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Provident Bankshares Corporation Will Take Second Quarter ChargeBaltimore-based Provident Bankshares Corp., the parent company of Provident Bank, made a $13 million addition to its provision for loan losses in the second quarter. This addition was made to address the anticipated ...

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The Bookcase

<b><u>Fiction Best Sellers</u></b><b>The Hours</b> (p) Michael Cunningham <b>The Poisonwood Bible</b> (p) Barbara Kingsolver <b>Gone For Soldiers</b> (h) Jeff Shaara <b>The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing</b> (p) Melissa Bank <b>Bluest Eye</b> (p) Toni Morrison <b>Hannibal</b> (p) Thomas Harris <b>While I Was Gone</b> (p) Sue Miller <b>East of the Mountains</b> (p) David Guterson <b>Where the Heart Is</b> (p) Billie Letts <b>Testament</b> (p) John Grisham <b><u>Nonfiction Best Sellers</u></b><b>Days in the Sun</b> (p) John Steadman <b>Towson & The Villages of Ruxton</b> (p) Brooke Gunning and Molly O’Donovan <b>Who Moved My Cheese?</b> (h) Spenser Johnson <b>Ten Things I Wish I’d Known</b> (h) Maria Shriver <b>The Perfect Storm</b> (p) Sebastian Junger <b>Seat of the Soul</b> (p) Gary Zukav <b>In the Hear

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Filipino Fast-Food Chain Expanding Into Big Mac, Whopper Territory

A gutsy Filipino restaurant chain is jumping into the U.S. fast-food frying pan, going burger-to-burger against Big Mac, Whopper and Jumbo Jack with a slightly sweeter alternative called the Super J.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Manila-based Jollibee chain opens its newest store in Long Beach, Calif., yesterday, literally in the sauce-smeared faces of such American fast-food giants as McDonald

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GRID Media Reaches to West Coast, Buys Market Research Newsletters

Potomac-based GRID Media LLC has acquired the publishing assets of a California media research firm. <@SM><@SM><TAB>The firm announced yesterday that it bought the newsletters Hollywood Aftermarket and The AIM Report from Carmel-based Adams Media Research, a financial and market research firm near Silicon Valley that focuses on the video and interactive marketplaces. GRID Media did not disclose the purchase price.

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‘Young Americans’ Comes to Baltimore to Cure ‘Homicide’ Withdrawal

It’s a curious malady, one that doesn’t get much attention, and the concentration of those afflicted is particularly high around Baltimore. It’s called “Homicide” withdrawal.<@SM><@SM><TAB>While the critically acclaimed, Peabody award-winning police series never gained a large national audience, the devotees in its city of origin were fanatical. For true fans, withdrawal symptoms persist, even if time dulls their pain.

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Network Solutions, Thomson Unit Sign Marketing, Distribution Pact

Domain registrar Network Solutions Inc. and Thomson & Thomson, a trademark and copyright service firm, said yesterday they had signed a marketing and distribution agreement.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Network Solutions, which until last year had a monopoly on registering names ending in .com, .org and .net, was recently acquired by VeriSign Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., and Thomson & Thomson, a unit of Canada

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School for Transmission Builders

Allison Transmission employees soon will be leaving the factory and heading back to the classroom after plans for a new work-force training program in Baltimore County are finalized.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Indianapolis-based manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty automatic transmissions for commercial trucks, buses, off-highway equipment and military vehicles will open a new facility in White Marsh in September, where it will produce about 140,000 transmissions annually for light commercial vehicles.

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Columbia’s Class A Market Growing

Liberty Property Trust will break ground tomorrow on a six-building office complex in Columbia — its first new development in Maryland in 10 years — and it expects Howard County’s tight office market to quickly absorb the space. <@SM><@SM><TAB>Liberty Place at Columbia Crossing will feature four 31,000 square-foot, single-story office buildings and two 62,000 square-foot, two-story office buildings. The Class A development will sit on 28 acres of sloping land at the intersection of Dobbin Road and Route 175.

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