These can only be real stories-- you can't make this stuff up!
The Oregon Ntl Guard Armory in Coos Bay is undergoing a $1 million dollar refurbishing, using State & Federal Stimulus money.
Due to State revenue shortfalls, they are looking at cutting $4.7 million to Oregon Guard funding- possibly closing 4 armories.
The newly refurbished building may be closed or sold.
GET THE LEAD OUT
Toymaker Mattel aka Fisher Price will pay a $2.3 million dollar civil penalty for selling toys with excessive lead. Will the toxic toys become a collector's item??
TEXACO OWNS THE COLOR RED!
A local gas station has been slapped with a lawsuit for trademark infringement.
The company owned the station for 42 years-- and used to be a Texaco franchise, but mergers & purchases flipped the ownership from Shell to Chevron.
The company got rid of the Texaco Star logo, changed Texaco red to Brentwood Orange & changed to HP - Higgins Petroleum.
The corporation thinks the logo is too Texaco-y, and filed the lawsuit.
Apparently Texaco's trademark rights include a red & black canopy & gray poles.
"How do you own a color" asked the independent station owner?
"Texaco can't own red!"
The owner said since being unbranded, he was able to add biodiesel fuel & sales went up 10 to 15%.
Let's hope HP Hewlett Packard, and British Petrol giant BP do not get lawsuit happy as well.
Although the name *JUST A FRIGGING GAS STATION* has a unique ring to it.
That's enough crazy for today!