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HUD Awards Millions To Va. Housing Counselors

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Eighteen housing counseling programs in Virginia will have to share the $4.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money is to go to help homebuyers, renters and the homeless either avoid foreclosure or get their finances in order.

HUD gave out approximately $73 million nationwide. ClearPoint Financial Solutions in Richmond received $1.9 million and Catholic Charities USA in Alexandria is slated to receive $1.3 million for counseling. The money represents a 22 percent funding increase from 2009's levels.

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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
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When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

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