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EarthShell Gains Environmental SealEarthShell Corp.’s hinged-lid sandwich container has been awarded the first Green Seal certification for rigid foodservice packaging. Green Seal is a non-profit organization that sets environmental standards for a variety of products. EarthShell, based in Annapolis Junction, ...

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Md. Agency Bars D.C. Children From Foster Homes

<TAB>Foster children from the District of Columbia have been barred from Maryland foster homes, as state officials blame the District for violating an interstate pact.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Maryland has housed District foster children for years, but state officials have now prohibited the practice because they believe D.C. child welfare officials have lost track of their foster children and have not done proper background checks and inspections in District foster homes.

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Takeover Fever Again

<TAB>Shares for Legg Mason Inc. rallied to a 52-week high yesterday amid speculation that Deutsche Bank AG was negotiating a takeover of J.P. Morgan and Co., and as another major deal in the financial-services sector was announced. <@SM><@SM><TAB>Shares in the Baltimore-based brokerage firm closed at $58.38, up $2.25 from Tuesday. Legg Mason

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Campbell Soup Reprises ‘M’m! M’m! Good!’ Slogan in Turnaround Effort

<TAB>After letting its focus drift from its core business and suffering three straight quarters of disappointing earnings, Campbell Soup Co. yesterday resurrected its “M’m! M’m! Good!” slogan in an effort to strengthen soup sales.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The world’s largest soup maker is relying on the slogan, which hasn’t been its advertising centerpiece in more than a decade, to revive consumer interest in its “icon” soups: Chicken Noodle, Tomato and Cream of Mushroom.

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Challenge of Wireless Auction Denied

<TAB>Federal regulators yesterday denied a challenge to a fall auction of valuable chunks of the airwaves that companies are eyeing for wireless phone and Internet services.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Federal Communications Commission said it plans to go forward with a re-auction of frequencies that were awarded several years ago to NextWave Telecom, a company that later filed for bankruptcy. The FCC declared that the licenses held by NextWave were automatically canceled because the company had failed to meet its payment deadlines.

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Business Album

Photos by Heather Marcus[IMGCAP(1)]As the new school year began, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education detailed plans for its initiative to help high school students in eight Maryland counties and Baltimore City prepare for success in the workplace. At its ...

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The Bookcase

Fiction Best Sellers[IMGCAP(1)]The Poisonwood Bible (p) Barbara Kingsolver Hannibal (p) Thomas Harris The Hours (p) Michael Cunningham White Oleander (p) Janet Fitch Girls’ Guide to Hunting & Fishing (p) Melissa Bank Testament (p) John Grisham Saving Graces (p) Patricia Gaffney ...

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