ABC's Charles Gibson (subscription required) anchored from Detroit for the second day of Running on Empty, his examination of the plight of the domestic auto industry. This time his focus was on the cloud of insecurity that envelops the city because so many thousands of workers have been laid off or bought out. A college training course for 16 nurses was oversubscribed by 250 former auto workers. "The car companies were the bedrock. That is just not true anymore."
The flip side of Detroit's coin is the advance of Toyota. ABC's Dean Reynolds (no link) offered the latest example: Camry has an entry in the once all-American Daytona 500 stock car race. The Japanese carmaker is building a test track near Charlotte NC and its chief sponsor is UPS. Lead driver Dale Jarrett is American, not Japanese: "He received hate mail for making the move from Ford" penned by nativist NASCAR fans
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