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FTC questions buys by Carilion (Roanoke Times)
In an administrative complaint filed Friday, the FTC suggested that Carilion violated antitrust laws by purchasing the Center for Advanced Imaging and the Center for Surgical Excellence in August. The joint purchase, the government argues, has stifled competition in imaging and outpatient surgical services — leaving Roanoke patients in jeopardy of paying higher prices and receiving poorer care.

Why the racial unemployment gap hasn’t gone away (Virginian-Pilot)
More than 2.5 million blacks were out of work in June, the federal government reported. That translated to a 14.7 percent unemployment rate. For whites, it was 8.7 percent. The U.S. government does not provide breakdowns by race of unemployment rates by city. But another statistic from the Virginia Employment Commission confirms the racial unemployment gap locally.

June new home sales rise 11% (USA Today)
n the latest sign that the battered housing market is healing, sales of new homes in June jumped a bigger-than-expected 11% from May, and the inventory of new homes for sale continued to shrink.

Netflix Competitors Learn the Power of Teamwork (NY Times)
The contest, which began in October 2006, has already produced an impressive legacy. It has shaped careers, spawned at least one start-up company and inspired research papers. It has also changed conventional wisdom about the best way to build the automated systems that increasingly help people make online choices about movies, books, clothing, restaurants, news and other goods and services.

Start-Ups Share Space to Shave Costs in Slump (WSJ)
We just wrote about this yesterday. And now the Journal has a nice piece. Sharing office space with other businesses isn’t new, but the tanking economy has prompted many small-business owners to consider it as they look for any practical way to lower overhead costs.

Don’t Go, CEO (Slate)
A guide to indispensable executives.

How we got a loan (Fortune)
As banks clamp down, small businesses are struggling to find the loans and credit lines they need. Here’s how one company got the financing it needed to grow.

FTC questions buys by Carilion (Roanoke Times)
In an administrative complaint filed Friday, the FTC suggested that Carilion violated antitrust laws by purchasing the Center for Advanced Imaging and the Center for Surgical Excellence in August. The joint purchase, the government argues, has stifled competition in imaging and outpatient surgical services — leaving Roanoke patients in jeopardy of paying higher prices and receiving poorer care.

Why the racial unemployment gap hasn’t gone away (Virginian-Pilot)
More than 2.5 million blacks were out of work in June, the federal government reported. That translated to a 14.7 percent unemployment rate. For whites, it was 8.7 percent. The U.S. government does not provide breakdowns by race of unemployment rates by city. But another statistic from the Virginia Employment Commission confirms the racial unemployment gap locally.

June new home sales rise 11% (USA Today)
n the latest sign that the battered housing market is healing, sales of new homes in June jumped a bigger-than-expected 11% from May, and the inventory of new homes for sale continued to shrink.

Netflix Competitors Learn the Power of Teamwork (NY Times)
The contest, which began in October 2006, has already produced an impressive legacy. It has shaped careers, spawned at least one start-up company and inspired research papers. It has also changed conventional wisdom about the best way to build the automated systems that increasingly help people make online choices about movies, books, clothing, restaurants, news and other goods and services.

Start-Ups Share Space to Shave Costs in Slump (WSJ)
We just wrote about this yesterday. And now the Journal has a nice piece. Sharing office space with other businesses isn’t new, but the tanking economy has prompted many small-business owners to consider it as they look for any practical way to lower overhead costs.

Don’t Go, CEO (Slate)
A guide to indispensable executives.

How we got a loan (Fortune)
As banks clamp down, small businesses are struggling to find the loans and credit lines they need. Here’s how one company got the financing it needed to grow.

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