A bus crisis in Detroit has some people waiting up to three hours at bus stops, with close to half the city's fleet out of commission. Riders are complaining of losing jobs and having to drop classes because they can't get where they need to go. The problem is especially distressing in the Motor City, where about a third of residents don't have cars. Mayor Dave Bing is promising to do "whatever it takes" to fix the problem. He's accused the city's bus mechanics of a deliberate work slowdown. The union says Bing has laid off too many mechanics — hindering their ability to keep up with the work.
The Chesapeake Bay once supplied most of the nation's oysters, but overharvesting and disease nearly wiped them out. Now, major public-private efforts to re-establish the oyster as a quality local food product appear to be working. And chefs say the results are sweeter than oysters from other waters.
It's the season of peace and goodwill, but President Obama may have tested the limits of both with comments at his end-of-year news conference. He suggested Republicans would be "crazy" to wage a new debt ceiling fight and seemed to question even his allies' motives on Iran sanctions.
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