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Britain in a Froth Over Silly Pub Names Like the Goose and Granite

The Goat and Compasses is fine, but the Goose and Granite is definitely not.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The debate over British pub names is foaming up again: The Goat and Compasses is a centuries-old moniker, while the latter is a newly minted corporate label.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Traditional English pub names often are patriotic or royal

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<b>Andrew D. Florance</b><br>Founder and CEO<br>CoStar Group<@SM><@SM><TAB>Ernst & Young LLP has awarded Andrew D. Florance, founder and CEO of Bethesda-based CoStar Group, with its Entrepreneur of the Year Award.<@SM><@SM><TAB>CoStar Group has the most comprehensive database on commercial real estate, covering more 18 billion square feet, and delivers its content via the Internet through eight different products and services.

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Justice Department Probes Orioles Hiring Practices

The Justice Department is investigating the hiring practices of the Baltimore Orioles, who have been accused by Sen. Jesse Helms and a conservative group of refusing to sign Cuban defectors, a department spokeswoman said Thursday.Department of Justice spokeswoman Kara Peterman ...

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Former Alex. Brown Execs Answer the Call, Build Customer-Care Firm Into Powerhouse

<TAB>Hughes Network Systems, traditionally a business-to-business entity, entered the consumer market by providing equipment for Direct TV. <@SM><@SM><TAB>The company tried offering customer support in-house, but with 150,000 calls a month coming in at an average of 20 minutes a call, Hughes was gasping as it tried to keep up with the volume.

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House’s Universal Design Provides Easy Access to Anyone

Imagine a house with rooms that can change level and dimensions.<@SM><@SM><TAB>It exists on a hilltop in Bordeaux, France. Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas for a man with a spinal cord injury and his family, and exhibited in plan and photographs at the Museum of Modern Art last year, the house is the ultimate in modern chic.

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<b><font="+1">WORKPLACE</font></b><@SM><@SM><b><u><font="+3">CEOs Stay Put</font></U></b><@SM><@SM><i><font="+2">Better Numbers, Fewer Firings</font></i><@SM><@SM><TAB>The number of CEOs jumping ship declined by 14 percent in the quarter ending June 30, compared with the previous quarter, according to a monthly tally by the employment consulting firm <b>Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.</b>

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Bridge From Brooklyn

Entrepreneurs David Kreitzer and Steve Geiser have bottled a bit of Brooklyn and brought it to Baltimore.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The New York-based makers of <b><a href="http://www.oldebrooklyn.com">Olde Brooklyn sodas</a></b> are expanding their two-year-old business southward, introducing an assortment of Flatbush flavors to Charm City in distinctive 12-ounce bottles, featuring

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Future of Internet Gambling Bill Murky

Two key Republican lawmakers say a House bill to outlaw online casinos will not inadvertently expand other gambling on the Internet, but their assurances may not be enough to gain passage.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Skeptics maintain the legislation would help some gambling interests reach bettors through home computers, particularly horse racing. Those critics, plus others who say the bill would unfairly restrict state lotteries and unwisely regulate the Internet, could scuttle a movement that appeared to be gaining momentum when the Senate approved an Internet gambling bill last year.

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