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S-A-T-I-R-E Report: Second Floor In Shockoe McDonald’s A Fake (Tobacco Avenue)
The cover story investigation found “no internal stairwell leading to a second story” at the popular Richmond McDonald’s location, while hidden cameras in the kitchen area – placed by McDonald’s employees – similarly found no access to the restaurant’s purported upper floor.

Richmond-area foreclosure filings up 39% in 2009 (Times-Dispatch)
In all, 7,177 properties — or 1.41 percent of all households — received a notice last year, RealtyTrac reported. Nationally, 2.21 percent of all households received foreclosure filings last year, up 21 percent from 2008, the report showed. Filings are notices of default, auction or foreclosure sales.

Virginia Gov. McDonnell gives Republican Party response to State of the Union (Washington Post)
In a presentation that mimicked many of the trappings of President Obama’s address, McDonnell delivered his speech in front of a packed audience of about 250 family members, friends and donors in the state’s historic Capitol.

How Merchants Deal with Rising Credit-Card Costs (WSJ)
To negotiate, merchants should sit down with their bank — or, in the case of AmEx and Discover, a third-party acquirer — over their “merchant discount” rate, which may include service fees such as transaction processing, terminal rental and customer service. However, the interchange rate set by Visa and MasterCard, which they say varies between 1% and 2% based on the type of business a merchant runs, purchase amounts, payment product type, processing technology the merchant uses and region or country, is generally unmovable.

Welcome to the Weirdest New Internet Pastime: Chat Roulette (Fast Company)
A new internet fad that pairs you with a random videochat partner–and attracts some of the weirdest people in the world.

S-A-T-I-R-E Report: Second Floor In Shockoe McDonald’s A Fake (Tobacco Avenue)
The cover story investigation found “no internal stairwell leading to a second story” at the popular Richmond McDonald’s location, while hidden cameras in the kitchen area – placed by McDonald’s employees – similarly found no access to the restaurant’s purported upper floor.

Richmond-area foreclosure filings up 39% in 2009 (Times-Dispatch)
In all, 7,177 properties — or 1.41 percent of all households — received a notice last year, RealtyTrac reported. Nationally, 2.21 percent of all households received foreclosure filings last year, up 21 percent from 2008, the report showed. Filings are notices of default, auction or foreclosure sales.

Virginia Gov. McDonnell gives Republican Party response to State of the Union (Washington Post)
In a presentation that mimicked many of the trappings of President Obama’s address, McDonnell delivered his speech in front of a packed audience of about 250 family members, friends and donors in the state’s historic Capitol.

How Merchants Deal with Rising Credit-Card Costs (WSJ)
To negotiate, merchants should sit down with their bank — or, in the case of AmEx and Discover, a third-party acquirer — over their “merchant discount” rate, which may include service fees such as transaction processing, terminal rental and customer service. However, the interchange rate set by Visa and MasterCard, which they say varies between 1% and 2% based on the type of business a merchant runs, purchase amounts, payment product type, processing technology the merchant uses and region or country, is generally unmovable.

Welcome to the Weirdest New Internet Pastime: Chat Roulette (Fast Company)
A new internet fad that pairs you with a random videochat partner–and attracts some of the weirdest people in the world.

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