On a roll on the river

A Richmond guide is motoring down the James River five day a week now that he has added historical and wildlife tours to his startup.

Trading Day: Inside the SEC filings for 10.13.11

A big selloff by an investor in a local coal company, plus Genworth closes on the $276 million sale of one of its subsidiaries. And Apple REIT changes the way it allows its investors to cash out.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 10.13.11

Tons of real-estate-related suits this week for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Plus one local bank is trying to collect from a HVAC contractor and another local bank is trying to get back $56,000 from an Italian restaurant.

Hindsight is 20/20, but they’re suing for $365 million

Were the bosses at LandAmerica so incompetent in their handling of the company during the dark days of 2008 that they should pay damages? Or were they making the best decisions they could in a tumultuous time?

Real estate’s dark cloud

Prognosticators say banks are going to have to start unloading repossessed properties to get the commercial real estate market moving.

The R&D Dept.: Patents for 10.12.11

A Petersburg company has invented a knife with a heated blade. And Philip Morris has a slew of new patents including a chewable tobacco pouch.

Apartments headed for auction

A foreclosed complex, owned until recently by a landlord who is going head-to-head with a Richmond TV news station, will be auctioned off Tuesday.

Local firm keeps its cool

When a 105-year-old Richmond company’s owner started considering its options, the management got proactive.

Monday Q&A: Bake for one hour

A former paralegal has a recipe for Richmonders who are a little short on kitchen space.