News in Brief, News Worth a Snooze?

Sprint-Nextel. Ho hum. Saving grace? Maybe it will make hapless Verizon vaguely responsive to its customers. I find Verizon "service" so bad it's not worth space commenting on.

Fannie Mae. Its $9 billion write-off? Well, I guess that means "good-to-great-to wretched," eh, Jim? (I've had a few of those! Think Wang!)