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On The Money: Identity Theft Is Increasing Problem, So Guard Your Personal Information

California attorney Mari J. Frank vividly remembers the telephone call she received four years ago that turned her life upside down.<@SM><@SM><br /><br />“Some bank I had never heard of wanted to know when I was going to repay the $11,000 I owed,’’ she said. Frank thought at first there had been some simple mixup in names or account numbers. But the bank official had her name, her Social Security number and her date of birth on his records.

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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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Heafner to Buy American Tire Distributors

Heafner Tire Group, Inc. said it will acquire American Tire Distributors, the wholesale operations of Merchants, Inc.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The ATD transaction, which is subject to completion of financing and other items, is expected to close within 20 days. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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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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Park Service Squelches Web Cameras

The National Park Service director has banned new Web cameras at all parks and ordered Yellowstone to drop plans to show corporate sponsors on its Internet site featuring Old Faithful geyser.<@SM><@SM><TAB>

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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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Welcome Signals of Cooling Economy Heat Up Trading at Week

Stocks rose strongly Friday as investors welcomed the latest indication that the economy is slowing enough to prevent more interest rate increases. The brightening mood particularly helped banks and retailers.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Dow Jones industrial average rose 154.51 at 10,635.98.

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Lawsuits Over Price of Collect Calls From Prisons Spread to Seven States

Maryland may have hung up on similar litigation, but inmates in seven states are suing over the high cost of making phone calls from prison.<@SM><@SM><TAB>They are challenging the deals under which a state or county government gets as much as 60 cents on the dollar from a telephone company that is given exclusive rights to handle all calls from behind bars.

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