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Byram’s Lobster House owner accused of damaging neighboring building (Times-Dispatch)
The owner of Byram’s Lobster House, an institution in Richmond, has been indicted on charges of damaging a neighboring building and threatening to blow it up.

Hampton gift card idea raises equity concerns (Daily Press)
On the streets of Phoebus, a community hit by the recession and the impending departure of the Army from Fort Monroe, the notion of Hampton  city workers being given almost $1 million in gift cards to spend at the Peninsula Town Center, found little favor Wednesday.

Verizon seeks to lower its tax bill, at cities’ expense (Virginian-Pilot)
Verizon Communications Inc. wants to cut its tax bill in Virginia, leaving a $2 million hole in the budgets of the region’s localities.

Start-Up Programs Find Niche (WSJ)
Some business incubators—programs designed to support early-stage companies—are going niche, specializing in industries like fashion, food and design, to focus on entrepreneurs in emerging fields or areas that require expensive resources to get started.

Backlash grows over pat-downs, scanners (USA Today)
The government’s efforts to keep the airways safe by subjecting travelers to more scrutiny are facing their biggest backlash since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — even as recent terror attempts indicate that air travel remains a prime target for groups linked to al-Qaeda.

Review will determine whether banks can begin paying dividends again (Washington Post)
The nation’s biggest banks will undergo reviews by regulators to establish whether their financial positions are solid enough to begin paying dividends again, as the banking sector tries to return to normalcy and its overseers try to gauge whether the time is right.

10 Tips for Rebranding a Business (Inc.)
You can’t run your company the same way forever. Here are 10 ideas for bringing about change and breathing new life into your business.

Byram’s Lobster House owner accused of damaging neighboring building (Times-Dispatch)
The owner of Byram’s Lobster House, an institution in Richmond, has been indicted on charges of damaging a neighboring building and threatening to blow it up.

Hampton gift card idea raises equity concerns (Daily Press)
On the streets of Phoebus, a community hit by the recession and the impending departure of the Army from Fort Monroe, the notion of Hampton  city workers being given almost $1 million in gift cards to spend at the Peninsula Town Center, found little favor Wednesday.

Verizon seeks to lower its tax bill, at cities’ expense (Virginian-Pilot)
Verizon Communications Inc. wants to cut its tax bill in Virginia, leaving a $2 million hole in the budgets of the region’s localities.

Start-Up Programs Find Niche (WSJ)
Some business incubators—programs designed to support early-stage companies—are going niche, specializing in industries like fashion, food and design, to focus on entrepreneurs in emerging fields or areas that require expensive resources to get started.

Backlash grows over pat-downs, scanners (USA Today)
The government’s efforts to keep the airways safe by subjecting travelers to more scrutiny are facing their biggest backlash since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — even as recent terror attempts indicate that air travel remains a prime target for groups linked to al-Qaeda.

Review will determine whether banks can begin paying dividends again (Washington Post)
The nation’s biggest banks will undergo reviews by regulators to establish whether their financial positions are solid enough to begin paying dividends again, as the banking sector tries to return to normalcy and its overseers try to gauge whether the time is right.

10 Tips for Rebranding a Business (Inc.)
You can’t run your company the same way forever. Here are 10 ideas for bringing about change and breathing new life into your business.

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