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Tar Heel Bank-Holding Company Scouts Free State for More Acquisitions

[IMGCAP(1)]BB&T Corp., the North Carolina-based bank holding company that has established a solid foothold in Maryland, plans to gobble up a few more banks in the Free State.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Since entering the Maryland market in 1997, BB&T has gained the eighth highest market share for deposits for all banks in the state, banking officials said yesterday. Bank of America holds the top spot, followed by Allfirst Financial Inc., according to the latest statistics by Charlottesville, Va.-based SNL Securities.

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DJ Pleads to Porn Charges

<TAB>A disc jockey at a popular alternative rock radio station has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.<@SM><@SM><TAB>John Girard Riggs, 38, who had worked for about eight years at WHFS-FM, was immediately suspended from on-air work by the Lanham-based radio station.

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The Bookcase

[IMGCAP(1)]Fiction Top Ten: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (p)The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank (p)The Hours by Michael Cunningham (p)While I Was Gone by Sue Miller (p)White Oleander by Janet Fitch (p)Saving Graces by Patricia ...

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NEWS SUMMARY –UPDATED 2:40 P.M.

Advertising.com Picks A PresidentAdvertising.com, Inc., a new media advertising and technology company based in Baltimore, today said Peter Daboll had been named president and chief operating officer. Advertising.com offers Internet-enabled advertising through a variety of electronic media. “As Advertising.com continues ...

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OPINION: Grant Parity to Ticket Sellers!

<TAB>Imagine this scenario: You invite a client and her husband to join you and your wife for an Orioles game. You are looking forward to a wonderful evening watching baseball under the stars when your client calls and cancels at the last minute. <@SM><@SM><TAB>After everyone in your office declines your generous offer to join you at the game, you decide to try to sell the extra pair of tickets to passersby on the street as you and your wife stroll to Camden Yards. You timidly announce to the crowd,

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