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Wall-Mart Turns Into Hell-Mart As Shoppers Stampede

November 29, 2008

Eye witnesses called the stampeders “savages.”  Police called the scene “chaos.”
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A rampaging mob of bargain hunters trampled a Long Island Wal-Mart employee to death early yesterday as he opened the store for the post-Thanksgiving sale – unleashing a stampede that blew the doors off the hinges.

By KIERAN CROWLEY and LUKAS I. ALPERT
The New York Post

A crowd of about 2,000 people eager to snatch up steeply discounted electronics had lined up outside the store at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, police said. When the doors were not opened exactly at 5 a.m. as advertised, the crowd became unruly.

The front of a Wal-Mart store is seen in 2006 in Clearwater, ...

Holiday Stress? Two Dead At Toy Store

November 29, 2008

Two men pulled guns and shot each other to death in a crowded toy store Friday after the women with them erupted into a bloody brawl, witnesses said. Scared shoppers fled but no one else was hurt.

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer

Police and emergency personnel are seen outside the Toys 'R' ... 
Police and emergency personnel are seen outside the Toys ‘R’ Us store in Palm Desert, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 28, 2008. Two people were shot to death in a crowded toy store on Black Friday in a confrontation apparently involving rival groups, city officials said.(AP Photo/Michael Snyder, The Desert Sun)

The violence erupted on Black Friday, the traditional post-Thanksgiving start of the holiday shopping surge, but authorities indicated the shooting wasn’t related to a shopping frenzy.

Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said the fight was not over a toy. He said handguns were found by the men’s bodies, but he released little other information. He would not answer a question about whether the shooting was gang-related.

Witnesses Scott and Joan Barrick said they were checking out of the store when the fight began between two women, each with a man. The women were near the checkout area, but the Barricks did not think the women had purchases.

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Black Friday Shoppers: Wal-Mart worker dies after customers knock him down

November 28, 2008

A Wal-Mart worker was killed Friday after an “out of control” throng of shoppers eager for post-Thanksgiving bargains broke down the doors at a suburban store and knocked him to the ground, police said.

At least four other people, including a woman eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries, and the store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening.

Nassau police said about 2,000 people were gathered outside the store doors at the mall about 20 miles east of Manhattan. The impatient crowd knocked the man to the ground as he opened the doors, leaving a metal portion of the frame crumpled like an accordion.

By Colleen Long, Associated Press Writer

“This crowd was out of control,” said Nassau police spokesman Lt. Michael Fleming. He described the scene as “utter chaos.”

Dozens of store employees trying to fight their way out to help the man were also getting trampled by the crowd, Fleming said. Witnesses said that even as the worker lay on the ground, shoppers streamed into the store, stepping over him.

Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like “savages.”

“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,'” she said. “They kept shopping.”

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Sign Of The Economic and American Industry Times: New Cars Go On Sale, Cancelled in Same Month

November 15, 2008

“There have been significant market changes from the time we started to put hybrids in these vehicles until the time we decided to close the plant early.”

By Eddie Alterman
The New York Times
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HYBRID versions of the Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango seem likely to secure a spot in automotive history: the two vehicles fell under the executioner’s ax in the same month they went on sale.

 
2008 Dodge Durango

2008 Dodge Durango

The hybrid S.U.V.’s became available at dealerships in early October. But on Oct. 23, Chrysler announced that at the end of the year it would close the Delaware plant where they are built.

Production of the hybrid models began on Aug. 22. Even if production continues until Dec. 31, the Aspen and Durango hybrids are almost certainly the shortest-lived new models from a major manufacturer in modern times.

One of the shortest previous model runs was for the Lincoln Blackwood, a luxury pickup that failed to excite buyers in 2001-2.

A Chrysler spokesman, Ed Saenz, said last week that 400 of the hybrid S.U.V.’s had already been built; this suggests that total production may not exceed 800.

The Durango and Aspen hybrids, which are 2009 models, use the two-mode gas-electric powertrain that was jointly developed by General Motors, BMW and DaimlerChrysler.

G.M. was first to market with the technology and is now offering two-mode versions of the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade; it also plans two-mode versions of the Saturn Vue crossover and full-size pickups.

Since Daimler and Chrysler have split, both parts have claimed the technology; Mercedes-Benz plans a two-mode S.U.V. called the ML450 BlueHybrid to go on sale in fall 2009.

The two-mode system packaged a suite of fuel-efficient technologies in one powertrain. Along with engine cylinders that shut down when not needed, there are two motor-generators in the transmission that provide electric propulsion when electronic sensors see fit.

Chrysler Aspen Hybrid, on sale since October, is already on borrowed time.

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China’s Premier Says Global Financial Meltdown “Worse Than First Thought” for China

November 13, 2008

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said the effect of the global financial meltdown on the country was “worse than expected,” state media said Thursday, in a sign of growing concern at the impact of the crisis.

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at a press conference in Beijing. ... 
Part geologist, part economist, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at a press conference in Beijing. Wen Jiabao has said the effect of the global financial meltdown on the country was “worse than expected,” state media have said, in a sign of growing concern at the impact of the crisis.(AFP/File/Eric Feferberg)  

Wen was quoted as making the assessment by the director of the National Bureau of Statistics Ma Jiantang when he briefed his staff on Tuesday, according to the website of the bureau’s newspaper China Information News.

“The impact of the global financial crisis on the Chinese economy is much worse than many had expected,” Ma said according to the website, passing on remarks made by Wen.

China initially said the global financial crisis would not cause too much harm to its economy, but in recent days the signals from Beijing have changed markedly.

Wen’s comment comes after the Chinese government unveiled a four trillion yuan (586 billion dollars) economic stimulus plan on Sunday aimed at boosting domestic consumer demand in the face of flagging exports.