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Leigh Goessl

Digital Journalist based in Northern Virginia, U.S., United States. Joined on Sep 10, 2011
Expertise in General business news & info, Jobs, Careers & workplace, Education, Technology,   see all» Social media, Internet



Op-Ed: Why small businesses should stick to niche markets

Many decisions need to be made when opening a small business. One of the primary considerations will be the type of inventory to carry. Product choices have a direct effect on the success or failure of the business; it is important to choose wisely.

10 astonishing technologies on the horizon

As we all know, technology is developing at an incredible rate. As 2015 arrives, some developments are expected, others might be a bit more surprising.

MSV in Winchester presents 'Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art' Special

Winchester - Northern Virginia is full of things to see and do and Winchester is no exception. A great museum to check out is the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Lots of art and history to see here.

Ben Lomond House — From plantation to Civil War hospital Special

Manassas - Manassas, Virginia is full of history. The town, located about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C., is probably best known for its role in the American Civil War.

Taco Bell launches mobile app for ordering food

Technology has already been rapidly integrated into most industries and, in recent years, mobile has been making huge strides. The latest trend appears to be ordering fast food through a mobile app.

Identity theft: Why you need to worry beyond data breaches

Data breaches are an obvious problem these days, however, these massive exploits aren't all people need to worry about. While all eyes are on the big exploits, often the small-time criminals are also quietly raking in the cash.

Allegations suggest Russia gave out spying devices at G20 summit

Allegations that Russia tried to snoop on other Group of 20 (G20) countries has emerged. The claim is gifts were given out that were designed to serve as spying devices.

Will hacking into car systems soon be an everyday concern?

Hackers have recently been demonstrating how they can take control of a car from a distance. All that's needed is some know-how and a laptop or even a smartphone.

Wife allegedly uses rare stamps to pay hit man to kill husband

New York - A Manhattan woman is accused of allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband. She reportedly didn't have money to pay for the deadly deed, but wanted to exchange rare stamps and jewelry worth $60,000.

NJ Gov. Christie calls Small Business Administration a 'disaster'

New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie is not happy with the response of the Small Business Administration in the Sandy aftermath and is making no secret about his feelings. In a speech this week, the N.J. governor called the agency a "disaster."

Puppy in recovery after being thrown off Northern Va. balcony

Manassas - Last week a puppy plunged to the ground from two stories up. It is believed the dog, a border collie mix, was thrown from a balcony. After receiving leg surgery, the puppy is now in recovery.

Woman loses everything after company forecloses on wrong house

Logan - A woman's house was recently wrongfully foreclosed on, and because of a mistake, she lost almost everything she owned. A repossession company deemed many of her personal property as "junk" and said the items were sent to a dump.

Mars to approach Earth and 'look like two moons' hoax resurfaces

A hoax that had previously circulated the Internet has resurfaced this August. The message claims Earth will have a close encounter with Mars and it will appear the Earth has two moons. It is a hoax and experts say no such event will occur.

Meeting called to discuss NPS culling deer proposal in Manassas

Manassas - A public meeting is being held at the Manassas National Battlefield Park to discuss the overpopulation of deer. One of the solutions being proposed is a controversial culling of the deer. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday.

Photo Essay: A visit with 'Old Barney' at Long Beach Island, N.J. Special

Barnegat Light - In the mid-19th century, the Barnegat Lighthouse was built on Long Beach Island, in New Jersey. Over the decades the lighthouse has stood tall and today remains a very visible structure on this beautiful island.

Yahoo creates $1.99 'watchlist' for users to claim recycled IDs

Recently, Yahoo announced it was releasing an undisclosed number of inactive user names to be eligible for claim. Now the company has announced it has created a "watchlist" where people can pay to be notified when their favored name is available.

Telephone jury duty scam making the rounds…again

Jury duty scams have been making the rounds for years. Recently, this type of fraud has made a comeback in many states. Scammers typically call their victims by telephone.

Photo Essay: A walk through history at Harper's Ferry, W.V. Special

Harpers Ferry - A visit to Harper's Ferry is a step into the past. Over the centuries the town has been a booming industrial community and one destroyed by war, with much happening in between.

Texas student suspended over RFID badge allowed back in school

San Antonio - A Texas student who was suspended for refusing to wear a school ID containing a "spychip" has been allowed back in her former school. The school has also discontinued its policy of forcing students to carry badges embedded with RFID chips.

Giant panda, Mei Xiang, gives birth at Smithsonian National Zoo

Washington - Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth at the Smithsonian National Zoo. This is the giant panda's third cub. She had given birth last September, but sadly, that panda only lived for a few days.
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