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California attorney Mari J. Frank vividly remembers the telephone call she received four years ago that turned her life upside down.<@SM><@SM><TAB>

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REAL ESTATE

<b><u>Fidelity & Guaranty Expands, Moves</u></b><@SM><@SM><i>Insurance Provider Signs 10-Year Lease, Plans Relocation to Inner Harbor East</i><@SM><@SM><TAB><b>Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Co.</b>, a leading provider of life insurance and annuity products, has signed a 10-year, 56,000-square-foot lease to expand and relocate to 1001 Fleet St.

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Food Industry Pushing National Bill to Preempt State Warning Laws

State laws that require warnings on foods and dietary supplements or regulate the handling eggs and others products could be nullified under legislation food manufacturers are pushing through Congress.<@SM><@SM><TAB>A top industry priority for years, S. 1155 was approved on a voice vote by the Senate Agriculture Committee after no hearing and little advance notice in June. It has at least 35 sponsors, including Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota.

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TECHNOLOGY

<b><u>Spurring Launch to Market</u></b> <@SM><@SM><i>Deal With Comsat Allows Intelsat to Offer Services While Building Up Own Operations</i> <@SM><@SM><TAB>Bethesda-based <b>Comsat Corp.</b> announced this past week that it will supply <b>Linkway</b> satellite networking terminals and provide network management services for <b>Intelsat

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Fish Egg Heists Up as American Caviar Prices Soar

Wildlife officials fear lucrative prices for American caviar may be enticing poachers to illegally harvest and sell eggs from the protected paddlefish in the Midwest.<@SM><@SM><TAB>On one night, suspected poachers cut open more than 40 fish in search of eggs before tossing the carcasses aside, said Brek Henry, the game warden in Rogers County.

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Colorful Handheld Targets Teen Market

If it catches on with the high-school crowd, it could be the terror of teachers everywhere: a colorful handheld gadget that allows teens to send messages to their friends in class without the hassle of passing notes.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Cybiko, which looks like a walkie-talkie with a black-and-white LCD screen and small keyboard, aims to fill the age gap between Palm handhelds for mobile professionals and the Nintendo Game Boy for kids.

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Another Chance to Fight for Funds

<TAB>Maryland officials are fighting hard against a proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives that would strike funding for a major dredging project along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.<@SM><@SM><TAB>A House committee vote on the proposal was delayed Thursday so that leaders could resolve differences over key provisions in the bill.

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COMPANY

<b><u>Pepco Subsidiary, Trigen Team Up</u></b><@SM><@SM><i>Energy-Saving Solutions Wins Duo D.C. Convention Center Contract</i><@SM><@SM>An unregulated subsidiary of the <b>Potomac Electric Power Co.</b> and <b>Trigen-Washington Energy Corp.</b> have signed a 20-year contract to provide energy services to the new <b>Washington Convention Center</b> in Washington.

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