Ford reveals plan for $700M plant, jobs at Rouge plus all-electric Ford F-150 secrets
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. revealed Thursday an audacious plan to build a $700 million plant at the Rouge complex in Dearborn, Mich., that would create the first all-electric F-150, the nation’s bestselling vehicle.“This plant mirrors the story of America and American manufacturing,” said Bill Ford Jr., executive chairman, during an event at the manufacturing site livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook. “This is where the industrial revolution took hold, where the arsenal of democracy was forged, where parents and grandparents and great grandparents built not only cars and trucks but their own Ame...
Detroit Free Press
Real estate Q&A: Who should fix water line to a townhouse?
Q: I live in a townhouse where the water meters are near the parking lot. Who is responsible for repairing the water line from the meter to the individual townhouse unit? Is it the townhouse unit owner, or is it the association because the water line is in the common area? — ClaraA: When you live in a community association, you agree to live by the rules and regulations in their governing documents.While specific issues are dealt with differently depending on whether you live in a co-op, condominium or homeowners association, you will find the answer to most questions in your community’s docum...
16 hospitalized after fleeing Austin crane collision
AUSTIN, Texas — Diane Stewart is used to the occasional construction noise coming from the work site near her Mueller neighborhood apartment in East Austin. But on Wednesday morning, she heard something that made her pause.“It sounded like pipes falling. It was a loud crash; it made me turn,” Stewart said.What Stewart heard was two construction cranes colliding, causing dozens of people beneath the cranes to flee. Medics responded at 9:38 a.m. to the site in the 1600 block of Robert Browning Street, just north of Mueller Lake Park near Dell Children’s Medical Center.When medics arrived, they t...
Lawsuit: Real estate firm linked to Jared Kushner illegally collected rent in NYC buildings without sprinklers
NEW YORK — A real estate firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s son-in-law illegally collected more than $4 million in rent from tenants in four New York City apartment buildings while failing to maintain working fire sprinkler systems, says a lawsuit filed Tuesday.Tenants in the Kushner Companies’ four adjacent East Village tenements say the firm has filed false documents with the city, endangering the lives of residents with illegal construction aimed at maximizing company profits.The Kushner Village residents want a Manhattan Supreme Court judge to block the company from collecting rent...
New York Daily News
Facebook will buy REI's unused Bellevue headquarters complex, signalling offices are still relevant
SEATTLE — Facebook will buy REI’s so-new-it’s-never-been-used Bellevue, Wash., campus for nearly $368 million, the social media giant announced today.The move further consolidates Facebook’s Eastside mini-empire in the upscale, multiuse Spring District east of I-405. Before the acquisition of the 400,000-square-foot REI offices, Facebook was already on track to lease nearly 850,000 square feet in three under-construction Spring District buildings.Facebook, which opened its first Puget Sound office in 2010 with three engineers, now employs more than 5,000 local workers across 3 million square f...
The Seattle Times
A military veteran in recovery is using his home to help struggling veterans find peace and sanctuary
PHILADELPHIA — Anthony Luton has seen a lot of things in life, good and bad.A Vietnam-era veteran, the West Philly man served his country in the Air Force and struggled with service-connected depression for years before he knew what was wrong with him. He’s been through addiction, and come out the other side. Homelessness, too.By the time he was in his 60s, Luton was well on his way to earning a college degree in behavioral health. But he didn’t want to wait to help people. He felt he already had something of value to offer: his home.“It’s a four-bedroom house my mother left me,” Luton said. “...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Auto review: 2020 Ford Super Duty proves that popularity doesn't always mean mediocrity
These days, a product’s popularity is often a poor indicator of its quality. Consider McDonald’s hamburgers, which don’t taste remotely like beef, and Starbucks coffee, which always seems burned.Yet popularity can just as often indicate a product’s excellence, as is the case with Ford’s F-Series Super Duty medium-duty pickup. It commands more than 62% vehicle market share in mining, 60% of the government fleet, 50% of emergency vehicles, 50% share in the petroleum industry, 47% of the construction industry, and 45% share in utility services according to IHS Markit U.S. registration data. And i...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: The greatest country on Earth?
At the recent Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump declared what most Americans grow up hearing: “America is the greatest and most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”My wife and I heard these words while living in a distant land, where people see things differently.We’ve come to Canada.OK, Canada is not distant geographically; it’s next door. But Canadians’ worldviews are light years away. Their assessment of America is decidedly downbeat.“America seems to be crumbling,” Jennie Orton, a technical writer with Canada’s construction industry, told me.“America’s a dy...
Tribune News Service
As homes become offices, gyms and more, COVID-19 has upended how we think our living spaces should work
CHICAGO — Your home is working overtime during the pandemic. For many, what was once just a dwelling has become classroom, office, restaurant, gym, movie theater and more. COVID-19 has not only kept most of us confined to our quarters for the past six months — it has also altered the very definition of home.As homebuyers increasingly seek out pandemic-friendly features like home offices and expansive outdoor space, Chicago-area real estate developers, designers and agents are helping them find the features they need to live in this new normal.In a survey of 1,000 respondents who have bought a ...
Bryce Miller: MMA fighter … Business owner … Real estate agent … Phil Davis answers to them all
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Sandwiches are flying at Hungry Hank’s Deli, a local strip-mall staple slathering mustard shoulder to shoulder with a nail salon and Vietnamese restaurant. A laundromat and shoe repair shop sit near enough to breathe in the aromatic goodness.One of the more interesting people you’re likely to meet, co-owner Phil Davis, ambles in. He’s an accomplished mixed-martial artist. He’s also a licensed real estate agent. He has officiated two weddings, including one in Guam. He’s bouncing into his business after spending much of the day home-schooling two children.The man tests the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune