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Jury to Decide if Duo Was Fraudulent or Business as Usual

A federal court jury in Baltimore is scheduled to hear closing arguments today in the criminal trial of Annapolis lobbyist Gerard E. Evans and state Del. Tony E. Fulton before it begins deliberating whether the influential State House pair committed unacceptable fraud or engaged in acceptable Maryland lawmaking.

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Stocks End Mixed as Wary Investors Go On Alert for Quarterly Results

Stocks were mixed in a quiet session yesterday as investors moved cautiously in advance of second-quarter earnings reports that will begin in earnest later this week. High-tech issues fell amid profit taking.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Dow Jones industrial average rose 10.60 to 10,646.58, while the Nasdaq composite index slipped 42.91 to 3,980.29.

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Vietnam’s Stock Market to Open July 20 — With Two Members

Vietnam will launch its long-awaited stock market in Ho Chi Minh City on July 20 but so far only two companies are listed, State Securities Commission Chairman Nguyen Duc Quang said Friday.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The government has been planning a stock exchange for several years, but had postponed the launch because of a lack of companies willing to list and concerns the market will expose Vietnam’s financial system to unnecessary risk.

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Invitrogen Acquiring Stock of Life Technologies, Dexter in $1.9B Deal

<a href="http://www.lifetech.com">Life Technologies Inc.</a> is about to be swallowed by one of the biggest fishes in the gene pool.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Rockville company announced Sunday that it is merging with Invitrogen, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based leader in the life sciences industry. <a href="http://www.invitrogen.com">Invitrogen</a> is also acquiring Connecticut-based Dexter Corp., which owns 75 percent of Life Tech

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Northern Virginia Competing With Orioles?

An academic analysis shows that a Major League Baseball team in northern Virginia would bring good economic news to that region but bad news to Baltimore and its Orioles.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The <a href="http://baseballinva.org/download/GMUAnalysis.pdf">research</a> by George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., says a stadium in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., would generate more than $8.6 billion in economic impact, including $693 million in state and local revenues in its first 30 years of operation.

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Bank BuyF&M National Corp. said it agreed to buy Atlantic Financial Corp. for $70.6 million, or $16.85 a share, to extend its reach into the Tidewater, Va., market. Winchester, Va.-based F&M owns nine banks with 125 branches in Virginia, West ...

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EU Says Microsoft Agrees to Limit Investment in Britain

Microsoft Corp. has agreed to limit its investment in British cable television provider Telewest Communications PLC after the European Commission objected to its original plan to take a controlling stake.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The huge software maker will buy a 23.7 percent stake in Telewest for about $3 billion but no longer plans to take control in partnership with AT&T Corp.

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MIE Strays From Flex to Class A

MIE Properties Inc. will build a 135,000 square-foot four-story office building in Annapolis, straying from its typical flex product, to help loosen the tight office market in Annapolis. <@SM><@SM><TAB>Construction of the Class A office building

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