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June 11, 1989 |
As if injuries to Magic Johnson and Byron Scott and two straight losses weren't enough, there's more bad news for Lakers fans. A friendly wager between Inglewood Mayor Edward Vincent and his counterpart in the Detroit Pistons' new home of Auburn Hills would add to the sting of a Pistons' victory. If the Lakers lose, Auburn Hills Mayor Robert Grusnick will win the right to put up a Pistons sign on Kareem Court outside the Forum for 30 days. Also, Vincent will have to keep a stiff upper lip during an Inglewood City Council meeting while wearing a black "Bad Boys" T-shirt that sports pictures of Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn.
January 24, 2009 |
There's little question this is a company town. The 15-story Chrysler world headquarters is the tallest building for miles, towering over a 486-acre corporate campus on the western edge of the city. Police cruise in Dodge Chargers developed with the automaker. The city manager drives one too, and his wife gets around in a Dodge minivan. City Hall is a converted country estate built by John Dodge's daughter.
November 29, 2013 |
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - This was how unexpected the Lakers' season became: Nick Young took a game-saving charge. Really. Known much more for his streaky, high-volume shooting, Young drew a charge on Josh Smith with 1.9 seconds left and the Lakers snared a 106-102 victory Friday over the Detroit Pistons at the Palace. Young, as jovial of a player as can be found in the NBA, downplayed it afterward. "I'm the defensive player of the year now," he said excitedly in the locker room.
June 7, 2013 |
The gig: Gwynne Shotwell, 49, is president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, the Hawthorne company that builds rockets and space capsules to resupply the International Space Station for NASA. Shotwell is No. 2 at the pioneering company behind founder and chief executive Elon Musk. She is responsible for day-to-day operations and managing customer relationships and company growth. Shotwell, with a sunny demeanor and a blunt way of speaking, is often responsible for updating the media on SpaceX's missions while they're happening.
June 6, 2013 |
Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 630,000 Jeep SUVs for transmission and restraint system problems just two days after it refused a federal request to recall 2.7 million vehicles for faulty fuel systems. In the U.S., the automaker will recall 254,000 Compass and Patriot SUVs from model years 2010 to 2012. Chrysler said it was doing this to fix a software error that can delay the firing of curtain air bags and seat-belt pretensioners. In a statement, Chrysler said "the upgrade was deemed necessary after it was discovered that seatbelt pre-tensioners and side-curtain air bags may not function properly during slow-developing rollovers.
September 23, 2013 |
Chrysler Group filed plans Monday to resume trading its shares on the stock market, part of a high-stakes game its parent company, Fiat, is playing against a big union trust. The stock sale would not be a normal initial public offering, in which a company sells it shares to raise money for its operation or to cash out the founders. Rather, a portion of the automaker, based in Auburn Hills, Mich., would be sold by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. The union wants to start to monetize the 41.5% of Chrysler that it acquired during the automaker's bankruptcy and restructuring four years ago. The trust provides medical coverage for about 115,000 retired Chrysler workers and their families.