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Sandler H2O project at Coliseum is inching forward (Daily Press)
It’s a slight turnaround from a year ago when construction halted as contractors who installed infrastructure, did grading, paving, stone and concrete work, and other labor filed liens against the developer. The H2O community by Virginia Beach-based developer L.M. Sandler & Sons Inc. has stood for months as a cluster of a few buildings, peculiarly alone in an otherwise empty subdivision visible from Interstate 64.

HomeTown Bank to request TARP funds (Roanoke Times)
Susan Still, HomeTown’s president and chief executive, said after the bank’s annual meeting that she and the board will decide in one or two months to request an amount between $8 million and $10 million from a federal economic stimulus program.

Senate OKs expansion of cash-for-clunkers program (USA Today)
The Senate bolstered the popular cash-for-clunkers program Thursday by giving it an extra $2 billion in hopes of extending a wave of trade-in deals that buoyed car sales and boosted demand for fuel-efficient vehicles in July.

Health Insurance Woes: My $22,000 Bill for Having a Baby (Slate)
Birthing our daughter was so expensive precisely because we were insured, on the individual market. Our insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, sold us exactly the type of flawed policy—riddled with holes and exceptions—that the health care reform bills in Congress should try to do away with. The “maternity” coverage we purchased didn’t cover my labor, delivery, or hospital stay. It was a sham. And so we spent the first months of her life getting the kind of hospital bills and increasingly aggressive calls from hospital administrators that I once believed were only possible without insurance.

No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users (WSJ)
As idle workers fill coffee-shop tables — nursing a single cup, if that, and surfing the Web for hours — and as shop owners struggle to stay in business, a decade-old love affair between coffee shops and laptop-wielding customers is fading. In some places, customers just get cold looks, but in a growing number of small coffee shops, firm restrictions on laptop use have been imposed and electric outlets have been locked.

How We Did It: Amy Robinson and Eric Steel, producers of Julie & Julia (Inc.)
Movie producers, like entrepreneurs, need a strong stomach for risk. It can take years of planning, pitching, negotiating, coaxing, hoping, and praying to go from a germ of an idea to a box-office hit. Meet Amy Robinson and Eric Steel, the team behind Julie & Julia

Sandler H2O project at Coliseum is inching forward (Daily Press)
It’s a slight turnaround from a year ago when construction halted as contractors who installed infrastructure, did grading, paving, stone and concrete work, and other labor filed liens against the developer. The H2O community by Virginia Beach-based developer L.M. Sandler & Sons Inc. has stood for months as a cluster of a few buildings, peculiarly alone in an otherwise empty subdivision visible from Interstate 64.

HomeTown Bank to request TARP funds (Roanoke Times)
Susan Still, HomeTown’s president and chief executive, said after the bank’s annual meeting that she and the board will decide in one or two months to request an amount between $8 million and $10 million from a federal economic stimulus program.

Senate OKs expansion of cash-for-clunkers program (USA Today)
The Senate bolstered the popular cash-for-clunkers program Thursday by giving it an extra $2 billion in hopes of extending a wave of trade-in deals that buoyed car sales and boosted demand for fuel-efficient vehicles in July.

Health Insurance Woes: My $22,000 Bill for Having a Baby (Slate)
Birthing our daughter was so expensive precisely because we were insured, on the individual market. Our insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, sold us exactly the type of flawed policy—riddled with holes and exceptions—that the health care reform bills in Congress should try to do away with. The “maternity” coverage we purchased didn’t cover my labor, delivery, or hospital stay. It was a sham. And so we spent the first months of her life getting the kind of hospital bills and increasingly aggressive calls from hospital administrators that I once believed were only possible without insurance.

No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users (WSJ)
As idle workers fill coffee-shop tables — nursing a single cup, if that, and surfing the Web for hours — and as shop owners struggle to stay in business, a decade-old love affair between coffee shops and laptop-wielding customers is fading. In some places, customers just get cold looks, but in a growing number of small coffee shops, firm restrictions on laptop use have been imposed and electric outlets have been locked.

How We Did It: Amy Robinson and Eric Steel, producers of Julie & Julia (Inc.)
Movie producers, like entrepreneurs, need a strong stomach for risk. It can take years of planning, pitching, negotiating, coaxing, hoping, and praying to go from a germ of an idea to a box-office hit. Meet Amy Robinson and Eric Steel, the team behind Julie & Julia

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