Write-Offs: 02.08.12

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$$$Banks Near $25 Billion Pact on Foreclosure Probe [WSJ]

$$$Brokers suspended in Libor inquiry [FT]

$$$Greek Party Leaders Fail to Agree on Bailout Package [CNBC]

$$$Debt investors regain appetite for Europe’s periphery [FT]

$$$Goldman Wins Auction for A.I.G. Assets [DealBook]

$$$Youth Hockey Coach Makes Sick Yo Momma Burn [Deadspin]

$$$States seek currencies made of silver and gold [CNN via Alea]

$$$Goldman, on Both Sides of a Deal, Is Now in Court [DealBook]

$$$Diamond Removes CEO, CFO Amid Probe [WSJ]

$$$Groupon loss and weak sales clobber shares [Reuters]

$$$SEC's Hawke warns the young on insider trading [Reuters]

$$$A judge handed down a novel sentence to a husband who shoved his wife in a domestic dispute rather than making him post a bond. ... ‘He’s going to stop by somewhere and he’s going to get some flowers,’ Mr Hurley said during Bray’s bond hearing at the Broward County courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. ‘He’s going to get a card, he’s going to get flowers, and then he’s going to go home, pick up his wife, get dressed and take her to Red Lobster, and after that Red Lobster they’re going to go bowling.’ The unusual sentence prompted some tittering in the courthouse, particularly when a defence attorney asked the judge: ‘Does he have to let her win?’ [Daily Mail via TheJaneDough]

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Write-Offs: 10.23.12

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Write-Offs: 08.21.12

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