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Saturn Leads Cadillac, Lexus, Infiniti In Powers Sales Satisfaction Survey

<br /><br />U.S. consumers drove the auto industry to record sales in the past year, but those who tried to buy the more popular cars and trucks were less satisfied by the sales process, according to a study by J.D. Power and Associates.<br /><br />The Saturn arm of General Motors Corp. regained its top ranking among automakers for satisfying its customers, followed closely by Cadillac, Lexus and Infiniti. Saturn fell out of the top spot last year after holding it for the previous four years.

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CONSTRUCTION

<b><u>WWII Memorial Nears Last Hurdle</u></b><@SM><@SM><i>Project Construction Can Begin Following OK From Capital Planning Commission</i><@SM><@SM><TAB>The new <b>World War II Memorial</b> has one last hurdle to jump before construction can begin.<@SM><@SM>That hurdle is gaining the <b>National Capital Planning Commission

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Venture Capitalists Focus on ‘Net Communications, Software

Venture capitalists are focusing more on the nuts and bolts of the Internet as they retreat from the bells and whistles that draw online traffic, according to a survey released this week.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Startups developing tools for connecting and surfing the Internet raised $9.2 billion from venture capitalists during the second quarter, up 49 percent from $6.2 billion in the first quarter, the National Venture Capital Association said.

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RETAIL

<b><u>Easing the Mall Juggling Act</u></b><@SM><@SM><i>Security Square Mall Offers Kiddie Kabs To Parents Shopping With Toddlers</i> <@SM><@SM><TAB>Juggling a 2-year-old, his toys, a purse and shopping bags takes the fun out of a day at the mall

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Butt Out

[IMGCAP(2)]His graying black hair no doubt warming in the early spring light of an April afternoon, Tarig Osman Elkhalis dutifully set about loading up his white Chevy Astro van. He was in Richmond, Va., and had a long drive ahead of him.<@SM><@SM><TAB>With his cargo in place, the 42-year-old jumped in, fired the engine and made a quick one-mile drive to pick up Elkhidin Saad. The two men then settled in for the trip to Maryland, perhaps beyond. Their ultimate destination is not yet known, although four months have passed.

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State Loan Program Gives Small Businesses Extra Boost

Vivian Cidney Banks, 39, had been styling hair at her leased salon on Fulton Avenue for five years and was ready to expand into her own building, so she bought a bigger one last year on Franklin Town Road in West Baltimore. But what she wasn’t prepared for was the $86,000 price tag for renovations.

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