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In Brief for Nov. 7, 2007

In Brief for Nov. 7, 2007

Look, Ma, no pillars What's billed as the "largest pillar-free ballroom" in the "world's largest Marriott" opened last week. The Cypress Ballroom, in the Orlando [Fla.] World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center is 105,000 square feet--five times the size of the White House, Marriott boasts ...

New in New York: Marathon insurance Organizers of the New York City Marathon, held Sunday, hedged their bets. In an unprecedented move, race organizers insured the event against cancellation, thus protecting the estimated $20 million a year the race brings in, the Wall Street Journal reports. City marathons have had it tough this year: Chicago stopped its marathon last month in response to brutal heat, and a storm nearly forced Boston to do the same in April. Revenue from New York's marathon fund activities of the New York Road Runners.

Heartfelt Halloween To bring a little cheer to the children evacuated by the Southern California wildfires, DMC ACCESS Destination Services staffers in Orange County assembed dozens of goodie bags including costumes, makeup, candy, coloring books and toys. The company delivered the bags to Red Cross shelters in affected areas. In addition, the company raised $500 in cash to help the Red Cross.

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