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Contract talks break down at West Point paper mill (Times-Dispatch)
Months of contract negotiations between Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. and a union representing 399 workers at its West Point paper mill have stalled without an agreement, leading the company to prepare for a possible strike.

Alexandria has ambitious plan for its waterfront (Washington Post)
Last week the city completed its most recent plans for the waterfront, a stretch of parks, shops and warehouses along the Potomac River centered around the foot of King Street. The idea is to continue celebrating the area’s architectural and cultural history while expanding its ability to attract visitors, new development and tax revenue.

Chinese ship ‘arrested’ in Portsmouth crane mishap (Virginian-Pilot)
The U.S. Marshals Service has “arrested” a Chinese ship after a crane aboard the vessel damaged a towering new container crane at APM Terminals in Portsmouth.

Commercial Real Estate Breathes Life Into a Moribund Market (NY Times)
A number of big banks have successfully bundled and sold new securities backed by loans on office and retail properties, which has bolstered the securitization market.

Apartment Construction: Looking Up (Business Week)
Vacancy rates are down, building costs are stable, and demand for rental properties is set to climb.

How to Make Money in 6 Easy Steps (Inc.)
Entrepreneur Jason Fried offers the most fundamental of all small-business advice: how to get good at making money.

Small Tech Firms Tap Into Churches (WSJ)
Small firms that provide services—from audio/visual expertise to website development—find that houses of worship can be a new market to penetrate.

David vs. Goliath (Fortune)
These three small companies aim to upstage their larger rivals by giving consumers what they really want: products that are green, wireless — and more comfortable.

Contract talks break down at West Point paper mill (Times-Dispatch)
Months of contract negotiations between Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. and a union representing 399 workers at its West Point paper mill have stalled without an agreement, leading the company to prepare for a possible strike.

Alexandria has ambitious plan for its waterfront (Washington Post)
Last week the city completed its most recent plans for the waterfront, a stretch of parks, shops and warehouses along the Potomac River centered around the foot of King Street. The idea is to continue celebrating the area’s architectural and cultural history while expanding its ability to attract visitors, new development and tax revenue.

Chinese ship ‘arrested’ in Portsmouth crane mishap (Virginian-Pilot)
The U.S. Marshals Service has “arrested” a Chinese ship after a crane aboard the vessel damaged a towering new container crane at APM Terminals in Portsmouth.

Commercial Real Estate Breathes Life Into a Moribund Market (NY Times)
A number of big banks have successfully bundled and sold new securities backed by loans on office and retail properties, which has bolstered the securitization market.

Apartment Construction: Looking Up (Business Week)
Vacancy rates are down, building costs are stable, and demand for rental properties is set to climb.

How to Make Money in 6 Easy Steps (Inc.)
Entrepreneur Jason Fried offers the most fundamental of all small-business advice: how to get good at making money.

Small Tech Firms Tap Into Churches (WSJ)
Small firms that provide services—from audio/visual expertise to website development—find that houses of worship can be a new market to penetrate.

David vs. Goliath (Fortune)
These three small companies aim to upstage their larger rivals by giving consumers what they really want: products that are green, wireless — and more comfortable.

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