Washington — Fisker Automotive Inc. on Friday laid off about 160 people — most of its staff — as the struggling start-up automaker searches for a buyer or may file for bankruptcy in coming weeks. A company statement confirmed it had laid off about 75 percent of its workforce of around 210 people. "Our efforts to secure a strategic alliance or partnership are continuing in earnest, but unfortunately we have reached a point where a significant reduction in our workforce has become necessary," Fisker said. (Snip) Fisker - which raised more than $1 billion - has around $30 million left. It could opt
Comments: Green chutes everywhere! Or better, green ´chutes, as in parachutes, for those lucky Obama supporters receiving forced taxpayer largesse. In this case, it´s $529 million.
Yes sireeee - another winning pick from our out of touch administration. And the sad part is there is still no action from Congress and its spineless inhabitants to curtail these "green" wastes of our hard earned money.
I had read about a month ago that an ex-GM exec was toying with the idea of taking the Fisker and dropping in a Corvette engine. The assembly line and a lot of in-process production will be available cheap,
Dallas — A year after the icon went up in smoke, Big Tex proves that you can’t keep a good cowboy down. Fairgoers will get their first live look at the new and improved Big Tex today, the opening of the State Fair of Texas, which runs through Oct. 20 at Fair Park in Dallas. Gates open at 10 a.m. An unveiling that had been scheduled for 2 p.m. today will instead be a “Welcome Back” event after high winds forced fair officials to drop the curtain hiding Big Tex on Thursday afternoon. (Snip) Big Tex was celebrating his 60th year greeting
A 7-year-old girl crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware in an August 31 pageant was stripped of her crown last week by pageant sponsors who said she wasn´t Latina enough. Jakiyah McKoy took the top prize in the pageant also known as Miss Chiquita Delaware, stirring immediate outcries from some attendees because McKoy ‘was not the best representative of a Latin beauty.’ Why? Because her skin was of a darker color than the other contestants, though sponsor Nuestras Raíces Delaware claims it was the girl’s family’s inability to prove the requisite ’25 percent latina heritage’ that motivated them to strip
A student has been left with horrific injuries after she was pushed in front of a train by a homeless man on Wednesday morning. Maya Leggat, 21, was allegedly shoved on to the tracks at White Plains station in New York after she refused to give money to a 39-year-old who lives in a shelter. Shocked commuters described seeing her mangled legs on the tracks, and some followed the man and held him until police arrived. (Snip) Mickens has a lengthy criminal record, including five alleged violent felonies, according to Lohud.com. Mr Waxman said Mickens had been begging at
President Obama´s high school best friend, who at one time was ´like a brother´ to him, has been accused of brutally raping and beating a woman, it emerged today. Keith Kiyoshi Kakugawa, 54, from Eureka, California, was arrested at his home last Sunday and booked into Humboldt County Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment, sexual penetration by force, oral copulation by force and battery. The arrest is the latest in a long list of convictions for Kakugawa, who was close friends with the President when they both attended Panahou High School. Since then, their lives have gone down completely different paths
Donte Robinson, initially charged in the murder of Autumn Pasquale, was released from a youth correctional facility Tuesday, according to sources close to the case. In afternoon court proceedings, Donte, of Clayton, pleaded to fourth degree obstruction in Gloucester County Family Division Superior Court Judge Colleen Maier’s courtroom. The teen, who has been in the Camden County Youth Correction Facility since last fall, was sentenced to six months in jail and released with time served, according to sources who did not want to be identified. Donte and his brother Justin Robinson were 17 and 15 last October when arrested and
It was supposed to work like this: An NJ Transit conductor would take a stack of train tickets that hadn’t been punched. He would sell them to a New York Penn Station newsstand vendor, who would in turn offer cut-rate tickets to customers — and no one would be the wiser. But the plan backfired when an informant bought hundreds of tickets, turned them over to police and the conductor was arrested and suspended without pay, officials said today. (Snip) He was hired in March 1989 and last year made $57,346 in salary, plus another $33,415 in overtime, according to the
The national census which attempts to count everyone in the country is to be abolished after more than 200 years, it was announced yesterday. Ministers hope to save half a billion pounds or more by replacing the 10-yearly census with a less rigorous system of counting national numbers. But critics warned a cheap census substitute would endanger efforts to keep tabs on the scale of immigration or to learn whether levels of illness are rising or falling. They point out that the last full national census carried out in 2011 found half a million immigrants undetected by other means
Neighbors in Hoboken were still reeling yesterday over the killing of Ralph Erick Santiago, 46, of Hoboken on Sept. 10 and the arrest Friday of three teenage boys who have been charged with the murder. “It’s a bad thing they did,” said Craig Davis, 56, of the three teens. “Their whole lives are ruined.” Police believe the boys followed Santiago and one of the boys threw a punch at Santiago’s head in what detectives believe was a game of “knockout,” Hudson County Acting Prosecutor Gaetano T. Gregory said. The boys, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old, all from
Years of recession and financial crisis have turned almost one in ten of the UK’s 2.5 million companies into “zombies”, threatening a “surge of insolvencies” as they are left behind by the improving economy. In new report published today, financial health monitoring group Company Watch says the number of so-called zombie businesses has soared by 108 per cent in the last five years, to 227,000. These companies, which are producing at best only enough cash to service their bank and supplier debts, have liabilities far in excess of their assets and yet collectively employ around 500,000 people.
Trenton — After four days without a shooting, city police responded to three over the course of eight hours on Friday night and Saturday morning. At about 5:15 p.m. on Friday, a 26-year-old man was shot at close range on the 400 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, Lt. Mark Kieffer said. The victim, Marquise Allen, remains at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where his condition has been upgraded from critical to stable, hospital staff said. Police described the suspect as a tall man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black ski mask and black jeans.
If you crave a cappuccino in the morning or buy a latte with lunch, you might need a double espresso after reading this. The most expensive ingredient in your takeaway coffee is not the beans flown in from South America – it’s the cup. The packaging used by High Street chains costs twice as much as the beans they use, according to a study. With demand for coffee higher than ever, researchers analysed the production costs of a cappuccino at the most popular coffee shops to establish whether customers are getting value for money. They found that the cost of the coffee
Pupils were sent home after a school was closed by an infestation of mites blamed on a £6million eco-roof project. Children complained of bites and itches as a result of the pests which spread through Walney School in Barrow-in-Furness from roof vents on the new classroom block. The 700-pupil Cumbria secondary school closed early on Friday for a full-scale fumigation while experts attempt to identify the exact cause of the infestation of harvest mites. But chairman of governors Dennis Laird said: ‘The fact is the school never had problems with mites when it all had a
Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war. He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade. And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party. That, at least, seems to be the consensus in Washington. We’re inclined to a somewhat different view. We say two cheers for Ted Cruz— and for Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and their fellow crusaders. They succeeded
Barack Obama has 36.9 million Twitter followers, 19.5 million of whom, it turns out, are fake. This is a very disturbing sign for Obama´s opponents, as it demonstrates just how much appeal the president still has with his key support base, namely those who identify most closely with him on a personal level -- fake people. The Daily Mail Online has analyzed the numbers and discovered that among U.S. political figures, the four Twitter accounts with the most fake followers -- that is, followers who don´t really exist -- are those of Barack Obama (by a landslide), Joe Biden, Michelle
Rep. Peter King, who has pulled no punches in criticizing Ted Cruz, said Thursday that supporters of the Texas senator have been bombarding his office with “vile” phone calls. The New York Republican has called Cruz a fraud for his calls to defund Obamacare, and said the senator’s campaign this summer to get the House to pass a government funding bill that defunds the health care law led to some offensive phone calls to King’s office.
Allen West reportedly called a female employee a "Jewish American princess," resulting in the loss of his job. While some of the famously outspoken former congressman´s supporters might see the situation as political correctness gone wrong, the latest incident happened an the epicenter of the anti-PC police rebel alliance: Pajamas Media. Buzzfeed explains that West "voluntarily" left his position at the media outlet, effective at the end of this month. Here´s an email — obtained by Rosie Gray — to the PJ Media staff: "In order to focus on political interests, Allen West will transition from his full-time role as
Yesterday, I wrote that the old guard RINO wing of the GOP was collapsing because the base had aligned itself with politicians willing to place principle above party. As if on cue, a who’s who of go-along-to-get-along Republicans has crawled out of the woodwork. First up, we had John McCain. He was angry, but his diatribe was nothing compared to the double-barreled rage-fest being employed by New York Republican Rep. Pete King. Yesterday, King (who’s still considering a 2016 presidential run) spoke with the always-unbiased New York Times. During his interview, he called Cruz a “fraud” and referred to his anti-Obamacare
Democrats may have just lost one of their own in the high-stakes fight over ObamaCare -- or maybe not. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a moderate Democrat known at times to buck his party, said Thursday that he´d be willing to support a spending bill that also delays the law´s requirement on individuals to buy health insurance. "There´s no way I could not vote for it," Manchin said. "It´s very reasonable and sensible." Manchin made the comment at a Bloomberg Government breakfast. The comment, first reported by Bloomberg, was later confirmed by Fox News. But hours later, the senator put out a statement
Mitt Romney on Friday said the Republican threat to shut down the government in an attempt to defund ObamaCare isn’t an “effective” strategy. "We´re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective,” Romney said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I don´t think that will be as effective.” (Snip) "I think there´s a better way of getting rid of ObamaCare — my own view — and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year,” Romney said. “That was Senator (Joe) Manchin´s idea, the Democrats´ idea.”
Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Thursday compared Republican lawmakers to suicide bombers as the showdown over a possible government shutdown intensified. “We are for cutting spending, we are for reforming our tax code, we are for reforming entitlements,” Mr. Pfeiffer told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “But what we are not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest.” Mr. Pfeiffer, 37, who was hospitalized twice this month for stroke-like symptoms, also compared the GOP to arsonists and kidnappers. He called Republicans’ bid to attach other priorities to a debt-ceiling bill “ransom demands.” “It’s not
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Friday the GOP has become a "dysfunctional" party that has spent more time infighting over ObamaCare than targeting Democrats who passed the law. McCain blamed Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah.), the leaders of the movement to tie defunding of ObamaCare to the threat of a government shutdown, for driving wedges between Republicans. Both have appeared in ads attacking fellow GOP lawmakers. “We are dividing the Republican Party," McCain said on CBS. In his nearly 30 years in the Senate, McCain said he has never seen the infighting among members of his party
President Obama lied to us. It wasn’t a white lie. It wasn’t a fib. It wasn’t a half truth. It was a bold-faced lie. “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise,” President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” That statement turned out to be a lie. Period. On Thursday I asked my Facebook community if they
In the midst of divorce proceedings against husband George Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman said she has doubts about what really happened in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin last year, she told Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview. "I´m conflicted on that,´´ Shellie told Lauer on Today Thursday. "I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me take the blinders off and start to see things differently." Lauer pressed further, asking, "So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting in self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was
WASHINGTON — Nearly $300 million in aid for Detroit — from federal and state coffers, private businesses and charitable foundations — will be announced Friday as Obama administration officials visit the city to discuss what can be done to help eradicate blight, improve transportation, encourage new business and make residents safer. The funding will include $150 million in blight eradication and community redevelopment, including $65 million in Community Development Block Grant funding — which had already been awarded over two years but could not be accessed by the city. An additional $25 million could help hire as many as 150