UMW Foundation files application for hotel (Fred.com)
The University of Mary Washington Foundation has filed a rezoning application that would allow it to build a new hotel at Eagle Village across U.S. 1 from UMW’s main campus in Fredericksburg. This post includes a good bit of detail about the planned hotel.
Senate approves nearly $27 million for Craney Island (Virginian-Pilot)
The federal spending bill approved Saturday by the U.S. Senate might provide an early holiday present for the Port of Virginia: $26.9 million for expansion of Craney Island in Portsmouth.
Soft Power (Slate)
The terrifying awesomeness of Nerf guns, darts, swords, and axes.
The Price to Play Its Way (NY Times)
A really neat story. If you want a diploma blessed by the A.B.A. — and you don’t have rich parents, a plum scholarship or an in-state public law school with lots of taxpayer support — you are pretty much out of luck. And that is not just a problem for would-be attorneys. The lack of affordable law school options, scholars say, helps explain why so many Americans don’t hire lawyers.
Online Pawn Shops Lend Cash Fast (WSJ)
Web-based pawn shops typically have lower fees than traditional shops, but rates are higher than other types of lending. And borrowers must be willing to lose the collateral they put up if they can’t pay back the money.
Zynga’s Pincus: Why we went public (Fortune)
A conversation with Zynga CEO Mark Pincus.