Bank of America down; Britney up | Headline Composite

In Headline Composite on 21 January 2011 at 12:18 pm

Obama names Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive of General Electric, as chairman of new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, succeeding Paul A. Volcker. [NYT]

Gabrielle Giffords transported to Houston, Texas for rehab. “But despite her steady progress, doctors say Ms Giffords still has a long road to recovery and are not sure what, if any, disability she will have.” [BBC]

Tony Blair speaks publicly about his Iraq regrets, though some criticize him for saying such too late. “I wanted to make that clear, that of course, I regret deeply and profoundly the loss of life, whether from our own armed forces, those of other nations, the civilians who helped people in Iraq, or the Iraqis themselves and I just wanted to say that because it is right to say that and it is what I feel.” [BBC]

Bank of America posts lost of $1.2 billion for the quarter, higher than the posted $194 million loss during the same period in 2009. [Washington Post]

Haiti’s Jean-Claude Duvalier formally charged with embezzlement and corruption on Tuesday; speaking of his emergence from exile, he said: “I don’t think this was a very successful trip.” [NYT]

Fears that Google is the next Microsoft: “But the sudden rise of Facebook has exposed Google’s failures in areas like social networking and threatens its vast share of the online advertising market. Meanwhile, although Google has had success in new areas like mobile and display advertising, it has struggled to branch out into other businesses like television” (Co-founder Larry Page takes over for Eric E. Schmidt). [NYT]

For NY sports, losing is the norm. Regarding hockey: “One might wonder: what about the teams we’ve left out, like the Devils, who have drunk from the Stanley Cup three times since the Rangers? Or the Islanders and their four titles in the 1980s?” [NYT]

Britney Spear’s new single, Hold It Against Me, tops the charts. Again. [BBC]


Marco Rubio hasn’t decided whether or not he wants to join the Republicans for tea. [Tampa Tribune]

Eldrick Bernard “Big E” Wynn, the “Microsoft” of St. Petersburg’s crack community, is now on America’s Most Wanted. Also, he may be spotted wearing a woman’s wig and lipstick. [St. Petersburg Times]

Sea grass hits a 60-year high, which means Tampa Bay is healthy! [St. Petersburg Times]


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