentations made to them during pre-employment negotiations

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LAW SUMMARY

One Down, Literally; Four More Mini-Trials to GoBaltimore City Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait seemed no less surprised than everyone else involved in the asbestos mini-trials which began July 10 that his trial group — pared down to a sole ...

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Finger-Pointing Abounds as Senators Ponder What’s Behind Airline Delays

Call it the summer of aviation discontent.<@SM><@SM><TAB>With millions of Americans jamming airline flights, the summer travel season has been marked by record numbers of delays. Planeloads of people have been forced to sit on runways for hours, others found themselves stranded when flights were canceled.

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