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SportsQuest gets additional $15 million bond allocation (Times-Dispatch)
SportsQuest — the 250-acre, $250 million sports megacomplex slated for groundbreaking in a matter of weeks in Chesterfield County — has gotten another significant financial boost courtesy of federal stimulus funds.

J.C. Penney to close call center in Chesterfield, laying off 250 (Times-Dispatch)
J.C. Penney Co. Inc. is closing a catalog call center in Chesterfield County in March and laying off about 250 people in a region already hit by high unemployment.

Norfolk Southern clearing the way for Elliston intermodal site (Roanoke Times)
Norfolk Southern Corp. is clearing land for a planned intermodal train terminal even as attorneys for Montgomery County try to block the project’s state funding.

Proposed All-White Basketball League Claims It’s Not About Race (Sporting News)
Every so often a news item comes along so absurd that you must shake your fists at our nation’s fiction and satire writers for not preparing us for something so plainly outlandish and contradictory. And so it is with the All-American Basketball Alliance, a start-up basketball league open only to American-born males who were born to no fewer than two white parents.

Burger King plans beer-selling Whopper Bar in South Beach (USA Today)
Gimme a Whopper, fries — and a beer. Those words are no longer wishful thinking. Friday, Burger King (BKC) will unveil plans to sell beer and burgers at a Whopper Bar — a new BK concept to compete with casual dining restaurants — in Miami Beach’s tourist-heavy South Beach. The South Beach Whopper Bar is scheduled to open in mid-February.

Venture Capital Was Tight for Tech Start-Ups in ’09 (NY Times)
Venture capitalists, whose money provides fuel to technology start-ups, last year invested the lowest amount in such companies since 1997, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association released on Friday.

Three Best Ways to Motivate Recession-Weary Staff (WSJ)
If the bleak economy has your employees singing the blues, consider going out of your way to show just how much you value their service. The effort can help boost morale and may even be prudent if you’ve had to cut salaries or work hours, or if your firm is operating leaner than normal.

The Weekly Wind-Down: Great New Yorker Cartoon
Worth a quick second.

SportsQuest gets additional $15 million bond allocation (Times-Dispatch)
SportsQuest — the 250-acre, $250 million sports megacomplex slated for groundbreaking in a matter of weeks in Chesterfield County — has gotten another significant financial boost courtesy of federal stimulus funds.

J.C. Penney to close call center in Chesterfield, laying off 250 (Times-Dispatch)
J.C. Penney Co. Inc. is closing a catalog call center in Chesterfield County in March and laying off about 250 people in a region already hit by high unemployment.

Norfolk Southern clearing the way for Elliston intermodal site (Roanoke Times)
Norfolk Southern Corp. is clearing land for a planned intermodal train terminal even as attorneys for Montgomery County try to block the project’s state funding.

Proposed All-White Basketball League Claims It’s Not About Race (Sporting News)
Every so often a news item comes along so absurd that you must shake your fists at our nation’s fiction and satire writers for not preparing us for something so plainly outlandish and contradictory. And so it is with the All-American Basketball Alliance, a start-up basketball league open only to American-born males who were born to no fewer than two white parents.

Burger King plans beer-selling Whopper Bar in South Beach (USA Today)
Gimme a Whopper, fries — and a beer. Those words are no longer wishful thinking. Friday, Burger King (BKC) will unveil plans to sell beer and burgers at a Whopper Bar — a new BK concept to compete with casual dining restaurants — in Miami Beach’s tourist-heavy South Beach. The South Beach Whopper Bar is scheduled to open in mid-February.

Venture Capital Was Tight for Tech Start-Ups in ’09 (NY Times)
Venture capitalists, whose money provides fuel to technology start-ups, last year invested the lowest amount in such companies since 1997, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association released on Friday.

Three Best Ways to Motivate Recession-Weary Staff (WSJ)
If the bleak economy has your employees singing the blues, consider going out of your way to show just how much you value their service. The effort can help boost morale and may even be prudent if you’ve had to cut salaries or work hours, or if your firm is operating leaner than normal.

The Weekly Wind-Down: Great New Yorker Cartoon
Worth a quick second.

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