Georgia faith leaders push big business for action on voter laws
Georgia faith leaders and corporate executives met virtually on Tuesday in an effort to find common ground to fight a slew of election overhaul bills sweeping the nation, including the state's controversial SB 202, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp. The closed summit, which lasted about an hour and a half, was led by Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey and Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. "Today we pushed for corporate leaders to act collectively," said Jackson, who estimated about 25 people wer...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mexican state of Baja California rebrands itself amid phased reopening
The state of Baja California has rebranded itself with an official return to the name Baja California, a new website, logo and video campaign amid its phased reopening. The state’s name was changed in the 1970s to Baja California Norte as a way in which to differentiate it from the southern state of Baja California Sur. Although it returned to the name Baja California in 1979, “tourism efforts continued to fall under the moniker of Baja Norte,” tourism officials said. “The rebrand allows the state to finally move back to its true name.” In the coming weeks, the Mexican state is expected to ent...
Nike settles lawsuit against MSCHF; Brooklyn-based studio must recall Lil Nas X ‘Satan Shoes’
Nike’s lawsuit against the designers behind Lil NasX’s “Satan Shoes” has been officially settled. On Thursday, the sneaker giant said the controversial kicks will be recalled. According to Reuters, the settlement with MSCHF resolves a trademark infringement lawsuit that the company filed last week over the much buzzed about black-and-red, devil-themed sneakers, which carry the Nike “swoosh” logo and cost $1,018 a pair. Designed by the Brooklyn, New York-headquartered creative agency, 666 pairs of the remixed versions of the Nike Air Max 97 sneakers, with midsoles containing what many believed ...
New York Daily News
Verizon mobile hotspots sold to schools recalled after beds, floors and people burned
Mobile hotspots should connect people to the internet — not the local fire department. That's why Verizon recalled 2.5 million Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots Thursday. The exact problem, as stated in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall alert: "The lithium ion battery in the hotspots can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards." And this has happened, as the notice says, "Verizon has received 15 reports of devices overheading, including six reports of fire damage to bedding or flooring and two reports of minor burn injuries." The alert includes the rare safety tip if you have to...
UPS orders electric aircraft to transport cargo between its facilities
UPS is ordering 10 electric aircraft that are designed to take off and land like a helicopter, allowing it to fly cargo directly between its facilities in small markets and bypass airports. The electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft made by Beta Technologies would be flown by an onboard pilot when UPS begins getting them in 2024, pending Federal Aviation Administration certification. Burlington, Vermont-based Beta Technologies is conducting flight testing on the aircraft at a test facility in Plattsburgh, N.Y. But the aircraft are designed to "someday operate autonomously" once...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
GM recalls 10,000 Chevy Express, GMC Savanna vehicles for fire risk
DETROIT — General Motors Co. is recalling certain 2021 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna vehicles with 6.6-liter gas engines for a short circuit that could cause a battery fire. The recall affects 10,176 vehicles in the U.S., GM spokesman Dan Flores said. "In certain circumstances, anti-rotation tabs on the positive battery cable terminals may come in contact with a fuse block assembly attachment post, causing a short circuit," Flores said in a statement. "GM is not aware of any crashes or injuries associated with this condition." A short circuit could cause a low battery voltage warning, the ...
The Detroit News
Volkswagen is not changing name in US to Voltswagen
Good one? German company Volkswagen announced Tuesday it was not actually changing the name of its U.S. operations to Voltswagen of America to highlight its commitment to electric vehicles. After news of the name change leaked on Monday, many observers assumed an April Fool’s Prank had been sniffed out. The leak was the work of an overeager publicist, according to reports from the company. However, according to actual reports, the whole thing was an April Fool’s joke, after all. April Fool’s Day is traditionally celebrated on April 1. The original leaks were on March 29. According to reports f...
New York Daily News
Are Disney World guests happier at parks during pandemic? CEO says yes
ORLANDO, FLa. — Disney CEO Bob Chapek made some bold statements. People are happier at Disney World parks now — during a time when visitors must wear masks and can’t get the full experience — than before the pandemic, the company’s leader said. “Our guest satisfaction scores since we’ve reopened across the world have shown that, indeed, our guests are even more satisfied than they were prior to the pandemic,” Chapek said during March 17 interview with Bloomberg. Disney World declined to release the guest satisfaction scores or provide more details on what the results said. Certainly no one, in...
GM just became only automaker with board of directors that's majority women
DETROIT — General Motors is adding two high-profile executives to its board of directors and expanding its commitment to diversity in the process. Meg Whitman, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Mark Tatum, deputy commissioner and COO of the National Basketball Association, are joining GM's board effective Thursday, GM said. With the election of Whitman, 64, and Tatum, 51, GM now has 13 directors, seven of whom are women, making GM the only automaker with more than half its board comprised of women, according to website 50/50 Women on Boards, which tracks the gender composition ...
Detroit Free Press
GM to shutter Missouri pickup plant, extend Lansing plant shutdown due to chip shortage
General Motors will idle its profitable midsize pickup plant in Missouri for two weeks and extend the shutdown at Lansing Grand River Assembly in Michigan into April due to the ongoing global shortage of semiconductor chips used in various car parts. In a memo to the 3,500 workers at Wentzville Assembly in Missouri, where GM builds its Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups, the automaker said the plant will shutter from March 29 through April 5. GM also said it is moving forward its launch construction downtime at that plant by about two weeks. It will now be shut down from May 24 ...
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