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Chesterfield signs off on SportsQuest deal (Times-Dispatch)
Chesterfield County yesterday signed a $4.3 million deal with SportsQuest, securing the 20-year lease of eight synthetic-turf playing fields and a practice area along with use of other facilities on the under-construction 250-acre campus near the Powhite Parkway Extension and state Route 288.County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier defended the county’s expense as a shrewd — and safe — investment.

Businesses, town working to sell success in Rocky Mount (Roanoke Times)
The economic slump has taken its toll in Rocky Mount, but many businesses are turning around, and town officials are working hard to encourage new growth.

More is spent on jobless in U.S., but benefits near end (USA Today)
The number of people collecting benefits will fall from 10.5 million to 7 million at the end of July if Congress doesn’t extend the payments.

Did Facebook Unfriend Me? (Slate)
What is Facebook, and why am I on it? It seems like a silly question to ask at this stage in the game, doesn’t it? Facebook is a social networking platform, and I am on it because everyone else is on it. Until a couple of months ago, those answers were plenty good enough for me.

Business Owners Find Creative Ways to Collect the Bills (WSJ)
Late-paying customers have been a particular nuisance for small-business owners through the recession. But some owners have learned to creatively pry money from their delinquent clientele.

Her Road to $1.7 Billion (Inc.)
Leslie Blodgett of Bare Escentuals grew the company from a tiny maker of bath and body products to a $1.7 billion business with 130 locations nationwide. Here’s how she did it.

Chesterfield signs off on SportsQuest deal (Times-Dispatch)
Chesterfield County yesterday signed a $4.3 million deal with SportsQuest, securing the 20-year lease of eight synthetic-turf playing fields and a practice area along with use of other facilities on the under-construction 250-acre campus near the Powhite Parkway Extension and state Route 288.County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier defended the county’s expense as a shrewd — and safe — investment.

Businesses, town working to sell success in Rocky Mount (Roanoke Times)
The economic slump has taken its toll in Rocky Mount, but many businesses are turning around, and town officials are working hard to encourage new growth.

More is spent on jobless in U.S., but benefits near end (USA Today)
The number of people collecting benefits will fall from 10.5 million to 7 million at the end of July if Congress doesn’t extend the payments.

Did Facebook Unfriend Me? (Slate)
What is Facebook, and why am I on it? It seems like a silly question to ask at this stage in the game, doesn’t it? Facebook is a social networking platform, and I am on it because everyone else is on it. Until a couple of months ago, those answers were plenty good enough for me.

Business Owners Find Creative Ways to Collect the Bills (WSJ)
Late-paying customers have been a particular nuisance for small-business owners through the recession. But some owners have learned to creatively pry money from their delinquent clientele.

Her Road to $1.7 Billion (Inc.)
Leslie Blodgett of Bare Escentuals grew the company from a tiny maker of bath and body products to a $1.7 billion business with 130 locations nationwide. Here’s how she did it.

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