August 14, 2008

Biz Briefs

WASHINGTON | The summer vacation season began this year with Americans behind the wheel less. In all, Americans drove 12.2 billion fewer miles in June than a year earlier, the biggest monthly decrease in a downward trend that began in November.

That decrease, reported by the Federal Highway Administration, coincided with the national average price for unleaded gasoline hitting $4 a gallon for the first time on June 8. It peaked in mid- July at $4.11 and was down to $3.78 on Wednesday, according to AAA.

Overall, Americans drove 53.2 billion fewer miles from November through June than they did over the same period a year earlier, according to the highway agency's latest monthly report on driving.


marketcenter sold for $23.78M

A Virginia Beach developer has purchased the Williamsburg Marketcenter for $23.78 million, real estate services firm GVA Advantis announced Wednesday.

An affiliate of Bradley Waitzer bought the 21.3-acre shopping center at 6610 Mooretown Road in Williamsburg from Norfolk-based Robert Brown & Associates Inc.

Ross Dress for Less, Petco and Home Depot are among the center's tenants.

- Josh Brown

war-torn region

google to retool map of georgia

Google Inc., the most popular Internet search engine, is upgrading its maps of war-torn Georgia after users trying to track the nation's conflict with Russia were left with blank screens.

Google said it delayed adding details to the maps because information for the region is unsatisfactory. The company said on its blog Tuesday that material hasn't been removed and that it will add details for blank countries because users prefer some data to nothing at all.

Major cities, such as the capital Tbilisi, appear in the Google Earth satellite-photo software.

Google's maps typically include detailed data, such as the location of theme parks and shopping centers.

- From Pilot and wire reports

note to readers

olympics cutting your sleep time?

Are those swimming relays and volleyball matches keeping you up past your bedtime? Are you tired and less productive at work? Or have you channeled the enthusiasm for the Olympics to your workplace's benefit? We'd like to know. Contact Pilot writer Philip Walzer at [email protected] com or (757) 222-3864.

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