There have been quite a few stories in the news that have been worth keeping up with lately.
In Florida, the jig is up for tot mom Casey Anthony.
The public, and police, have been on the Anthony rollercoaster since June. And now police say we may be near an ending. Remains found in the woods near the Anthony home ‘resemble’ that of the missing tot. Police and prosecutors are waiting until DNA and other tests are completed before making a positive identification.
Orange County, Florida, sheriff’s spokesman Carlos Padilla gave three reasons for the belief the body is Caylee’s:
• No other children have been reported missing in the area.
• The remains are consistent with a child of Caylee’s age.
• They were found in close proximity to the home of Caylee’s grandparents.
Caylee Anthony was 2 when she disappeared in June. Her mother, Casey Anthony, 22, didn’t report her missing for a month and is charged with murder. And that was the start of the bad leads and weird stories. The question is, is or was Casey Anthony of sound mind?
The Auto Bailout needs a Bailout.
Bad news for the Detroit big boys.
The bailout plan failed in the usual dramatic fashion on Thursday after Senate Republicans balked at passing the bill without more wage and benefit concessions from autoworkers. The measure was to provide $14 billion in immediate loans.
The result? General Motors Corp. ill temporarily close 20 factories across North America and make sweeping cuts to its vehicle production as it tries to adjust to dramatically weaker automobile demand.
GM said it will cut 250,000 vehicles from its production schedule for the first quarter of 2009, which includes a cut of 60,000 vehicles announced last week. Normal production would be around 750,000 cars and trucks for the quarter, spokesman Tony Sapienza said. (See pictures of the remains of Detroit.)
The White House says, but don’t hold your breath, it may tap into its $700 billion Wall Street bailout fund to help GM and Chrysler stay in business.
Honda Motor Co. says it is cutting production in North America by 119,000 vehicles for its fiscal year ending March 31.
On a side note, “How you define an American car is one of the great conundrums of this world,” said Dutch Mandel, the editor and associate publisher of AutoWeek.
Fewer than half of the parts on some Big Three vehicles are made in the U.S.
Looking at a Ford Fusion? It is assembled in Mexico. The Chrysler 300C is assembled in Canada, but its transmission is from Indiana; the brand’s V-8 engine is made in Mexico. Engines in the Chevrolet Equinox sport utility vehicle are from China.
On the other hand, Toyota’s Camry is comprised 80 percent of parts made in the United States, and 56 percent of Toyota’s vehicles sold in the U.S. also are made here, according to Toyota spokeswoman Sona Iliffe-Moon.
“When you have manufacturers from around the world building cars in the U.S. with 85 percent domestic content — engine, transmission, assembly — is that an American car?” Mandel asked. Or, he asks, is it considered foreign because the profits go back to a foreign country?
And then there is Illinois….
Gov. Rod Blagojevich is still indeed the Governor. He finished his work week in a federal courthouse.The attorney general asked the state’s supreme court to have the scandal-ridden governor stripped of his powers.
In yet another matter linking the issue to scandle, a fundraiser held by Indian-American businessmen three days before Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges emerged Friday as a potentially key event in the federal investigation into whether he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.
You know, stuff like this takes the pressure off of the constant worry about the economy and getting through the holidays, broke.