MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010 â€˘ 11A
W O R L D / N AT I O N
GMâ€™s main lender keeping potential buyers with risky credit at bay
An anti-government protester uses a slingshot against Thai soldiers Sunday in Bangkok.
Thai government rejects offer of talks to end crackdown; 30 killed BANGKOK (AP) â€” Anti-government unrest boiling over in downtown Bangkok spread to other areas of the capital and Thailand on Sunday as the military defended its use of force in a crackdown that has left 30 civilians dead in four days. Thai leaders rejected protestersâ€™ demands that the United Nations intercede to end the chaos. Black smoke hung over city streets where protesters set fire to tires, fired homemade rockets and threw gasoline bombs at soldiers who used rubber bullets and live ammunition to pick off rioters who approached their lines. The government maintains it is targeting only armed â€œterroristsâ€? among the demonstrators. The protesters are demanding that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva resign, dissolve Parliament and call new elections.
Bishops arenâ€™t Vatican employees under sex abuse defense stance VATICAN CITY (AP) â€” The Vatican is set to make its most detailed argument yet for why it is not liable for bishops who allowed priests to molest children. The motion could affect other efforts to sue the Holy See in American courts, the Associated Press has learned. In a motion to dismiss a lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds, the Holy See is expected to argue in court today that a key Vatican document calling for secrecy in church trials for sex abuse cases was not, as victimsâ€™ lawyers say, proof of a Vatican-orchestrated cover up. The Vaticanâ€™s U.S. attorney, Jeffrey Lena, said there was no evidence the document was even known to the archdiocese in question â€” much less used. In addition, the Holy See is expected to assert that bishops arenâ€™t Vatican employees because they arenâ€™t paid by Rome, donâ€™t act on Romeâ€™s behalf and arenâ€™t controlled dayto-day by the pope â€” factors courts use to determine whether employers are liable for the actions of their workers, Lena told the AP. He said he would suggest to the court that it should avoid using the religious nature of the relationship between bishops and the pope altogether as a basis for civil liability, because it entangles the court in an analysis of complicated religious doctrine that dates back to the apostles. The Holy See is trying to fend off the first U.S. case to reach the stage of determining whether victims actually have a claim against the Vatican itself for negligence for the failure of bishops to alert police or the public about priests who molested children.
riod of political bickering will give rise to a new wave of violence in the political vacuum.
Iraq recount finds no wide fraud, affirms Sunni-backed blocâ€™s win
Woody Allen voices support of filmmaker Roman Polanski
BAGHDAD (AP) â€” Iraqâ€™s electoral commission affirmed the narrow victory of a Sunni-backed bloc in the March vote after a partial recount undercut the Shiite prime ministerâ€™s claims of fraud in the tally. The result was a setback for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who came in second to former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi by a small margin. But his alliance with another Shiite bloc still gives him a strong chance of holding on to power for another four years. â€œI hope that all political blocs are satisfied now that the electoral process was honest and all allegations of fraud and forgery were totally incorrect,â€? electoral commission spokesman Qassim al-Abboudi told reporters after the results of a recount of votes for the capital Baghdad were announced. â€œAccording to the law, political blocks and candidates can appeal these results but we hope that no one will do that,â€? al-Abboudi said. The recount as well as other challenges to the March 7 election result have prevented the seating of the new 325-member parliament and raised fears that the extended pe-
CANNES, France (AP) â€” Woody Allen has restated his support for fellow filmmaker Roman Polanski, who is in house arrest in connection with a 33-year-old sex scandal. Allen said Polanski â€œwas embarrassed by the whole thing,â€? â€œhas sufferedâ€? and â€œhas paid his dues.â€? He said Polanski is â€œan artist and is a nice personâ€? who â€œdid something wrong and he paid for it.â€? Polanski pleaded guilty in 1978 to unlawful sexual interALLEN course with a 13-year-old girl. He was taken into custody in September and is currently under house arrest in Gstaad, Switzerland. Earlier this week, new allegations surfaced when a British actress claimed Polanski had sexually abused her when she was 16. It was not clear whether Allen was aware of the new allegations when he made the remarks in an interview Saturday with France Info radio from the Cannes Film Festival.
EVERY MONDAY Customer Appreciation Day Your Choice: Baby Shrimp, Baby Flounder, Canadian Flounder or Chicken Tenders
Includes hushpuppies, slaw and choice of potato
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) â€” Atlantis arrived at the International Space Station for what could be its last visit, delivering fresh batteries and other equipment to help keep the outpost running long after the shuttle program ends. NASA has just two missions remaining, but some want to keep the shuttles flying until next June and to give Atlantis one last hurrah. Shuttle commander Kenneth Ham was visibly moved as he floated into the space station. He grabbed two of the station astronauts in a tight embrace. â€œItâ€™s bigger than we remember and, speaking for myself, better than I remember,â€? Ham said. â€œI love this place.â€? The rendezvous by Atlantis was accompanied by considerably more picture-taking than
Grilled Chicken Breast
All those fired from Rhode Island school back in under new deal land â€Ś at a chronically troubled school, when just 7 percent of 11th-graders passed state math tests â€” 7 percent.â€? Details of the agreement were to be released following a ratification vote by the teachers at a meeting today. â€œBoth the school district
and the union agree that while this has been a difficult process for everyone involved, the negotiations resulted in a newfound appreciation for shared responsibility,â€? said a joint statement from the union and the district.
FAMILY PACKS TO GO
Atlantis arrives at space station in what could be its final mission
Includes hushpuppies, slaw and choice of potato
COME CHECK OUT OUR FRIDAY LUNCH SPECIALS Fridays 11am-2:30pm at Both Locations
1007 E. Innes St Salisbury â€˘ 704-633-9585
2050 Statesville Blvd. Salisbury â€˘ 704-639-9500
Mon-Thur 4-9PM Fri 11AM-2:30PM, 4PM-9:30PM Sat. 3PM-9:30PM Sun 11:30AM-9PM
36 Months No Interest OR 3.9% APR*. Howâ€™s That For Efficient! 704-857-5684 S.A SLOOP HTG & AC, INC. 705 W. RYDER AVE, LANDIS, NC 28088
www.SASLOOP.com License# 19627
Spring MATTRESS Clearance SALE! Sale MARCH 20% OFF Last Yearâ€™s Mattress Models! 25% OFF Mattress Floor Samples! No Additional Charge for Mattress Foundations
Up to $1,000 Rebate OR Great Financing Options PLUS Up to $1,500 Tax Credit!* In todayâ€™s marketplace, it doesnâ€™t get much better than 3.9% APR. And a financing offer this good on a new qualifying Trane heating and cooling system is even better. Because a Trane will keep you comfortable and help you save money year round.
Night Dimensions Mattress Set Twin $
Park Place Mattress Set
Orâ€ŚChoose up to a $1,000 Rebate or 36 Months Zero Interest.* Just purchase your qualifying Trane system June 15, 2010. Reliability, energy-efficiency, indoor air quality, and the flexibility of payment options or an instant rebate...theyâ€™re all your with Trane.
Queen Plush or Firm....
Receive up to $1,500 in federal Tax Credits. Ask your dealer for details.**
Sensa Adjustable Beds Starting at
The system you choose for your home comfort will no doubt be influenced by the dealer you choose. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important to look at your dealerâ€™s credentials. We are Trane Comfort Specialists -- the highest standing you can earn as an independent Trane dealer. It means that we meet Traneâ€™s strict standards for customer service, systems knowledge and continuing education. When you expect more you get more. Itâ€™s that simple.
Park PlaceBeautyrest Red Rose Simmons Mattress Set Plush or Firm
Queen Set ..........$$299 Queen Pillowtop....
Call now for 36 Months No Interest OR 3.9% APR OR up to a $1,000*. Purchase period ends June 15, 2010.
Discovery Panel Bed
Albany Futon $
Drawers & Nightstand sold separately
Includes standard 6â€? Mattress.
Voted 18 Times Best Place to Buy Beds!
Kannapolis 204 N. Cannon Blvd. â€˘ 933-6307 Store Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10am-7pm â€˘ Sat. 10am-6pm
See your participating independent Trane dealer for complete program eligibility, dates, details and restrictions. Special financing offers OR up to $1,000 instant rebate valid on qualifying systems only. All sales must be to homeowners in the contiguous United States. Void where prohibited. Financing through The Home ProjectsÂŽ VisaÂŽ card issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank is a dual-line credit card. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases with approved credit to the Home Projects line of credit. For newly opened accounts, the regular APR is 25.99%. The APR may vary. The APR is given as of 1/1/2010. If the cardholder is charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. If the cardholder uses the card for cash advances, the cash advance fee is 4% of the amount of the cash advance, but not less than $10.00. 3.9% APR - The special-terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full, unless the cardholder is in default. Regular minimum monthly payments of 1.75% of the promotional purchase amount are required during the special-terms period. The regular APR applies if the cardholder is in default or uses the card for other transactions. 36 months, no interest The minimum monthly payment will be the amount that will pay the purchase in full in equal payments during the no-interest period. Monthly payment, if shown, based on $7,100 purchase.
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) â€” A school district that gained the support of President Barack Obama for promoting accountability after it fired all its teachers from a struggling school announced on Sunday it had reached an agreement with the union to return all the current staffers to their jobs. The two sides said a transformation plan for Central Falls High School for the coming school year would allow the 87 teachers, guidance counselors, librarians and other staffers who were to lose their jobs at the end of this year to return without having to reapply. More than 700 people had already applied for the positions. The agreement also imposes a longer school day, more after-school tutoring and other changes. The board of trustees overseeing the school system in Central Falls, one of the poorest communities in the state, voted in February to fire the staff of one of the stateâ€™s worst-performing schools. The school was under a mandate from the state to make improvements, and it opted for the mass firings after a breakdown in talks with teachers about other reforms that would have required more work, some without extra pay. Obama, during a national address on education in March, said the firings were an example of the need for accountability over student performance. â€œSo if a school is struggling, we have to work with the principal and the teachers to find a solution,â€? Obama said. â€œWeâ€™ve got to give them a chance to make meaningful improvements. But if a school continues to fail its students year after year after year, if it doesnâ€™t show any sign of improvement, then thereâ€™s got to be a sense of accountability.â€? He continued: â€œAnd thatâ€™s what happened in Rhode Is-
usual, to make up for a curtailed safety survey the day before.
DETROIT (AP) â€” If your credit isnâ€™t good, General Motors Co. still wants to sell you a car. The problem is, it canâ€™t. At least not in big numbers. Thatâ€™s why the automaker wants more control over its lending again. GMâ€™s top North American executive Mark Reuss, under pressure to quickly sell more cars and boost GMâ€™s value as it gets ready to sell stock to the public, said a shortage of subprime lending is holding back sales in the U.S. But the automakerâ€™s main lender, Ally Financial Inc., has little appetite for risky loans, having spent the last few years cleaning up its own financial mess caused mainly by its failing mortgage lending business. Both companies are majority-owned by the U.S. government. For decades, GM owned Ally, writing its own loans through the so-called captive finance arm. Nearly every automaker makes loans in such a fashion. But a cash-starved GM sold most of Ally â€” formerly known as GMAC â€” in 2006. GM and Ally now have a loose partnership that gives Ally control over who gets a car loan. If GM returned to auto lending â€” either through buying Allyâ€™s auto business or starting its own lending unit â€” it could set lending standards itself. Honda Motor Co. gets 20 percent of its sales and leases from subprime buyers, but GM is only getting about 1 percent because it canâ€™t make loans to those customers.