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Land prices have fallen in Virginia (Times-Dispatch)
Prices have fallen by as much as 40 percent since peaking in 2007, land brokers and developers say. But the market seems to have stabilized and activity is picking up.

On eve of mill’s closure, Franklin takes stock (Virginian-Pilot)
Company officials have said there are about 15 offers to “re-purpose” the mill, said Phillip Bradshaw, chairman of the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors and a former mill employee himself. Most of the companies considering the mill for potential re location are “green” industries.

Carilion Labs cuts 90 jobs in merger (Roanoke Times)
Carilion Labs will eliminate about 90 jobs at its Charlotte, N.C.-based reference laboratory.

Hollywood Tries to Block Market for Movie Bets (NY Times)
In a show of solidarity, many of the film industry’s major players, and some sympathetic lawmakers, have aligned in an 11th-hour push to block new financial instruments that would allow traders to swap contracts tied to box-office results.

Why Women Don’t Want Macho Men (WSJ)
Not business news, but fascinating. New research suggests that women from countries with healthier populations prefer more feminine-looking men. Jena Pincott on the science behind attraction and masculinity, and the future for manly men.

Here’s a legal way to print money: change the font (AP)
Because different fonts require different amounts of ink to print, you could be buying new printer cartridges less often if you wrote in, say, Century Gothic rather than Arial. Schools and businesses could save thousands of dollars with font changes.

Tech Essentials (Entrepreneur)
Startups come in all shapes and sizes, but for all their differences, there are some technological staples each company needs to survive.

Land prices have fallen in Virginia (Times-Dispatch)
Prices have fallen by as much as 40 percent since peaking in 2007, land brokers and developers say. But the market seems to have stabilized and activity is picking up.

On eve of mill’s closure, Franklin takes stock (Virginian-Pilot)
Company officials have said there are about 15 offers to “re-purpose” the mill, said Phillip Bradshaw, chairman of the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors and a former mill employee himself. Most of the companies considering the mill for potential re location are “green” industries.

Carilion Labs cuts 90 jobs in merger (Roanoke Times)
Carilion Labs will eliminate about 90 jobs at its Charlotte, N.C.-based reference laboratory.

Hollywood Tries to Block Market for Movie Bets (NY Times)
In a show of solidarity, many of the film industry’s major players, and some sympathetic lawmakers, have aligned in an 11th-hour push to block new financial instruments that would allow traders to swap contracts tied to box-office results.

Why Women Don’t Want Macho Men (WSJ)
Not business news, but fascinating. New research suggests that women from countries with healthier populations prefer more feminine-looking men. Jena Pincott on the science behind attraction and masculinity, and the future for manly men.

Here’s a legal way to print money: change the font (AP)
Because different fonts require different amounts of ink to print, you could be buying new printer cartridges less often if you wrote in, say, Century Gothic rather than Arial. Schools and businesses could save thousands of dollars with font changes.

Tech Essentials (Entrepreneur)
Startups come in all shapes and sizes, but for all their differences, there are some technological staples each company needs to survive.

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