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GORDON, FEINBLATT HEALTH CARE TOPICS: Physician Contracting, Texas Style

<TAB>Last year, Texas Attorney General John Cornyn issued final rules implementing the Texas Collective Negotiations by Physicians Act. Those rules made Texas the first state allowing otherwise independent physicians to negotiate jointly with health benefit plans.

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‘Wilson’ the volleyball’s rise to film stardom amazes corporate parent

<br /><br />Eat your heart out, Spalding.<br /><br />Wilson Sporting Goods has had hit products and celebrity endorsers before — Michael Jordan, Pete Sampras, the National Football League. So has rival Spalding Sports Worldwide.<br /><br />But there’s never been a star quite like “Wilson,” the volleyball that’s become a Hollywood hero since Tom Hanks befriended it on a deserted island in the movie “Cast Away.”[IMGCAP(1)]<br /><br />“We’re in disbelief at the amount of attention it’s getting,” said Chris Considine, general manager of the company’s team sports division.

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Maglev on slow track

<TAB>Boosters of the proposed Baltimore-Washington magnetically levitated rail system say a late-breaking decision on the project is still possible

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Preserving voices from the past can be tricky in the digital age

As folklorists and ethnographers grapple with how to preserve highly perishable, century-old audio collections, new dimensions to old legal issues over rights, protection and access are taking center stage in efforts to save voices out of the past.[IMGCAP(1)]<br /><br />For intellectual property attorneys, the questions transcend familiar issues such as rights, protection and access of copyrighted material — and became the focus of a national symposium, “Folk Heritage Collections in Crisis,” held last month at the <b><a href="http://www.loc.gov/" target="_blank">Library of Congress</a></b> in Washington, D.C.

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Criimi cautiously returns

<TAB>Criimi Mae Inc. begins the new year with a new board of directors, a new executive vice president and a court-sanctioned reorganization plan to get out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But it is taking a cautious approach to its re-entry into the market for commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS).

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NEWS SUMMARY – Updated 11:07 A.M.

Updated items in italics.Allegheny Energy buying Merrill Lynch trading unitAllegheny Energy Inc., a diversified energy company headquartered in Hagerstown, said this morning that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Merrill Lynch‘s energy commodity marketing and trading unit, called ...

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