NewsFeeds 8.26.09

LandAmerica creditors lose bid on payments (Times-Dispatch)
Interim fees charged by attorneys and other experts in LandAmerica Financial Group Inc.’s Chapter 11 case will be paid. Nearly three dozen creditors of the company’s LandAmerica 1031 Exchange Services Inc. subsidiary sent written protests to Huennekens objecting to the requests from attorneys and experts for payment of more than $3.8 million in fees and expenses relating to the exchange company’s case.

Cupcakeries Emerge as Washington’s Sweet Spot in a Downturn (Washington Post)
The line outside tiny Georgetown Cupcake sometimes stretches 100 people or more, all queuing up for one of the shop’s distinctive $2.75 treats. Regulars have been known to pay people to hold their place. Others multitask or use their cellphones to check whether their favorites are still available. Passersby wonder what all the commotion is about.

Judge rules Granby Tower developer doesn’t owe for work (Virginian-Pilot)
The owner of the Granby Tower project isn’t obligated to pay for the more than $13 million of work that the general contractor and subcontractors did on the suspended condo, a Circuit Court judge has determined.

County mulls fees for rides by ambulance (Daily Progress)
Being rushed to a hospital could soon come with an added cost for Albemarle County residents. The county is considering changing an ordinance to allow the local government to charge for emergency transport, officials said Tuesday.

Real Choice? It’s Off Limits in Health Bills (NY Times)
Americans give lower marks to their health insurer than they do to their life insurer, their auto insurer or their bank, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Even the Postal Service gets better marks. (Cable companies, however, get worse ones.) You might think, then, that a central goal of health reform would be to offer people more choice.

Six Ways to Speed Up SBA Loan Approval (WSJ)
Attention small-business owners: Time is running out on an opportunity to access fee-free business loans that are guaranteed up to 90%.

Proof that 4-Day work weeks teally work (TheStreet.com)
Now completing its first full year, the country’s most expansive four-day workweek program allows close to 70% of the state’s 24,000 executive branch workers to put in 10-hour work days Monday through Thursday. The offices are closed on Friday. And keeping municipal offices closed for three-day weekends is saving a jiggle-load of money.

LandAmerica creditors lose bid on payments (Times-Dispatch)
Interim fees charged by attorneys and other experts in LandAmerica Financial Group Inc.’s Chapter 11 case will be paid. Nearly three dozen creditors of the company’s LandAmerica 1031 Exchange Services Inc. subsidiary sent written protests to Huennekens objecting to the requests from attorneys and experts for payment of more than $3.8 million in fees and expenses relating to the exchange company’s case.

Cupcakeries Emerge as Washington’s Sweet Spot in a Downturn (Washington Post)
The line outside tiny Georgetown Cupcake sometimes stretches 100 people or more, all queuing up for one of the shop’s distinctive $2.75 treats. Regulars have been known to pay people to hold their place. Others multitask or use their cellphones to check whether their favorites are still available. Passersby wonder what all the commotion is about.

Judge rules Granby Tower developer doesn’t owe for work (Virginian-Pilot)
The owner of the Granby Tower project isn’t obligated to pay for the more than $13 million of work that the general contractor and subcontractors did on the suspended condo, a Circuit Court judge has determined.

County mulls fees for rides by ambulance (Daily Progress)
Being rushed to a hospital could soon come with an added cost for Albemarle County residents. The county is considering changing an ordinance to allow the local government to charge for emergency transport, officials said Tuesday.

Real Choice? It’s Off Limits in Health Bills (NY Times)
Americans give lower marks to their health insurer than they do to their life insurer, their auto insurer or their bank, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Even the Postal Service gets better marks. (Cable companies, however, get worse ones.) You might think, then, that a central goal of health reform would be to offer people more choice.

Six Ways to Speed Up SBA Loan Approval (WSJ)
Attention small-business owners: Time is running out on an opportunity to access fee-free business loans that are guaranteed up to 90%.

Proof that 4-Day work weeks teally work (TheStreet.com)
Now completing its first full year, the country’s most expansive four-day workweek program allows close to 70% of the state’s 24,000 executive branch workers to put in 10-hour work days Monday through Thursday. The offices are closed on Friday. And keeping municipal offices closed for three-day weekends is saving a jiggle-load of money.

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