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Woman gets 10 years for defrauding Va. fund for disabled children (Times-Dispatch)
Allen, according to a federal indictment and federal and state prosecutors, falsified or inflated invoices for handicap-accessible vans and housing-renovation work. She created two fictitious companies fronting as a design firm and a van-conversion firm.

Millions in debt after golf course is built leave Buena Vista in a trap (Roanoke Times)
Unable to make a July payment on the $9.2 million Buena Vista borrowed to build the Vista Links golf course, the city could lose its municipal building, its police station — and its golf course.

Obama cancels Virginia’s drilling plans (Daily Press)
The pursuit of oil and natural gas off Virginia’s coast, gaining momentum two months ago, came to an abrupt halt Thursday as President Barack Obama clamped down on the offshore drilling industry.

Ford considers cutting its Mercury brand (USA Today)
Reports are surfacing that Ford executives will show the automaker’s board of directors in July a plan to discontinue Mercury, created in 1939 by Edsel Ford, son of company founder Henry Ford.

For Businesses, Bully Lawsuits May Pose New Threat (WSJ)
Who’s afraid of the big, bad boss? A significant number of U.S. workers say they are— and soon those in New York may be able to sue their employers, including small businesses, for any suffering they experience at the hands of a toxic boss or other workplace bully.

The Weekly Wind-Down: New Google Phone Service Whispers Targeted Ads Directly Into Users’ Ears (Onion)
Very funny, especially at the end.

Woman gets 10 years for defrauding Va. fund for disabled children (Times-Dispatch)
Allen, according to a federal indictment and federal and state prosecutors, falsified or inflated invoices for handicap-accessible vans and housing-renovation work. She created two fictitious companies fronting as a design firm and a van-conversion firm.

Millions in debt after golf course is built leave Buena Vista in a trap (Roanoke Times)
Unable to make a July payment on the $9.2 million Buena Vista borrowed to build the Vista Links golf course, the city could lose its municipal building, its police station — and its golf course.

Obama cancels Virginia’s drilling plans (Daily Press)
The pursuit of oil and natural gas off Virginia’s coast, gaining momentum two months ago, came to an abrupt halt Thursday as President Barack Obama clamped down on the offshore drilling industry.

Ford considers cutting its Mercury brand (USA Today)
Reports are surfacing that Ford executives will show the automaker’s board of directors in July a plan to discontinue Mercury, created in 1939 by Edsel Ford, son of company founder Henry Ford.

For Businesses, Bully Lawsuits May Pose New Threat (WSJ)
Who’s afraid of the big, bad boss? A significant number of U.S. workers say they are— and soon those in New York may be able to sue their employers, including small businesses, for any suffering they experience at the hands of a toxic boss or other workplace bully.

The Weekly Wind-Down: New Google Phone Service Whispers Targeted Ads Directly Into Users’ Ears (Onion)
Very funny, especially at the end.

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