Monday, July 25, 2011

The Oakland Press is considering the following Associated Press stories for the 7/26 print edition.

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Michigan at noon.

DETROIT —To help American carmakers stay in business, autoworkers grudgingly gave up pay raises and benefits four years ago. Now that GM, Ford and Chrysler are making money again, workers want compensation for their sacrifice. Just how much they get is the central question hanging over contract talks that start this week between Detroit and one of the nation’s largest and most powerful unions. The talks will determine wages and benefits for 111,000 members of the United Auto Workers. But there’s more at stake than just pay. After the industry’s brush with financial ruin in 2008 and 2009, both sides know how quickly Detroit’s sales and profitability could vanish. By Auto Writers Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher.
AP Photos NYBZ159-160, MIPS101-104. AP Video.
DETROIT — The mother of a 5-year-old Detroit girl reported missing over the weekend said she will submit to a police lie detector test, and authorities were trying to identify the charred body of a child found in a burning abandoned building. Detroit Police Officer Dan Donakowski said investigators haven’t found any evidence to suggest the two cases are linked, but they are not ruling anything out. By Corey Williams.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dow Chemical Co. and the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. outlined plans Monday to set up a joint venture to begin building a massive $20 billion chemical complex in the desert kingdom. The decision by both companies’ boards to create the new venture, dubbed the Sadara Chemical Co., formalizes a project that has been in the works since 2007. It promises to create one of the world’s largest integrated chemical facilities and the biggest ever built in one go. By Business Writer Adam Schreck.
DETROIT — After more than two years of hearings, a lawyer trying clear a teenager in the deaths of four people in a Detroit drug den rests her case. The final witness is an investigator with the state appellate defender’s office, who says she interviewed a convicted hit man in prison last fall. Vincent Smothers, she says, indicated that Davontae Sanford “absolutely” had nothing to do with the four fatal shootings in 2007. By Ed White.
LANSING — We all scream for ... Zucchini? It’s not exactly the ice cream truck, but some kids from a Lansing neighborhood hope a new door-to-door vegetable cart will generate some healthy summer excitement. Introducing the Veggie Wagon, a project by Lansing’s Urbandale Farm — a community garden planted in a former vacant lot. Organizers noticed last year that neighborhood children were often the most excited about volunteering in the garden, so they wanted to give the kids something all their own to do. By Louise Knott Ahern, Lansing State Journal.
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SAULT STE. MARIE — For someone who isn’t a hardcore biker, Rob Guimond sure biked a long way. After graduating from Hope College in May, Guimond and friend Stu Chipman flew out to California with the intent of riding their bikes back to Blissfest in the northern Lower Peninsula. The pair of Sault natives turned into one, as Chipman was injured on day two of the ride — leaving Guimond to take the trip solo. By Peter Pietrangelo, The Evening News.
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CHICAGO — Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox return home to face the Detroit Tigers in a key three-game series. The White Sox trail AL Central leader Detroit by 4 1/2 games and Cleveland by 2 1/2. Duane Below makes his second major league start for the Tigers. By Rick Gano. Game starts at 8:10 p.m.
AP Photos.


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