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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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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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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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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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New Female Bishop: ‘The Stained Glass Ceiling Has Been Pierced’

Preacher. Journalist. Author. Now add to Vashti McKenzie’s resume a position never before filled by a woman in the long history of the nation’s oldest black church: Bishop.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The fiery church leader whose family has been active in African Methodist Episcopal Church affairs in Baltimore for more than a century has become the first female bishop in the denomination’s 213-year history.

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A Golfer’s Dream

Imagine being able to say you hit par at the three-hole “Amen Corner” at Augusta National. Tiger Woods can’t even do that.<@SM><@SM> Or how you completed one of the most feared shots in championship golf as your ball eased onto the green at the 17th hole at Sawgrass.

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