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Chrysler drops three electric vehicles despite having touted them to get billions in government bailout cash
If you believed all the talk from Chrysler about how our tax dollars would help finance its fast-track electric-vehicle future, you’re in for a big disappointment.
Chrysler has disbanded the engineering team that was trying to bring three electric models to market as a rush job, Automotive News reports today. Chrysler cited its devotion to electric vehicles as one of the key reasons why the Obama administration and Congress needed to give it $12.5 billion in bailout money, the News points out.
Oh, my. Well, I’m sure the good folks at Chrysler were very pure in their motives.
Boise homeless group sues city
A group of Boise’s homeless is suing the City over sleeping in public tickets. The group claims that Boise police have been targeting people, and that it violates their human rights.
“We would hope that the city would stop enforcing their ordinances in this manner against people who don’t have shelter,” the plaintiffs attorney Howard Belodoff said.
Boise shelters have seen larger than normal numbers this year, stretching the already struggling safety net for the homeless even further. The group points to the shortage of beds as one of the causes of the problem. “There seems to be something better that can be done, that should be done and we hope that will be done,” Belodoff said.
The city won’t comment on the case, but the City Council is looking at what the term “camping” means in the city ordinance.
Afghanistan’s Sarpoza prisoners begin hunger strike
Housed in a prison known for fierce beatings and electrocutions, Kandahar’s most volatile prisoners have found inspiration in an unlikely source: Gandhi.
More than 350 Taliban inmates in the city’s notorious Sarpoza prison are staging a hunger strike, refusing to eat in a protest over their treatment within the prison’s bleak walls.
The passive demonstration, which began Sunday, has left the prison’s Canadian-trained guards – accustomed to suppressing far more aggressive insurrections – somewhat flummoxed.
Late last night, government security forces bolstered the armed presence at the prison over fears the demonstration is a precursor to an attempt at a prison break on the scale of the massive escape that unleashed more than 1,000 Sarpoza prisoners on the city last year.
Hikmatyar: Bin Laden Alive;
Suggests Taliban/al-Qaeda Split
Afghan insurgent and former prime minister Gulbadin Hikmatyar has told Aljazeera that Usama Bin Laden is alive and well. Hikmatyar, once the recipient of 20 percent of all the funds disbursed by US intelligence for fighting the Soviets, is now fighting US troops in eastern Afghanistan. He condemned bombings against the Pakistani military, saying that only foreign, non-Muslim troops should be targeted. He also said his group refuses to coordinate with the Haqqani Network, a rival fundamentalist militia. He said that US troops could be given safe passage to leave Afghanistan if they would agree to go.