Newsfeeds 8.17.09

Health-care proposals would affect all businesses (Times-Dispatch)

Area businesses have a lot at stake when Washington reconsiders health care reform this fall.  Some small-business owners support a public option, while others say they fear a possible “play or pay” mandate for businesses to insure workers or face tax penalties.
Archie-Veronica wedding story line irks collector (Associated Press)

When Archie Comics No. 600 comes out this week, Archie marries Veronica not Betty. This plot twist upset the owner of Dave’s Comics in the West End so much he is putting up his mint condition first issue up for sale. He hopes to fetch $30,000.

Loudoun’s Radio Station Signs Off (Washington Post)

The broadcasts turned to static, in a demonstration of how the economy has affected local news outlets and development has posed a challenge to institutions that once seemed invincible.

Selling homes, one Facebook friend at a time (Virginian-Pilot)

In a real estate market yet to recover from the steepest decline in more than a decade, some real estate agents are turning to social networking Web sites as a way to gain an edge on their competitors.

The real ‘Mad’ geniuses: New York’s real-life advertising superstars (New York Post)

The philandering advertising genius of AMC’s “Mad Men” returns tonight to strut the halls of the Sterling Cooper Agency in vintage Madison Avenue splendor. Five New York City admen weigh in on the real mad world of advertising, including the Martin Agency’s Steve Bassett.

Patent backlog clogs recovery (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Amid the worst downturn since the Great Depression, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office could be seen as a way to jump-start the economy. Instead, it sits on applications for years, placing inventors at risk of losing their ideas to savvy competitors at home and abroad.

Employee complaints: Smelly colleagues, lack of cookies (Washington Business Journal)

Think you’ve heard some strange complaints from employees about their co-workers? A recent survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers by CareerBuilder highlighted some of the oddest complaints about others in the office.


Health-care proposals would affect all businesses (Times-Dispatch)

Area businesses have a lot at stake when Washington reconsiders health care reform this fall.  Some small-business owners support a public option, while others say they fear a possible “play or pay” mandate for businesses to insure workers or face tax penalties.
Archie-Veronica wedding story line irks collector (Associated Press)

When Archie Comics No. 600 comes out this week, Archie marries Veronica not Betty. This plot twist upset the owner of Dave’s Comics in the West End so much he is putting up his mint condition first issue up for sale. He hopes to fetch $30,000.

Loudoun’s Radio Station Signs Off (Washington Post)

The broadcasts turned to static, in a demonstration of how the economy has affected local news outlets and development has posed a challenge to institutions that once seemed invincible.

Selling homes, one Facebook friend at a time (Virginian-Pilot)

In a real estate market yet to recover from the steepest decline in more than a decade, some real estate agents are turning to social networking Web sites as a way to gain an edge on their competitors.

The real ‘Mad’ geniuses: New York’s real-life advertising superstars (New York Post)

The philandering advertising genius of AMC’s “Mad Men” returns tonight to strut the halls of the Sterling Cooper Agency in vintage Madison Avenue splendor. Five New York City admen weigh in on the real mad world of advertising, including the Martin Agency’s Steve Bassett.

Patent backlog clogs recovery (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Amid the worst downturn since the Great Depression, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office could be seen as a way to jump-start the economy. Instead, it sits on applications for years, placing inventors at risk of losing their ideas to savvy competitors at home and abroad.

Employee complaints: Smelly colleagues, lack of cookies (Washington Business Journal)

Think you’ve heard some strange complaints from employees about their co-workers? A recent survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers by CareerBuilder highlighted some of the oddest complaints about others in the office.


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