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Toy companies break down barriers to be more inclusive

Toy companies are working harder to think outside their usual box, offering more inclusive items such as dolls with disabilities, female superhero figures, and characters with a range of skin tones.

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Firm has contracts to buy the River's Bend and Royal Virginian golf properties

A Charlottesville firm has contracts to buy two golf courses in the Richmond region with plans to turn those properties into land conservation easements.

UK pound's post-Brexit plunge echoes past crises

Throughout the 20th century, Britain endured a series of currency crises that exposed its decline as a major global power.

Employers spice up benefits, offer help with pets, student debt

Would you like some pet insurance to go with the health coverage your employer provides? Or maybe you need help paying student loans or saving for your kid’s college.

One Day University event slated for Saturday in Richmond

The professors will not be giving out homework or grades at the “One Day University” program on Saturday.

Consumer Reports - The path to the perfect cup of coffee

Knowing how to choose the right beans and the proper way to prepare them can make all the difference between a steamy, dreamy cup of coffee and one that’s weak, watery or bitter.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance - Set a withdrawal plan as you prepare for retirement

While you’re still bringing home a paycheck, consider how you want to draw down your savings once you’ve retired.

Biz Bites: Local business highlights from the past week

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Care of preemies: VCU Health operates two of HCA's neonatal intensive care units

Rhythmic beeps and gentle voices punctuate the steady quiet of Johnston-Willis Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Court ruling could encourage realty payoff scheme revival

A decision by a federal appellate court last week is casting new light on practices in the real estate field that buyers and sellers often know little about: Creative, under-the-table payoff schemes among realty brokers, mortgage lenders and title companies that can stifle market competition and raise settlement costs to consumers by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Working the Web: Focus your blogging strategy

Whether you’re a marketing manager or business owner, you should understand that content continues to reign as king in the digital marketing world.

Business Principles 101: Keep it simple

When planning a course of action to accomplish any project or task, there are a few basic principles that seem to always hold true.

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Getting to know: Matt Pochily, with The Salvation Army Central Virginia

Title: Development director of The Salvation Army Central Virginia

Getting to know: John J. Beardsworth Jr. with Hunton & Williams LLP

Title: Partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, head of the business practice; chairman of the American Bar Association’s Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section

Decision Maker: Marcia DuBois with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

New position: director, Division for the Aging, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, this position oversees the administration of the services provided to older adults by Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging; explores creative ways to improve aging programs; provides program updates and direction to three gubernatorial boards; and devises strategies to address emerging legislative, regulatory and policy issues.

Getting to know: Matt Donlon with Uzurv

Title: CEO of Uzurv, a reservation services app for ride-hailing transportation services such as Uber and Lyft

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-- Andrew Mason, founder, Groupon


Should I compare my portfolio to the S&P 500?

This question is on the minds of many investors.  I would suggest that we broaden the question to how should I measure your portfolio.  There are three measurements to utilize.

Verdicts versus Settlements: What Does the Public Get to Know?

Did you know that the vast majority of civil cases settle and never go to trial? Many settled cases also are subject to confidentiality agreements - meaning that the names of the parties or the details of the case or the settlement - will not be shared with the public. On the other hand, if a case goes to trial (unless the case involves a juvenile or is put under seal), the public generally can know the case details - including the outcome if the case goes to verdict.

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