NewsFeeds 8.19.10

A crabbing calamity? (Daily Press)
Chesapeake Bay blue crabs have rebounded dramatically, but there aren’t enough processors left to handle the new surge of business.

Closed Doubletree hotel in Norfolk is purchased (Virginian-Pilot)
The Doubletree Hotel Norfolk Airport at the Gallery at Military Circle, which has been closed for months, has a new owner. Local businessman Prashant Merchant and a group of partners reached a deal in recent weeks to acquire the property from local hotel developer and operator Raj Randeria, the businessmen said this week.

Girdles for men? Beer-bellied guys are taking a cue from the ladies. (Washington Post)
Spanx for Men — undershirts that fit and feel like a wet suit — debuted to such testosterone-fueled success this year that the company is coming out with a line of (gulp) bottoms for the fall. The cotton compression undershirt “helps with the love handles and beer belly and man boobs — or ‘moobs,’ as we call them,” says Maggie Adams, public relations manager for Spanx.

Leery of Washington, Alaska Feasts on Its Dollars (NY Times)
Alaskans tend to live with their contradictions in these recessionary times. No place benefits more from federal largess than this state, where the Republican governor decries “intrusive” federal policies, officials sue to overturn the health care legislation and Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, voted against the stimulus bill.

Scandals, Why we can’t live without them (Slate)
It’s only when a great scandal breaks after a protracted dry spell that you realize how much delight other people’s transgressions provide the community and how monotonous things get when everyone plays by the rules.

Barefoot shoes try to outrace the black market (Fortune)
Imagine: You make a really ugly shoe, but one that takes a unique approach to ergonomics. A best-selling book heaps praise on your funny-looking footwear. A scientific study in a national journal confirms your shoe’s structural excellence. Athletes go ballistic about your shoe, creating fan websites and buying the shoes faster than you can supply retailers. Suddenly, you run smack into one of the perils of innovation: you’ve created such a heavy demand that someone else is trying to take advantage of it. In other words, you’ve attracted counterfeiters. They’re everywhere.

From Concept to Market–in 10 Months Flat (Entrepreneur)
How one entrepreneur navigated the inventing minefield and brought his idea for bass-thumping travel speakers to life.

A crabbing calamity? (Daily Press)
Chesapeake Bay blue crabs have rebounded dramatically, but there aren’t enough processors left to handle the new surge of business.

Closed Doubletree hotel in Norfolk is purchased (Virginian-Pilot)
The Doubletree Hotel Norfolk Airport at the Gallery at Military Circle, which has been closed for months, has a new owner. Local businessman Prashant Merchant and a group of partners reached a deal in recent weeks to acquire the property from local hotel developer and operator Raj Randeria, the businessmen said this week.

Girdles for men? Beer-bellied guys are taking a cue from the ladies. (Washington Post)
Spanx for Men — undershirts that fit and feel like a wet suit — debuted to such testosterone-fueled success this year that the company is coming out with a line of (gulp) bottoms for the fall. The cotton compression undershirt “helps with the love handles and beer belly and man boobs — or ‘moobs,’ as we call them,” says Maggie Adams, public relations manager for Spanx.

Leery of Washington, Alaska Feasts on Its Dollars (NY Times)
Alaskans tend to live with their contradictions in these recessionary times. No place benefits more from federal largess than this state, where the Republican governor decries “intrusive” federal policies, officials sue to overturn the health care legislation and Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, voted against the stimulus bill.

Scandals, Why we can’t live without them (Slate)
It’s only when a great scandal breaks after a protracted dry spell that you realize how much delight other people’s transgressions provide the community and how monotonous things get when everyone plays by the rules.

Barefoot shoes try to outrace the black market (Fortune)
Imagine: You make a really ugly shoe, but one that takes a unique approach to ergonomics. A best-selling book heaps praise on your funny-looking footwear. A scientific study in a national journal confirms your shoe’s structural excellence. Athletes go ballistic about your shoe, creating fan websites and buying the shoes faster than you can supply retailers. Suddenly, you run smack into one of the perils of innovation: you’ve created such a heavy demand that someone else is trying to take advantage of it. In other words, you’ve attracted counterfeiters. They’re everywhere.

From Concept to Market–in 10 Months Flat (Entrepreneur)
How one entrepreneur navigated the inventing minefield and brought his idea for bass-thumping travel speakers to life.

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