The heavy snow and deep freeze we’ve been reporting on are taking their toll in two ways this Christmas week: slamming holiday travelers, and putting one more crimp in the holiday sales picture. We’re watching both this morning.
It was always going to be a rough holiday week in Morain, Ohio — we’d marked this date on our calendars after visiting in October, and learning that the GM plant there was going to shut down on December 23. 1800 workers will be workers no more after today; another GM plant — Janesville, Wisconsin — is also closing its doors today. And while these folks look to unemployment benefits, and make New Year’s resolutions to find new work, our reporter finds a very different picture at the other side of the globe, in Shenzhen, China. That’s where a Chinese company is rolling out the world’s first mass-produced electric car. Another threat to the Big Three.
Other news today: we’ll get the full Obama team report on its Blagojevich communications; we’re watching a wild rescue effort in Bethesda, Maryland, on the fringe of the nation’s capital, where a huge water main has ruptured; and we’ll take you to the new, strange form of entertainment at the nation’s airports. Is karaoke what we need, while we wait out a long delay?