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Fears Of Marijuana 'Monopoly' In Ohio Undercut Support For Legalization
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 5:41pm

Ohio will vote this fall on whether to legalize marijuana. The measure allows 10 growing sites; 10 groups of big investors already have dibs. Some would-be pot proponents are crying foul.

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For A Baltimore Boutique Owner, A 'Joyous' Reopening After The Riots
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 5:25pm

Baltimore clothing shop Flawless Damsels is one of the more than 400 businesses damaged in last spring's riots. The shop recently reopened and was bustling, though that's not the case everywhere.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 4:58pm

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Now hear this: The FCEDA's popular Marketing Communications Strategies and Tactics workshop series resumes September 22 with "Crafting an Elevator Pitch." Sign up now! Click here for details.

Hot off the presses: CSC, the IT giant that is based in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County, is buying Fairfax-based SRA International. SRA will be folded into CSC's public sector business, to be called Computer Sciences Government Services, when CSC splits into two companies this fall. The combination will create a business with $5.5 billion in revenue and 19,000 employees. Washington Technology employed Nick Wakeman to work up a story about the deal.

Private ayes: Tysons Corner-based Novetta, which provides data analytics technologies especially for the intelligence community, has been sold by its private-equity backer, Arlington Capital Partners, to another private-equity firm, the Washington-based Carlyle Group. Nick Wakeman went public about this for Washington Technology.

Salty and sweet: Herndon-based broadband provider XO Communications completed an expansion in Salt Lake City, adding nearly 100 buildings to its network. The work is part of a strategy XO began in 2014 to invest up to $500 million to build its network nationwide. Sean Buckley strategically placed this story on the FierceTelecom site.

Northwest, re-oriented: Herndon-based Northwest Federal Credit Union wants to boost its lending by almost half a billion dollars this year, so it has expanded its footprint at headquarters and is adding employees too. Andy Medici deposited this story for the Washington Business Journal.