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Good Gourd! What's With All The Weird-Looking Squash?
Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 8:14am

Cinderella pumpkins just don't cut it for fall decor anymore. Squash and gourds come in all sorts of colors and sizes — and as far as consumers are concerned, the stranger, the better.

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7 Questions To Ask Your Boss About Wellness Privacy
Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 6:11am

More employers than ever are nudging workers toward plans that screen them for risks, monitor their activity and encourage them to make healthful choices. Can you trust the boss to keep the data safe?

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For Environmentalists, Mines Near Wilderness Are Too Close For Comfort
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 12:03pm

A couple is spending 365 days in the nation's most visited wilderness area to raise awareness of a sulfide-ore mining plan they say will put the watershed ecosystem in danger. Some locals disagree.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

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Hot off the presses: Inova Health System takes control of the 117-acre Exxon Mobil campus in Merrifield today to begin development of the Inova Center for Personalized Health. "Health-focused" restaurants and retailers, technology-centered businesses, a wellness center and helipad and cutting-edge research are part of the concept that Inova officials have for the reimagined campus. We imagine you'll want to read the story and video that Tina Reed researched for the Washington Business Journal.

Sunny side up: The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality OKed a proposal to build an 80-megawatt "solar farm" on Virginia's Eastern Shore to produce electricity to power the data centers of Amazon Web Services, which has a major presence in Herndon. Power over to for details.

Roll out the welcome mat: Allegheny Science & Technology (AST), a West Virginia-based provider of technology services to government agencies, opened a co-headquarters in Tysons Corner. The new space houses AST's business development, proposal and recruiting operations. Go ahead and open this release picked up by the Potomac Tech Wire.

Keeping score: Reston-based comScore and fellow digital media measurement and research company Rentrak will merge operations. Portland, Ore.-based Rentrak will become a subsidiary of comScore. Jeff Clabaugh merged information for this Washington Business Journal piece.