Write-Offs: 05.23.13

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$$$Three SAC Executives Received Subpoenas in Probe [WSJ]

$$$Sequester Means $1 Billion More Of Cocaine Floods Into US: Coast Guard [Breaking Defense]

$$$Icahn seeks up to $7 billion for Dell bid [Reuters]

$$$ Before Dom Starsia talks about national titles, he unfolds a two-foot-wide spreadsheet that gives University of Virginia recruits a look at life after lacrosse. A big part of the coach’s sales pitch for a university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 is VLAN, or the Virginia Lacrosse Alumni Network, a 300-person database of former male and female players who work in finance and other fields and are willing to help cub Cavaliers get there, too. The database gives a person’s name, firm, industry, title, e-mail and telephone number, says Drew Fox, a managing director at Neuberger Berman Group LLC whom Starsia credits with turning a loose affiliation of former players into an organized pipeline of mentors. “Banker, equity guy, trader, analyst -- I don’t even know what those jobs are,” says Starsia, whose teams have produced four national championships and 13 Final Fours over his 21 seasons in Charlottesville. “But I do know it’s an impressive list.” [Bloomberg]

$$$ In cooperation with the FBI, his victims and members of the Madoff family, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment this week opened a permanent exhibition devoted to one of the headlining villains of the Great Recession. [CNBC]

$$$Wall Street Seeks Dodd-Frank Changes Through Trade Talks [Bloomberg]

$$$Mom has son arrested for stealing her Pop-Tarts [News Observer]

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Write-Offs: 03.23.12

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Write-Offs: 07.11.12

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