Big business gets generous

A Wider Circle staff member carrying a chair off the truck to take into the showroom. (Meaghan Donohoe/A Wider Circle)

Pullbacks in federal spending have hurt many charities and businesses alike, but that didn’t stop several area companies from lending a hand to those who need it.

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    The biggest small-business stories of 2014

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    Fannie Mae said to settle on new headquarters at 555 12th Street

    Housing giant will replace law firm Arnold & Porter in offices near Metro Center.

    Arlington County reloads staff to rescue its economy

    Arlington County reloads staff to rescue its economy

    Two new hires could rejuvenate county’s economy after setbacks on leasing, streetcar and Artisphere.

    New chief business officer at CircleBack

    New chief business officer at CircleBack

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    This Aussie contractor is optimistic about the American defense market

    This Aussie contractor is optimistic about the American defense market

    Varley Group, one of Australia’s oldest companies, sets up shop in the District and says there’s plenty of room to grow.

    Columnists

    Michelle Singletary

    Michelle Singletary

    New law lets some pension plans cut promised benefits

    Some multi-employer plans without enough money to pay full benefits within 15 or 20 years can make cuts.

    Barry Ritholtz

    Barry Ritholtz

    For investors, it’s a perfect time to go back to the basics

    Knowing when to seek help, and adhering to the old tenets of patience and discipline, can lead to success.

    Thomas Heath

    Thomas Heath

    Pakistan native builds profits and bridges with software

    Imran Aftab says a meeting with the principal of his Jesuit high school in Karachi changed his life.

    Market News

    Stocks mostly higher at midday, extending advance

    Stocks mostly higher at midday, extending advance

    Major stock indexes edged mostly higher Monday but the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices.

    Wonkblog

    How guns make police less safe, their jobs more difficult and communities less trusting

    How guns make police less safe, their jobs more difficult and communities less trusting

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    Researchers’ latest weapon in the fight against mental illness? Twitter.

    Researchers’ latest weapon in the fight against mental illness? Twitter.

    They hope language clues from social media messages will shed new light on mental health disorders.

    A lot of Southern whites are a little bit black

    A lot of Southern whites are a little bit black

    Six million Americans who describe themselves as white have some African ancestry, according to a new study.

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    What will the future hold for Sony’s Amy Pascal?

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    When giving to charity, is your time worth more than your money?

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    The Switch

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    As NYC shooting unfolded, police tried to communicate about the suspect by fax

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    North Korea’s Internet is going suspiciously haywire

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