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Pioneer Heart Surgeon Settles Suit

A pioneer heart surgeon who sued the University of Washington for sex discrimination has accepted a $750,000 settlement and resigned from the transplant program she founded.<@SM><@SM><TAB>As part of the settlement, Dr. Margaret Allen, 51, is also barred from leading research tied to the Seattle medical school or its staff.

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Thurmont Readies for Another Close-Up View of Camp David History

The doorway of Thurmont Sporting Goods opens onto nearly six decades of presidential history.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Situated midway between Camp David, the mountaintop retreat Franklin D. Roosevelt established in 1942, and Maple Run Golf Course, where President Clinton sometimes plays, the unassuming bait shop at 4 East Main offers four kinds of worms and a front-row view of world leaders passing through the town of 5,200.

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Manugistics Moves Into Government Markets With the appointment ofManugistics Group, Inc., a leading global provider of intelligent supply chain solutions for enterprises and evolving eBusiness trading networks, to the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) approved list of vendors, Manugistics is ...

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Smokers’ Attorney Asks for up to $196 Billion

Smokers in a landmark class-action case asked a jury for a record-shattering $196 billion yesterday to punish the tobacco industry for “a half-century trail of deceit which has decimated millions of Americans.”<@SM><@SM><TAB>“Never have so few caused so much harm to so many for so long, and the day of reckoning has arrived,” attorney Stanley Rosenblatt said as closing arguments began in the two-year trial involving 300,000 to 700,000 sick Florida smokers.

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It’s Summer, and Meatpackers Wage War Against Killer E. Coli

Summer is here, and so is E. coli. At this time of the year as many as one of every four cattle being herded into Excel Corp.’s slaughterhouse and others like it may harbor the deadly human pathogen.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Before this plant’s meat reaches consumers, the cattle and their carcasses will be put through a state-of-the-art system of scrubbing, washes, rinses and steam pasteurization designed to remove or destroy the bacteria.

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EU Says Microsoft Agrees to Limit Investment in Britain

Microsoft Corp. has agreed to limit its investment in British cable television provider Telewest Communications PLC after the European Commission objected to its original plan to take a controlling stake.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The huge software maker will buy a 23.7 percent stake in Telewest for about $3 billion but no longer plans to take control in partnership with AT&T Corp.

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Jobs Up — and Banks Too&ne;

The drop in the nation’s unemployment rate for June provides further evidence of a slowing economy and might help banks with higher loan demand if the Federal Reserve abstains from imposing further increases in interest rates, economists say.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that unemployment fell to 4 percent, down from 4.1 percent in May, but slightly higher than April’s 30-year low of 3.9 percent. Total employment increased by only 11,000, as about 190,000 temporary workers hired to work on the federal decennial census finished their jobs.

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